Words from A - Z
5. P - R
pan out: At this moment, no one can tell how the enterprise will pan out.
parallel to: There's never been any close parallel elsewhere to China's rate of economic growth.
part from: I had to part from Jill before the game ended.
part with: Our dog has given birth to six puppies; we're not going to part with any of them.
partake of: The guests partook of the ample food available at the gathering.
participate in: Everyone present was encouraged to participate in the discussions.
pass away: Grandpa passed away in his sleep.
pass by: The small child watched open-mouthed the parade passing by.
pass down: The centuries-old tradition still passes down from generation to generation.
pass for: My mother-in-law in mini-skirt could easily pass for a young girl.
pass in: He passes in his authorization card before leaving the office for the day.
pass off: There is no reason for me to pass myself off as anyone else.
pass on: You passed your cough on to me; see, I'm coughing now.
pass out: During a heavy drinking session, he suddenly passed out.
pass over: Jane threatened to resign when she was passed over for promotion.
pass up: I regret passing up the opportunity for promotion.
patch up: He's going to die so you had better patch up your quarrel with him.
pattern after: An ardent fan of Elvis Presley, he patterned his behaviour after him.
pay back: I'll pay him back for the highly critical comments he made about me.
pay for: Let's hope he will pay for the evil deed he committed.
pay off: I had to pay him off substantially to keep quiet about something I did.
pay out: A huge sum of money was paid out to the winner of the football pools jackpot.
pay up: I was told to pay up by Monday or have my car repossessed.
pep up: A brief round of aerobics pepped the participants up before the discussion.
perk up: They did some singing to perk up the atmosphere before they started the discussion.
perpetrate about: They perpetrated all sorts of malicious rumours about him
persevere in: She persevered in her studies to achieve the result she had hoped for.
persist in: Why do many people persist in believing mistakenly that UFOs are alien spaceships?
pertain to: Documents pertaining to the illegal transactions have been seized by police.
petition for: Local residents petitioned for better bus services.
pick off: The captive soldiers were picked off one by one for interrogation.
pick on: I don't think she likes me; she's always picking on me.
pick out: It's easy to pick out Rose's father in a crowd because he is exceptionally tall.
pick up: Andy picked up a number at random and won the first prize.
piece together: Investigators are piecing together evidence to uncover what caused the accident.
pile up: His debts piled up but he made no attempt to settle any of them.
pin down: He hints at his resignation but no one can pin him down on the exact date yet.
pin on: They pinned the blame on me although I didn't do anything wrong.
pine away: After his grandmother died, his grandfather pined away and died shortly after.
pine for: Months after their separation, Jill still pines for Jack.
pit against: Dean is ready to pit his skills against any serious competitors.
pitch in: Bob pitched in to help complete the project before the deadline.
pitch into: He would pitch into anyone who commented that he was uncooperative.
plan for: She plans for the future by saving considerably.
plan on: He planned on becoming the first athlete to win a gold medal for his school.
play along: He played along with her so as to gain a special favour.
play at: Children love to play at being Cowboys and Red Indians.
play back: I played back the tape-recorder to listen to my voice with a view to improving it.
play on: He's always playing on his friends' generosity to get free treats.
play up: A pro-government newspaper played up the resignation of an opposition's active member.
play up to: Many politicians are expert at playing up to voters' sentiments to gain their votes.
play with: Every day he spends at least an hour playing with his dog.
plead with: Jack pleaded with Jill not to leave her.
plunge into: A sudden blackout plunged the whole place into total darkness.
ply with: Our host plied us with excess food and drinks.
point at: It is not respectable to point at someone.
point out: The leader pointed out the things we should or shouldn't do while jungle trekking.
point to: The government pointed to the measures taken to lift the living standards of the people.
poke fun at: The kids at school poked fun at Adam's clothes.
polish off: David could easily polish off five sandwiches at one sitting.
polish up: I had better polish up my English before I visit London.
pore over: He spends hours poring over his vast collection of stamps.
