|run into someone/something
||I ran into an old school-friend at the mall.
|run over someone/something
||drive a vehicle over a person or thing
||I accidentally ran over your bicycle in the driveway.
|run over/through something
||Let's run over/through these lines one more time before
||leave unexpectedly, escape
||The child ran away from home and has been missing for
||have none left
||We ran out of shampoo so I had to wash my hair with soap.
|send something back
||return (usually by mail)
||My letter got sent back to me because I used the wrong
|set something up
||Our boss set a meeting up with the president of
|set someone up
||The police set up the car thief by using a hidden camera.
||I want to shop around a little before I decide on these
||act extra special for people watching (usually boastfully)
||He always shows off on his skateboard
||stay somewhere for the night (informal)
||You should sleep over tonight if the weather is too bad
to drive home.
|sort something out
||organize, resolve a problem
||We need to sort the bills out before the first of
|stick to something
||continue doing something, limit yourself to one particular thing
||You will lose weight if you stick to the diet.
|switch something off
||stop the energy flow, turn off
||The light's too bright. Could you switch it off.
|switch something on
||start the energy flow, turn on
||We heard the news as soon as we switched on the car
|take after someone
||resemble a family member
||I take after my mother. We are both impatient.
|take something apart
||purposely break into pieces
||He took the car brakes apart and found the
|take something back
||return an item
||I have to take our new TV back because it doesn't
||start to fly
||My plane takes off in five minutes.
|take something off
||remove something (usually clothing)
||Take off your socks and shoes and come in the lake!
|take something out
||remove from a place or thing
||Can you take the garbage out to the street for me?
|take someone out
||pay for someone to go somewhere with you
||My grandparents took us out for dinner and a
|tear something up
||rip into pieces
||I tore up my ex-boyfriend's letters and gave them back to
||remember (often + to, sometimes + on)
||When I think back on my youth, I wish I had studied
|think something over
||I'll have to think this job offer over before I
make my final decision.
|throw something away
||We threw our old furniture away when we won the
|turn something down
||decrease the volume or strength (heat, light etc)
||Please turn the TV down while the guests are here.
|turn something down
||I turned the job down because I don't want to move.
|turn something off
||stop the energy flow, switch off
||Your mother wants you to turn the TV off and come
|turn something on
||start the energy, switch on
||It's too dark in here. Let's turn some lights on.
|turn something up
||increase the volume or strength (heat, light etc)
||Can you turn the music up? This is my favourite
||Our cat turned up after we put posters up all over the
|try something on
||I'm going to try these jeans on, but I don't think
they will fit.
|try something out
||I am going to try this new brand of detergent out.
|use something up
||finish the supply
||The kids used all of the toothpaste up so we need
to buy some more.
||We have to wake up early for work on Monday.
|warm someone/something up
||increase the temperature
||You can warm your feet up in front of the
||prepare body for exercise
||I always warm up by doing sit-ups before I go for a run.
||Most of my make-up wore off before I got to the party.
||I work out at the gym three times a week.
||Our plan worked out fine.
|work something out
||make a calculation
||We have to work out the total cost before we buy the