Business Word/Phrase of the Day

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TIED UP taɪ ʌp

22 August 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • busy.
Example Sentence: I'm a bit tied up at the moment, could you call back tomorrow?

THINK UP θɪŋk ʌp

21 August 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • create idea.
Example Sentence: I really don't want to go tonight and I'm trying to think up an excuse.

TAKEN IN teɪkən ɪn

20 August 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • believe.
Example Sentence: She was completely taken in by the man's story.

SUM UP sʌm ʌp

19 August 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • summarise.
Example Sentence: The purpose of a conclusion is to sum up the main points of the essay.

SLIP UP slɪp ʌp

18 August 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • make mistake.
Example Sentence: These figures don't make sense - have we slipped up somewhere?

SEND OFF sɛnd ɔf

17 August 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • post
Example Sentence: Have you sent off your application form yet?

SCALE DOWN skeɪl daʊn

16 August 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • reduce in size.
Example Sentence: Since the end of the Cold War, most European countries have scaled down their armed forces.

SAVE UP /seɪv ʌp/

15 August 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • to keep money for a large expense in the future.
Example Sentence: It took me ages to save up enough money to go travelling.


14 August 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • tolerate.
Example Sentence: He's not easy to live with - I think Jo puts up with a lot.

PUT OFF pʊt ɔf

13 August 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • postpone.
Example Sentence: They had decided to put the wedding off until her brother came home from abroad.

PLAY UP pleɪ ʌp

12 August 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • have problems.
Example Sentence: The car is beginning to play up again. It must be its age.

PICK UP pɪk ʌp

11 August 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • getting better.
Example Sentence: Business is finally picking up after the recession.

PHASE OUT feɪz aʊt

10 August 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • stop over time.
Example Sentence: Sweden is planning to phase out its nuclear reactors by the year 2013.

PAY UP peɪ ʌp

09 August 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • give money.
Example Sentence: You must pay up by Friday.

NARROW DOWN næroʊ daʊn

08 August 2014

Phrasal Verb

  • reduce number.
Example Sentence: The police department attempted to narrow down the list of suspects.
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