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January 26, 2012 By Angela Boothroyd

To feed up somebody or something (or feed somebody or something up) is to give a lot of food to a person or animal in order to make them stronger and more healthy, or less thin. Informal British English.   Examples of use: 1. We had to feed our kitten up to make her strong […]

January 17, 2012 By Angela Boothroyd

1. To tamper with something is to touch or change something without permission. Examples of use: a) The lock on my drawer has been tampered with and some of my files have gone. b) He went to prison for tampering with the brakes of his neighbour’s car. c) The cricket player was accused of tampering […]

January 16, 2012 By Angela Boothroyd

1. To rip up something (or rip something up) is to remove something (e.g. a carpet) from a floor, or to remove a surface (e.g. a road) by digging it up. Examples of use: a) Shall we rip up our old carpet and buy a new rug? b) Our house flooded and we had to […]

January 12, 2012 By Angela Boothroyd

To goof around is to spend your time doing unimportant things or behaving in a silly way. Mainly American informal English   Fool around has the same meaning as goof around.   Examples of use: 1. Stop goofing around! 2. The children were goofing around in the park. 3. We spent most of our summer […]

January 11, 2012 By Angela Boothroyd

To gross out someone (or gross someone out) is to disgust them. If something grosses you out, it makes you feel ill because it is very unpleasant or disgusting. American informal English Examples of use: 1. I don’t like eating oysters. They gross me out. 2. His smelly feet really grossed me out. 3. That […]