- find out
Example: I hired a detective to find out if he’s lying to me!
- look up to someone
Meaning: have a lot of respect for
Example: I have always looked up to my parents.
Who do you look up to?
- let someone in
Meaning: allow to enter
Example: You should never let strangers in when you are home alone.
- grow out of something
Meaning: get too big for
Example: Babies grow out of clothing so quickly!
- grow into something
Meaning: grow big enough to fit
Example: These pants are too big for him now, but he’ll grow into them soon.
- Hand something down
Transitive, Intransitive, Separable
Meaning: give something used to someone
Example: My mom saved some things to hand down to my sisters and I.
When I was a child I never had new clothes because I was the youngest and my mom would wait for my older sisters to grow out of their clothes so that she could hand down the clothes to me and I could grow into them.
- fall apart
Meaning: break into pieces
Example: My new soccer cleats fell apart after just a few games!
- go out
Meaning: leave home and go to a social event
Example: It’s Friday night. Let’s go out!
How many nights a week do you go out?
- go out with someone
Example: She has been going out with him since last year.
In the United States, it is normal for a couple to go out with one another for 2-3 years before getting married. Is it the same in your native country?
- grow apart
Meaning: to stop being friends over time
Example: My best friend and I grew apart after she moved away.
Studies have shown that couples’ personalities converge over time to make partners more and more similar. So, it’s easier to grow together than to grow apart!
- give something away
Meaning: ruin a secret
Example: I accidentally gave the surprise party away by leaving my car parked outside my friend’s house.
Meaning 2: give something to someone for free (Transitive or Intransitive)
Example: I’m moving, so there are some things that I want to give away.
- get back
Example: She got back from France yesterday. I hope she brought me some cheese!
get something back
Meaning: receive something you had before
Example: She finally got her jacket back from her friend who borrowed it last month.
get back at someone
Meaning: retaliate, take revenge
Example: My sister got back at me for borrowing her shoes without asking. She stole my favorite shirt.