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Giustificare, render conto, rispondere di qualcosa
Wecome back to the class, Geena… how do you account for your absence
The teller had to account for the money that had gone missing.
Comportarsi in un certo modo
Did you see Craig? He's acting like an idiot.
Agire in base a elementi, informazioni ricevute
The police were acting on a tip-off from an informer and arrested the
Comportarsi male, funzionare male
Dorothy had a difficult time the children acted up all evening.
Mary, I guess it’s better you take the car to the garage… it's been
Avere senso logico
Ed’s theory is hard to believe… it doesn’t add up.
In the version of the witness all the facts added up.
Tom, what's the total? Could you add the costs up?
The bills add up to $150… that's more than we expected!
Andar bene, essere adatto
Sorry, Marc: that spicy Indian food doesn’t agree with me.
Mirare, essere indirizzato
The magazine is aimed at football fans.
Ray got a degree and aimed at going into politics.
Rispondere in modo maleducato, controbattere
Mary’s a naughty student… she started answering the teacher back.
Cercare guai, provocare reazioni negative
Pay attention, Jo… you're asking for trouble.
You asked for it!
Invitare qualcuno a casa propria
Sally asked me in, to have a drink together.
Invitare qualcuno ad uscire, dare un appuntamento
When Albert asked Laura out, she rejected his invitation.
Persuadere qualcuno a fare qualcosa
We hardly argued Harris into withdrawing his complaint.
Dissuadere qualcuno dal fare qualcosa
Argue out of
I had to argue Ed out of driving after drinking.
Russell's a renowned journalist, you can't argue with that.
The crowd backed away when the police appeared.
In the end Joan backed down… a row just wasn’t worth losing her job.
As Mandy realized she was wrong, she began to back down in the
Rinunciare a rivalersi, lasciare perdere
Richard was ready to call the police, but he backed off when the yobbo
he'd pay for all the damages.
Non mantenere un impegno, una promessa
Emma backed out few days before the journey, so I gave her ticket to
You can’t always back out of your promises, otherwise no one will trust
Andare indietro, retrocedere
You’re too close, Morris… back your car up so I can open the door.
The crowd had to back up and let the police pass.
Fare copie di sicurezza sul computer
When Ted’s computer crashed he lost many files... it's a good thing
to back them up.
Sostenere la posizione di qualcuno, confermare una versione
Ed, I know you’ve no faults, so I'll back you up on your innocence.
I know you don't believe me, Frank… ask to Jason: he'll back me up.
You’re right: we should back the exhibition up with video.
Assillare, pressare, tormentare
Badger into (doing) something
I can't stand that shop: they always start badgering me to buy something.
Fidarsi, far affidamento su qualcuno
Peter… I was banking on you to win the doubles!
Interrompere una conversazione, intromettersi
Kim and Ed barged into my room and started talking.
Oh, sorry to barge in on you like this!
Resistere alle avversità, tener duro
How did you cope with all those hardship, Liz? How are you bearing up?
The sun is beating down hard today… let’s go to the beach!
Far abbassare I prezzi.
The shop-girl wanted 100 dollars, but I beat her down to 85!
Attaccare con violenza, aggredire
The mugger beat Harris up and stole his camera.
The ferryboat was crowded, so we had to bed down on the deck for the
Security has been beefed up for the demonstration.
The company was taking on more workers to beef up production.
Dan, your report is good, but it’s better to beef it up with some
Modificare un motore
Russell’s a wizard in beefing up engines: his car is a rocket!
Rifiutare un invito, scansare impegni presi
Laura’s so moody: at first she said she would be at the exhibition…
she begged off.
Al seems always unable to do what he agreed to do: He's always
off at the last minute.
Cantare o suonare rumorosamente
Nobody can belt out a tune like Sheila can!
The band starter belting out folk music.
Piantarla di fare rumore, di fare casino
The teacher told the students to belt up because they were making a lot
Boys, just belt up!... will you!
Harry blacked out unexpectedly and collapsed on the carpet.
Interrompersi di corrente, energia
The power supply failed and the entire block of flats blacked out.
The address of the eye witness was blanked out in the news item.
Avere un buco di memoria
Ed’s too nervous… in the job interview he completely blanked out!
Mandare a tutto volume
The music was blaring out from the circus, so I couldn’t sleep.
Decollare verso lo spazio
The new European spaceship blasted off last week.
Sparare a ripetizione, mitragliare
The poachers started blazing away at the elephants.
Sally blew all the birthday candles out.
Essere dimenticato, affievolirsi
The scandal will soon blow over when the media will found someone else
The snow flurry blew over all the night long.
A police officer was killed when the bomb blew up.
Ingradire i fatti, esagerare
Oh Tracy, please… don’t blow this thing out of proportion!
The news has been blown up on the front page of the local newspaper.
Liberare i nervi, esplodere
When Jill told me she'd had an accident with my car, I blew up at her.
Dare una lavata di testa, fare un cazziatone
Mum always blows me up for leaving the room in a mess.
When the police asked the strange man about his alibi, he blurted out
As soon as Ted entered the pub, Ed vacantly blurted out a nervous
Frank got bogged down in details and didn't finish the project in time.