pounce on/upon: The teacher was ever ready to pounce on any little mistake anyone of us made.
pray to: Every night the family prayed to God for good health and happiness.
predicate on: His success in his exams is predicated on his determination to succeed.
prefer to: I prefer red colour to any of the other colours for my car.
prepare for: How many of us prepare ourselves for every eventuality in life?
present to: They presented the best actress award to her before a live audience.
present with: They presented him with an outstanding achievement award.
preserve for: The large number of historical records is preserved for posterity.
preserve from: The tribe preserved corpses from decomposition by wrapping them in cloth.
preside over: A clergyman friend of the family presided over the funeral gathering.
press for: The opposition pressed the government for the release of the political detainees.
press on: Reporters pressed him further on the issue.
prevail on/upon: Jill finally prevailed on Jack to attend the dog show.
prevent from: The new legislation was to prevent whistleblowers from being publicly identified.
prey on/upon: It was so moving to watch on television a lion preying on a deer.
price out: The dentist has priced himself out of business by charging too heavily for his services.
pride (oneself) on: The parents prided themselves on their child's achievement.
proceed with: The protesters were not allowed to proceed with their political speeches.
produce from: They produce wine from grapes.
profit from: I profit immensely from reading biographies of famous people.
prohibit from: Nowadays people are prohibited from smoking in many areas.
propose to: At the meeting, he proposed measures to enlarge the club membership.
protect from: The legislation is to protect public property from vandalism.
protest against: The demonstration was organized to protest against police brutality.
prove to: Prove to me what you said that you can make a rabbit disappear.
provide for: Many people have not taken measures to provide for their old age.
provide with: The evacuees were provided with tents, blankets, and other necessities.
provoke to: What he did is certain to provoke them to retaliate.
pry into: Continual prying into other people's private affairs will get him into trouble soon.
pull ahead: He was leading all the way until a fellow competitor pulled ahead of him.
pull apart: They pulled the two fighting cocks apart to end the cockfighting contest..
pull at: She pulled at her mother's coat sleeve.
pull away: He pulled away from the car park and sped down the highway.
pull down: They had to pull down the old disused crumbling building.
pull in: The train pulled in just as we arrived at the station.
pull off: Three men pulled off the biggest bank robbery in town.
pull out: They pulled out of the business deal when they sensed something amiss.
pull over: The policeman waved me to pull my car over.
pull through: He was badly injured in a road accident but he finally pulled through.
pull up: He pulled up at the side of the road to park.
punish for: The serial killer will be severely punished for his crimes.
purchase from: We purchased some statuettes from a souvenir shop at the tourist resort.
purge from: All dissidents were purged from the party.
put across: The leader put his proposals across to the grass roots members.
put aside: Every month she puts aside a little money for future use.
put away: The boys rushed to put away the scattered toys when they heard their mummy is home.
put by: I'm putting some money by each month for a new camera.
put down: The public demonstration was brutally put down by troops.
put in: Every day I have to put in extra time to complete it before the deadline.
put off: Don't put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
put on: Despite her hurt feelings she put on a smiling face.
put out: The firemen took hours to put out the huge fire.
put through: John's parents managed to put him and his siblings through university.
put to: After the speeches were delivered, we were allowed to put questions to the speakers.
put up: Despite being an underdog, the team put up an outstanding performance.
put up with: I think I'm not going to put up with my nagging wife any longer.
puzzle about/over: We were puzzled about her enigmatic remark.
puzzle out: We can't puzzle out why she left suddenly and has not called.
qualify for: So far, only three teams have qualified for the finals.
quarrel about: No one knows what the twins are quarrelling about.
quarrel with: These twins can never stop quarrelling with each other.
query about: The auditors queried the company's accountants about their financial statement.
question about: The police questioned him about his whereabouts on the night of the murder.
rage about/against: Joe raged against the bureaucratic and corrupt system.
rail against/at: Mary has been railing against the unjust system.
range from: The bookstore is selling books at prices ranging from about $5 to $500.
rank as/with: His performances rank him as one of the top five players in the country.
