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call for +require (as in a recipe)This recipe calls for milk, not water.
call * off +cancel somethingThey called the picnic off because of the rain.
call * off +order to stop (an invasion, guard dogs)He called off the dogs when he saw it was his neighbor.
call on +visitMark called on Naomi while he was in town.
call on +invite someone to speak in a meeting or a classroomProfessor Tanzer called on Tim to answer the question.
call * up +telephoneI called Sam up to see if he wanted to go to the movies.
calm * down +make someone relaxYou can calm the baby down by rocking her gently.
care for +nurse someone or somethingHe cared for the bird until its wing healed.
care for +like someone or somethingI don’t care for sour cream on my potato.
carry on +continue (a conversation, a game)Please, carry on. I didn’t mean to interrupt you.
carry on about +continue in an annoying wayHe kept carrying on about how much money he makes.
carry on with +continueI want you to carry on with the project while I am out of town.
carry * out +complete and/or accomplish somethingThe secret agent carried out his orders exactly as planned.
carry * over +continue on a subsequent day, page, etc.The meeting carried over into lunch time.
catch onslowly start to understand (inf.)He caught on after a few minutes.
catch upmake up for lost timeI will never catch up. I am too behind in my work.
catch up with +speed up to be at the same place as a person or thing in front of youI had to run to catch up with the others.
catch up on +become up-to-dateI need to catch up on world events. I haven’t seen the news in ages.
check backreturn to see if everything is OKWe will check back tomorrow to make sure the project is finished.
check by +go to a place to see if everything is OKWe need to check by the office to see if the documents are ready.
check for +try to findThey checked for termites before they bought the house.
check inenter a hospital, hotel etc.They need to check in before noon.
check into +enter a hospital, hotel etc.They checked into the hotel at 11:00 AM.
check into +investigate, look for (often through a service)We are checking into discount flights to London.
check * off +make a mark next to (an item on a list)Check each name off the list.
check on +make sure something is OKLet’s check on the baby again before we go to sleep.
check * out +investigate, take a look atHe checked out the new restaurant down the street.
check outleave a hotel, hospitalIt’s already eleven. We need to check out.
check out of +leave a hotel, hospitalWe checked out of the hotel before ten.
check * over +closely examine the condition of somethingHe checked over the old car to see if it was worth buying.
check up on +investigate someone or somethingThe police are checking up on the bomb threats.
check * throughsend luggage through (to a destination)Your luggage will be checked through to Paris.
check with +ask a person for confirmationHe needs to check with his parents before he goes.
cheer * upmake someone feel cheerfulThe party really cheered me up.
cheer upbecome cheerfulCheer up. Everything will be all right.
chew * up +chew into small piecesThe dog chewed up my shoe.
chop * down +fell/cut ( a tree)The lumberjack chopped the tree down.
chop * up +chop/cut into small bitsHe chopped the meat up into little pieces.
clean * up +tidySusan cleaned the mess up before she left.
clear outleave ( inf.)Everybody clear out! We’re closed.
clear * up +tidySusan cleared up the mess before she left.
close * down +close a place permanentlyThe corner market closed down because they didn’t have many customers.
close downclose permanentlyThe bar was closed down because they served alcohol to minors.
close in on +approach and threatenThe rebels were closing in on the capital, so the government called in the army.
close * up +close temporarilyThey are closing the ski resort up for the summer.
close upclose temporarilyThe ski resort is closing up for the summer.
come aboutoccur / happenHow did you idea for the book come about.
come across +discover by accidentThey came across some lost Mayan ruins in the jungle.
come across +initially seem or have the appearanceHe comes across as rather rude, but he isn’t.
come alongaccompany someoneIf you want, you can come along.
come along with +accompanySam came along with us to the beach.
come alongprogressHow’s the research paper coming along.
come along with +progressHow are you coming along with the research paper.
come awayleave a place with a particular feeling or impressionI came away from the meeting feeling like the presentation was a success.
come backreturnWhat time are you coming back?
come by +get, receiveHow did you come by that new Mercedes?
come byvisit a person at their houseI’ll come by later this afternoon.
come down with +become sick withHe came down with the flu.
come into +inheritHe came into a large sum of money when his aunt died.
come off +fall off, break offThe handle came off the suitcase when I picked it up.
come outappearI didn’t see the car at first. It came out of nowhere.
come outreveal you are homosexualSam finally came out last month.
come outturn out, end upThe pictures came out great.
come out with +produce and distribute a productMicrosoft is coming out with a new video game system next month.
come overvisit someone at their houseWhy don’t you come over after work for dinner.
come toregain consciousnessDon’t worry! She faints all the time. She always comes to after a few minutes.
come throughdo what is needed or expectedTerry really came through for us in the end.
come up to +approach; to equalThe job offer didn’t come up to her expectations.
come up with +produce or create (an idea, a plan)She came up with a great proposal for the new advertising campaign.
come with +include (an accessory)The computer system doesn’t come with a printer.
count * in +includeDid you count expenses in?
count on +depend/rely onYou can really count on Sarah.
count * out +excludeYou can count James out. He hates playing poker.
count * up +addCount the change up and see how much we have.
crack down on +become tougher on, better enforce laws onThe police have been cracking down on drunk driving.
crack uplaugh uncontrollably, laugh a lotWhen I told the joke, they all cracked up.
crack up at +laugh uncontrollably about, laugh a lot aboutI cracked up at his joke.
cross * out +draw a line through something, eliminateWhy did you cross my name out on the list?
cut downdecrease the amount ofYou eat too much fat. You need to cut down.
cut down on +decrease the amount ofYou need to cut down on your fat intake.
cut ininterruptShe suddenly cut in and delivered the news
cut in on +interruptShe cut in on the conversation and delivered the news.
cut * offinterrupt someone while they were speakingShe cut him off before he said something he would regret later.
cut * off +sever ( with a knife)His finger was accidentally cut off in an industrial accident.
cut * out +removeHe cut the bone out of the steak.
cut * outstop an actionCut it out! You’re bothering me.
cut * up +cut into small piecesHe cut the beef up and put the pieces in the soup.

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