Dictionary: Letter D
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- I must dash off; I'm already late.
- He dashed off before I could talk to him.
2 write [dash something off] (letter, note, email) Write something in a hurry.
- Feel free to dash off an email to us at any time.
- It dawned on me that something unusual was going on.
- The truth finally dawned on him.
- The incident has caused her to dial back her alcohol consumption.
- He needs to dial back his aggressiveness at times to avoid injury.
- They have asked him to dial back his rhetoric regarding illegal immigrants.
- The strange noise finally died away.
- I particularly like it at night, when the traffic dies away.
- 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.
- Many Indian communities are dying out.
- The Panda is in danger of dying out.
- Sadly this tradition died out in the early 1900s.
- The kids couldn't wait to dig in.
- He spent the morning digging over the vegetable patch.
- When I was digging over the garden I made a strange discovery.
- I have no answer for that, and I am not sure I want to dig up the past.
2 dig Remove something 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.
dive in 1 [dive in, dive into something] (insep) Start doing something with enthusiasm. plunge in
- I didn't give him a chance to continue. I just dived in with a question.
- I have a natural curiosity to dive into things and explore.
- The death penalty has been done away with in many countries.
- They should do away with all that paperwork.
- Most countries have done away with the death penalty.
- I think it was the late hours more than the alcohol that really did me in.
- Please help, this is doing my head in.
- I spent a month doing up the flat and I think it's quite nice now.
2 fasten [do something up] (button, coat, dress, trousers, zip) Fasten.
- Her hair was done up in a neat bun at the back of her head.
- She loves to doll herself up.
- If you can find another blanket I'll just doss down on the sofa.
- Judy dozed off while she was watching television.
- Legal battles are agonizingly slow and costly, and the appeals process can drag on for years.
- This is all in the past. Why are you bringing it all up now?
- A convoy of buses drew up at the airport and they all climbed on board.
2 prepare [draw something up] (list, plan, document, proposal, contract, will) Prepare something very carefully in writing.
- The Metropolitan Police force is drawing up plans to recruit more ethnic minority officers from overseas.
- Look at the picture and dream up a sensational story to go with it.
- It's not good to dredge up the past.
- Some companies allow their employees to dress down on Fridays.
- Dressing down allows staff to be comfortable and be themselves.
- 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.
- The meeting droned on for another forty-five minutes.
- The instructor droned on for nearly half an hour.
- The speech droned on for what seemed like ages.
- She dropped by for a cup of coffee.
- She dropped by unannounced.
- I thought I'd dropped in and say hello.
- Drop in to see us next time you're in town.
- Sorry I dropped in unannounced.
- The girl was so tired that she dropped off to sleep at once.
- Ashley finally dropped off to sleep after midnight.
- He was so tired that he dropped off to sleep immediately.
2 decrease (insep) (attendance, numbers, membership, interest, support, traffic, temperatures) Become less or fewer. Fall off
- Attendance has dropped off over the last few months.
- Temperatures will drop off quickly as northwest winds strengthen.
3 let passenger out [drop somebody off] Stop the vehicle you are driving to leave a passenger there. let off
- Come on. I'll drop you off at your flat.
- The bus driver dropped me off at the wrong stop.
- 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.
- Fishing was the occupation of the village until the river dried out.
2 stop drinking Stop drinking after becoming an alcoholic.
- The clinic is a well-known retreat where the rich and famous go to dry out.
- The money dried up when the financial crisis hit in 2008.
- After a few minutes the conversation dried up.
- When work began to dry up, he found himself unemployed and unsure of his future.
2 stop talking (insep) Stop talking.
- As soon as he saw the camera he dried up.
- 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.