Dictionary: letter T
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- You are welcome to tag along any time you want.
- They went shopping and I just tagged along.
- She takes after her dad.
- I take after my father but my brother is more like my mother.
- Who do you take after?
- If you don't like it, I can always take it back to the shop.
- I must take this book back to the library tomorrow.
2 Admit that something you said was wrong
- Too often we blurt out things that we wish we could take back.
- I wish I could take back what I said.
- The plane took off at six o'clock.
- The plane took off two hours late because of the fog.
- The flight took off thirty minutes late.
2 succeed become successful
- Victoria's solo pop career failed to take off.
- It might take an additional two years for the project to take off.
- Book clubs have taken off in a big way in London over the last ten years.
3 remove [take something off] (coat, jacket, dress, shoes, lid, cover ) remove an item of clothing
- Please take your jacket off if you find the place too warm.
- I took off my shirt and splashed water all over myself.
- Take off your coat, please.
4 imitate [take someone off] copy the way someone talks or their behaviour in order to make people laugh
- He's quite good at taking off famous people.
- The company is doing so well that we'll have to take on more staff.
2 accept [take something on] (responsibility, role, client, job, task, problem) accept a responsibility or project
- She can't find a solicitor who is willing to take on her case.
- She took to her new class mates immediately - they were all so friendly and helpful.
- Many people take out private insurance even when it's quite costly.
- They took out a mortgage to buy their house.
- Taking out a loan can be a confusing and complex process.
idiom take it out on be unpleasant to someone because you're angry or upset for some reason, even though it's not their fault
- You don't have to take it out on me, do you?
- I know you've had an exasperating day, but please don't take it out on me.
- A multinational company wanted to take the business over, but they rejected their offer.
- If George dies, who will take over the project?.
- The children have taken up tennis and they're really enjoying it.
- I had a lot of time on my hands so I decided to take up fishing.
- He took up a job as a research assistant at a non-profit institution in Cambridge.
- Don't you ever talk back to me like that.
- Don't talk back to your mom!
- Don't talk down to children, no matter how young they are.
- How did you manage to talk him into that?
- I think I'm going to try to talk her into taking a day trip into Mexico.
- How would I go about tapering off this dose properly?
- He's so happy here that we'd hate to tear him away.
tear into [tear into something] (fish, meal, enemy) start eating something eagerly; attack.
- I was sitting in a wooden hut a few yards from the Atlantic ocean, tearing into parrot fish and pollack with my fingers.
- The shark was tearing into a carcass of a whale in the south coast.
- I came home late and my mother told me off.
- His mother told him off for pulling his sister's hair.
- If the offer is made by letter, you have time to think it over more carefully and less emotionally than you would if you received it by telephone or in person.
think through [think something through] (situation, project, business, idea, matter) consider all the different options
- Has anybody thought through the consequences of war in terms of human suffering?
- Take a minute to think this through before you do it.
think up [think something up] (excuse, name, reason, idea, plan) produce something new by thinking
- He quickly thought up a plan.
- I wish I could think up a good excuse.
- I've been trying to think up a good name for this campaign.
- I've always had a real aversion to throwing away food.
- Don't throw away that magazine. I want to keep it.
1 (chance, opportunity) waste something good
- He threw it all away to pursue a music career.
- Cardiff City threw away the chance to secure a much-needed victory.
- The smell was so disgusting that I nearly threw up.
- He threw up after eating 6 chocolate eggs in 10 minutes.
2 [throw something up] (problems, facts, lessons, points, information) produce something
- The research threw up some interesting statistics.
3 (job, career, position) leave something. pack in
- He threw up his job with Pinkerton and settled in Argentina as a shoe dealer.
- It seems a reporter was tipped off that something interesting was going to happen that night.
- Let me top up your glass.
- Staff were on hand all night to top up our drinks.
noun They were nice enough to give us a top-up on our coffee.
2 (phone, credit) add more money to something so it has the amount you need
- I need to top up my phone.
- You can top up your credit at any time.
- The speaker touched on the crucial problem of European integration.
- I recently had my car towed away because I parked in a handicapped parking area.
- Illegally parked vehicles will be towed away at the owner's expense.
- My last Toyota had 250,000 miles on it when I traded it in.
- What good is money, if it is cornered by a few and does not trickle down to the needy?
- The results began to trickle in throughout Friday afternoon.
- Sale season orders are trickling in.
- Stress and anxiety can trigger off many beauty problems, like acne, hair loss and dandruff.
- When ready, let it stand for a bit and then tuck in and enjoy.
2 adjust [tuck someone in] make a child comfortable in bed by adjusting the blankets
- I used to tuck her in every night with her favorite blanket.
- He was offered an excellent job in Canada, but he turned it down because he didn't want to leave France.
- Simon asked Lucy to marry him but she turned him down.
- It's hard to turn down an invitation like that.
2 (radio, TV, heater, gas, sound, volume) reduce the noise, heat, etc turn up
- When the liquid boils, turn the heat down and simmer it for 10 minutes.
- He doesn't do anything but watch TV; he's turning into a couch potato.
- Please turn off the lights.
- People turn on the television to keep them company, and to keep them from thinking.
- In the end, it turned out that there had been a misunderstanding.
- We were certainly relieved when the bomb threat turned out to be a false alarm.
- I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out.
- He turned up half an hour late.
- Why do you think he would suddenly turn up again after all these years?
- Oh no! I've just deleted all my work! I'll have to type it in again.