Words from A - Z

get about: She's an old woman now and doesn't get about much any more.
get across: Somehow or other, I just couldn't get my message across to them.
get ahead: We can't afford to stall; we must get ahead in order to meet the deadline.
get ahead of: Instead of getting ahead of others, we are actually falling further behind.
get along: They are trying to get along but they are arguing all the time.

 

get around: Rumour is getting around that I'll be marrying a wealthy man's daughter.
get at: We still think he's the one who stole it; somehow, we will get at the truth.
get away: I want to know who deliberately opened the cage and let the bird get away?
get away from: It'd be nice to get away from the office for a few days and not to return to it.
get away with: He must have thought he could get away with murder; he's now in prison for life.

 

get back to: I'll get back to him after he has calmed down completely.
get by: He has to stop smoking and drinking as his old age pension is barely enough to get by.
get down: These pills are a bit too big to swallow; I have a hard time getting them down.
get down to: It's time you got down to clearing out your bedroom.
get even with: I'll get even with you sooner or later for eating my pizza.

 

get in: The lift was full and we couldn't get in.
get off: The post office has just closed; now how am I going to get this letter off?
get off of: At bus stop I sometimes get off of a bus while it's still moving.
get on: I got on a wrong bus the other day and ended up somewhere else.
get out: I am getting the next edition of my book out by the end of the month.

 

get out of: We're having dinner with my mother-in-law tonight, but I'm planning to get out of it.
get over: I still haven't got over the death of my parrot.
get through: I nearly killed myself when I failed to get through my final exam.
get to: When she got to talking about politics, nothing could stop her.
get together: We always end up arguing when we get together for a drink.

 

get up: Everybody gets up when the national anthem is played.
give away: It is the bride's father, mother or eldest brother who gives the bride away?
give back: He hasn't given back the money I lent him two years ago.
give in: A henpecked husband always gives in to his wife.
give out: Santa Claus gives out presents once a year.

 

give rise to: A bomb explosion in the city gave rise to speculation as to who was responsible.
give up: They searched for their missing puppy, but eventually gave up.
give up to: The family of the deceased gave up his organs to research.
give way: All the other vehicles gave way to the ambulance.
given to: He is given to occasional outbursts of temper.

 

gladden by: Harry was gladdened by the birth of his first child.
glance at: John glanced at his watch and realized his watch had stopped working.
glance off: The bullet glanced off the side of a metal bin and struck a car.
glance through: He had just enough time to glance through the paper at breakfast.
gloat over: The miser gloated over his money.

 

gloss over: Mike glossed over the loss of his job and started talking something else.
glow with: He entered the interview room glowing with confidence.
go about: I think we should discuss how to go about imposing discipline in the workplace.
go against: She went against her mother's advice when she divorced her husband.
go ahead: We went ahead with the project despite strong objection.

 

go along: You go along with him now; I'll be late.
go along with: I'm afraid I can't go along with your idea.
go around: A rumour is going around that someone is going to commit suicide.
go at: He went throwing punches at his opponent.
go back: I left my wallet at home and now I've to go back for it.

 

go back on: She promised to marry me, but now it appears she has gone back on her word.
go by: Go by the rules or I am not playing/You go by that old map and now we are lost.
go far: He is a smart person and will go far in what he does.
go for: Jenny goes for tall and handsome men with considerable wealth.
go in for: The rodent was injured and the hawk went in for the kill.

 

go off: The bomb went off prematurely and killed the bomber.
go off with: She has gone off with her brother-in-law.
go on: As time went on, I became more attracted to her.
go on to: Can you go on to the next topic? This one is very boring.
go over: I saw the horrific accident and it kept going over and over in my mind.

 

go through: She went through the terrible five-hour ordeal.
go through with: Jane feels she isn't ready yet to go through with the wedding.
go under: Many small businesses go under in the first year of operation.
go with: Ivan's baldness does not go with his bushy beard.
go without: Little Jonny went out without his parents' permission.

 

gossip about: Mrs. Goss loves to gossip about other people, especially her neighbours.
graduate from: He graduated from university with a degree in palmistry.
grapple with: Let the Govt grapple with the problem of wages not keeping pace with inflation.
grasp at: Let us grasp at every opportunity that comes along to make money.
grasp of: All the students have already got a good grasp of the basic principles of mathematics.

 

grieve about: She still grieves deeply about the loss of her father.
grind out: That author has been grinding out short hard-luck stories non-stop.
ground on/upon: You should ground your analysis on facts.
ground in: The new students were grounded in the basic principles of mathematics.
grow out of: Children grow out of many bad habits such as biting nails, etc.

