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Ooze out.- (insep) (gas, smoke, blood, tears) When something oozes out, it appears or leaks; it flows slowly.

  • Blood was oozing out from the wound.   

Open out.- 1 (insep) When something opens out, it spreads; it becomes wider; it unfolds.

  • Open out the discussion so that students can contribute to the discussion using personal experience.

Open up [Open something up].- When you open up or open something up, you open it.

  • Police! Open up!
  • They're opening up new stores in many parts of the country.

Opt in.- (insep) When you opt in, you choose to join something. Opt out

  • Customers can opt in to the programme at a level that suits them.

Opt out.- (insep) When you opt out, you choose to leave a system or operate independently. Opt in

  • The contract allowed him to opt out after two years

Order about, order around [Order somebody about, order somebody around].- When you order somebody about, you give them too many orders in an unpleasant way.

  • What really gets me is the way he thinks he can order me about.

Order in [Order somebody in].- When you order somebody in, you order them to enter a place. Order out

  • The army was ordered in to disperse the demonstrators.

Order off [Order somebody off].- When a referee orders a player off, they order the player to leave the field.

  • Taxis in a dangerous condition have been ordered off the road following random safety checks.

Order out [Order somebody out].- When you order somebody out, you order them to leave. Order in

  • One of the defense lawyers was ordered out of the court for disrupting trial sessions.

Own up.- (insep) When you own up, you admit a fault or having done something wrong.

  • In the old days, if the guilty student didn't own up, all the class was punished.

 

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