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(insep) When you dash off, you leave in a hurry.
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.
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.
dawned on me that something unusual was going on.
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.
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.
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.
with [Do away with something].- abolish (law, privilege, rule, regulation, paperwork,
tax) When an organizations does away with something, they get rid of
- 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
- I spent a month doing up the flat and I think
it's quite nice now.
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
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
is all in the past. Why are you bringing it all up now?
(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
- 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,
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.
(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.
(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
thought I'd dropped in and say hello.
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.
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
Drop off [Drop somebody off].- When you drop somebody off, you
stop the vehicle you are driving to leave a passenger. Let off
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
- 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.