 

grow up: This boy wants to be superman or spiderman when he grows up.
grumble about/at: My mother-in-law, like the farmers, is always grumbling about the weather.
guard against: We should guard against pickpocket in crowded places.
guess at: I have not studied hard, so I guess I have to guess at the answers in the exam.
gun down: Rival gang members gunned each other down in broad daylight.

 

haggle over/about: I haggled over the price with the car salesman.
hand back: We handed back the form after filling it.
hand down: These stories and legends have been handed down from generation to generation.
hand in: The students handed in their homework without being told to.
hand out: I helped to hand out parcels of food to people in need.

 

hand over: They handed over power to the new government after their defeat in the election.
hang around: He spends his time hanging around with friends in the shopping centre.
hang back: He is often advised not to hang back but to mix freely at school.
hang on to: We all hung on to the strap when the subway train was moving.
hang out: After school, he hangs out with his classmates in a snooker hall.

 

hang together: They hung together while waiting for the rescue team to find them.
hang up: She was so angry she hung up before I could explain.
happen on/upon: We happen on our former lecturer in a restaurant.:
happen to: I just don't know what is happening to me.
harp on: My mother-in-law is always harping on about my laziness.

 

head for: We've been driving around for hours; let's turn here and head for home.
hear about: Did you hear about the latest mass killing?
hear from: We haven't heard from John since he left port to sail round the world.
hear of: I'm very sorry to hear of your mother's death.
help with: I helped her with the application form.

 

help out: He helped the old lady out of the taxi.
hide from: John would always hide under the bed from his drunk father.
hinder from: He's hindered from a good night sleep by the constant noise from the expressway.
hint at: The spokesman hinted at the possible change of leadership.
hit on: He hit on the idea of mechanization when thinking about how to solve the problems.

 

hold back: She struggled to hold back her tears.
hold down: Mick seems unable to hold down a job for longer than a month.
hold forth: The speaker held forth on the inevitable end of the world.
hold off: He always holds off making decisions until the very last moment.
hold on: How long more do you want me to hold on?

 

hold on to: We held tightly on to the rail as the bus sped on.
hold out: The supermarket held out the chance for customers to win a brand new car.
hold out on: Why do you hold out on me all the things I need to know?
hold over: The match was held over because of the snowy conditions.
hold to: The home team held the away team to a 2-2 draw.

 

hold together: The different factions within the party are held together by a charismatic leader.
hold up: We arrived late as we were held up by traffic jam.
hold up as: The Governor was held up as a model of integrity and decency.
hunt for: The police are hunting nationwide for the serial killer.
hurry up: I don't quite like the way she's always hurrying me up.

 

identify with: I can't identify myself with men like him.
identify by: He was identified at an identity parade by a witness as the culprit.
imbue with: The coach imbued the players with a sense of team work.
immerse in: For months the novelist totally immersed herself in her work.
impart to: The barman was happy to impart his knowledge of taming lions to me.

 

impose on/upon: A ban has been imposed on the sale of cigarettes to those below 18 years old.
impress by: We were impressed by the beauty of the rural landscape.
impress on: Father impressed on me the value of hard work.
impress with: We were really impressed with the craftsmanship.
improve by: His musical skill can be improved by engaging a professional coach.

 

improve in: It is very advantageous to improve in whatever we are do.
improve on: The second edition greatly improves on the first edition.
include in: Labour charges are included in the bill for the repairs.
incorporate in: Not all the proposals and up-to-date information are incorporated in the report.
increase from: Budget for the welfare program has been increased from $500,000 to $800,000.


increase in: The sharp increase in crime is attributed to the current state of the economy.
inculcate in: Parents should inculcate a sense of discipline in their children.
indict for: The suspect was indicted for the crime of arson.
indulge in: I think we shouldn't indulge in too much lunchtime drinking.
infect with: Some insects can infect human beings with deadly diseases.

 

infer from: One can reasonably infer from the evidence presented that insanity is hereditary.
infest with: The whole wasteland was heavily infested with rats.
inflate with: The egos of some people are really inflated with self-importance.
inflict on/upon: He's found guilty for deliberately inflicting grievous bodily harm on his granny.
inform of: The doctor will immediately inform you of any changes in her condition.

 

inform against/on: He was summarily arrested when his comrades informed on him.
infringe on: Discussing a politician's divorce is tantamount to infringing on his private life.
infuse with: The good news infused her with happiness.
inherit from: He inherited his loud and powerful voice from his grandfather.
inhibit from: The fear of ridicule inhibited students from raising questions.

 

initiate into: Last evening he was initiated into a religious cult.
inquire after: I think Amy likes you; she's always inquiring after you.
insert in/into: Nick inserted a coin into the vending machine for some cigarettes.
insist on: She insisted on keeping a baby armadillo as a pet.
inspire by: The movie was really inspired by an actual event.

