Hand in [Hand something in].- (work, essay, assignment, paper, form, application, notice, resignation, petition, keys, money, weapons, tickets) When you hand something in, you give it to somebody in charge. Give in

  • The minister handed in his resignation when it was known that he was implicated in the scandal.
  • The Guerrilla have agreed to hand in their weapons.
  • You can hand in your homework on Monday.

Hand on [Hand something on].- 1 (custom, story, clothes, knowledge, responsibility) When you hand something on, you give it to somebody who is younger or who comes later.

  • Over the course of time, the story was handed on verbally from one generation to another, until the time came when the people were able to read and write.

2 (photograph, magazine) When you hand something on, you give it to somebody who is next to you: Hand down, pass on

Hand out [Hand something out].- (leaflets, books, food) When you hand something out, you distribute it. Give out

  • Mary, could you help me hand out the photocopies, please?
  • He was handing out free tickets for the concert.

Hand over [Hand something over].- (money, gun, prisoner, control, power, responsibility) When you hand something over, you it to somebody else so that they take control.

  • Have things changed since the hand over of sovereignty from the British to Chinese?

Hang about/around.- The same as hang around.

  • There was a group of young people hanging around on the corner of the street.
  • You should allow your son to hang around in the street after dark.

Hang on.- (insep) When you hang on, you wait. Hold on

  • Hang on a minute; I need to talk to you.
  • ( on the phone ) I'm afraid he's busy at the moment; would you like to hang on?
  • I can't hang on any longer; I'm in a hurry.

Hang up.- (phone) When you hang up, you finish a phone conversation.

  • She hung up on me.
  • Don't hang up; I need to speak to your sister.

Hang up [Hang something up].- (picture, coat) When you hang something up, you put it on a wall or hook.

  • Hang up your coat and come and join us. 

Have back [Have somebody back].- When you have somebody back, they return after having left.

  • It so nice to have you back, love.

Have back [Have something back].- (money) When you have something back, somebody gives it back to you. Give back

  • It seems like a fair deal to me. Anyone who is not happy with that can have their money back.

Idiom > Have your own back: When you have your own back, you get your revenge.

Very common & useful phrasal verb Have on [Have something on].- 1 (clothes) When you have something on, you are wearing it.

  • Can you remember what the suspect had on when he ran out of the bank

2 (radio, TV) When you have something on, it's switched on and you are using it.

  • Mama often had the radio on as she did her housework and almost always sang along. 

Have on [Have somebody on].- When you have somebody on, you try to make them believe something that is not true to have a laugh.

  • Are you having me on? 

Head off.- (insep) When you head off somewhere, you go in that direction.

  • We said our goodbyes and he headed off in the other direction.

Head off [Head off something].- prevent (criticism, disaster, crisis, threat, quarrel, disagreement) When you head off something unpleasant, you prevent it from happening. Fend off, stave off, ward off

  • The United States proposed a compromise to head off a trade war with the EU.

Hold back [Hold something back].- (emotions, anger, frustration, tears, information, evidence, ideas, crowds, enemy, progress, project) When you hold something back, you control it or keep it secret. Keep back

  • He pressed his lips together, trying to hold back his emotions.
  • We are certainly not in any way trying to hold back any information.

Very common & useful phrasal verb Hold on.- (insep) When you hold on, you wait.

  • Please hold on a moment.
  • All our lines are busy, but please hold on.

Hold up [Hold somebody up, hold something up].- 1 (traffic, bad weather) When something holds somebody or something else up, it delays it.

  • The march held up traffic in the city centre but there was no trouble or arrests.

2 (bank) When criminals hold up a bank, they rob it.

  • Armed robbers held up the bank and escaped with £20,000.

Hold up.- When somebody or something holds up, they remain strong.

  • She seems to be holding up. I can't believe she's taking it so calmly.

Hurry up.- (insep) When you hurry up, you go faster.

  • Hurry up! We're going to be late.

Hush up [Hurry something up].- When you hush something up, you prevent the public from knowing about it. Cover up

  • While accusations continued that the State Government was doing everything to hush up the case, the authorities have decided not to speak.



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