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leg up

Meaning: give or receive assistance to achieve a goal

Example: Completing the summer study program gives pupils a leg up in the following academic year. Read on

take it up/down a notch

Meaning: apply more effort to achieve a goal

Example: The team got through to the quarter-finals. Now they need to take it up a notch to get to the semis. Read on

end up

Meaning: reach a particular place or condition

Example: They ate so much that they ended up feeling ill for the rest of the day. Read on

bring up

Meaning: in the literal form, it means to take something to a higher place

Example: Please bring up some more blankets when you come to bed. Read on

screw up

Meaning: slang depicting that a mistake was made

Example: I really screwed up this time. My wife will never forgive me for forgetting her birthday. Read on

lighten up

Meaning: to take it easy

Example: Just lighten up! Everything will be fine. Read on

crack up

Meaning: go through an emotional breakdown

Example: My favorite thing was to whisper something hilarious in class to the kid next to me and crack him up, so he got in trouble. Read on

bundle up

Meaning: to dress warmly to protect oneself from the elements

Example: It is important to bundle up before you go out to keep from getting cold. Read on

catch up

Meaning: to get to the same level, standard, or status as something or someone

Example: Singapore is trying so hard to catch up with Japan when it comes to technological advancements. Read on

up and about

Meaning: to get out of the bed actively after sleep

Example: He was up and about within a few days of the operation. Read on

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put your foot in it

Meaning: say something (by mistake) that upsets, humiliates, or embarrasses someone

Example: Carla put her foot right in it when she congratulated her neighbour on being pregnant. It turns out she's not expecting but had just put on weight. Read on

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