take back – return something that you bought in a shop
Sue’s new trousers were too small, so she took them back and got a larger size.
calm down – stop feeling upset, angry or excited
After a bad day at the office, I often calm down with a nice cold gin and tonic.
doze off – gradually start to sleep
Peter dozed off on the sofa in front of the telly and didn’t hear the doorbell.
hang around – move or do things slowly
Come on, we haven’t got time to hang around! The train leaves in half an hour!
bludge – v. to avoid work or responsibility (mostly Australia and New Zealand)
“What I’ve never done, however, is use a hangover as an excuse to bludge.” — Tom Elliott, The Herald Sun (Australia), 15 Sept. 2017
Today, December 11th 1983, The Flying Pickets were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Yazoo song ‘Only You’. Also this years Christmas No.1 and the first a cappella chart-topper in the UK.
All I needed was the love you gave
All I needed for another day
And all I ever knew…. only you.
Here, the original Yazoo version, because it is utterly perfect.
break in – enter (a building, a car, etc.) by using force
The thieves broke in through the bathroom window.
break off – suddenly stop doing something
Talks between the union representatives and government officials broke off this morning.
break out – escape from prison
They broke out of prison by digging a tunnel, just like in the movies!
break up – break into many pieces
We broke up that horrible old furniture and took it to the tip.