Account for

– To explain or justify: Icouldn’t account for what I was doing yesterday. [wyjaśniać , usprawiedliwiać]

– To constitute the primary factor: Bad weather accounted for the heavy traffice. [być głównym powodem]

Ache for

– To yearn: The refugee ached for his homeland. [bardzo tęsknić]

Act on

– To act in accordance with: She acted on his advice. [działać zgodnie z]

– To have an effect on: The speech acted on the emotions of all the listeners.[odziaływać]

Act out

– To demonstrate by pantomime or by words and gestures: The party guests acted out stories for one another.[odegrać]

Act up

– To fail to function properly: The TV is acting up again. [źle działać]

– To misbehave: What makes your child act up? [żle się zachowywać]

– To make itself felt: Her allergies acted up again. [dawać się we znaki]

Add in

-Include: Add in the tip too! [załączyć, dodać]

Add up

– To make total: These figures don’t add up right. [dodawać się, dawać sumę]

– To seem reasonable: Some aspects of the story didn’t add up. [mieć sens]

Add up to

– To indicate: The evidence adds up to a case of murder. [wskazywać, oznaczać]

Adhere to

– to hold closely or firmly: We have to adhere to our plan. [trzymać się]

Aim at

– Intend, drive at: What are you aiming at? [dążyć do, zmierzać, zamierzać]

Allow for

– To make provision for: Program allows for treatment of parents.[przewidywać, pozwalać na]

Angle for

– To attempt to get something by artful means: He is angling for your heart. [próbować osiągnąć coś sposobem]

Answer back

– To reply rudely to someone: Students shouldn’t answer back when reprimanded. [pyskować]

Answer for

– To be held liable: They will answer for their deeds. [ponosić odpowiedzialność]

Ask about

– Put a question; I want to ask you about your family. [pytać]

Ask after

– Enquire about someone’s health: He aseked after your mother, who is sick in hospital. [pytać zazwyczaj o zdrowie]

Ask around

– Ask people for information or help: I asked around if anyone knew where the train station was. [ropytywać, pytać wokoło]

Ask for

– Request; He asked my for the book. [prosić]

Ask in

– To invite someone inside: She asked me in for coffee. [zaprosić do środka]

Ask out

– To invite someone for a date: Tom asked Mary out. They went to a café. [zaprosić na randkę]

Ask over

– To Invite someone home: I would like to ask our neighbours over tonight. [zaprosić]

Arrive at

– Come to an agreement: After a long discussion we finally manged to arrive at an agreement. [dojść do, osiągnąć]

Back away

– To Retreat: When the snake got closer he quickly backed away. [wycofać się]

Back down

– To abandon your position in an argument: He backed down as soon as he relized he was wrong. [wycofać się]

Back off

-To retreat: When the plane took off it was too late to back off. [wycofać się]

Back out (out of)

– To fail to keep an arrangement or promise: You can’t back out now. [wycofać się]

Back up

– To make a copy of computer data: We backed up our system just in case. [kopiować dane]

– To support: or confirm: They backed up my story. [potwierdzać, wspierać]

– To backwards: Could you please back up your car? [wycofać]

Bail out

-Save, rescue: They bailed us out of the trouble. [wybawiać z kłopotu]

-To obtain someone’s freedom by paying his/her bail: Having spent a day in jail, Tom was bailed out by his parents. [włpacić kaucję aby uwolnić kogoś z więzienia]

-Jump out of a plane because it is going to crash: He bailed out of the plane when it was about to crush. [wyskoczyć z samolotu]

Bail out on

-Stop supporting someone when they are in trouble: Susan bailed out on me when I needed her. [porzucić, opuścić]

Bail up (Australian)

-to force (one) to surrender

-the cry of challenge of a pioneer or person living in the bush

Bang about (around)

-Move in a place making a lot of noise: I could hear her banging around in her room. [robić hałas, przemieszczać się hałaśliwie]

Bang away

-Ask many questions rapidly: Reporters banged away at the president during the press conference. [zasypywać pytaniami ]

Bang on about

-Keep talking about something: They kept banging on about the homework. [gadać nonstop, nadawć]

Bang up

-Put someone in prison: He was banged up for stealing my precious socks:)[wsadzić do więzienia, British English]

-Damage badly: My car was banged up by a careless lady driver. [zniszczyć, poturbować]

Bank on

-Count or rely on: You can bank on it. [liczyć na coś, polegać na czymś].