 

inspire to: Her dogged perseverance to succeed inspires others to do likewise.
instigate against: Foreigners were blamed for instigating a revolt against the government.
instill in/into: The parents instilled ethical values into their children at an early age.
instruct in: Ms. Olive instructed students in Latin.
insure against: My uncle insured against damage to or loss of his yacht.

 

intend for: The author's second book was intended for golfing enthusiasts.
intercede with: The organization interceded with the authorities on my behalf.
interfere with: Lack of confidence has seriously interfered with his performance at school.
interpolate in: Mary interpolated a casual remark in our conversation.
interrupt in: The leader was rudely interrupted in his speech by loud jeers.

 

intervene in: The police don't usually intervene in what was essentially a private dispute.
introduce into: New subjects will be introduced into the syllabus next year.
intrude on/upon: We deeply resented her intruding on our conversation.
inure to: In his early life Simon soon became inured to the considerable hardship of life.
invest in: The company invests heavily in research and development.

 

invite to: We have always been invited to her birthday.
involve in: I don't see why I should involve myself in their affairs.
irritate by: He was irritated by the frequently loud argument that went on next door.
isolate from: The exceptionally violent child is isolated from other children.
issue from: From a long distance, we could see smoke issuing from a lone cottage chimney.

jack up: The storekeeper dare not jack up prices because of a supermarket nearby.
jam with: The entrance was jammed with crowds trying to get in.
jar on: The constantly loud music from next-door neighbour is starting to jar on my nerves.
jeer at: The spectators jeered at their own team for their poor performance.
jockey for: The riders jockeyed for the best position.

 

join in: We join them in clearing up the beach.
joke with: The more we joked with each other, the closer we became.
jot down: I jotted her telephone number down on a piece of paper but I lost it on my way home,
judge by: We do not judge a book by its cover, do we?
judge from: Judging from the look on his face, we suspected he's the one who took it.

 

jumble up: I arranged those things in a neat order but someone came along and jumbled them up.
jump at: I jumped at the chance to visit the Niagara Falls.
jump on: My mother never failed to jump on me whenever I was home late.
justify to: He tried to justify his decision to us by saying that he had no alternative.
jut out: We marveled at the huge rocks jutting out from the steep side of the cliff.

 

keep at: We kept at it until we completed it ahead of schedule.
keep away from: You should keep away from the dangers of heavy smoking.
keep back: I think she is keeping something back that she does not want us to know.
keep from: He has only two months to live and we should keep him from knowing.
keep off: Keep your hands off my pizza.

 

keep on: She keeps harping on the one little mistake I made.
keep out: She should keep the puppy out instead of sleeping with it.
keep out of: Why don't they keep out of the politician's personal affair.
keep to: Why did you beat about the bush? Keep to what you wanted to say.
keep to (oneself): He trusts no one and so keeps to himself most of the time.

 

keep up: The furious barking of the neighbour's dog kept me up the whole night.
keep up with: She's always trying to keep up with her siblings.
keep/bear in mind: These are well-known sayings; keep them in mind.
knock down: The speeding car knocked down a villager's goat.
knock off: James can't knock off work at the same time every day.

 

knock over: His dog was knocked over by a motorcyclist when it was running across the street.
knock out: The underdog knocked out his opponent in the last round.
know about: Nobody in the area knows much about the accident.
know of: I know of one policeman who always receives bribe.
knuckle down: He had better knuckle down soon or else he'll never get through those exams.

 

lapse into: He lapsed into a coma and died two days later.
laugh at: Everybody will laugh at a funny clown.
lay off: Mark was laid off after working for the company for twenty years.
lead to: We took the wrong way which led us to the cemetery.
leaf through: Bob leafed through many magazines while waiting at the clinic.

 

lean on: In times of difficulty it would be great to have someone to lean on for support.
learn about: When we were children we learned about the birds and the bees.
leave for: We're leaving for funfair.
leave off: Let's continue from where we left off, shall we?
leave out: This is the first time he is left out of the squad for the World Cup.

 

lecture about/on: He lectures on the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome.
lend to: I lent the lawn mover to my neighbour.
let in: Let's open the windows and let the air in.
let off: If you pluck my apples again, I'll not let you off.
let out: Every evening we let the dog out.

 

let up: It looks like the rain is not going to let up, so what shall we do?
level at: All he can do is level criticism at others.
level with: The developer leveled the old building with an explosive charge.
levy (a tax/fine/charge, etc.) on: The state government has levied a new tax on gasoline.
lie down: He was told to lie down for the doctor to examine him.

