Dictionary: Letter S


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sail through pass [sail through, Sail through something] (insep) (bill, exam, examination, legislation, proposal, test) Pass something easily. Breeze through, sweep through, walk through scrape through something

scare away [scare somebody away, scare something away] (dog, bird) Make somebody or something leave using fear. frighten away, scare off

scare off scare away

scratch out [scratch something out] (existence, living, income) Try hard to make a living, usually with little money or food. eke out

screw up [screw up, screw something up] Spoil or ruin something. mess up

seal off block [seal something off] (area, street) Block something. cordon off, cut off

sell out (concert, tickets) Sell something until it's finished.

see off 1 [see somebody off] Go to the airport, station, etc. to say good-bye to somebody. wave off

2 [see somebody off, see something off] (attack, opponent, opposition, challenger) Deal with some kind of danger and defeat it.

see through 1 [see something through] (job, project) Make sure something is completed successfully.

1 [see through somebody] (insep) Be able to clearly see what somebody's intentions are and not be deceived.

send in [send something in] (application, donation, request, entry, coupon, article, report, order) Send something somewhere so that it's dealt with it officially.

serve out [serve something out] (sentence, term) Do something until the end of a fixed period.

set aside 1 [set something aside] (food, money, time) Save something so it can be used later. put aside

2 [set something aside] (differences, ego, pride) Stop considering something. put aside

set back 1 cost [set somebody back] Cost a certain amount of money. knock back

2 hinder [set somebody back] Delay progress in what you're doing. hold back

set in (insep) (darkness, dispair, fear, infection, panick, rain, reality, winter) Start and continue for some time.

set off (insep) Start a journey. set out

Set out (insep) set off

set up [set something up] (committee, commission, investigation, public enquiry, fund, business, company, organization, system) Start something.

idiom set up house When you set up house, you start your own home. idiom set up shop When you set up shop, you start a business.

settle down (insep) Behave responsibly and live in a regular way, especially when you get married.

settle in (insep) (home, job, office, school, routine) Move into a new home, job, and start feeling confortable there.

Sex up [sex something up] Make something look more interesting or exciting. spice up

shake off 1 [shake something off] (cold, fever, illness, image, habbit, depression) Get rid of something.

2 [shake somebody off] (the police, photographers, pursuers) Scape from somebody.

shake up 1 [shake something up] Mix something by shaking.

2 (department, industry, cabinet, system) Reorganize something completely.

3 [shake somebody up] Be shocked.

shoot across/off/out/up (insep) Move fast or leave in a hurry.

shoot up (insep) (prices) Increase very quickly.

shop around (insep) Visit different shops in order to find the cheapest price.

shore up [shore something up] (building, wall, argument, case, confidence, image) Do something to support or make something stronger.

show up (insep) Arrive. turn up

shut down [shut something down] (factory, plant, business, company, shop, production) Close a place permanently. close down

shut up 1 [shut up, shut somebody up] Stop talking. clam up

2 [shut something up] Close a place. lock up

sift through [sift through something] (insep) (evidence, documents, papers, rubble, wreckage) Examine every part of something in order to find something.

single out [single something out, single somebody out] Choose somebody from a group for special treatment. pick out

sit down Move into a sitting position.

sit up Sit properly so that your back is straight.

skive off (insep) Spend time doing nothing, esp. avoiding work. goof off

slag off [slag somebody off] Criticize somebody, especially when they're not there.

slave away Work hard continously.

slim down Lose weight.

slip up (insep) Make a mistake.

slow down (insep) Move or do something more slowly.

snap up [snap something up] (bargain, offer) Buy something quickly before other people do, because it is cheap.

soldier on (insep) Continue doing something even though it might be difficult.

sort out [sort something out] Find a solution for something.

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

speak up 1 (insep) Speak in a louder voice.

2 defend (insep) Express an opinion, especially to support somebody or an idea.

spew out [spew something out] (smoke, water, lava, curses) Produce a lot of something; usually something bad.

splash out (insep) Spend a lot of money, perhaps too much, on something.

split up (insep) Finish a relationship. break up

spruce up [spruce up, spruce somebody up].- Make yourself look neat and attractive. smarten up

spruce up [spruce something up] (image) Make something look neat and attractive.

squeeze in [squeeze somebody in] (insep) Have or find time to see somebody. fit in

stand by 1 (insep) Be ready for action.

2 support [stand by somebody] (insep) Support somebody when they need you.

stand down resign (insep) Leave your job to somebody else. step down

stand in for [stand in for somebody] (insep) Do somebody's job temporarily because they can't. cover for, fill in for, sit in for

stand out (insep) Be clearly noticeable. stick out

stand up 1 (insep) Rise to your feet so you're not sitting or lying anymore.

2 [stand somebody up] Arrange to meet somebody and you don't go (usually in a romantic relationship).

start out (insep) Take the first steps or actions in a business, career or situation.

stay away avoid [stay away from somebody, stay away from a place] Avoid somebody or something.

stay in (insep) Not go out.

step down (insep) Leave your job to somebody else. stand down

step up [step something up] (efforts, production) Increase the speed or amount of something.

stick about/around (insep) Stay in the same place.

stick out (insep) B clearly noticeable. stand out

stir up [stir something up] (trouble, hatred, anger, opposition, discontent, dissent, violence, the past, things, memories, passions, unrest, rebellion, revolt) Cause something by your actions.

stop off (insep) Interrupt your journey for a while.

stop by (insep) Pay somebody a short visit. drop by

stumble across [stumble across somebody/something] Find something by chance. come across

sum up Repeat the main ideas in a few words.

suss out [suss somebody out] Discover what they somebody is really like.

sweep away 1 destroy [sweep through something] (insep) (dreams) Destroys something.

sweep through spread fast [sweep through, Sweep through something] (fear, fire, news, panic, waves, winds) Move quickly and with force.

sweep up [sweep something up] Clean something with a groom.

switch off 1 [switch something off] (radio, TV, engine) Make something start. turn off switch on, turn on

2 (insep) Stop paying attention.

switch on [switch something on] (radio, TV, engine) Make something start. turn on switch off, turn off



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