Touch up: repair.
e.g. Can you touch up the scratches on the car?
e.g. This chair needs some touch-up.
Make up: invent; apply cosmetics; become reconciled.
e.g. He had to make up an excuse explaining why he was so late.
e.g. She made up beautifully before she put on the fancy dress.
e.g. After the heated argument, the man and his wife made up.
Run against: compete
e.g. I am going to run against him in the coming mayor election.
Die away: disappear.
e.g. The noise died away and it was silent.
Hand over: yield control of.
e.g. The manager has handed over the human resources section to the assistant manager.
Call off: cancel
e.g. Due to the bad weather, the meeting was called off.
Check out: leave; pay bills.
e.g. We are going to check out the hotel at noon.
Check up on: investigate.
e.g. The account will check up on the sum of money unaccounted for
Walk over: go to where someone is.
e.g. I have something to give to you. Can you walk over?
e.g. Knowing that he did not have a valid point, he backed down.
e.g. We cannot back out of the contract; we are legally obligated to do what we are supposed to do.
Back up: support
e.g. Are you going to back me up if I decide to go ahead with the project?
Dally over something: waste time doing something.
e.g. Don't dally over your food. Just eat it!
Dally with: flirt with someone.
e.g. Don't dally with that girl; she has no interest in you.
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