Tony Blair visits Afghanistan


Tony Blair talking in the press coference he gave in his recent visit to Afghanistan in November 2006.

British English

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I don't think that we should be surprised that they fight back
Meaning defend themselves
Examples The guards could not fight back because they were outnumbered.
Particle back means in reciprocate an action


they will try to get back in
Meaning regain control of the government
Examples If the Conservatives got back in, they would slash spending on social services.
Particle back in means be in charge again


the most important thing to get across is a sense of balance
Meaning the message should be a sense of balance
Examples I'm not sure what point you're trying to get across here.
Particle across means communication


they were going to be able to take back control in Helmud
Meaning regain control
Examples The Democrats took back control of the lower chamber by capturing more than 25 seats held by Republicans.
Particle back means again


you've got to balance it up
Meaning find the right balance
Examples It is also a case of balancing up the potential benefits of success with the potential problems of failure.
Particle up has no extra meaning in this sentence


you drive out the Taliban
Meaning expel them from power
Examples Most guerrilla wars have been about driving out the foreigners.
Particle out has its literal meaning