Eg: The supermarkets have branched out into banking.
2. Break into - Enter (with effort or force)
Eg: It’s always been his ambition to break into broadcasting.
3. Carry on - Continue
Eg: He moved to New York to carry on his work
4. Close down - Stop operating
Eg: The firm has decided to close down its Chicago branch.
5. Look forward to - Anticipate with pleasure
Eg: We look forward to hearing from you soon.
6. Note down - Write something down
Eg: Her answers were noted down on the chart.
7. Step down - Resign or leave (a position/job)
Eg: The chairman was forced to step down due to ill health.
8. Take off - Become successful or popular very fast
Eg: Her business has really taken off.
9. Take up - Fill a particular amount of space or time
Eg: These files take up a lot of disk space.
10. Weigh up - Consider
Eg: You should weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of each type before buying.
11. Back up - Make a copy of information
Eg: It's a good idea to back up your files onto a memory stick.
12. Carry out - Do and complete a task
Eg: The building work was carried out by a local contractor.
13. Come up - Happen or arise
Eg: I’m going to have to cancel our meeting – something’s come up.
14. Get on - Continue or start doing something
Eg: She told us to get on with our work.
15. Keep up with - Follow
Eg: We try to keep up with what’s happening about financial news.
16. Set up - Start (a business)
Eg: The group plans to set up an import business.
17. Go through - Experience something bad
Eg: We can’t really imagine what our company’s going through.
18. Find out - Discover a fact or piece of information
Eg: Can you find out what our customers think of their local bus service?
19. Call off - Cancel something
Eg: With the weather worsening, they have called off their field trip.
20. Call back - To telephone someone again
Eg: I’ll call you back in a while
21. Deal with - Handle (a problem)
Eg: I spent the morning dealing with my emails.
22. Drop in - Make a short visit somewhere
Eg: I will drop in tomorrow morning.
Doubts on this article