rate as: He is generally rated as one of the best writers of this century.
reach for: He was shot dead by the police before he could reach for his gun.
react to: Her boss reacted favourably to her decision to resign.
read about/of: Have you read the latest news about a man with three eyes?
read in: I read that rags-to-riches story in a magazine.
read to: I used to read to you when you were a child.
read for: She's reading for a degree in economics at one of the universities.
read out: He read out the speech on behalf of the Prime Minister who is overseas.
read through/over: I read through the passage for him and discovered some mistakes.
read up: I have to read up on the subject before the discussion tomorrow.
reason with: I tried to reason with her but she wouldn't listen.
rebel against: Those who rebelled against the government were captured and executed.
reckon on: We didn't reckon on the shop charging handling charges.
reckon with: They didn't reckon with a puncture when they went for a drive.
recommend to: I definitely recommend this book to those of you interested in raising hamsters.
reconcile to: You must reconcile yourself to the death of your daughter.
recover from: Mrs. Dean has yet to recover fully from her husband's death.
recuperate from: She went to stay with her daughter to recuperate from her operation.
reduce to: Modern medical treatment has reduced death from tuberculosis to a minimum.
reel off: May reels off a list of things to buy.
refer to: We had to refer to our map when we lost our way in the city.
reflect on: A series of burglaries at the building reflects on its lax security against break-ins.
refrain from: The nurse asked me to refrain from using my cell phone.
regard as: The team's last performance was regarded as the best ever .
reign over: The king reigned over the country for many years.
relate to: Can we relate an aging population to a low economic growth?
release from: He was released unconditionally from police detention.
relieve of: The officer was relieved of his command on disciplinary grounds.
rely on/upon: Landlocked countries rely on other countries for their export and import of goods.
remark on: Friends at the party remarked on her new hairstyle.
remind of: The song reminds him of his former girlfriend.
remove from: He was removed from office for sexual misconduct.
reply to: Why should I reply to those baseless allegations?
report back: He reported back that the violence had escalated.
report on: His newspaper sent him to Africa to report on the situation in Zimbabwe.
report to: We were told to report to the new manager tomorrow.
reprimand for: He was reprimanded for his negligence in duty.
reproach for: The teacher reproached them for not completing their homework.
request for: She likes to request for songs to be played on some radio programs
rescue from: Dogs and cats were also rescued from the burning building.
reserve for: They reserved the three front rows of seats for VIPs.
reside in: The family resides in the suburb.
resort to: Ben became desperate and resorted to begging for money.
respond to: His illness failed to respond to the treatment.
rest on: The success in selling rests solely on the marketing manager.
restrain from: Many times I had to restrain myself from arguing with her.
result from: The accident resulted from his own carelessness.
result in: The new policy will result in the high turnover of staff.
result of: The tragedy was the result of failure to plan carefully.
retire from: He retired from his job for health reason.
return to: She never returned to me or to anybody any of the books she borrowed.
reveal to: Jan never revealed her origins to anybody.
revenge on: Jane seems intent on revenging herself on her husband for his disloyalty.
revert to: Now we are talking about something else; let's revert to the original subject.
revolt against: A revolt against the leadership in the party has broken out.
reward for: He was rewarded for providing information that led to the arrest of the culprit.
reward with: She rewarded me with a kiss.
rid of: She made a police report, hoping to rid herself of the stalker.
ring back: I've called her ten times and she has yet to ring back.
ring in: He rang in to inform that he had broken his leg.
ring off: After a long conversation, we agreed to ring off.
ring up: I ring her up at least twice a week.
rise against: The people rose in rebellion against the dictatorial government.
rise from: From a distance, we could see smoke rising from chimneys.
rival in: Our best players simply cannot rival our opponents in stamina.
rob of: The bus was hijacked and the passengers were robbed of all their possessions.
root in: The plants were rooted firmly in the hard earth and it wasn't easy to just pull them out.
rope in: We roped in a few more guys to help with the campaign.
