July 18th, 2012 in Vocabulary
This section deals with verbs and phrasal verbs built around the names of body parts.
Break an arm / leg etc.
To break your arm is to break the bone in the arm.
She fell off the ladder and broke her arm.
To eye something
To eye something is to look at it with interest.
She eyed my car until I drove off.
To finger something
To finger something is to touch or feel it with your fingers.
She fingered the clothes to see if they were wet.
To head is to hit a ball with your head.
Andrew headed the ball with all his might and within no time it was in the goal.
To move your lips as if you were talking
It was pretty clear that actors were only mouthing their dialogues. (= The actors weren’t saying their dialogues on the stage. They were simply making appropriate lip movements. )
To nose is to look around in order to find something
You can’t hide anything from her. She will nose around until she finds out the truth.
Some phrasal verbs with names of body parts
To back down is to admit that you were wrong.
At last he backed down and apologized.
To decide not to do something that you had promised to do
She has promised to give me $1000, but she eventually backed out of it.