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Phrasal Verb Dictionary: Letter E

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Ease off.- (insep) (pain, rain, traffic) When something eases off, it becomes less intense.

  • The pain eased off after he took the tablets.
  • The rain should ease off after midday.
  • The heavy rain was easing off as we left the hotel, but I borrowed an umbrella just in case.

Ease up.- (Same as ease off)

  • I wondered if I would ever catch Mike but he started to slow and I kept seeing him closer and closer as he grew tired, and then eased up when I got near.

Eat away [Eat something away].- When something eats something else away, it destroys it by eating or by chemical  action.

  • Pollution has eaten away the stonework.
  • The metal was eaten away by the acid.

Eat in.- (insep) When you eat in, you eat at home. Eat out

  • We won't eat in tonight.
  • I don't fancy going out tonight; shall we eat in?

Eat out.- (insep) When you eat out, you eat in a restaurant. Dine out Eat in

  • I'm too tired to cook; why don't we eat out tonight?
  • She really enjoys eating out.

Eat up [Eat up, eat something up].- When you eat up or eat something up, you finish eating.

  • Eat up children!
  • Eat up your vegetables!

Egg on [Egg somebody on].- When you egg somebody on, you encourage them to do something silly.

  • They egged him on to drink the whole bottle.
  • They egged him on until he finally jumped.

Eke out [Eke something out].- 1 (rations, pension, food) When you eke something out, you make it last longer.

  • Developing alternative energy sources is one part of the plan to eke out the Earth's resources.

2 (existence, living, income) When you eke something out, you try hard to make a living, usually with little money or food. Scratch out

  • The land is arid and dry so I imagine it's difficult to eke out a living.

End up.- (insep) When you end up somewhere or in a certain state, you end there or that way after a series of events. Wind up

  • You'll end up in prison if you go on like that.
  • He ended up homeless.

Explain away [Explaing something away].- When you explain something away, you give an excuse to avoid blame.

  • She tried to explain away the situation, but the police knew she was guilty.
  • I don't know how I'm going to explain that away.

Eye up [Eye somebody up].- When you eye somebody up, you look at them in a way that shows you are sexually interested in them.

  • The chap across the room is eyeing her up, but she doesn't seem to notice.

 

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