pat down to check that somebody isn’t carrying a prohibited item, such as a gun, by patting different parts of their body
Synonym: frisk pat down sb Security guards patted down everybody who entered the airport. pat sb down In some American schools armed guards pat the kids down before allowing them inside.
1. The police patted the suspects down to make sure they weren’t carrying any a. weapons b. diseases c. groceries
patch up (1) to fix something quickly so it can be used until it’s repaired properly or replaced Synonym: mend patch sth up After crashing my motorbike, I couldn’t fix it but I patched it up enough to get it to the repair shop. patch up sth Our roof needs replacing. It leaked during that storm last night and I patched up some holes, but we really need a new one.
Nouns often used as objects with patch up (1): jeans, clothes, shoes, socks, tyre, road, roof, hole
2. Some of the kids in our school come from very poor families. Their mothers have to patch up a. their lunches b. their uniforms c. their bus fare
patch up (2) to mend ties or repair a relationship after a disagreement or a dispute Synonym: reconcile (formal) patch sth up My sister and her husband argue a lot, but they always patch things up before long. patch up sth The leaders of the two countries patched up their differences and avoided a war. Nouns often used as objects with patch up (2): differences, disagreement, quarrel, relations, relationship, things, rift
3. Ben and his father had a good talk and it looks like they’ve patched things up after their a. accident b. argument c. agreement
pay back (1) If you pay someone back, you return money that you borrowed from them in the past.
Synonym: repay pay sb back Thanks for lending me the money. I’ll pay you back when I get paid next week. pay back sb Will you pay back your friends first, or will you pay back the bank first? pay sth back to sb You promised you’d pay all the money back to me this week. So where is it?
4. I always pay back any money that I a. have borrowed b. have spent c. have earned
pay back (2) If you pay someone back for doing something bad to Life you, you do something bad to them Life in return. is a mixture of sunshine and rain,
Tear drops and laughter; pleasure and pain. We can't have all bright days, but it's certainly true There never was a cloud that
The sun didn't shine through!
5. Ian said he was going to pay Harry back for telling the police that he was a. innocent b. guilty c. not involved
pay off (1) If you pay off a loan, you pay it back in installments over a period of time. pay sth off They took out a loan to buy their house and they’ll pay it off over the next 20 years. pay off sth Have you paid off your car loan yet, or do you still owe some money to the bank? be paid off If we keep giving the bank RM1,000 a month, our credit cards will be paid off by the end of next year.
Nouns often used as objects with pay off (1): loan, mortgage, debt, house, car, credit card
6. If you can’t pay off the loan you took out to buy your house, you’ll a. own it b. rent it c. lose it