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GET BY /gɛt baɪ/

05 Dec 2019

Phrasal Verb

  • to have just enough money for your needs.
Example Sentences: How can he get by on so little money?
He earns just enough to get by.
 

COUGH UP /kɔf ʌp/

04 Dec 2019

Phrasal Verb

  • to provide money for something you do not want.
Example Sentence:I've just had to cough up $50 for a parking fine.
 

FORK OUT /fɔrk aʊt/

03 Dec 2019

Phrasal Verb

  • to pay for something, usually something you would rather not have to pay for.
Example Sentences: I forked out ten quid for/on the ticket.
I couldn't persuade him to fork out for a new one.
 

RUN UP /rʌn ʌp/

02 Dec 2019

Phrasal Verb

  • to do things which cause you to owe a large amount of money.
Example Sentence: She stayed two weeks at the hotel and ran up a bill which she couldn't pay.
 

SPLASH OUT /splæʃ aʊt/

01 Dec 2019

Phrasal Verb

  • to spend a lot of money on something you don't need, but is very pleasant.
Example Sentence: When the city traders get their annual bonus, they splash out on everything from sports cars to luxury houses.
 

LAY OUT /leɪ aʊt/

30 Nov 2019

Phrasal Verb

  • to spend money, especially a large amount.
Example Sentences: It's not every day you lay out $6000 on a holiday.
He's just laid out $3000 on a new HD television.
 

DEPENDANT dɪˈpɛndənt

29 Nov 2019

noun

  • A dependant is someone who depends on you for financial support, such as a child or family member who does not work.
Example Sentences: My pension will provide financial stability for my dependants.
The insurance provides coverage for workers and their dependants.
 

DEPENDENT dɪˈpɛndənt

28 Nov 2019

adjective

  • If someone is dependent, they need the support of something or someone in order to continue existing or operating.
Example Sentences: He has three dependent children.
It's very easy to become dependent on sleeping pills.
 

HIRE haɪər

27 Nov 2019

verb

  • Hire is a verb meaning to pay to use something for a short period.
Example Sentences: How much would it cost to hire a car for a week?
You could always hire a dress for the party if you can't afford to buy one.
 

HIGHER haɪər

26 Nov 2019

adjective

  • Higher is the comparative form of the common adjective high, which we are sure you are familiar with.
Example Sentences: Every year he moves higher up the company.
They may accept a slightly higher offer.
 

CURRANT kɜrənt

25 Nov 2019

noun

  • A currant is a small black dried grape without seeds, used especially in cakes.
Example Sentences: The Christmas cake is full of currants.
 

CURRENT kɜrənt

24 Nov 2019

adjective

  • Current is an adjective meaning now or of the present time.
Example Sentences: Have you seen the current issue of Vogue magazine?
The word 'thou' is no longer in current use.
 

PROVE pruv

23 Nov 2019

verb

  • Prove is the verb form of the noun proof. To prove is to show that something is true.
Example Sentences: They suspected that she'd killed him but they could never actually prove that it was her.
Computers have been used to prove mathematical theorems.
 

PROOF pruf

22 Nov 2019

noun

  • Proof is a noun and means a fact or piece of information which shows that something exists or is true.
Example Sentences: Do they have any proof that it was Hampson who stole the goods?
Keep your receipt as proof of purchase.
 

LATER leɪtər

21 Nov 2019

adjective

  • Later is the comparative form of the adjective late, meaning (happening or being) near the end of a period of time.
Example Sentences: Jenny said she'd be joining the meeting later.
He arrived a little later than expected.
 
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