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Sail through [Sail through, Sail through something].- (insep) (exam, examination,
legislation, test) When you sail through something, you pass it easily. Breeze through, sweep through, walk through
Scrape through something
- Anti-terror legislation sailed through the House of Representatives on Tuesday.
Scare away [Scare somebody away, scare something away].- (dog, bird) When you scare somebody or an animal away, you make them leave using fear. Frighten away
neighbour with a baseball bat finally scared the dog away.
Scare off.- The same as scare away.
Scratch out [Scratch something out].- (existence, living, income) When you
scratch something out, you try hard to make a living, usually with little
money or food. Eke out
Screw up [Screw up, screw something up].- When you screw up or screw something up, you spoil or
Seal off [Seal something off].- (area, street) When
the police seals a place off, they block it. Cordon off, cut off
whole area has been sealed off and de-mining experts have arrived at
Sell out.- (concert, tickets) When something sells out,
it sells all the items available.
- The shows are
sold out. There are no tickets left.
See off [See somebody off].-
When you see somebody off, you go to the airport, station, etc. to say good-bye
to them. Wave off
- He's going to London tomorrow. I'm
going to the airport to see him off.
See off [See somebody off, see something off].- (attack, opponent, opposition,
challenger) When you see somebody or something off, you deal with some kind
of danger and defeat it.
- He believes there is enough quality in the team to see off their rivals.
See something through.- When you see something through, you make sure it's completed
- This is right. We have to do
this. We must see it through.
[See through somebody].- (insep) When you see through somebody, you can clearly see what
their intentions are and you are not deceived.
Send in [Send something in].- (application, request, entry, coupon, article,
report, order) When you send something in, you send it somewhere so
that it's dealt with it officially.
Serve out [Serve something out].- (sentence, term) When
you serve something out, you do something until the end of a fixed period.
you believe John Howard will serve out his term if re-elected? Vote
- Mr. Wahid has denied any wrong-doing
and has vowed to serve out the rest of his term.
his last trial, Kallinger was returned to Huntington to serve out his
Set off.- (insep) When you set off, you
start a journey. Set out
- Another scientific expedition
has set off from Krasnoyarsk in Eastern Siberia to the place where in
its time the Tunguska meteorite fell.
Set out.- (insep) When you set
out, you start a journey. Set off
- Drivers are advised
to listen to traffic bulletins and plan journeys before setting out.
Set up [Set something up].- (committee, commission, investigation,
public enquiry, fund, business, company, organization, system) When you set something up, you start it.
- A manhunt for
the suspects is under way and roadblocks have been set up, but by late
yesterday no one had been arrested yet.
commission has been set up to investigate the incident.
Set up house: When you set up house, you
start your own home. Set up shop: When you set up shop, you start
Settle down.- (insep) When you settle
down, you behave responsibly and live in a regular way, especially when
you get married.
- He says the last thing a man
needs to do is settle down and get married.
Settle in.- (insep) (home, job, office, school,
routine) When you settle in, you move into a new home, job, and
start feeling confortable there.
Sex up [Sex something up].- When you sex something up, you make it look more interesting
or exciting. Spice up
- The BBC admitted Dr David Kelly was
the source for its claims that Downing Street sexed up an Iraqui weapons
Shake off [Shake something off].- (cold, fever, illness, image,
habbit, depression) When you shake something off, you get rid of it.
- I can't seem to shake this cold off.
- I wish I could shake this fever off!
- What I think I need advice on is how I can shake
off this depression and start focusing on my life.
Shake off [Shake somebody off].- (the police, photographers,
pursuers) When you shake somebody off, you scape from them.
Shake up [Shake something up].- 1 When you shake something up, you
mix it by shaking.
2 (department, industry, cabinet, system) When
you shake something up, you reorganize it completely.
new European Commission led by President Romano Prodi has announced
a major shake up of the Brussels bureaucracy.
Shake up [Shake somebody up].-
When something shakes you up, it shocks you.
Shoot off.- (insep) When you shoot off, you leave in a hurry.
consultant had to shoot off to an important meeting.
Shoot up.- (insep) (prices) When something shoots yp, it increases very quickly.
cost of natural gas has shot up nationwide in recent months.
Shop around.- (insep) When you shop around, you visit different shops in order to
find the cheapest price.
- Shop around for your
insurance cover - but look at the quality of the product and the insurer's
reputation for service, as well as value for money.
Shore up [Shore something up].- (building, wall, argument, case,
confidence, image) When you shore something up, you do something to support
it or make it stronger.
Show up.- (insep) When you show up, you arrive. Turn up
- After he
failed to show up for a hearing, a warrant for his arrest was issued.
Shut down [Shut something down].- (factory, plant, business,
company, shop, production) When you shut something down, you close
it permanently. Close something
- Legal action will be taken to shut down sites that fail to comply with the law.
Shut up [Shut up, shut somebody up].- When you shut up, you stop talking. Clam up
- At first I thought I was going to have to do all the talking because
he seemed really quiet. But after a while I couldn't shut him up.
Shut up [Shut something up].-
When you shut something up, you close it. Lock up
- All the guethouses
appeared to be shut up for the night.
Sift through [Sift through something].- (insep) (evidence, documents,
papers, rubble, wreckage) When you sift through something, you examine
every part of it in order to find something.
- She sifted
through the rubbish bin looking for the letter from the bank that she'd
Single out [Single something out, single somebody out].- When you single
somebody or something out, you choose them from a group for special treatment. Pick out
- What I didn't like was being singled out because of my political views.
Sit down.- When you sit down, you move into a sitting position.
- Why don't you sit down and have a drink?
