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pan outbe successful, turn out wellThe trip to Vegas didn’t pan out.
pass awaydieAfter battling cancer for several years, he finally passed away at the age of 87.
pass * off +try to convince someone that something is realHe tried to pass the fake watch off as a real Rolex.
pass * on +transmitPlease pass this message on to your co-workers.
pass on +not accept (an invitation to eat or do something)Jennifer passed on the invitation to join us for dinner.
pass ondieI am afraid Professor Johnson has passed on.
pass * out +distributeWe need to pass out these flyers for the concert tomorrow.
pass outbecome unconsciousHe passed out because the room was too hot.
pass * up +not take advantage (of an opportunity)I can’t believe she passed up the opportunity to study in Rome.
pay * back +repayIf I loan you money, will you pay me back.
pay * off +complete payment on a debtIt took me ten years to pay off my credit card debt.
pay * off +to bribeDon’t try to pay the police officer off if you get pulled over for speeding.
pick on +to tease, bullyShe keeps picking on me! Make her stop.
pick * out +chooseDiane picked out a lovely dress for the dance.
pick * up +to lift an object with the handsKeep your back straight when you lift the TV up.
pick * up +come and get someone in a carWhat time are you going to pick me up.
pick * up +learn something without effortIt’s possible to pick up enough English in two weeks to get by on your trip to Los Angeles.
pick * up +try to initiate a relationship with someone (often in a bar)Some weird guy tried to pick Patricia up at the bar.
pick upgrow, increase (inf.)Business is really picking up this quarter.
play * down +make less important (inf.)The President played down his affair with the intern.
play * uphighlight something (inf.)She played up her part in the new movie, but it was actually a very small role.
play up to +flatter someone for your personal advantageShe has been playing up to the boss because she wants a promotion.
point * out +indicateI’d like to point out that figures in column two might be outdated.
pull downearnHe pulls down about $300,000 a year.
pull inpark (a vehicle)Mark pulled in too quickly and crashed into the wall.
pull outdepart (a vehicle)Our train pulls out at 8:00, so don’t be late.
pull throughbarely surviveI didn’t think she was going to make it, but she pulled through in the end.
put * across +communicate (an idea or suggestion) clearly so that it is understoodI thought Ms. Smith put her ideas across rather clearly in the meeting.
put * away +return to the proper place of storageI told you kids to put your toys away.
put * down +insult, say bad things aboutShe always puts down people who don’t share her opinions.
put in +officially submit a request (in the armed forces or public services)He put in for a transfer to the division in Los Angeles.
put * off +postponeDon’t put off your work – do it now!
put * on +wearMake sure you put on a sweater before you go outside.
put * on +deceiveI didn’t believe a thing he said. I think he was putting me on.
put * out +extinguish (a fire)Don’t use water to put out a grease fire.
put * out +inconvenience someoneI don’t want to put you out, but could you pick me up at the airport.
put out +spend (usually used with unreasonably large sums of money)I can’t put out that much money each month.
put * uphave a guest stay in your house for a short timeCan you put me up while I’m in town.
put up with +tolerateSandy will not put up with smoking in her house.

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