SCRAPE BY /skreɪp baɪ/

06 Dec 2019

Phrasal Verb

  • to manage to live on very little money.
Example Sentence: He lost his job, so the family had to scrape by on $150 a week.

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.

DEPENDENT dɪˈpɛndənt

28 Nov 2019


  • 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.

HIGHER haɪər

26 Nov 2019


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.

LATER leɪtər

21 Nov 2019


  • 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.

LATTER lætər

20 Nov 2019


  • Latter is an adjective meaning near or towards the end of something.
Example Sentences: Building of the new library should begin in the latter part of next year.
In the latter stages of the fight he began to get tired.

FORMALLY fɔrməli

17 Nov 2019


  • Formally is an adverb based on the adjective formal, which describes language, clothes and behaviour that are serious and correct.
Example Sentences: He was formally dressed in a grey suit.
The head teacher greeted us very formally.

FORMERLY fɔrmərli

16 Nov 2019


  • Formerly is an adverb meaning in the past.
Example Sentences: The European Union was formerly called the European Community.
Hong Kong was formerly a British colony.