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|Verb |Meaning |Example |
|ask someone out |invite on a date |Brian asked Judy out to dinner and a movie. |
|ask around |ask many people the same question |I asked around but nobody has seen mywallet.|
|add up to something |equal |Your purchases add up to $205.32. |
|back something up |reverse |You'll have to back up your car so that I can|
| | |get out.|
|back someone up |support |My wife backed me up over my decision to quit|
| | |my job. |
|blow up |explode |The racing car blew up after itcrashed into |
| | |the fence. |
|blow something up |add air |We have to blow 50 balloons up for the party.|
|break down |stop functioning (vehicle, machine) |Our car broke down at the sideof the highway|
| | |in the snowstorm. |
|break down |get upset |The woman broke down when the police told her|
| | |that her son had died.|
|break something down |divide into smaller parts |Our teacher broke the final project down into|
| | |three separate parts. |
|break in |force entry to a building |Somebody broke in last nightand stole our |
| | |stereo. |
|break into something |enter forcibly |The firemen had to break into the room to |
| | |rescue the children.|
|break something in |wear something a few times so that it doesn't|I need to break these shoes in before we run |
| |look/feel new |next week. |
|break in |interrupt |The TV station broke into report the news of|
| | |the president's death. |
|break up |end a relationship |My boyfriend and I broke up before I moved to|
| | |America.|
|break up |start laughing (informal) |The kids just broke up as soon as the clown |
| | |started talking. |
|break out |escape |The prisoners...
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