Dictionary: letter D

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dash off 1 leave (insep) leave in a hurry

2 write [dash something off] (letter, note, email) write something in a hurry

date back (insep) (house, church, building, tradition) exist since a particular time

dawn on [dawn on someone] suddenly begin to understand something

dial back  [dial something back] (anger, aggressiveness, rhetoric) reduce the strength or intensity of something

die away (noise, sound, voice, light, breeze) gradually become weaker until it disappears fade away

die down (insep) (applause, gossip, rumours, wind, storm, flames, fire, pain, excitement, scandal) become quieter or less noticeable

die out (insep) (custom, tradition, habit, idea, race, species) gradually disappear

dig in (insep) start eating tuck in, pitch in

dig over [dig something over] (soil, patch, garden, flowerbed) break the ground into smaller pieces with a spade or fork so that plants can grow

dig up 1 discover [dig something up] (scandal, the past, idea, excuse, facts, information) search for something and find it rake up, dredge up

2 dig remove something from the ground using a fork or spade

dish out [dig something up] (advice) give something to people, often in a careless way

dive in 1 [dive in, dive into something] (insep) start doing something with enthusiasm plunge in

do away with abolish [do away with something] (law, privilege, rule, regulations, restrictions, paperwork, tax) get rid of something

do in exhaust [do someone in, do something in] (head) make you tired or unable to deal with a situation

do up 1 repair, decorate [do something up] (flat, building, cottage, room) repair and decorate a place

2 fasten [do something up] (button, coat, dress, trousers, zip) fasten

doll up [doll yourself up] make yourself more attractive by wearing make-up and special clothes dress up

doss down  (insep) sleep somewhere temporarily or sleep there instead of going home kip down

doze off (insep) fall into a light sleep drop off

drag on (insep) be very slow and last longer than necessary hacerse eterno

drag up [drag something up] (story, incident) mention some unpleasant fact from the past bring up

draw up 1 stop (insep) get closer to a place and stop pull up

2 prepare [draw something up] (list, plan, document, proposal, contract, will) prepare something very carefully in writing

dream up [dream something up] (explanation, idea, plot, ploy, project, scheme) think of something unusual or foolish

dredge up [dredge something up] (scandal, the past, memory, old grivances, quarrel, filth, mistake, misdeeds, story) remind someone of unpleasant events in the past dig up, rake up

dress down (insep) wear clothes less formal than the ones you usually wear dress up

dress up (insep) put on better clothes for a special occasion US fix up dress down

drive away [drive someone/something away] (business, consumers, people, investment) behave or do something that makes people leave

drive up [drive something up] (prices) make something rise send up, put up

drone on (insep) (meeeting, speech) continue for too long in a monotonous, boring way

drop by (insep) pay someone a visit call in, drop by, pop in, stop by

drop in [drop in on someone] (insep) pay someone a short visit without warning call in, drop by, pop in

drop off 1 sleep (insep) fall asleep crash out, doze off, flake out

2 decrease (insep) (attendance, numbers, membership, interest, support, traffic, temperatures) become less or fewer fall off

3 let passenger out [drop someone off] stop the vehicle you are driving to leave a passenger there let off

drum up [drum something up] (support, enthusiasm, interest, business, trade) make people interested in something

dry out (insep) 1 become dry (lake, river) become completely dry

2 stop drinking stop drinking after becoming an alcoholic

dry up 1 dissapear (insep) (money, work, conversation, comissions, inspiration) not be available anymore

2 stop talking (insep) stop talking

dumb down [dumb something down] (language, news, test) make something easier so that everybody can understand it

dwell on  [dwell on something] (insep) (subject, past) think too much or too long about something unpleasant

 

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