Phrasal Verb Dictionary: Letter E
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(insep) (pain, rain, traffic) When
something eases off, it becomes less intense.
- The pain
eased off after he took the tablets.
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.
(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
- Pollution has eaten away the stonework.
- The metal was eaten away by the acid.
(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?
(insep) When you eat out, you eat in a restaurant. Dine out Eat in
too tired to cook; why don't we eat out tonight?
really enjoys eating out.
Eat up [Eat up, eat something up].- When you eat up or eat something up, you finish eating.
- Eat up your vegetables!
Egg on [Egg somebody on].-
When you egg somebody on, you encourage them to do something silly.
egged him on to drink the whole bottle.
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.
living, income) When you eke something out, you try hard to make a
living, usually with little money or food. Scratch
- The land is arid and dry so I imagine it's difficult to eke out a living.
(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.
ended up homeless.
Explain away [Explaing something away].- When you explain something away, you give an excuse to avoid
- She tried to explain away the situation,
but the police knew she was guilty.
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.