Dictionary: Letter D

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dash off 1 leave (insep) Leave in a hurry.

2 write [dash something off] (letter, note, email) Write something in a hurry.

dawn on [dawn on somebody] Suddenly begin to understand something.

dial back  [dial something back] (anger, aggressiveness, rhetoric) Reduce the strength or intensity of something.

die away (noise, sound, voice, light, breeze) Gradually become weaker until it disappears. fade away

die down (insep) (applause, gossip, rumours, wind, storm, flames, fire, pain, excitement, scandal) Become quieter or less noticeable.

die out (insep) (custom, tradition, habit, idea, race, species) Gradually disappear.

dig in (insep) Start eating. tuck in, pitch in

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

dig up 1 discover [dig something up] (scandal, the past, idea, excuse, facts, information) Search for something and find it: rake up, dredge up

2 dig Remove something from the ground using a fork or spade.

dive in 1 [dive in, dive into something] (insep) Start doing something with enthusiasm. plunge in

do away with abolish [do away with something] (law, privilege, rule, regulations, restrictions, paperwork, tax) Get rid of something.

do in exhaust [do somebody in, do something in] (head) Make you tired or unable to deal with a situation.

do up 1 repair, decorate [do something up](flat, building, cottage, room) Repair and decorate a place.

2 fasten [do something up] (button, coat, dress, trousers, zip) Fasten.

doll up [doll yourself up] Make yourself more attractive by wearing make-up and special clothes. dress up

doss down  (insep) Sleep somewhere temporarily or sleep there instead of going home. kip down

doze off (insep) Fall into a light sleep. drop off

drag on (insep) Be very slow and last longer than necessary.

drag up [drag something up] (story, incident) Mention some unpleasant fact from the past. bring up

draw up 1 stop (insep) Get closer to a place and stop. pull up

2 prepare [draw something up] (list, plan, document, proposal, contract, will) Prepare something very carefully in writing.

dream up [dream something up] (explanation, idea, plot, ploy, project, scheme) Think of something unusual or foolish.

dredge up [dredge something up] (scandal, the past, memory, old grivances, quarrel, filth, mistake, misdeeds, story) Remind somebody of unpleasant events in the past. dig up, rake up

dress down (insep) Wear clothes less formal than the ones you usually wear. dress up

dress up (insep) Put on better clothes for a special occasion. AmE fix up dress down

droneon (insep) (meeeting, speech) Continue for too long in a monotonous, boring way.

drop by (insep) Pay somebody a visit. call in, drop by, pop in, stop by

drop in [drop in on somebody] (insep) Pay somebody a short visit without warning. call in, drop by, pop in

drop off 1 sleep (insep) Fall asleep. crash out, Doze off, flake out

2 decrease (insep) (attendance, numbers, membership, interest, support, traffic, temperatures) Become less or fewer. Fall off

3 let passenger out [drop somebody off] Stop the vehicle you are driving to leave a passenger there. let off

drum up [drum something up] (support, enthusiasm, interest, business, trade) Make people interested in something.

dry out (insep) 1 become dry (lake, river) Become completely dry.

2 stop drinking Stop drinking after becoming an alcoholic.

dry up 1 dissapear (insep) (money, work, conversation, comissions, inspiration) Not be available anymore.

2 stop talking (insep) Stop talking.

dumb down [dumb something down] (language, news, test) Make something easier so that everybody can understand it.

 

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