Bank into

-To crush into. banging into trees is not a good idea. [walnąć, uderzyć w coś].

Barge in (into)

-Enter a place and interrupt: She’s barged into the meeting as if she suddenly were on the Board od Directors. [wparować]

Bash away (on/at) British English

-To keep on working hard at something: She has been bashing away at her assignment all day. [ciężko pracować bez przerwy]

Bash on (with) (British English)

-To keep on working hard at something: She has been bashing away at her assignment all day. [ciężko pracować bez przerwy]

Bash in/down

-To destroy something by hitting it badly: The guy bashed the door down and enter the bar. [rozwalić, zniszczyć ]

Bash out

-To produce a lot but of low quality: He bashed out his essey and got a lousy mark. [odwalić robotę]

Bash up (British English)

-To attack verbally in a violent way: They bashed up the speaker for the remarks he made. [zaatakować, sprać]

Bawl out

-Scold or reprimend: The manager bawled him out for being impolite to the customer. [skrzyczeć, zbesztać]

Be along

-Arrive- nieformalnie : They should be along soon. [przybywać]

Be away

-Be elsewhere: They are away for two days. [wyjechać, być nieobecnym]

Be down

-Be depressed: She failed the test and has been down for a week. [mież depresję]

Be down with

-Be sick: Susan is down with flu. [być chorym an]

Be fed up

– Be bored, unhappy, or sick of something: I’m fed up with these phrasal verbs. [być znudzonym, mieć dosyć]

Be in

– Be in a particular place: Susan is in. Do you want to talk to her? [być w domu, pracy, etc, być obecnym]
– Arrive: They will be in soon. [przybywać]

Be in on

– Be involved in: He was in on this robbery. [być zaangażowanym w coś]
-To know about something: They both were in on our plan. [wiedzieć, być wtajemniczonym]

Be off

– Depart : They are off for the whole summer. [wyjechać]
– Have a particular amount of sth: They are well off. [mieć konkretną iość czegoś]
– Be not functioning (machines): The radio is off. [wyłączony]

Be on

– Be functioning ( machines): The TV is on. [włączony]

Be onto

– Pursue, be aware of someone’s true nature: She is onto getting a job as an English teacher. [dążyć do, być świadomym czyjej prwawdziwej natury]

Be out

– Be absent: Is Mike out or still in his office? [być nieobecnym]

Be out of

– Have no more left: I’m out of money, yet still happy. [nie mieć]

Be out to

– Attempt: He is out to get you. You’d better watch out. [próbować]

Be snowed under

– Have too much work: She’s been snowed under this paperwork for weeks. [być zasypanym pracą]

Be taken aback

– Be shocked or surprised: We were taken aback by the stupid look on his face. [być zaskoczonym, zdziwionym]

Be taken with

– Like something. She was taken with my charming smile. [lubić coś]

Be up

– Be out of bed: He’s been up since 4. [być na nogach]
– When the time for something finishes or expires. The time is up! Please, stop writing and put away your pens. [skończyć się – o czasie]

Be up to

– Be good enough: She is up to this task. [nadawać się do]
– Doing something naughty or wrong: What are the kids up to this time? [broić, psocić]

Bear down on

– Move towards, approach rapidly: Hurricane Katrina bore down on Louisiana on Sunday. [zbliżać się gwałtownie, zbiżyć się]

Bear on

– Influence, affect: This information may bear on the case. [wpływać, oddziaływać]

Bear up

– Resist pressure: He bore up under the enormous strain. [opierać się]

Bear with

– Be patient: Could you bear with me for a moment? [być cierpliwym]

Beat down

– Strong sunshine. The sun is beating down terribly today. [o słońcu – mocno grzać]

Beat up

– Attack violently. He was beat up by a bunch of hooligans. [pobić]

Bed down

– Go to bed: They decided to bed down for the night. [iść spać]

Beef up

– Make something stronger: Security has been beefed up after the explotion. [wzmocnić]

