Dictionary: Letter B

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back down (insep) Accept another person's point of view or argument instead of your own or decide not to do something after all. climb down, give in

back out withdraw [back out, Back out of something] (insep) (agreement, deal, arrangement, contract) Avoid doing something when you have promised to. pull out

back up 1 support [back somebody/something up]Support somebody.

2 Make a copy as a precaution.

3 [back up, back something up] Move backwards in a vehicle.

bail out 1 [bail somebody out] Pay a deposit so that somebody who has been arrested can be released.

2 Help somebody who is in trouble.

bang up [bang somebody up] Put somebody in prison. lock up

be back (insep) Return. come back

be off 1 (insep) Leave a place. go away

2 (insep) Be disconnected or not working.

3 (insep) Be cancelled.

4 (insep) (milk, fish) Not be good to eat any more. go off

be out 1 (insep) Be available to the public; appear. come out

2 (insep) Not be at home or work.

be up to 1 [be up to something] (insep) Be doing or planning something bad.

2 (insep) Be doing something.

bear up 1 [bear up to something] (insep)(insep) Accept another person's point of view or argument instead of your own or you decide not to do something after all.

2 (insep) Stay calm despite facing difficulties.

beaver away (insep) Work hard. slog away

black out faint (insep) Lose consciousness. pass out come round, come to bring round, bring to

blow out [blow out, blow something out] (insep) (match, candle, flame, lamp) Be extinguished. put out

blow over (insep) (scandal, problem, troubles, issue, controversy, affair, row, argument) Be forgotten.

blow up 1 destroy [blow up, blow something up] Destroy with an explosion.

2 get angry (insep) Get angry.

3 exaggerate (incident, affair) Exaggerate something.

4 fill (tyre, dinghy, balloon, airbed) Fill something with air. Pump up

blurt out [blurt something out] (news, answer, secret) Say something without thinking.

brighten up 1 (insep) (weather, morning) Become happier or better.

2 [brighten something up] (day, Saturday, morning, wardrobe, life) Make something more colourful or cheerful.

boil down [boil down to something] (insep) (situation, question, issue) Be the most important thing.

boss around [boss somebody around] Treat somebody unpleasantly, giving unnecessary orders all the time.

bounce back Recover from something unpleasant.

brass off Be angry, upset or fed up.

break down 1 (insep) (car, system, machine, talks, negotiations, marriage, argument, plan, relations) Stop working because it has a serious problem. pack up, conk out

2 Lose control and start crying. Crack up

break down destroy [break something down] (door, wall, barrier, resistance, opposition, reserve) Destroy something.

break in [break in, break into something] (insep) (building, house, grounds, computer, system) Enter a place using force or by breaking the law. Break out

break in [break somebody in] (employee, recruit) Help somebody get used to a new situation or job or train them.

break in [break something in] (boots, shoes, car, horse) Use something until it's comfortable, it works properly or does what it's supposed to do.

break off [break something off] (agreement, engagement, relations, relationship, alliance) Put an end to something because of a problem.

break out 1 begin (insep) (riots, violence, row, fire, epidemic, disease, war, rash, spots, sweat, tears, argument) Begins suddenly or violently.

2 escape (insep) Escape. break in

break up stop [break something up] (fight, quarrel, party, crowd, marriage, relationship, couple, alliance, school, meeting) Stop.

breeze through [breeze through something] (insep) (exam, test) Pass something easily. sail through, sweep through, walk through

bring about cause [bring something about] (reform, changes) Make something happen.

bring back [bring something back] (memories) Makes you think about something that happened a long time ago.

bring in 1 [bring somebody in] (doctor, expert, consultant, technician) Ask somebody to come and help. call in

2 [bring something in] (bill, law, regulation, rule, system, scheme) Introduce something.

bring off accomplish [bring something off]Succeed in something. pull off

bring out 1 [bring something out] (product) Make something available to the public.

2 Develop a quality.

bring round/to [bring somebody round, bring somebody to] Help somebody regain consciousness.

bring up 1 [bring somebody up] Look after a child until it has grown up.

2 [bring something up] (issue, matter, point, subject) Mention a subject or topic. come up, drag up

brush up [brush something up, brush up on something] (English, French, subject) Study something to try and revise or improve it a little. polish up

bugger off (insep, taboo) Tell somebody to get lost or leave you alone fuck off, sod off

build up increase [build something up] (muscles, strength, stamina, reputation, sales, speed, collection, profits) Increase the amount of something.

bump into [bump into somebody] (insep) Meet somebody by chance. come across, run into

butt in interrupt [butt in, butt in on somebody] Interrupt. break in on

butter up praise [butter somebody up] Praise somebody excessively so that they will do what you want.

buzz off (insep, informal) Go away. dash off

 

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