Verb Phrase B

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back down stop defending your opinion in a debate Jane never backs down. She always wins arguments.
back out not keep (a promise, agreement,deal) Sam backed out at the last second.
back out of + not keep (a promise, agreement, deal) Sam backed out of the agreement at the last second.
back * up + give support You need examples to back up your opinion.
back up move backwards, reverse Could you back up a little so I can open this drawer.
bawl * out criticize, reprimand (inf.) She bawled him out for arriving late.
bear down on + bite The soldier had to bear down on the leather strap while the doctor removed a bullet from the soldier’s arm.
bear down on + take strong measures against The U.S.A. is bearing down on drug traffickers.
bear on + have to do with This information may bear on this case.
bear up withstand I didn’t think he would bear up so well in that situation.
bear up under + withstand How did he bear up under such extreme pressure.
bear with + be patient Please bear with me while I fill out the paperwork.
blow in visit unexpectedly (inf.) My cousin blew in unexpectedly with his entire family.
blow over pass without creating a problem All this negative publicity will blow over in a couple of weeks.
blow * up + make explode;destroy using explosives The terrorists blew the bridge up.
blow up explode The bomb blew up before they could defuse it.
blow up suddenly become very angry When Joan heard the news, she blew up and rushed out of the room.
break * down + analyze in detail We need to break this problem down in order to solve.
break down stop working properly The truck broke down in the desert.
break down become mentally ill She broke down after her husband died.
break * in + wear or use something new until it is comfortable I need to break these shoes in before I go hiking.
break in interrupt While we were discussing the situation, Terri broke in to give her opinion.
break in enter a place unlawfully The burglar broke in between midnight and 3 AM.
break in on + interrupt (a conversation) Jane broke in on the conversation and told us to get back to work.
break into + enter a house unlawfully The burglar broke into the house between midnight and 3 AM.
break into + interrupt (a conversation) Jane broke into the conversation and told us what she knew.
break * off + end something Sally broke her engagement to John off.
break out appear violently Violent protests broke out in response to the military coup.
break out + use something extravagant for celebration He broke out the champagne to celebrate his promotion.
break out  of + escape The murderer broke out of the prison.
break * up + break into pieces I broke the cracker up into pieces and put it in the soup.
break * up + disperse (a crowd), stop (a fight) The police broke the demonstration up before it got out of control.
break up end a relationship Sam and Diane broke up again. What a rocky relationship.
bring * about + cause to happen Democracy brought about great change in the lives of the people.
bring * along + bring with When we go to the forest, bring your wildlife guide along.
bring * around change someone’s mind, convince someone She doesn’t want to go, but we’ll eventually bring her around.
bring * away learn or gain (from an experience) My trip across the Sahara was difficult, but I brought a new appreciation for life away from the experience.
bring * off + succeed at something difficult or unexpected You robbed the bank! I can’t believe you brought that off.
bring * on + cause something I can’t believe she got so angry. What brought that on?
bring * out + highlight, stress Your new shirt brings out the color of your eyes.
bring * over + bring to someone’s house When you visit me, why don’t you bring over your son.
bring * to revive consciousness We used smelling salts to bring her to after she fainted.
bring * up + mention I didn’t want to bring up the fact that she was unemployed.
bring * up + raise ( a child) Sam was brought up in South Carolina.
brush * off + ignore something or someone (inf.) Mary brushed her ex-boyfriend off at the party.
burn * down + destroy by setting fire to The children burned the house down while playing with matches.
burn down burn until completely gone (building) Two buildings burnt down in the fire.
burn up be hot I am burning up in here – open the window.
burn up consume by fire The papers were burned up in the fire.
burn * up + destroy by fire He burnt up the files.
buy * out + buy the shares of a company or the shares the other person owns of a business Pacific Inc. was bought out by a company from Oregon.
buy * up + purchase the entire supply of something We bought up all the beer in the store.

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