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Phrasal Verb: * Meaning: Example:
LAY OFF s to dismiss from a job due to lack of work or money - often temporarily I feel bad for Jerry. His company laid him off yesterday.
LAY OFF n to leave someone alone I wish my mom would lay off me. I'm tired of her complaining.
LEAVE OUT s to forget; omit Oh no! When I retyped my essay, I left one paragraph out!
LET DOWN s to disappoint; to fall short of someone's expectations The kids let their parents down when they ended up in jail.
LET FLY s to throw an object The baseball player let the ball fly.
LET GO s to dismiss someone from a job for poor performance; to fire someone If Jerry had done better work, his company wouldn't have let him go.
LET IN s to admit; to allow (obj.) to enter Susan opened the door and let the cats in.
LET ON ABOUT n to reveal a secret Nobody let on about the surprise party.
LET ON n to make acknowledgment Frank didn't let on that he knew he was in trouble.
LET OUT n to conclude a session or performance School will let out in June.
LET OUT s to allow (obj.) to exit Perry opened the door and let the cats out.
LET OUT s to expand; to make larger (for clothes) The tailor let Mack's pants out because Mack had gained weight.
LET UP n to cease; to stop Will this rain ever let up? It's been raining for two weeks!
LIE DOWN n to recline If you are tired, lie down on the sofa.
LIE DOWN n to submit meekly or abjectly to defeat, disappointment, or insult Your friend insulted you? Don't take his insult lying down - tell him he is wrong about you!
LIE DOWN n to fail to perform or to neglect one's part deliberately Jerry was fired because he was lying down on the job. He never finished anything!
LINE UP n to go stand in a line; to assume an orderly linear arrangement The prisoners lined up to receive their dinner.
LOCK IN s to lock the door so that someone can't leave The prisoners are locked in the jail. They cannot get out until they serve their time.
LOCK OUT s to lock the door so that someone can't enter My brother came home late to find that my parents had locked him out of the house. He had to sleep outside!
LOOK AFTER n to take care of My sister looks after the children when we go away.
LOOK AROUND n to explore an area Maxine went to Los Angeles and looked around the downtown area for 2 hours.
LOOK BACK (ON) n to think about the past; reflect; ponder On birthdays, many people like to look back on their life for the past year.
LOOK DOWN ON n to have no respect for something or someone; to consider inferior Josephine looked down on the French people. She said, "Let them eat cake." but she didn't understand that they had no food at all.
LOOK FOR n to search I spent two hours looking for my glasses before I found them.
LOOK FORWARD TO n to anticipate something with joy; to think about a pleasant thing before it happens I am looking forward to my vacation.
LOOK IN ON n to visit someone in order to check on his/her condition I need to look in on my grandmother. She just got home from the hospital.
LOOK INTO n to research; investigate; find the truth about something The police will look into the crime.
LOOK LIKE n to resemble Larry looks like his cousin Jack.
LOOK OVER s to check; review My coworker looked my report over before I gave it to the boss.
LOOK OUT n to warn someone to be careful Look out! - There's a car coming.
LOOK OUT FOR n to take care of oneself Why did President Clinton lie? He was just looking out for number one.
LOOK UP s to find information in a book; to seek out especially for a brief visit If you don't understand the word, look it up in a dictionary.
LOOK UP s find where someone lives or works and visit him/her My friend gave me her brother's address. When I'm in Florida next month, I'll be sure to look him up.
LOOK UP TO n to respect something or someone He looks up to his grandfather.
LUCK OUT n to be unexpectedly lucky Jennifer was worried because she wasn't prepared to give a speech in class, but she lucked out because the class was canceled.
n = non separable
s = separable