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Dash off.- (insep) When you dash off, you leave in a hurry.

  • I must dash off; I'm already late.
  • He dashed off before I could talk to him.

Dash off [Dash something off].- (letter, note, email) When you dash something off, you write it in a hurry.

  • Feel free to dash off an email to us at any time.

Dawn on [Dawn on somebody].- When something dawns on you, you suddenly begin to understand something.

  • It dawned on me that something unusual was going on.
  • The truth finally dawned on him.

Die away.- (noise, sound, voice, light, breeze) When something dies away, it gradually becomes weaker until it disappears; it fades. Fade away

  • The strange noise finally died away.
  • I particularly like it at night, when the traffic dies away.

Die down.- (insep) (applause, gossip, rumours, wind, storm, flames, fire, pain, excitement, scandal) When something dies down, it becomes quieter or less noticeable.

  • The wind's died down at last.
  • The rumours will soon die down.
  • He offered to leave the country for a spell until the fuss had died down.

Die out.- (insep) (custom, tradition, habit, idea, race, species) When something dies out, it gradually disappears.

  • Many Indian communities are dying out.
  • The Panda is in danger of dying out.
  • Sadly this tradition died out in the early 1900s.

Dig over [Dig something over].- (soil, patch, garden, flowerbed) When you dig something over, you break the ground into smaller pieces with a spade or fork so that plants can grow.

  • He spent the morning digging over the vegetable patch.
  • When I was digging over the garden I made a strange discovery.

Dig up [Dig something up].- 1 (scandal, the past, idea, excuse, facts, information) When you dig something up, you search for it and find it: Rake up, dredge up

  • I have no answer for that, and I am not sure I want to dig up the past.

2 When you dig something up, you remove it from the ground using a fork or spade.

  • If you dig up potatoes and the skin rubs off easily, they need more time to mature.

Do away with [Do away with something].- abolish (law, privilege, rule, regulation, paperwork, tax) When an organizations does away with something, they get rid of it.

  • The death penalty has been done away with in many countries.
  • They should do away with all that paperwork.

Do in [Do somebody in, do something in].- (head) When something does you in, it makes you tired or it makes you feel unable to deal with a situation.

  • I think it was the late hours more than the alcohol that really did me in.
  • Please help, this is doing my head in.

Do up [Do something up].- 1 (flat, building, cottage, room) When you do something up, you repair and decorate it.

  • I spent a month doing up the flat and I think it's quite nice now.

2 (button, coat, dress, trousers, zip) When you do something up, you fasten it.

  • Her hair was done up in a neat bun at the back of her head.

Doss down .- (insep) When you doss down somewhere, you sleep there temporarily or you sleep there instead of going home. Kip down

  • If you can find another blanket I'll just doss down on the sofa.

Doze off.- (insep) When you doze off, you fall into a light sleep. Drop off

  • Judy dozed off while she was watching television.

Drag on.- (insep) When something drags on, it's very slow and lasts longer than necessary.

  • Legal battles are agonizingly slow and costly, and the appeals process can drag on for years.

Drag up [Drag something up].- (story, incident) When you drag something up, you mention some unpleasant fact from the past. Bring up

  • This is all in the past. Why are you bringing it all up now?

Draw up.- (insep) When a vehicle draws up, it gets closer to a place and stops. Pull up

  • A convoy of buses drew up at the airport and they all climbed on board.

Draw up [Draw something up].- (list, plan, document, proposal, contract, will) When you draw something up, you prepare it very carefully in writing.

  • The Metropolitan Police force is drawing up plans to recruit more ethnic minority officers from overseas.

Dream up [Dream something up].- (explanation, idea, plot, ploy, scheme) When you dream something up, you think of something unusual or foolish.

  • Look at the picture and dream up a sensational story to go with it.

Dredge up [Dredge something up].- (scandal, the past, memory, old grivances, quarrel, filth, mistake, misdeeds, story) When you dredge something up, you remind somebody of unpleasant events in the past. Dig up, rake up

  • It's not good to dredge up the past.

Dress down.- (insep) When you dress down, the clothes you wear are not as formal as the ones you usually wear. Dress up

  • Some companies allow their employees to dress down on Fridays.
  • Dressing down allows staff to be comfortable and be themselves.

Dress up.- (insep) When you dress up, you put on better clothes for a special occasion. Dress down

  • He didn't dress up for the occasion at all, wearing an orange baseball cap, baggy khakis, and an oversized black sweater.
  • They dressed the child up in her best clothes and took her to the celebration.

Drop in (on somebody).- When you drop in on somebody, you pay a short visit without warning. Call in, pop in

  • I thought I'd dropped in and say hello.
  • Drop in to see us next time you're in town.

Drop off.- 1 (insep) When you drop off, you fall asleep. Doze off

  • The girl was so tired that she dropped off to sleep at once.
  • Ashley finally dropped off to sleep after midnight.

2 (attendance, numbers, membership, interest, support, traffic, temperatures) When something drops off, it becomes less or fewer. Fall off

  • Unfortunately, attendance has dropped off over the last few months.
  • Temperatures will drop off quickly as northwest winds strengthen.

Very common & useful phrasal verb Drop off [Drop somebody off].- When you drop somebody off, you stop the vehicle you are driving to leave a passenger. Let off

  • Come on. I'll drop you off at your flat.
  • They had a disagreement as he brought her home, he dropped her off and went to work.

Drum up [Drum something up].- (support, enthusiasm, interest, business, trade) When you drum something up, you try to make people interested in it.

  • US Defence Secretary Dick Cheney is about to go on a tour of Europe and the Middle East to drum up support for the military action.
  • They held a press conference last week to try to drum up support for their proposal.

Dumb down [Dumb something down].- (language, news, test) When you dumb something down, you make it easier so that everybody can understand it.

  • They want to dumb down the test.
  • We hope that less information will make the paper more digestible—at the risk of dumbing down the news.

 

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