- Come and sit down. We've got a lot to talk about.
Sit up .- When you sit up, you sit properly so that your back is straight.
- At work, adjust your chair height and work station so you can sit up close to your work.
(insep) When you skive off, you spend time doing nothing, esp. avoiding
work. Goof off
- I don't feel like working today. I'm going
to skive off and spend the day at the beach.
Slag off [Slag somebody off].-
When you slag somebody off, you criticize somebody, especially when they're not
- Stop slagging him off all the time!
Slip up.- (insep) When you slip up, you make a mistake.
around for your insurance cover - but look at the quality of the product
and the insurer's reputation for service, as well as value for money.
Slow down.- (insep) When you slow up, you move or do something more slowly.
- You are driving too fast. Please slow down.
Snap up [Snap something up].- (bargain, offer) When you snap something
up, you buy something quickly before other people do it, because it
- This unique offer won't last forever
so snap it up right away.
Sort out [Sort something out].- When you sort something out, you find a solution for it.
nothing more you can do. You should let the lawyers sort it out.
- We have to talk. We have to sort this out.
Spark off [Spark something off].- (alarm, explosion, fight, war,
vilence, incident, illness) When something sparks off something else, it
makes it happen. Set off, trigger off
- The report of the arrest sparked off clashes between supporters of Khan and forces loyal to the governor.
Spew out [Spew something out].- (smoke, water, lava, curses) When something spews out something, it produces a lot of it; usually something bad.
- The nearby volcano has been rumbling for weeks, spewing out lava and hot gases.
(insep) When you splash out on something, you spend a lot of money, perhaps
too much, on something.
- I urge parents to think twice
before splashing out on expensive computer games for their kids.
(insep) When two people split up, they finish their relationship.
why they split up. He had another woman.
Spruce up [Spruce up, spruce somebody up].- When you spruce yourself up or you get spruced
up, you make yourself look neat and attractive. Smarten
Spruce up [Spruce something up].- (image) When you spruce
something up , you make it look neat and attractive.
visited the camp in Karkaria which is being spruced up for the prime
minister's visit tomorrow.
Squeeze in [Squeeze somebody in].-
(insep) When you squeeze somebody in, you have time to see them.
- She told me if I could wait an hour, she would squeeze me in.
(insep) When you stand by, you are ready for action.
crews were standing by to extinguish any possible blaze.
Stand by [Stand by somebody].- (insep) When you stand by somebody, you support them when they need
- If she loves him enough, surely she will stand by him.
(insep) When you stand down, you resign; you leave your job to somebody else. Step down
- He has been under intense pressure to resign.
But he has made it clear he has no intention of standing down.
for [Stand in for somebody].- (insep) When you stand in for somebody, you do their job temporarily
because they can't. Cover for, fill
in for, sit in for
- My good old friend Mike Hancock asked me to stand in for him in this debate.
(insep) When something stands out, it's clearly noticeable. Stick out
of the things that stand out about this country pub is the truly welcoming
and hospitable atmosphere.
When you stand up, you move so that you are on your feet and not sitting
or lying anymore.
Stand up [Stand somebody up].-
When you stand somebody up, you arrange to meet somebody and not go (usually in
a romantic relationship).
- I haven't heard from her since she stood me up
Stay away [Stay away from somebody, stay away from a place].- When you stay away from somebody or stay away from a place, you don't go near them.
- Tourists stayed away, frightened by more than a year of violence.
- Record numbers of people have so far stayed away from polling stations in the first round of the French presidential election.
(insep) When you stay in, you don't go out.
her friends went to the disco but she had to stay in to study.
Step down [Stand somebody up].-
(insep) When you step down, you resign; you leave your job to somebody else. Stand down
- I think he should step down as chairman and let
someone younger take over.
Stick about, stick around .-
(insep) When you stick around, you stay in the same place.
- I hope that you enjoy it here and that you stick around a bit!
(insep) When something sticks out, it's clearly noticeable. Stand out
sticks out in my mind about this trip was how we were treated.
Stir up [Stir something up].- (trouble, hatred, anger, opposition, discontent,
dissent, violence, the past, things, memories, passions, unrest, rebellion,
revolt) When you stir something up, you cause it by your actions.
loves stirring up trouble.
- He was accused of stirring up racial hatred.
- Sometimes I wonder if you say what you do because you enjoy stirring things up.
(insep) When you stop off or stop off somewhere, you interrupt your
journey for a while.
- We stopped off at a service
station and I bought myself some Smarties.
Stumble across [Stumble across something].-
When you stumble across something, you find it by chance. Come across
- I stumbled across your webpage and was really impressed.
Stumble across [ Stumble across somebody].-
When you stumble across somebody, you meet them by chance. Come across
When you sum up or sum something up, you repeat the main ideas.
Suss out [Suss somebody out].-
When you suss somebody out, you discover what they are really like.
- He first considered denying it, but he could tell that would be pointless since she quite obviously had sussed him out.
Sweep up [Sweep something up].- When you sweep something up, you clean it with a groom.
a broom and sweep up that mess.
Sweep through [Sweep through something].- (insep) (exam, examination, test) When you sweep through something, you pass it easily. Breeze
through, sail through, walk
through Scrape through
Switch off.- (insep) When you switch off, you stop paying attention.
Switch off [Switch something off].- (radio, TV, engine) When you switch something off, you. Turn off Switch on, turn on
- What's the point of having a mobile if you're going to switch it off.
Switch on [Switch something on].- (radio, TV, engine) When you switch something off, you. Turn on Switch off, turn off
- He switched the machine on and it started to vibrate and make a strange noise.