accede to:  She would not accede to parental pressure to get married. (To agree to do something)

account for:  Increasing disappearance of icebergs in the Arctic is accounted for by global warming. (To provide explanation for)

agree to:  She agreed to meet me only after I’ve apologized to her. (To consent)

agree with:  I don’t like you but I agree entirely with what you have said. (To think the same)

amount to:  His decision amounts to an outright refusal. (To be the same as)

answer back: He was told off for answering her back. (To react rudely) 

answer for:  David will have to answer for his impoliteness. (To be responsible for something wrong that one did)

attribute to:  He attributed his success to his wife’s constant encouragement. (To say something is caused by someone or something else)

back away: He backed away when challenged to a fight. (To move away; to withdraw) 

back down:  The government backed down over the issue after widespread protests. (To withdraw from a commitment)
back off:  They told him to back off after he put too much pressure on them. (To retreat)
back out:  We were shocked when he backed out of the project at the last minute. (To withdraw from doing something or before it is completed)
back up:  The witnesses backed up his account of the incident. (To confirm what someone says is true)

blow away: They threatened to blow the hostages away if the soldiers attempted a rescue mission.  (To kill by shooting with a gun)

blow out:  One of our tyres blew out while we were on our way to catch a train. (To burst)
blow over:  We waited until the storm blew over before continuing our journey. (To become weaker)
blow up:  A suicide bomber blew up a van carrying soldiers. (To explode; to destroy by explosion of a bomb)

boil away:  I overslept and the water boiled away leaving the kettle intensely hot. (To heat until liquid disappears)

boil down to:  What his endless arguments boil down to is that he wants others to believe him. (To be the main reason or equivalent of)
boil over:  The discussion boiled over into a shouting match. (To lose control of one’s temper)

break away:  The leading runner broke away from the pack on the final lap. (To move from or ahead of a group)

break down:  After ten years, their marriage broke down irretrievably leading to a divorce. (To fail owing to some reason)
break in: He was arrested for trying to break in through the window of a house.  (To enter a building forcibly or illegally)
break into:  They broke into a research laboratory and removed all the animals. (To forcibly enter a building to steal)      
break of:  She found it hard to break herself of biting nails. (To make someone give up a habit)
break off:  Jack broke off with Jill after only three months. (To discontinue a relationship)
break out:  A plan by some prisoners to break out of the prison was foiled by the prison guards. (To escape from a place such as a prison)
break through: The crowd managed to break through the police cordon. (To force oneself through an obstruction)
 
break up:  The police used tear gas to break up the protest demonstration. (To disperse a crowd)
break up:  The house-warming party broke up around midnight. (To come to an end)
 
bring about: Global warming will bring about changes in man’s attitude towards the environment. (To cause something to happen)
bring around/round: They were trying to bring him around by giving him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. (To make someone regain consciousness)
bring back:  More and more people are advocating that the death penalty be brought back. (To reuse something)
bring down:  Corruption and bribery scandals had brought down the government. (To cause to collapse)
bring forth:  A quarrel about money that  brought forth tragic deaths. (To produce)
bring forward:  The matches have been brought forward to avoid the bad weather. (To make something happen earlier)
bring in:  The police had to be brought in to settle a seemingly private dispute. (To invite someone for a purpose)
bring on/upon:  There are people who bring misfortune upon themselves. (To make something happen)
bring out:  Disasters bring out the best in human nature when many volunteer in rescue operations. (To make a good quality noticeable)
bring together:  What brought them together is their common interests. (To make people come into close association)
bring up:  The divorcee brought up her six children single-handedly. (To care and educate a child)

brush aside: He brushed their suggestions aside, saying they are not practical. (To be unwilling to consider something)

brush off:  The film star brushed off a rumour of his impending divorce. (To refuse to give one’s attention to something)
brush up:  I must brush up on my driving before I get a car. (To resume practicing a skill)

burn away:  Fire burnt away the building leaving only the pillars standing. (To be destroyed by fire)

burn down:  By the time the firemen arrived, the fire had burnt the houses down. (To be destroyed by fire)
burn out:  The fire was too huge to be extinguished and had to be left to burn itself out. (To stop burning as there’s nothing left to burn)
burn up:  The forest fire burnt up vast tracts of woodland. (To be destroyed completely by fire)

buy into:  That’s your personal belief; I’m not buying into it. (To believe wholeheartedly in something)

buy off:  The accused man’s father tried to buy the judge off but was arrested. (To bribe)
buy out:  He bought out some shareholders and now he has a controlling interest in the business. (To purchase stock, etc in order to gain complete control of a company, etc.)
buy up:  The dealer bought up a huge quantity of a scarce commodity in anticipation of its price increase. (To purchase all that is available of something)