Pat’s happiness all boils down to shopping and money at the end of the
The original speech was boiled down to five minutes.
There’s no time, Ed… so, please… boil this story down to essence!
Come on, Richard… the soup is boiling over!
Degenerare nella violenza, infuriare
The mass meeting boiled over into violence.
William, if you're going to travel to Italy, you'd better bone up on
The ferry's fully booked up… we’ll have to set out tomorrow.
Far partire un computer
Richard booted up the computer and scanned it out for viruses.
After getting the sack, Dan bounced back and found a new job.
Ted’s been bankrupt many times… he always bounces back.
Boss about, Boss around
Albert behaves as if he’s better than others: he bosses everyone about!
Jill was sick of the director bossing her around and using his
take advantage ofher.
Lasciare un lavoro, finire un’attività
After many years in the company, Susan will be bowing out at the end of
Mollare, lasciar perdere
Kim still feels insecure about his ability to dance: he was going to
dancing contest, but he bottled out at the last minute.
Ed was starting a driving travel across Europe but bottled out at the last
"So Emma, did you confess it to him?" - "Oh no, too insecure... I bottled
Soffocare i sentimenti, reprimere le emozioni
People from the northern countries are said to bottle emotions up.
Meg bottled up her feelings: even though she was being in a rage
Jo, I know you’re feeling blue, but try not to bottle up your emotions.
Toccare il fondo per poi risalire
The pound bottomed out at it’s slowly starting rising.
The Prime Minister claims that the recession is bottoming out.
Estendere la propria attività
The company has branched out into trading.
I saw her eyes brimming over with tears.
After going out with Mary, Ed’s heart was brimming over with happiness.
Ignorare, dare poca importanza
She was disappointed that Frank was brushing all her attentions aside.
Pat took a course to brush up on her Italian before her trip to
George, please… budge up: there’s no place here!
Nick works wonders: he has built the company up into a market leader.
Tension has been building up ever since the government passed the new
Viaggiare con poche idee e pochi soldi
After completed the studies Ned spent months bumming around the
South America with no plans and little money.
Incontrare per caso
We bumped into Victor on the underground yesterday.
Ammazzare, fare fuori
The pusher was bumped off by the rival gang.
Impennare, salire rapidamente
The company bumped Ted’s salary up by giving him a big bonus.
Marinare la scuola
Mary often used to bunk off school.
Please, Emma… don't smoke in the bed for you may burn the sheet down.
Perdere entusiasmo, energie
Sean burnt out working as a labourer, so he went to live in the country.
Bruciare, consumare calorie
Joggers burn off a lot of calories in the run.
Andare in fiamme
All of Lawson's hay burned up before the fire fighters arrived.
Liza, your ungraceful ways really burn me up!
Scoppiare in risate, lacrime
Sheila burst into laughter when she heard Tom’s funny story.
Interrompere, interferire, intromettersi
She rudely butt in on our conversation, saying that she didn’t agree
Hey, Marc! Don't butt in… wait for your turn!
I tried buttering Janet up, but she still wouldn't go out with me.
Fiona’s looking for something: she's been buttering her boss up all the
Bill has a lot of money: he wants to buy out his partner.
Andare via, scomparire
Sammy, you’re really annoying me… just buzz off!
Annullare qualcosa di pianificato, revocare
The trip to the beach was called off because of the bad weather.
After their last argument they called all their wedding plans off.
Calmarsi, darsi una calmata
Why are you so upset, Marc?... calm down!
When Sheila loses her temper, it takes ages for her to calm down again.
Dormire fuori, riposare in un posto privo di comfort
Sandy and Jason had to camp out until the new apartment was finished.
Scouts like camping out.
Andrew's intuition cancels out his
Gradire, aver voglia di qualcosa
So, Janis… would you care for some tea?
Sally, would you care for something to drink? I have coffee, tea,
Can I have some sparkling water, please? I don't care for wine.
Alison got out of the hospital last week, the family is caring for her
John carried off the gold medal in the college competition.
Sandy carried out talking as if she hadn’t seen Marc, until the party
Effettuare, svolgere qualcosa di particolare
Research is being carried out in the genetic engineering field.
The gang has carried out a threat… this was to be expected.
fruttare economicamente, trarre vantaggio
When he was in trouble, Ken cashed in on the situation
his cottage for very little money.
Catch up with
Brenda stopped to rest for a few minutes... she'll catch up with us
Diventare popolare, di moda
Most people were shocked when hip-hop caught on in the discos.
A fad for wearing ripped jeans caught on a few years ago… now it’s
Comprendere, finire per capire
Becky had never used a computer, but she caught on very quickly.
Albert had been ill and now he has got to catch up on work.
Produrre effetti negativi
Catch up with
All the chocolate I ate has caught up with me and I’ve put on weight.
Belinda was totally vegan, but finally caved in to pressure from me
and Sandy and started eating meat..
The mayor was expected to cave in to pressure from homeless people.
Trovare per caso
George’s really lucky: he chanced upon a beautiful print, in a small
Sean was arrested and charged with smuggling.
