Learn some common prepositional phrases:
Deliver from: save or rescue from.
e.g. The man stranded on the roof was finally delivered from danger.
Deliver of: free from burden or problem.
e.g. What a relief now that we are delivered of our debt.
Deliver up: yield something to someone.
e.g. Will you deliver up the documents to the judge?
Go above and beyond one's duty: exceed what is required of one.
e.g. Do you know that doing what you ask goes above and beyond my duty?
Go against the grain: run counter to one's ideas or principles.
e.g. Taking this without permission goes against the grain.
Go astray: get lost.
e.g. My keys go astray again.
Go back on something: reverse one's position.
e.g. I don't want to go back on my word, but an emergency has happened.
Go for broke: risk everything.
e.g. She went for broke and decided to marry him despite all the rumors about his infidelity.
Go for nothing: fail to achieve anything.
e.g. All our efforts helping out went for nothing.
Go in for something: enjoy doing something.
e.g. I don't go in for that kind of sport.
Go off the deep end: over do something.
e.g. You have the habit of going off the deep end about almost everything.
Go out of one's head: go crazy.
e.g. He saw what happened in front of his eyes, and went out of his head.
Run against: compete
e.g. I am going to run against him in the coming election.
Run away: leave; escape
e.g. The burglar ran away before the police arrived.
Run down: hit with a vehicle
e.g. The old man was run down by the bus.
Run down: stop functioning
e.g. My lawn mower is running down; I need to get a new one.
Run into: meet by accident
e.g. Yesterday, I ran into an old friend that I had not seen for decades.
Run out of: not have any more of something
e.g. Hurry! We're running out of time!
Help along: help someone move along.
e.g. We are more than happy to help you along by giving you any assistance.
Help someone on with something: help someone to put on something.
e.g. Please help her on with her coat.
Help out: help someone out at a particular place.
e.g. I'm at the kitchen. Can you help me out?
Help someone to something: serve something to someone.
e.g. Help yourself to more rice.
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