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Here are some tables of the items of vocabulary (idioms, phrasal verbs and colloquial language). The vocabulary is everday language familiar to all English-speaking people and useful to anybody planning to visit an English-speaking country or do business with English-speaking people. The tables list all the definitions of each item and include the phrasal verbs ‘to turn into’, ‘to try on’, ‘to make up’ and ‘to get over’. They are also accompanied by exercises.
e.g. My dad always used to pick me up from school in the evening.
e.g. When I bent down to pick up my pencil, I saw the library card that I had lost a few weeks before lying on the ground next to it.
e.g. Although he lived in Frankfurt for several years, he barely managed to pick up any German at all.
e.g. You used to be able to pick up some wonderful bargains in this market, but these days it is often cheaper to go to a regular shop.
e.g. My sister picked up a rare tropical illness whilst on holiday last year and was in hospital for several weeks.
e.g. I never though my brother would recover from his illness, but he is finally responding well to the medication and at last is picking up quite a bit now..
e.g. Picking up on the point that Karen brought up before the coffee break, does anyone have any ideas about how we can increase sales in the south-west region?
e.g. My cousin Paul has been picked up for speeding so many times that he is going to lose his license.
e.g. Although Tony claimed to be happy with his wife, I picked up on the fact that there was something wrong, and it turns out he had been having an affair.
e.g. Be careful when you work with that client − they are very stingy and will pick you up on every tiny detail given half the chance.
e.g. Since he lost so much weight, Josh has tried to pick up women in clubs but with only limited success..
e.g. Although he is not usually very generous, my father always picks up the bill at family gatherings
e.g. On the border between two countries, you can often pick up radio stations from both
e.g. My mother told me that it was my father who wanted to move her and her that didn’t want to but he said it was the other way round.
e.g. When I retire, I want to leave the hectic city life and move to the countryside.
e.g. My brother used to commit a lot of petty crime but he always got away with it because he is so baby-faced and seems so innocent.
e.g. The one time my brother was arrested for shoplifting, the judge let him off with a warning because he was only just eighteen.
e.g. My father hit the roof when he saw the phone bill.
e.g. “OK then, if there is nothing else to do, I will be off. Have a good weekend!”.
e.g. It is a bad idea to walk alone late at night in a dodgy part of town.
e.g. How come your brother is so tall and you are so short?
e.g. It took Tina three months to fully get over the illness she had picked up on holiday.
e.g. We thought we would never get over the problem, but then Chuck hit the nail on the head.
e.g. I can’t get over how much like his brother Hal looks now he has cut his hair and stopped wearing those dreadful clothes
e.g. Maura is good at getting her message over and therefore usually prepares most of the company’s presentations.
e.g. Let’s stay for another two hours tonight so we can get this report out of the way before the long weekend.
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