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|CALL BACK||n||to return a phone call;
to call again
|Could you call back later please?|
|CALL OFF||s||to cancel something||Shelly called the wedding off because her boyfriend cheated on her.|
|CALL ON||n||to ask a student to speak in class||The teacher called on Lee for the answer.|
|CALL ON||n||to visit somebody at their home||Frank called on Sara. They visited for two hours.|
|CALL OUT||n||to shout aloud||When the lights went out, I called out for help.|
|CALL UP||s||to telephone someone||The secretary will call the client up at 2:00pm.|
|CALM DOWN||s||to help someone/oneself become calmer, less upset; stop being emotionally distressed||Steve was so upset that nothing could calm him down.|
|CARE FOR||n||to like, want (Note: This is usually negative, but it may be used in questions.)||A) "Would you care for some dessert? We have ice cream, cookies, or cake."
B) "No thank you. I don't care for sweets."
|CARE FOR||n||to take care of; give care to; attend / watch||Emily's grandfather got out of the hospital last week. Her family is caring for him at home.|
|CARRY ON||s||to continue||I'm sorry I interrupted you. Please carry on.|
|CARRY OUT||s||to complete a task||The secretary carried her boss's orders out exactly.|
|CATCH ON||n||to become popular||Orange hats with purple feathers will never catch on!|
|CATCH ON||n||to gain understanding or knowledge of something.||My mom had never used email until her company went online, but she caught on very quickly and she sends email to everyone she knows.|
|CATCH UP||n||to stop being behind; to get to the same level as others||The new employees are slow workers, but they'll catch up as they learn more.|
|CHECK IN||n||to register (usually at a meeting, hotel, airport, or hospital)||Thomas checked in at the front desk.|
|CHECK INTO||n||to investigate; find information||Leonardo DiCaprio's agent checked into the rumor about Leo marrying his co-star. The rumor was untrue.|
|CHECK OFF||s||to make a mark to indicate that something on a list has been completed||The teacher checked off the student's homework as they handed it in.|
|CHECK OUT||n||to follow procedures for leaving (a meeting, hotel, hospital, etc.)||Thomas checked out on Friday.|
|CHECK OUT||n||to investigate; find information||Leonardo DiCaprio's agent checked out the rumor about Leo marrying his co-star. The rumor was untrue.|
|CHECK OUT||s||to follow procedures for borrowing something (usually for a period of time)||Peter checked that book out of the library.|
|CHECK OUT||s||to look at (slang)
|Check that girl out; she is beautiful!
I asked the jeweler to check my ring out. It's loose.
|CHEER UP||s||to help someone feel less worried, depressed or sad||Henry was sad about failing his test, so I took him out to dinner to cheer him up.|
|CHEW OUT||s||to berate; scold someone severely||My supervisor chewed out my coworker today.|
|CHICKEN OUT||n||to lose the courage or confidence to do something--usually at the last minute||Mark was going to ask Lisa for a date when he saw her, but he chickened out.|
|CHIP IN||n||to add money to something done by a group||Everyone chipped in and we bought our manager a birthday gift.|
|CLAM UP||n||to refuse to talk about something||The robber clammed up when the police questioned him about his partner.|
|CLAM UP||n||to suddenly become quiet||My friends clammed up when I walked into the room. Nobody would tell me what they were talking about.|
|CLEAN UP||s||to clean something completely||Kids - clean your room up and then we'll leave.|
|CLEAR UP||s||to clarify; explain||Her explanation cleared up the misunderstanding.|
|CLEAR AWAY||s||to remove||When the dinner dishes were cleared away, they played cards at the table.|
|COME ACROSS||n||to find; to discover unexpectedly; find by chance||I came across an old picture in my desk drawer.|
|COME DOWN WITH ___||n||to become ill with ( a sickness )||Fred came down with the flu yesterday. I hope his children don't come down with it too.|
|COME TO||n||to regain consciousness; come awake||A) "Nurse, has the patient come to yet?"
B) "Not yet doctor. He's still in a coma."
|COME TO||n||to total an amount||Let's see... 5 hamburgers and 10 hotdogs comes to $12.00 please.|
|COME UP||n||to be mentioned||Did the topic of Susan and Frank's wedding come up at the meeting yesterday?|
|COME UP WITH||n||to suddenly think of an idea||The marketing department came up with a brilliant idea.|
|COPY DOWN||s||to record in writing||Patty gave Max her phone number and Max copied it down.|
|COUNT ON||n||to rely on; depend on; trust that something will happen; trust that someone will do as expected||Are you crazy? You can't count on winning the lottery! Stop using your credit card so much!|
|CROSS OUT||s||to draw a line through mistakes; show that something written is wrong or unnecessary by making an X across it||Sara crossed out her spelling mistake, then wrote the correct word.
We can't afford to buy everything on the food list, so I crossed all the unnecessary things out.
|CUT BACK ON||n||to reduce; to lower; to use less of something||The doctor told me to cut back on sugar and fat in my diet.|
|CUT DOWN||s||to chop something down||They cut the tree down.|
|CUT DOWN ON||n||to reduce; to lower; to use less of something||The doctor told me to cut down on sugar and fat in my diet.|
|CUT OFF||s||to stop service||When we didn't pay the bill, the electricity was cut off.|
|CUT OFF||s||to sever||The doctor cut off the infected finger.|
|CUT OFF||n||to eliminate from contact||He was cut off by the storm. He couldn't get home.|
|CUT OUT||s||to remove something||I cut the picture out of the magazine.|
|CUT OUT||s||to stop something||She cut out smoking and now her health is better.|
|CUT UP||s||to slice||We cut the watermelon up and gave everyone a slice.|