Dictionary: letter L
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- We seem to be lagging behind the rest of the country in these new initiatives.
- Women's wages still lag behind.
- They lapped up all his lies.
- She lapped up all the attention she was receiving.
- He told them the most ridiculous story I've ever heard but they lapped it up.
- He lashed out at those making accusations against him.
- I started to get really angry and started lashing out at people.
- It took me a few minutes to latch on to what he was talking about.
- He tried to laugh off the criticism he received.
- The actress laughed off the rumours about her wedding.
- The Directives lay down the hygiene conditions under which wild game meat is to be obtained, processed and inspected, in order to prevent food poisoning.
- The company is not doing well. We may have to lay some of our staff off.
- Larger companies are finding they have to lay off workers to meet their profit levels.
- They will have to lay off some of their staff.
- The story leaked out on social media last night.
- The minister was informed as soon as the news leaked out.
- Despite our efforts, word leaked out anyway.
- Hang on! I'll let down a rope so that you can come up.
2 disappoint [let someone down]
- She's got her heart set on going. I can't let her down.
- You can rely on me; I'll never let you down.
- We're relying on you to do it. You won't let us down, will you?
idiom let your hair down when you let you hair down, you relax and enjoy yourself freely.
- Her father let me in.
- Let yourself in!
- Lock the door and don't let anyone in.
- He was let off lightly.
- She was let off with only a reprimand.
- I'll let you off this time if you promise not to do it again.
- He was lucky to be let off with only a warning.
- She was let off with a fine.
2 [let something off] (gun, rifle, bomb, fireworks, cracker, rocket, steam) fire or make something explode
- They let off some fireworks to celebrate the occasion.
- I'm going to have a baby, but please don't let on, will you
- She let on that her husomeoneand was in trouble with the police.
- Don't let on about this. It must remain a secret.
- They're letting him out because he's been a model prisoner.
- Did you let the dog out?
2 (cry, scream, yell, sigh, shout, gasp) make a loud sound
- She let out a sigh of relief when she heard the news.
- Most animals let out a cry when they are wounded.
- I let out a scream and he came running.
3 (dress, skirt, trousers) make clothes wider
- This skirt is too tight. I'll have to let it out at the waist.
4 (room, house) rent
- She lets out rooms to students.
- His cough won't let up.
- The pain wouldn't let up, no matter what she tried.
- He said he was going to lie down on the sofa.
- I started feeling breathless and lay down in bed.
- He finally became so weak that he had to lie down.
- Lighting up is increasingly regarded as an antisocial activity.
2 make bright or full of light
- Fireworks lit up the sky in the middle of the event, which gave the night a special touch.
- Could you line up according to your age? The oldest should stand at the front, and the youngest at the back.
- Jake has spent his life trying to live down his father's reputation.
- Live-in nanny needed for family with 15 month old girl and newborn due in February.
- I invested some money and now I live off the interest.
- He's living off the money he'd made from selling his ranch.
- For the past four years, our family has been living off the land.
- The documentary explores the lives of those living on benefits.
2 survive on eat a lot of something
- My husband and I could literally live on fish tacos
3 continue existing [live on] (insep) (dream, memory) continue to exist, usually after someone's death or some difficulty
- Richard Branson insists space dream lives on despite Virgin Galactic crash.
- Martin Luther King's dream lives on 40 years after his death.
- His memory will live on through the many lives he touched.
- This party's a bit boring. But it'll soon liven up once everyone has had a drink or two!
- If you're looking to liven up your Mondays, sign up for salsa classes.
- A good way to liven up your casual wardrobe is with a few stylish t-shirts.
- The Government has failed to live up to its promises.
- I'm just dying to know if he lives up to his reputation.
- I think the movie was quite good although it didn't live up to my expectations.
- The Brazilian midfielder has failed to live up to his potential.
- Before you log off, close any programs and documents you have open, ensuring that you save any changes you make.
- When I logged on, I was asked to change my password.
- The nurses in this hospital are great. They really look after their patients.
- One of the most difficult jobs in the world is looking after a new baby.
- She looked around and saw him.
- I looked around the place but I didn't see it.
2 [look round something, look around something] visit
- We can look around the castle later.
3 (job, flat) go to different places looking for something
- Have you started looking arond for a job.
- That was ten years ago and we'ver never looked back.
- I'm looking for my keys. Have you seen them?
- I'm looking forward to the concert.
- The press began to look into his background.
- The police are looking into the cause of the accident.
- Is it legal for potential employers to look into my past?
- Look out! There's a car coming .
- I'm so glad that things are all looking up for you.
2 [look someone up] contact someone and pay them a visit after not having seen them for some time or because you happen to be where they live
- Do look up and see us next time you are in the area.
- Look me up next time you are in town.
3 [look something up] (word, number, information, time) find some information in a dictionary or reference book
- Can you look up this word in the dictionary?
- We looked it up in our records but we weren't able to find where the ship was built.
- When I was a child I always looked up to my grandparents, who were wonderful people.
- Single parent families will lose out under the new system.
- We will ensure customers do not lose out as a result of this issue.
lump together [lump something together] put things in one group or treat them in the same way
- Sudan was created by lumping together different desert nations.