Belt out

– Sing something loudly: She grabbed the mike and belted out a good chunk of "Hit Me with Your Best Shot". [głośno śpiewać]

Belt up

– Fasten your seatbelt : The kids belted up in their seats and waited for me to start the car. [zapiąć pasy]

Bend down

– Lower the top half of your body: I bent down to tie my shoe. [zginać się]

Bend over

– Lower the top part of your body: I bent over to tie my shoe. [wypiąć się, zginać się ]

Bend over backwards

– Do a lot to try to help or please someone. I bend over backwards for you and you don’t appricate it. [starać się pomóc bardzo]

Black out

– Fall unconscious: When she blacked out for a second, she swang the car and almost hit the tree. [stracić przytomność]
– make a place black: Power shortages were the cause of the black out in the city. [zaciemnienie, zaciemniać]

Blank out

– Censor text: They blanked out the passage so that nobody could read it. [wyciąć, wymazać, zasłonić]
– Erase from memory: I blanked this out off my memory. [wymazać z pamięci]

Blare out

– Make a loud sound: The radio blared out an awful punk music. [wydzierać się, ryczeć]

Blast off

– Leave the ground: The racket blasted off and was on its way to the Moon. [odpalać, startować]

Blast out

– Make a loud sound: The radio blared out an awful punk music. [wydzierać się, ryczeć]

Blast for

– Criticize, scold: He blasted me for coming late for work. [krytykować, opieprzać]

Blast away

– Blow up: This house will be blasted away the next day. [wysadzać]

Blaze away

– Fire a gun repeatedly; The gunman started to blaze away at the police. [strzelać]

Blaze up

– Become angry; She blazed up at the very thought of going to school. [rozwścieczyć się]

Blaze with

– Shine brightly; She blazed with diamonds around her neck. [błyszczeć]

Blaze all over (across)

– Make news widely known; The story was blazed across all TV channels. [ropowrzechniać]

Bliss out

– Be extremely relaxed and happy; They could finally bliss out in their garden. [wypocząć]

Block in

– Park a car and obstruct another car; He blocked me in for 15 minutes. [zatarasować, zaplokować]
– Shade or fill in: Mary bloked in the shade of the city. [naszkicować]

Block off

– Obstruct an exit to prevent people from leaving. The police block off this section of the road. [zagradzać, blokować]

Block out

– Try not think about or feel something because it is upsetting: He tried to block out the accident permanently. [wymazać, zablokować]

Block up

– Fill a space so that nothing can pass: They block up our way to the garage. [zablokować]

Blow down

– When the wind forces something to fall. The man was blown down by the wind. [powalić, zdmuchnąć]

Blow on

– Spend money; I blew lots of cash on this game. [przepuścić pieniądze].

Blow out

– Extinguish candles, matches: Tommy blew out the candles when everyone was singing "Happy Birthday". [zdmuchiwać].

Blow over

– When a scandal gets forgotten; Our argument blow over rather fast. [przemijać]

Blow up

– Explode; The bomb blew up so suddenly but fortunately nobody was hurt. [wybuchać]

Blurt out

– Say something quickly without thinking: She blurted out all our secrets. [wypaplać]

Bog down

– Get stucked: We bogged down in a number of problems. [utknąć]

Bog in (into)

– Eat enthusiatically; After they served the chocolate cake, we could finally bog into what we liked the most. [zajadać się]

Bog off

– Get lost [spadaj]

Boil down

– Simplify, reduce to the essentials; It all boils down to whether we should build the road or not. [sprowadzać się do]

Boil over

– When a hot liquid spills out of a container; Look1 We let the soup boil over. [wykipieć]
– When people lose their tempers and things get nasty; The CEO boiled over about the lost contract. [unieść się, wkurzyć się]

Boil up

– Feel a negative emotion strongly; My blood started to boil up in me. [gotować się, wrzeć]

Bone up on

– Study hard; We have been boning up on maths all night. [kuć]

Book in (into)

– Check in at a hotel. We booked into the hotel in the morning. [zameldować się]
– Make reservation; I booked him in the hotel. [zarezerwować pokój]