round out: We rounded out the drinking session by having supper at a restaurant.
round up: Police rounded up the remaining troublemakers.
rub in: I know I've made an embarrassing mistake, so why has he to keep rubbing it in?
rule on: The judge will shortly rule on who will get custody of the child.
rule out: The government has ruled out the abolition or even revision of the Act.
rule over: The absolute ruler ruled over a large empire.
run across: Unfortunately, I ran across my ex this morning.
run after: She is so attractive that I can't help wanting to run after her.
run against: He intends to run against his father in the by-election.
run along: I've something to do; I'd better run along.
run away: We decide to run away together to get married.
run down: He habitually runs you down - probably out of jealousy.
run for: The villagers ran for their lives when there was a sudden volcanic eruption.
run into: I ran into my former wife last night.
run off: Her husband ran off with a younger woman.
run on: The practice session was supposed to end at 10 o'clock, but ran on until 11 o'clock.
run out: I felt like screaming at him when my patience ran out.
run out of: I can't post my letters now; I've run out of stamps.
run out on: She deeply regrets running out on her parents a few months ago.
run over: My dog was run over by a taxi and died shortly after.
run through: Let's run through the solutions to the exercises again.
run to: The mechanic is overcharging me; how could my car repair bill run to a hundred dollars?
run up: Have to get rid of the phone; they have run up the phone bill to such a huge amount.
run up against: They have to stop work as they ran up against some unforeseen problems.
rush around: We rushed around informing all the members of the last-minute cancellation.
rush into: John regrets rushing into that venture without careful thought.
rush out: The manufacturer is rushing out the novelties for the festive season.
rush through: The staff rushed through the paper work to meet the deadline.
6. S - T
saddle up: We have to saddle up and ride out of here now.
saddle with: I'm not even an assistant manager, but I'm saddled with his duties while he's away.
sail from: We'll be sailing from this harbour to Calais next week.
sail into: Mary sailed into the hall where a party was going on.
satisfy with: Anne is still not satisfied with his explanation.
save for: Pam saved a piece of pizza for my supper.
save from: Firemen saved the occupants of the building from being burnt to death.
say about: She wasn't pleased when she overheard what I said about her.
say to: What do you want to say to her now that she has left you?
scare of: Those crows are not really scared of the large scarecrow.
scare off: That big human-like scarecrow failed to scare off the crows.
scare up: See if I can scare up enough money to buy you a nice Christmas present.
scoff at: He scoffed at my suggestion that we renovate the clubhouse.
scrape up: She scraped up whatever money she has to pay off the car.
screw up: The negotiation failed because you really screwed it up.
search for: The police searched the whole woodland for the escaped convict.
secede from: Why did the state secede from the Union in 1816?
see about: I asked if she would join me for dinner tonight, she said she would see about it.
see after: We chose him to see after the organization of the party.
see into: The accountant will see into the discrepancies in the books.
see off: Of course, I would be most grateful to see my mother-in-law off at the airport.
see through: He is determined to see the whole project through.
see to: When I was staying with them, Mary saw to all my needs.
sell for: Jack has been selling tickets for the concert at a higher price.
sell out: Their new batch of Hawaiian shirts is completely sold out
send for: An accident has occurred and someone has already sent for an ambulance.
separate from: Her father is separated from her mother.
serve as: This spare room will serve as a bedroom while they are staying with us.
serve under: He is serving under his father-in-law as an assistant manager.
set about: We set about clearing up the whole garage.
set against: The increases in our salaries have to be set against the rising cost of living.
set aside: Every month we set aside a portion of our salaries for the purchase of a car.
set back: The raining season will set back the completion of the building project.
set down: I woke up and set down in detail the dream I just had.
set forth: Together, they set forth for an unknown destination.
set off: Someone set the bomb off with remote control.
set in: Global warming has set in and with it more problems will arise.
set on: The farmer threatened to set his dogs on the trespassers.
set out: They set out on a journey to the Far East.
set up: Jack and Jill have set up a retail business.