Scacciare, mandare via
Case off, Chase out
Sheila’s dog chases off any other animal that enters the garden.
Ed please, chase the dog out: I don't want him on the sofa!
Ricordare di fare qualcosa
The librarian was chasing Ted up about some books.
The club’s treasurer was chasing up all members who have not yet paid
Essere infedeli, tradire
Fiona was sexually unfaithful with Harris: she cheated on him with a
When you arrive at the airport, be sure to check in at the registration
When in London, Mary and Ted checked in at a simple bed and breakfast.
Spuntare da una lista
Here are the things you've to buy, so you can check each one off when
go for food shopping.
A pretty assistant checked off guests' names as they arrived.
Sheila’s grandfather suddenly checked out… she’s completely shocked.
Pagare e prendere i documenti alla partenza
Check out of
Don't forget to take your room key to the reception when you check out
Rallegrare, tirare su di morale
Come on, Tricia… cheer up, it isn't all that bad, you know!
Ed's sister was depressed about not getting a present, so he sent her a
to cheer her up.
Brenda‘s dad was really angry when she was late… he got used to chewing
Pensar bene a qualcosa prima di decidere, parlarne
Let’s chew this idea over before we make a decision.
Mollare, lasciare perdere
I was going to tell Martha what I thought of her, but I chickened out.
Clive chickened out of the dive when he saw how high it was.
I spent all the day chilling out at home.
Contribuire, fare una colletta
We're going to buy a present for Mia... do you want to chip in?
Everybody chipped in to pay Peter’s operation.
Vomitare, stare male
Derek got high on cocktails and chunked up in the minicab on the way
Ammutolire, chiudersi nel silenzio
Everybody clammed up the moment they realised the police were involved.
Becky wouldn't talk about her youth… when I asked her about it she
Reprimere, intervenire con autorità
Clamp down on
The Government clamped down on false claims for unemployment benefits.
Many countries have clamped down on refugees seeking asylum.
Pulire e rassettare
Tom, you really must clean the room out: it’s a hell of a chaos!
Pulire, togliere lo sporco
I’ve cleaned the apartment up… it’s net and tidy now.
Andarsene, filare via, squagliarsela
Clear off, Clear out
He cleared off when he heard that her hubby was arriving.
The burglar cleared out with the money.
Clear out, Clear away
We spent the whole day clearing out all the junk.
Jo, you’d better clear away your old stuff before going out.
Guarire da un’infezione
I took the antibiotic and the infection cleared up right away.
Come on, Sally… spit it out! It’s time to clear up!
Riconoscere I propri torti
Albert is really stubborn, but he had to accept that he was wrong and
changed his position.
The company closed down a lot of branches during the recession.
The morning started bright, but around midday the sky clouded over.
Wendy seemed to be happy, but her eyes clouded with tears.
Informare, spiegare, dare informazioni
Clue in, Clue up
What's happening? It's time someone clued us in on what's the situation.
Jo, calm down... they'll clue us up soon.
Mandare a puttane, mandare a monte
panicked and cocked it
Crollare per il sonno
Fred was exhausted and conked out on the bed.
Calmarsi, diventare meno aggressivi o eccitati
Ed’s an aggressive character, but he only takes few minutes to cool
Lasciare perdere, mollare
Liz’s s always insecure: she was going to defend her thesis but she
out at the last minute.
Frank, if you're going out at the weekend, don’t count me in: I’ll
I'm counting on you to go out tomorrow: I don’t drive, and you’ve the
Abusare del proprio potere
Pay attention, Sean… the police are getting used to cracking down on
Tracollare con i nervi
Jill cracked up after his son died and had a terrible nervous
Avere un cattivo campo con il cellulare
Talk louder, Richard… I’ve a bad reception on the cell, you're cracking
Tracollare a casa di altri, dormire fuori
Dave was plastered and crashed out at Don’s studio after the disco
This issue of money keeps cropping up.
I was going to go out with Cindy tonight, as something has just cropped
Let’s cross her name off: she's not coming.
The teacher crossed out Mandy’s mistakes.
Arrabbiarsi, essere arrabbiati
Ed was cross with Sally for being late.
Environment is something that cuts across social differences.
The Government has cut back spending on the armed forces.
Ridurre il cibo o il bere
Cut back on
Summer is coming up, so we’re all cutting back on food ‘n’ drinks to be
You drink too much, Ali… you should cut back on wine.
The soldier tried to escape but was cut down by the enemy.
Cut down on
Our Doctor advised us to cut down on the amount of salt in the diet.
Staccare, disconnettere, tagliare
The electricity's been cut off because Ed didn't pay the bill.
Isolare, mettere in attesa
The storm has blocked the main road and cut off many villages.
The telephone operator cut us off.
Tagliare via, tagliare fuori
Mia has a picture of her idol of the moment that she'd cut out of a
They cut Francis out of the conversation completely.
Darci un taglio, trovare un via breve
Sam is ready to bet that there’s a way to cut through bureaucracy.
Smettere di funzionare
This old car is a prodigy: it keeps going, never cutting out in the
of a trip.