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Business Word/Phrase of the Day

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05 Jun 2023

Phrasal Verb

  • compensate.
Example Sentence: This year's good harvest will make up for last year's bad one.

MAKE UP meɪk ʌp

04 Jun 2023

Phrasal Verb

  • create a story.
Example Sentence: I'd made up some story about having to go home to see my sick mother.

LOOK INTO lʊk ɪntu

03 Jun 2023

Phrasal Verb

  • investigate.
Example Sentence: Police are reported to be looking into the case.


02 Jun 2023

Phrasal Verb

  • reach same point.
Example Sentence: She was walking so fast that I couldn't keep up with her.

HOLD UP hoʊld ʌp

01 Jun 2023

Phrasal Verb

  • delay.
Example Sentence: The match was held up for ten minutes as police cleared fans off the pitch.

GO OVER goʊ oʊvər

31 May 2023

Phrasal Verb

  • scan.
Example Sentence: We don't have much time so I'll quickly go over the main points of the document.

GIVE IN gɪv ɪn

30 May 2023

Phrasal Verb

  • finally agree.
Example Sentence: He nagged me so much to buy him a new bike that eventually I just gave in.

GET AT gɛt æt

29 May 2023

Phrasal Verb

  • to say indirectly.
Example Sentence: What are you getting at, Andy? Do you think I was wrong to tell her?

FOLLOW UP fɒloʊ ʌp

28 May 2023

Phrasal Verb

  • get more information.
Example Sentence: The manager has said he would follow up the idea.

FIX UP fɪks ʌp

27 May 2023

Phrasal Verb

  • arrange.
Example Sentence: I'd like to fix up a meeting with you for some time next week if that's possible.

DREAM UP drim ʌp

26 May 2023

Phrasal Verb

  • invent something wild.
Example Sentence: They've asked a marketing company to dream up a name for their latest product.

DRAW UP drɔ ʌp

25 May 2023

Phrasal Verb

  • make first version.
Example Sentence: My lawyer is drawing up a draft of the contract.

COUNT ON kaʊnt ɒn

24 May 2023

Phrasal Verb

  • rely.
Example Sentence: I was counting on that extra bit of income to pay for the course.

COME UP kʌm ʌp

23 May 2023

Phrasal Verb

  • mentioned.
Example Sentence: The issue came up during the meeting.


22 May 2023

Phrasal Verb

  • attract.
Example Sentence: The minister has come in for a lot of criticism over his handling of the affair.