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Ice up.- (insep) When something ices up, it becomes covered in ice so that it doesn't work properly.

  • Sometimes Atlanta ices up and you don't want to drive if you can avoid it.
  • The river ices up in the winter and public areas are inaccessible after the snow falls.

Iron out [Iron something out].- (problems, difficulties, differences, details, faults, misunderstanding; crease, fold) When you iron something out, you get rid of a problem or find an anwer for it.

  • They managed to iron out all the problems with the new production process.
  • The system has been tested in the UK for the last 9 months to iron out any teething problems.
  • We still have a long way to go before we iron out all the current financial difficulties.

Invite in [Invite somebody in].- When you invite somebody in, you ask them to come in. Ask in

  • They were not expecting her but invited her in for a cup of tea and a chat.

Invite out [Invite somebody out].- When you invite somebody over, you ask them to go with you for a meal, to see a show, etc. Ask out

  • I invited her out again, and she said she really wanted to go dancing.

Invite over, invite round [Invite somebody over, invite somebody round].- When you invite somebody over, you ask them to pay you a visit.

  • Do you invite them over for food after the service?
  • The best way to celebrate and thank people is to invite them round to your place for a party.

Itch for [Itch for something].- (insep) When you itch for something, you desperately want to have it or do it. Long for

  • She's just returned from a hunting trip in the Himalayas, and she's itching for a new challenge.

 

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