June 27th, 2014 in English Learning
Safeguard against something
To safeguard against something is to do something to prevent harm.
- We safeguarded against burglary by installing a burglar alarm.
To save on something is to keep its cost low.
- He is trying to save on fuel costs by sharing rides with his friends.
Sail through something
To sail through something is to complete it in a very short span of time.
- He sailed through the presentation and went home.
Scare someone off
To scare somebody off is to make them not want to do something by talking about possible negative consequences.
- She was very keen on trying parasailing, but he scared her off.
To save money up is to save to buy something.
- I am trying to save up to buy a new laptop.
To scrape by is to survive with difficulty.
- Now that he has lost his job, he is just scraping by.
To scrape together is to gather small amounts of money from various sources.
- If I had managed to scrape together twenty dollars, I would have gone to the movies.
Screw something up
To screw something up is to make a major mistake.
- I don’t think I will get the job, I screwed up the interview.
When you have to scrounge around for something you have to look in many places to find it.
- She scrounged around but couldn’t find her passport.
When you can see through someone or something, you can understand things they may be hiding.
- She couldn’t see through his schemes.