Book up

– Reserve; The play is booked up. [zarezerować, wykupić]

Boot up

– Start a computer, Boot up you computer and we see what programs you have. [butować, włączyć]

Boss about (around)

– Use excessive authority to control people; She bossed everyone around in the office. [rządzić kimś]

Bottle away

– Store up; I keep that all bottled away in a deep dark corner of my being. [przechowywać]

Bottle out

– Lack courage to do something, Mr Green has indeed bottled out of taking on the Beeb. [stchórzyć]

Bottle up

– Not express your feelings, This hate is bottled up inside my heart. [skrywać, zamykać w sobie]

Bottom out

– Pass the lowest point and start rising; The recession has finally bottomed out. [odbić się od dna]

Bounce into

– Force someone, They bounced me into this game and I lost a lot of money. [popędzać]

Bounce back

– Recover, She bounced back after the break up. [pozbierać się]

Bounce off

– Test ideas, We bounced our ideas off all our friends to see their opinions. [sprawdzać , testować pomysły]

Bowl over

– Surprise someone greatly; Fans were not quite bowled over. [wywracać, wprawić w podziw, zadziwiać]

Box in

– Prevent something from moving; The truck boxed us in for two hours. [zablokować]

Box up

– Pack things in boxes to move them; We have to box all these products up and ship them immediately. [zapakować]

Branch out

– Move into a different area of business, etc; The company has branched out into computer business. [poszerzać działalność]

Break away

– Run away, The prisoner decided to break away at midnight. [wyzwalać się, uciekać]
– Leave an organisation, party; [wyłamywać się, odłączać się]

Break down

– End negotiations unsuccessfully, The talks have broken down. [załamywać się, kończyć się niepowodzeniem]
– Start crying; She broke down in tears when she heard the test results. [załamywać się]
– Stop working, The TV has broken down and now we have to read books. [psuć się]

Break in

– Go into a building to steal something; The burglers broke into the house and stole all my debts:) [włamywać się]
– Interrupt something; She broke in with hher comments. [wtrącać się]
– The car’s motor has to be broken in duriing the first 1000 miles. [docierać]

Break off

– Break a piece from something, Be careful or you breake off the handle! [odłamać]
– End a relationship, She broke off after two months. [zerwać]

Break out of

– Escape, The prisoner has broken out of jail and been remaining at large for several weeks. [uciekać]

Break through

– Pass a barrier or obstacle, I want to break through this wall, using my head. [przebić się]

Break up

– Break into many pieces, He broke up the vase and denied doing it. [rozbić]
– Close an educational institution for the holidays; The school broke up for the summer break.
– Finish a relationship; We will have to bbreak up because we are a total mismatch. [rozstać sie, zrywać]

Breeze along

– Move easily and quickly, We were breezing along the river when the boss spotted that we were not in the office. [przemykać, pędzić]

Breeze in (into)

– Enter a place quickly; She breezed into office unnoticed. [wpadać, przemykać]

Breeze through

– Pass easily, succeed; Sylwia breezed through the test and was just smiling. [przemknąć]

Bring about

– Make something happen, This brought about a big change in my life. [wywoływać]

Bring around

– Persuade or convince someone; She brought me around on this issue. [przekabacić, przekonać]
– Get someone talking about something, I finally brought the conversation around to the subject of real estate. [kierować rozmowę na jakiś temat]

Bring back

– Cause someone to remember; This brings back a lot of good memories. [przywodzić na myśl]
– Return; I brought up the book you gave mme. [zwracać]

Bring down

– Make a government, institution fall, How ATM fraud nearly brought down British banking. [obalać]
– Make something cheaper, The new act is expected to bring the prices down. [obniżać]

Bring forth

– Produce something, make it known or visible; The campaign has brought forth a tide of negative anecdotes. [przynosić, wnosić]

Bring forward

– Make something happen earlier than originally planned, The meeting was brought froward by three days. [przyśpieszyć termin]

Bring in

– Earn; This job can bring in a lot of money. [przynieść]
– Ask someone to do a job, We will bring in the best experts to fix this problem. [sprowadzać, zatrudniać]

Bring on

– Cause something to happen, This situation is brought on by our inability to stabilize the production. [powodować]