settle down: She felt she would settle down only when she was ready to.
settle for: John felt his compensation claim was justified and would not settle for anything less.
settle on: They have settled on the date for the next meeting.
settle up: We decided to settle up and leave this bar for home.
sever from: He severed branches from the tree with a chainsaw.
shake with: At the reunion we shook hands warmly with each other.
share in: The wife does not share in her husband's enthusiasm for jogging.
shell out: I had to shell out three dollars just for one parking place.
shield from: New import tariffs will be introduced to shield local firms from foreign competition.
shoot up: Prices of most kinds of food for small children have shot up.
shop for: I have been shopping for a Mexican hat, but haven't found anything I like.
shout at: Please don't shout at the dogs; it will not stop them from barking.
shout for: Why do you shout for help when you are not in danger?
show off: Tim showed off his new toys to his friends.
show up: He has just shown up when he was supposed to have done so two hours ago.
shrink from: Bob shrank from the first sight of blood.
shudder at: I shudder at the thought of the child dying from injuries in the crash.
shut off: Mum always remembered to shut off the stove when she finished cooking.
shut up: She's done all the talking since we started; she should shut up and give others a chance.
side against/with: The two sisters always side with each other against their mother.
sin against: I feel I've sinned against my religion by raising doubts and querying about it.
sit around: He would sit around quietly for hours and watch was happening.
sit at: He would sit at the table without eating but watch other people eating.
sit in: As the show has to go on, Joe agreed to sit in for Bozo the clown who is absent.
sit on: Sometimes we would sit on a long bench in the park and chatted away to each other.
sit through: Our boss delivered a lengthy boring speech and we had to sit through it.
sit up: Whenever there's a late football match on television, we would sit up and watch.
slack off: Tourism business at the resort slacks off during the winter.
slide on: The kids enjoyed themselves sliding on the ice.
slip up: The police slipped up when the wrong person was arrested.
slow down: The police roadblock had slowed down traffic to a big snarl-up.
smile at: I mistakenly smiled at her, thinking I knew her, but she looked away.
snap at: I don't understand why she often snapped at me for no good reason.
snap off: She stopped reading, snapped off the light and closed her eyes to sleep.
snap on: She snapped on the light when she entered the bedroom.
sneer at: They sneered at his ludicrous suggestion.
sound off: Mike is always sounding off about every current issue.
speak about: His grandfather would speak to you about anything under the sun.
speak of: He had his reason for never ever speaking of his ex.
speak on: George loved to speak to women on women's issues.
speak to: Frankly, if I could help it I wouldn't want to speak to her.
specialize in: The store specialized in coffins for dogs and cats.
spring at: The showman touched the head of a cobra with a stick and it sprung at him.
spur on: His initial success spurred him on.
stamp out: The government is determined to stamp out corruption.
stand against: Her daughter will be standing against her in the parliamentary election.
stand around: The crowd just stood around waiting for the ambulance to arrive.
stand by: Two calls were received for ambulance, but only one ambulance is standing by.
stand for: He is not going to stand for her personal insult much longer.
stand on: She stood on tiptoe to pluck a pear.
stand out: Your dyed red hair will certainly make you stand out in any crowd.
stand up: He looks taller if he stands up straight.
stand up for: We have to stand up for our rights.
stand up to: He wouldn't dare stand up to his boss when he knew he's right.
star in: She will star in a new movie whose title is yet to be announced.
stare at: They just stared at each other not believing they had not seen each other for forty years.
start for: The weather turned bad and we had no choice but to start for home.
start off: He started off as a postman and now he's postmaster.
start on: I've finished reading the first chapter, so now I can start on the second chapter.
start with: Let's start our training session with doing some warm-up exercises.
stay at: His wife resents his staying late at the office almost every night.
stay up: Sometimes I stay up late to watch television.
stay with: I prefer staying at home with my dog to going out.
steal from: Two policemen were arrested for stealing from the police station.
stem from: The high volume of sales of ice cream stemmed from the exceptionally hot weather.
