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lay  away +save for the futureWhy don’t you lay away your wedding outfit?
lay down +establish (laws, rules)Lori lays down the law in her class. English only!
lay in on +scold or criticize severelyMy mom really laid in on me when I got home at 4:00 in the morning last night.
lay into +scold or criticize severelyI saw Reto’s mom lay into him when he came home late last night.
lay * off +suspend someone from a job (during a slow period)The company was losing money, so they had to lay off 100 workers.
lay * out +arrangeWhy don’t we lay the pieces of the table out before we put it together.
leave * out +not include, omitWhy did your parents leave you out of their vacation plans?
let * downdisappointI felt let down when I didn’t receive a birthday card from my sister.
let * downlengthen (pants in sewing)My uncle is a tailor, so he can let your pants down.
let * outreleaseI am happy my brother was let out of prison early.
let * outmake bigger (in sewing)I need to let out this skirt because I have gained weight.
let upweaken in intensityI told her NO a thousand times, but she won’t let up.
lie downrest, reclineI need to lie down before we go out tonight.
lie down on +rest, recline ( on a couch, bed)I’m going to lie down on the sofa for a while.
lie with +be decided byWhether or not you can go to the party lies with your father.
light * up +illuminateLet’s get some candles to light this room up.
light up +to smokeDo you have to light up another cigarette? I thought you were trying to cut down.
live * down +live in a way that a shameful or embarrassing event is forgottenJose will never live down singing that song at the karaoke bar.
live on +survive fromI could live on bread and cheese.
live up to +keep a standardIt would be hard to live up to her parent’s expectations.  They are so demanding.
look after +take care of (a child, a house, a pet)When my sister goes on vacation, I look after her dog.
look back on +to remember nostalgicallyWhen I look back on my childhood, I often feel angry.
look down on +see as inferiorShe’s so conceited. She looks down on everybody else.
look for +to seek or search forI’m looking for my keys. Have you seen them?
look forward to +anticipate with pleasureI am looking forward to traveling to New York next year.
look into +investigateThe police are looking into the murder.
look onobserve as a spectatorEverybody just looked on as the two men fought.
look outbe careful, pay attention, heed a certain dangerLook out, there’s a black widow spider on the wall.
look * over +examine, reviewWhen I’m camping, I look my shoes over before I put them on.
look * up +search for (in a dictionary)I takes time to look up new vocabulary words.
look * up +locate and visitIf you ever travel to California, you should look me up.
look up to +respect, admire someoneHe looks up to his father.

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