Here is the last post in our series of colourful compounds. Just adding another element to a one-word verb, such as an adverb, as in break down, or a preposition, as in see to, can change the sense of the verb drastically.
So wallow in the rich meaning of these compound verbs!
To join or get involved quickly; to plunge
To stay up late; to wait for someone/something to catch up
Example: I won’t be home from the theatre before midnight, but wait up for me.
To abandon, leave; to refuse to work
Example: The movie was so bad that we walked out before the intermission.
To indulge, revel, take pleasure; to roll lazily
Example: Carmen takes tea at the Ritz to wallow in a luxurious setting.
To accomplish or succeed easily
Example: I waltzed through the driving test.
To desire to leave
Example: David wanted out of the relationship.
To be felt deeply; to appear suddenly
Example: A strong feeling of embarrassment washed over me.
To become thin and weak, to wither; to dissipate
Example: They lived on welfare after wasting all their money away.
To dilute, weaken or reduce
Example: Don’t water down the report – readers need to understand the unfavourable situation.
To signal to stop
Example: Mary waved down the bus but it sailed on past her.
To ignore or dismiss
Example: My father waved aside Kevin’s explanation and sent him to his room.
To evade, achieve by deceit
Example: The boys tried every trick they knew to weasel out of going to school – but it didn’t work.
To join, offer an opinion or argument
Example: He weighed in with a warning that the consequences would be extremely unpleasant if no agreement were reached.
To assess, judge
Example: We weighed up going to the movies or reading, and decided to compromise by watching “Downton Abbey” on TV.
To pass time without boredom
Example: I whiled away the days by painting.
To snatch, pull, remove or produce quickly
Example: I whipped off the report in no time.
To excite or stir up; to prepare or put together quickly
Example: The candidate’s campaign speech whipped up anti-immigrant sentiment.
To separate, select, sort or rid; to find or identify
Example: We’re trying to winnow out the truth despite the conflicting messages.
To become aware, informed; to realize, accept; to instruct, give important information
Example: Wise up! Do you really think he will loan you his car without a favour in return?
To grapple or struggle
Example: He wrestled with the problem for weeks before he found the solution.
To eliminate or cross out
Example: She x-ed out her name and address from the list.
To pull or tug, harass
Example: Stop yanking me around!
To surrender, give in
Example: Forgetting his diet, he yielded to temptation and ate the chips.
To aim or direct attention, concentrate; to move towards
Example: Claudia was able to zero in and deal with the setback.
To move quickly
Example: She zipped around in her new sports car.
To keep quiet
Example: We told them to zip up about last night’s party.
Example: The commission zoomed in on the budget cuts.