step up: The police are stepping up their regular patrols of the area.
stick around: Stick around until he arrives, then we will go for a meal.
stick to: Stick to the point, otherwise our meeting will never end.
stick up: A stranger tried to stick him up, but he fought him off.
stick up for: Will you stick up for me? There are too many of them.
stir up: You like to stir up her emotions. Look how excited she is now.
stoop to: You don't have to stoop to his level and quarrel with him.
stop from: His parents tried to stop him from smoking excessively.
straighten out: We managed finally to straighten out our differences before he passed away.
straighten up: You'd better straighten yourself up if you want to gain respect.
stricken with: One wonders how long he will live now that he's stricken with a fatal disease.
strike against: The ship sank after its side struck against an iceberg.
strike for: The workers unanimously decided to strike for higher wages.
strike up: I have struck up a friendship with her after meeting her a few times in the library.
strip from: Some members of a tribe stripped the bark from the trees to use as medicine.
strip of: The president had been completely stripped of his power in a military coup.
strive after: Artists continuously strive after artistic beauty.
strive against: Man has to constantly strive against the elements.
strive for: We must always strive for perfection in whatever we do.
struggle with: Alone, he had to struggle furiously with his attackers till help arrived.
study for: She knows she has only two weeks left to study hard for her A level exam.
submit to: Both parties agreed to submit their dispute to arbitration.
subscribe to: There are still people who subscribe to the flat-earth theory.
subsist on: They subsisted on canned food during the winter.
subtract from: He thought he could subtract his personal expenses from his gross profit.
succeed in: The escaped prisoner succeeded in evading capture for several months.
sue for: The minister threatened to sue the opposition member for slander.
suffer from: Millions of children in the world today suffer from malnutrition.
suggest to: She suggested to me that I should buy her more fresh flowers.
suit to: I think you did not suit your dress to the occasion.
sum up: He finally summed up his speech to the relief of the audience.
supplement by: Jack supplemented his income by training parrots to sing.
supply with: Only two companies supply the hospital with medical equipment.
surpass in: Mary surpasses her sister in beauty.
surround by: He emerged from the conference centre and was surrounded by noisy reporters.
swarm with: On weekends the zoo is swarmed with visitors.
sweat it out: The boxer is sweating it out in the gym until his next fight.
swerve off: Driving quickly on a wet road caused his car to swerve off the road into a ravine.
switch over: They are going to switch over to the new teaching method.
sympathize with: I sympathize deeply with the bereaved family.
take aback: I was taken aback by what he said.
take after: Jenny certainly takes after her mother.
take back: OK, I take back what I just said. Now, don't you curse me anymore.
take down: Please take down what I'm going to say.
take for: Now, don't you take me for a fool.
take in: Jill was taken in by the company's false claims about its products.
take off: I was late and the plane took off without me.
take on: After a new coat of paint, the old house takes on a new look.
take out: It's your turn to take out the rubbish.
take out on: It's your own fault, why take it out on the children?
take over: When you take over the driving, don't sound the horn unnecessarily.
take stock of: You should take stock of your bad habits and eliminate them.
take to: Jim took to excessive drinking when his girlfriend left him.
take up: Since my retirement, I've taken up stargazing.
take up with: He's taken up with his new neighbour's kids.
take upon: Mark took it upon himself to paint the whole house.
talk about: Will you stop talking about me behind my back?
talk around: She doesn't agree with me; do you think you can talk her around?
talk back: This kid will never hesitates to talk back to her mother.
talk down: Mike often talked down the good things Betty did for him.
talk down to: It's wrong to talk down to them like that; they are cleverer than you think.
talk into: I didn't want to get involved in the robbery, but he talked me into joining them.
talk out of: She talked me out of seeking work overseas.
talk over: I think we'd better talk it over before we decide to buy a yacht.
talk to: I talked to his parents about his throwing stones at my dogs.
talk with: I talked with her on the telephone, but she suggested we talk in person.
tally with: The two witnesses' accounts of the accident don't tally with each other.
