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abide by | keep to rules, decisions,
promises or agreements | If you decide to do it, you'll have to abide by their strict rules.
Si decides hacerlo tendrás que acatar sus estrictas normas. |
account for | explain, give a good reason 
for something | The storm accounts for the plane crash.
La tormenta explica el accidente aéreo. |
act like |behave in a specific way | Herbert is acting like a fool today.
Herbert se está comportando como un tonto hoy. |
act up | misbehave | Both kids have been acting up all day long.
Los dos chicos se estuvieron portando mal todo el día. |
add in | include | Please add Macarena in: she would like to go on the picnic tomorrow with you all.
Por favor, incluyan a Macarena: ella quisiera ir alpicnic de mañana con todos ustedes. |
add up | 1) find the total of numbers
  | 1) You made a mistake when you were adding the bill up.
Cometió un error cuando sumó la cuenta. |
| 2) to have sense | 2) "I can't understand this. It doesn't add up".
"No entiendo esto. No le encuentro sentido". |
add up to | result in, total | lt all adds up to this: she is entirely untrustworthy.
Todo se puederesumir así: ella no es para nada confiable. |
allow for | take into consideration,
take into account | All hunters allow for the possibility of boar bites.
Todo cazador tiene en cuenta las mordeduras de los jabalíes. |
answer back | answer a reproof impudently,
retort (colloquial) | Don't answer back when your parents talk to you.
No contestes mal a tus padres cuando te están hablando. ||

answer up | reply clearly and without 
any delay | Jane answered up when the visitor addressed her.
Jane respondió rápidamente cuando el visitante se dirigió a ella. |
answer up to | have a ready reply (to) | His wife answered up to every question the police asked her.
Su esposa respondió a cada pregunta que la policía le hizo. |
apply for | ask for something | One hundredsubscribers have applied for a scholarship to study our new OM COMPANY Business Course online.
Cien suscriptores han solicitado una beca para realizar por Internet nuestro nuevo Curso de Negocios OM COMPANY. |
ask after someone | ask about a person, 
his health, etc. | Lucy has asked after your mom.
Lucy ha preguntado por la salud de tu mamá. |
ask down | invite (a person) to come downstairs    | They asked me down to talk to them.
Me pidieron que bajara a hablar con ellos. |
ask for | request | The sales manager asked for a new extension.
El gerente de ventas solicitó un nuevo interno. |
ask in | invite (a person) into a house
(usually separated) | Ask your new friend in; we would all like to meet him.
Haz pasar a tu nuevo amigo; todos queremos conocerlo. |
ask out | invite(a person) to any form
of entertainment. | Barbara's friends always ask her out.
Los amigos de Bárbara siempre la invitan a salir. |
ask up | invite (a person) to come
upstairs     | The invalid asked Ann up to talk to her.
La inválida le pidió a Ann que subiera a hablar con ella. |
back away | move back slowly 
(in the face of danger) | The robbers backed away when they saw the fierceddog.
Los ladrones retrocieron cuando vieron el perro enfurecido. |
back down | give up a claim | The claimant backed down and was content to take his share.
El reclamante se echó atrás y quedó satisfecho con su parte. |
back down from | withdraw, avoid | The new president never backs down from a challenge.
El nuevo presidente jamás se echa atrás ante un desafío. |
back off | not follow athreat,
give up a claim | She backed off when I insisted on paying for the damages.
Se retractó cuando insistí en pagar los daños. |
back out of | 1) break a promise,
change one's opinion | 1) My husband promised me a trip, but he finally backed out of his promise.
Mi esposo me prometió un viaje pero al finalmente rompió su promesa. |
| 2) withdraw from | He had to back out of the deal...
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