Bring out

– Release or publish, This book will be brought out in June. [publikować]
– Cause to show, appear; Difficulties make bring out the worst in people. [wyzwalać]

Bring round

– Make someone wake up from unconsciousness, She was brought round by our doctor five minutes after she passed out. [cucić]

Bring up

– Mention; They have brought up the subject of homelessness in the city. [poruszać}
– Raise a child; We were brought up in the South of Poland. [wychowywać]
– Vomit;

Brush aside

– Ignore, refuse to pay attention to; She brushed this topic aside and moved on to what she wanted to discuss. [ignorować, pomijać milczeniem, odsuwać na bok ]

Brush off

– Ignore, pay little attention; She brushed him off as usual. [ignorować, odprawić z kwitkiem ]

Brush up

– Improve a skill quickly; I have to brush up my English skills. [odświeżać]

Bubble over

– Become very excited. They are bubbling over with excitement. [tryskać np entuzjazmem]

Bubble under

– Likely to be successful soon; "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong bubbled under in 1967-68. [dobrze rokujący]

Budge up

– Move to make space for someone; Could you budge up a bit? [posunąć się, przesunąć się]

Buff up

– Clear, clean or make something shine; They’ve buffed the car up so it looks like a mirror now. [wypolerować]
– Improve; It was I who buffed up the Wikipedia. [polepszyć]

Buff up on

– Improve your knowledge; You will have to buff up on math over night. The test is tomorrow. [polepszyć]

Build on

– Use a base as a starting point;; Planck satellite will build on Nobel-prize-winning science. [budować na ]

Build in (into)

– Make sth a part of sth else; The modem is built into the motherboard. [wbudować, wmontować]

Build up

– Develop over a period; You have to build up you writing skills if you want to become a writer. [rozwijać, wzmacniać]
– Increase; The traffic is building up. Wee’d better take a different route. [wzrastać, wzmagać się]

Bulk out

– Make something bigger or thicker; The book is bulked out with a dossier of texts by Gorgias and Plato. [wypełnić, powiększyć]

Bump into

– Meet by chance; I bumped into Tom the other day. [wpaść na kogoś]

Bump off

– Kill; He was bumped off by a fellow gangster. [zabić]

Bump up

– Increase; The prices of oil will slightly bump up this year. [wzrastać]

Bunk down

– Go to bed: We bedded down at 10. [iść spać]

Bunk off

– Not go to school when you should; I bunked off school for eight days in a row to sit and watch TV. [wagarować]

Buoy up

– Make someone feel cheerful; His support buoyed her up during the crisis. [podtrzymywać na duchu]

Burn down

– Burn completely; The old church has burnt down to the ground. [spalić się doszczętnie]

Burn off

– Remove by burning or similar process; I think that burning off the old paint before putting on a new one is a good idea. [usunąć za pomocą ognia]

Burn out

– Lose enthusiasm and energy; I feek totally burnt out after this performance. [wypalać się]

Burst into

– Start doing sth suddenly; After looking at my CV, she burst into laughing. [wybuchać]
– Enter suddenly and noisily; He burst intto the office like a canon. [wtargnąć]

Butt in

– Interrupt, She was always butting in on our conversations. [wtrącać się]

Butter up

– Praise or flatter someone excessively; He buttered up the potential candidates with plenty of flattery. [schlebiać, podlizywać się]

Buy into

– Accept an idea, I bought into the scheme hoping to get some profits out of it.

Buy off

– Pay someone to stop them causing trouble; They wanted to buy her off so that she doesn’t make any trouble. [przekupić]

Buy out

– Buy somebody’s share in a company; Microhard will buy out all their potential competitors. [wykupić]

Buy up

– Buy all of something; They decided to buy up the entire orange juice market. [wykupić]

Buzz with

– Be full of sth (thoughts): The whole office was buzzing with rumours about their affair. [szumieć]

Buzz about (around)

– Move quickly around a place: She’s been buzzing around trying to find the book. [krzątać się]

Buzz off

– Leave somewhere: We’re buzzing off. Wanna come with us? [spadać, uciekać]

Buzz off!

– Go away (imperative): [spieprzaj, spadaj]

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