 

lie on: Joe likes to lie on a bench in the park.
liken to: I can never forgive him for likening me to an old turkey.
limit to: Each customer is limited to two packets.
listen for: John must listen for the right signal before he can respond.
listen in: He listened in to their whispering.

 

listen to: We listened in silence to his cock-and-bull stories.
live at: As far as I know, he still lives at the same address.
live in: I would like to live in an igloo one day.
live off: They were a weird bunch who lived off welfare
live on: I live on a street where there are many stray dogs.

 

lock out: This is the second time I've locked myself out.
long for: Bob longed for an exciting experience at Antarctic.
long to: He longed desperately to be with her.
look after: Who is going to look after our parrots when we go on vacation?
look ahead: Let's forget the past and look ahead.

 

look around: We were looking around for a public toilet.
look at: The officer looked at my passport and waved me through.
look away: When I smiled at her again, she looked away again.
look back on: When I look back on those moments, I realize how foolish I was.
look down: She often looks down to avoid meeting her eyes.

 

look down on: He looks down on anyone whom he thinks is not successful.
look for: Police are looking for a man with a heavily tattooed face.
look forward to: I look forward to seeing that clown again.
look in: Every other day we look in on grandpa and see if he needs anything.
look into: We had better look into the high turnover of staff.

 

look like: It looks like she is going to demand an explanation from him.
look on: Only one person helped him, the others just looked on.
look out for: Look out for pickpocket while we are at the airport.
look over: I looked the shorts over and found they had no pockets.
look through: I looked through your drawers but I couldn't find your bunch of keys.

 

look to: They are looking to the last runner to win the relay.
look up: I enjoy enormously looking words up in the dictionary.
look up to: He is the kind of man most people look up to.
lure away: The company tried to lure the salesman away from their competitor.
lurk around: They called the police when they saw a man lurking around outside their house.

 

make (a fool) of: Whenever he is drunk, he is certain to make a fool of himself.
make (a fuss) about/over: She made a big fuss about not being offered a drink.
make away with: When no one was looking, I made away with a bar of chocolate.
make for: We quickly made for the river bank when our boat started to leak.
make (fun) of: The kids always make fun of Mick's big ears.

 

make (love) to: He tried to make love to every girl he met.
make of: His last word before he died was about poison; what do you make of that?
make off: He made off when the alarm sounded.
make off with: A pickpocket made off with my wallet.
make out: She whispered angrily in my ear, but I could not make it out.

 

make over: He made over his entire estate to his children.
make towards: She made towards the exit when she had made all her purchases.
make up: It's pretty obvious she made that story up.
make up: An indecisive leader, he often finds it hard to make up his mind.
make up to: Jill made up to Jack in hopes of getting him to help her.

 

mark down: The store attracts a big crowd as most items on sale have been marked down.
mark off: She marked off all the items she has bought.
mark out: They have marked out the area for vehicles to park.
marvel at: I marvel at his ability to maintain composure in any given situation.
matter to: I'll buy it, the colour does not matter to me.

 

meditate on/upon: He meditated on the different solutions to the problem.
mention to: She didn't mention it to me when I met her last night.
migrate between: Some whales migrate between one part of the ocean and another.
migrate from: Some species of birds migrate from Europe to Africa.
make up: Can't you make up your mind to buy the blue or red one?

 

mingle with: Participants from various nations mingled freely with each other after the events.
minister to: Volunteers minister to the injured.
mix up: I called the wrong number when I mixed your telephone number up with another.
mix with: He does not mix well with other members.
model on: This system is modeled on the one that originated in the United States.

 

move out: We decided to move out when the landlord increased the rent again.
mull over: We mulled over the procedure for possible adoption.
multiply by: Two multiplied by two is four.
muse on/over: He sat musing over the sudden change of attitude of his girlfriend.
muster up: He failed to muster up the minimum support required to stand for election.

 

name after: The street is named after the Prime Minister's son.
narrow down: The judges have narrowed the finalists down to the last five.
news – break (the news) to: The doctor had to break the news to his family.
nibble away at: She likes to nibble away at something when she watches television.
nod off: He often nods off while watching television.

 

object to: I object to your casual comments about my hair.
obtain from: All this false information was obtained from the Internet.
occur to: It never occurred to me that you really believe the world is flat.
operate on: The doctors had to operate on him immediately to save his life.
oppress by: Ethnic minorities had been oppressed by the occupying forces for years.

 

originate in: This crazy idea could only originate in your head.
outrage by: Women nationwide were outraged by his sexist remarks.
overcome by: His stammering was eventually overcome by speech therapy.
overrun by: The wasteland was overrun by rodents.
overwhelm by: He was overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response.