splash out = do something very excessive/expensive
“Monaco is splashing out on the royal wedding this weekend.”
“Ted splashed out on a new sports car even though he really can’t afford it.”
splash around = play in water
“I used to love to spash around in the lake when I was young.”
“Jane splashes around in the bathtub. She loves the bubbles.”
hold on = wait on the telephone
“Hold on. I need to get a pen to take the message.”
hold on = keep your hand(s) on something
“I tried to hold on to her hand, but the crowd pulled her away.”
hold off on = delay
“We’re going to hold off on buying a new house until the interest rates go down.”
tear down = demolish/knock down
The city is tearing down the old Lincoln Hotel and replacing it with an office tower.
tear off = pull away
It always hurts when you tear off a band-aid.
tear into = criticize/yell at
My father tore into me for not asking for permission to use his car.
make up = say sorry after an argument
John and I made up and then laughed about the reason for the fight.
make up = create something – like a story – that is not real
When I was a younger, I would make up excuses for always being late.
make fun of = laugh at someone
It is not nice to make fun of people who are weaker than you are.
live down = put something embarrassing behind you
I feel like I will never live down my stupid behavior at the Christmas party.
live through = experience
My grandparents lived through World War II.
live on = survive from
During my 2-month diet, I lived on soup and vegetables. It was so boring!
show up = arrive / come
‘I was upset with Jim last night. He showed up to dinner an hour late.’
‘Ella said she will show up after her yoga class.’
show off = do something with to much pride / boast
‘Paul fell off his bike while he was showing off.’
‘Even though Zoe is a really good dancer, she never shows off in front of other people.’
fall back on = use if you need to
“I ran out of money on my trip, so I fell back on my credits card.”
“When Paul is overworked, he falls back on his brother to help him finish the jobs.”
fall behind = not keep up
“I lost my job and I’m going to fall behind on my mortgage payments.”
run into = see someone by surprise/unexpectedly.
“I ran into Jane yesterday. She got married!”
“I never run into old friends anymore.”
run away from = escape from something/someone
“I ran away from the mugger before he got my handbag.”
“It is not good to run away from your problems. You should deal with them.”
We use relative clauses to give additional information about something, without having to start a new sentence. There are 2 types of relative clauses – defining and non-defining.
For each, we use the pronouns who, whom, where, when, why, which, and that.
A defining relative clause clearly tells us the person or thing we are talking about. The information is very important.
run way = escape from your life
I feel so stressed at home. I just want to run away and start a new life.
When I was a child, I used to run away for a few hours whenever my parents would discipline me!
run out = not have enough of something/finish something
I ran out of flour while I was baking today.
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