Learn some prepositional phrases:
Delight in: take great pleasure in.
e.g. We all delight in your baby.
Delight with: please someone with something.
e.g. He delighted his wife with a diamond bracelet.
Answer for: be responsible for.
e.g. You will have to answer for your mistakes.
Answer to: explain or justify for.
e.g. You will have to answer to the judge for what you did.
Hold someone or something at bay: keep someone or something at a safe distance.
e.g. The bombing might be able to hold the enemies at bay, at least for a while.
Hold back on something: withhold something.
e.g. Hold back on this. We might need it in the days to come.
Hold by: stick to a promise.
e.g. I hope you will hold by this agreement.
Hold good for someone or something: remain open e.g. an offer to someone or something.
e.g. Does it hold good for everyone, including members of the family?
Hold no brief for someone or something: not to tolerate someone or something.
e.g We should hold no brief for social injustice.
Hold off from doing something: delay or postpone doing something.
e.g. Can you hold off buying this car? We can't afford it.
Hold out: survive.
e.g. I don't think we can hold out much longer with this kind of income.
Hold a candle to someone or something: be equal to someone or something.
e.g. You don't hold a candle to your brother when it comes to playing the guitar.
Hold one's head up: be confident.
e.g. Hold your head up when it comes to public speaking.
Fade down: diminish.
e.g. The thunder faded down, and soon the sun came out.
Fade up: increase the sound gradually.
e.g. Let's fade up the music when the speaker finished his speech.
Horse around: play around nosily and roughly.
e.g Stop horsing around! It's time to go home!
Abide by: follow a set of rules.
e.g. We must abide by all the instructions from the Mayor.
Abide with: stay with someone.
e.g. She is your wife; you must abide with her no matter what.
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