tamper with: The defence lawyer is going to prove that the evidence had been tampered with.
tantamount to: His statement is tantamount to a confession.
taste like: The new sauce tasted exactly like sour milk.
taste of: The soup tasted strongly of water.
tear down: Several houses were torn down to make way for the new highway.
tear into: I said she might be wrong and she tore into me.
tear up: She tore up the letter after reading it.
tease about: We teased her about her many childhood fights with boys.
tell about: She never told me about the big money she won in a lottery.
tell off: John ran for a bus but bumped against a woman who told him off.
tell on: Her constant worrying is beginning to tell on her face.
tend toward: Joe tends towards obesity.
terms – come to (terms) with: He felt he had to come to terms with being a prisoner.
thank for: I thanked her warmly for not grumbling the whole day.
think about: Money is what I think about all the time.
think of: Jack thinks often of Jill.
think over: Jillian prefers to think it over for a while, before deciding on his proposal.
think through: George thought through the possible consequences of his action.
think up: It was Paul who thought up the plan to raise more money.
thirst for: A new entrant in the art world, he is already thirsting for fame.
threaten with: Many fish species are threatened with extinction due to over fishing.
thrive on: Many marine creatures still thrive on coastal mangrove swamps.
throw at: Tom threw a rotten egg at the speaker's face.
throw away: He threw away his old books and magazines.
throw in: With blood coursing down the boxer's face, they realized they'd to throw in the towel.
throw out: Jane refused to throw out the old books and magazines which cluttered the lounge.
throw to: You are supposed to throw the ball to me, not him.
throw up: Bob, as usual, threw up after he had overeaten.
tie down: She wants to get married, but she doesn't want to be tied down.
tie in: It was a disaster when the two events were supposed to tie in, but they didn't.
tie up: The accident tied traffic up for hours.
tip off: The police must have been tipped off when they made a sudden raid on the warehouse.
touch at: Our ship touched at Cape Town for a few hours.
touch down: The big crowd cheered when the spacecraft touched down safely.
touch on: In his lecture on the subject, he touched on the writer.
touch up: She touched her face up before she appeared on stage.
toy with: He was toying with his fork and knife while thinking about skiing in Colorado.
trade in: The seller allowed him to trade in his old refrigerator so that he could buy a new one.
traffic in: John was arrested by the police for trafficking in stolen goods.
trample on/upon: Despite the "keep off the grass" sign, the visitors trampled on the grass.
transfer to: We can only transfer a skill from one person to another through training.
transform into: The once sleepy fishing village has been transformed into a popular tourist centre.
translate into: Ideas remain ideas unless they are translated into action.
trespass on: As it's late now, let's leave and not trespass on their hospitality
trick into: They were tricked into investing in a dishonest scheme for making money.
trip over: He nearly tripped over the toys.
triumph over: With perseverance she would ultimately triumph over adversity.
trust in: I trust in God.
trust with: Not all the banks can be trusted with people's money.
try for: I'm going to try for that jackpot.
try on: She tried it on but it didn't fit her.
try out: They tried her out for the role.
tuck in: I forgot to tuck in my shirt when I took that photo.
tune in: He tunes in to the radio nightly.
turn against: His supporters turned against him when he defected to the opposition party.
turn around: A new general manager was appointed to turn around the ailing company.
turn away: The circus turned people away as all the seats were taken.
turn down: She turned down his proposal for the tenth time.
turn in: I lost my passport at the airport and someone turned it in to the police.
turn into: The audience applauded when the magician turned a carrot into a rabbit.
turn off: Her heavy makeup really turned me off.
turn on: Girls with long hair really turns me on.
turn out: It turned out that the butler was the one who committed the murder.
turn out for: An estimated ten thousand people turned out for the fireworks display.
turn out to be: The burglar who stole the diamond turned out to be the police inspector.
turn over: The abandoned baby was turned over to the welfare department.
turn to: She turned to taking drugs for her depression.
turn up: A woman who was reported missing a few weeks ago turned up at the press office.