Useful English Phrases with meaning and examples ..
1. Clear up: It means de-cluttering a space (first example); it also suggests completion of some pending tasks (second example).
Chef's always clear up their cook-tops while cooking.
Before I go to bed I have an assignment to clear up.
2. Crop up: It suggests some unexpected occurrence or something happening by accident.
All kinds of troubles cropped up on our road trip to the snow-capped mountains.
3. Die away: It means the steady decrease of sound until the sound is no longer audible.
The girls waited in their hostel room till the warden's footsteps died away.
The beautiful old melody coming from a radio died away as he walked further down the lane.
4. Fix up: It means to organize or arrange something.
The college game secretary fixed up the game schedule a week before.
Aby's surprise birthday party was already fixed up by his friends.
5. Get back: It suggests recovering the possession of some item (first example); this phrase also means to head back home after a trip/outing (second example).
I prefer not to lend money to Nichole as she forgets about it and I never get it back.
Our family picnic turned out to be an amazing one and we dint get back till dark.
6. Get through: It means to complete some task successfully (first example); it also suggests getting into a telephonic conversation (second example).
Mathew got through his interview and will be joining the firm on Monday.
Even after several tries to call Aunt Susan, I am unable to get through; I suppose all the lines are busy due to Christmas.
7. Give up: It means to stop making attempts at accomplishing some task (first example); it also suggests discontinuation of a job, hobby or habit.
The trek turned out to be so difficult I gave up mid-way and returned to the resort.
He gave up alcohol and started a healthy lifestyle.
8. Hand down: It suggests the passing on of belongings, traditions or information.
Lisa's mother handed down a gorgeous ring saying that it belonged to her great- grandmother.
The restaurant was handed down from father to son since four generations.
9. Jump at: It suggests the acceptance of a proposal or a prospect with great excitement.
Raphel jumped at receiving the internship to assist the renowned professional photographer.
She jumped at the sight of her joining letter handed over by the postman.
10. Keep up: It means to try and maintain an undertaking, an effort of some sort.
She bicycled 10 miles an hour at the start, but she couldn't keep up that speed.
It is hard keeping up a conversation with a person who seems least interested.
11. Be laid up: it means to be restricted to bed due to some accident or sickness (when used in terms of a person).
He was laid up for months with a fractured leg.
12. Let down: It suggests lowering of something (first example); it also means to be unable to meet someone's expectation and in a way fail or cause disappointment (second example).
Alia let her hair down and it reached till her knees.
Jon assured that he would help me with the project but he let me down. I waited whole evening but he never showed up.
13. Live up to: It suggests maintaining a particular standard which might be either with respect to one's conduct, ethics or monetary situation.
He has high principles and makes an effort to live up to them irrespective of varying circumstances.
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