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May 30, 2011 by Angela

To run something by someone is to tell them something so that they can consider it and give their opinion. This phrasal verb can also be run something past someone.   Examples of use: a) Your ideas for the business are very interesting; I’ll run them by my boss. b) I would like to run […]

May 29, 2011 by Angela

To copy in somebody (or copy somebody in), is to send someone a copy of an email you are sending to someone else. Examples of use: a) Can you copy me in on your staff emails, please? b) Would you like me to copy you in on all the official correspondence? c) I’ll send a […]

May 28, 2011 by Angela

1. To burn out is to become extremely tired or ill because of too much work or stress. Examples of use: a) You’ll burn out if you keep working such long hours without a holiday. b) He burned himself out because he worked too hard. c) She had a very stressful job and was burnt […]

May 27, 2011 by Angela

To knuckle down is to start to work or study very hard.   Examples of use: a) You need to knuckle down and finish your homework. b) I haven’t done much revision for my exams – I must knuckle down before it’s too late. c) I’m not very impressed with your work: knuckle down, or […]

May 27, 2011 by Angela

1. To contract out something (or contract something out), is to arrange for another company to do some work instead of your company. Examples of use: a) We are contracting out our web design service to a local web designer. b) Our government has contracted out hospital cleaning services to the private sector. c) News […]

May 26, 2011 by Angela

1. To draw up a piece of furniture (especially a chair) is to move it closer to something or someone. Examples of use: a) Draw up a chair. It’s much warmer here by the fire. b) Draw your chair up to the desk and look at these documents with me.     2. To draw […]

May 24, 2011 by Angela

It’s time for the 2011 Lexiophiles Top 100 Language Lovers blog competition, and I’m happy to say that this blog has been nominated once again in the Language Learning Blogs category. If you like this blog and find it useful, please vote To vote for your favourite, go to the Language Learning Blog page and […]