The Borneo Post - Good English



head for to go or move towards (something), to move in the direction of (something): With poor sales figures like these the firm is heading for disaster.

give up to stop doing or taking (something), because one is no longer interested in it, because it is bad for one, etc: Tess used to play tennis, but she had to give it up when she injured her arm.

get behind with to be later or slow in (doing something), not to make as much progress with (something) as might be expected: The students are given many essays to write that most of them get behind with them.

drop out of to stop being involved in or taking part in (something), to withdraw from (something): It was a boring course and several students dropped out of it.

go over to to change to a different system, organisati­on, set og beliefs, etc: Molly’s parents are dissatisfi­ed with state education and have gone over to the private system.

take up to start doing (something): Adeline has decided to take up nursing as a career.

get through to to make (someone) understand (something): How can we get the importance of eating healthily through to them?

put down to to regard (something) as being caused by (something) to believe that (something) is a result of (something): Jeffery keeps getting headaches and his doctor puts them down to stress.

win over to persuade (someone) to support or agree with one or one’s point of view: Tyler tried to win his friend over to his way of thinking but failed.

put behind

(one) to try to forget about (something) and not let it affect one any more: Emmie hoped to put her unhappy divorce behind her and make a new life for herself.

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