Phrasal Verbs

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Difference: “Do” and “Make”

 

 

Top Idiomatic Phrases with Verbs DO, MAKE, PUT

 

DO

do a dump on someone

There is no need to do a dump on me.

 

do a dump on something

That rotten jerk really did a dump on my car.

 

do a fade

He did a fade when he saw the pigmobile.

 

do a job on someone

She cut her hair and really did a job on herself.

 

do a job on something

The puppy did a job on my shoes.

 

do a number on someone

The IRS did a number on me.

 

do a slow burn

By the time she showed up three hours later he was doing a slow burn.

 

done to the wide

A: “I can’t understand how he managed to lose that fight.” B: “Oh, that was simply due to bad training. He was done to the wide by the end of the fifth round.”

MAKE

make a bag

The artist in roach-fishing… will make a fair bag on an indifferent day. (OED)

 

make a beast of oneself

But what sort of a life is it you’re living? Swilling round with a waster like Barney Brennan – making as much of a beast of yourself as you can? It’s no life for a man like you. (K. S. Prichard, ‘Working Bullocks’, ch. XXVIII)

 

make a big deal out of something

There’s no need to make a big deal out of that.

 

make a break

Don’t make any breaks with them. They’re not with us.

 

as they make them

Clever as they make them but can’t help boasting of it.

 

make sure

Make sure you’re all packed by tonight, now, because we want to leave first thing in the morning.

PUT

put a bold face on smth.

Though he put a brave face on it, Julia felt that he was deeply mortified. (W. S., Maugham, ‘Theatre’, ch. VI)

 

put a bridle on

She must put a bridle on her tongue.

 

put a bug in smb.’s ear

‘What did my aunts die of?’ ‘…oh, somebody’s been putting a bug in your ear.’ (J. O’Hara, ‘The Lockwood Concern’, book I)

 

put a cat among the canaries

‘It’s waste of time,’ she said. ‘It gets you nowhere… Three or four good books and a bit of mystification, and people will take some notice. Putting a cat among the pigeons – I’m a great believer in that…’ (C. P. Snow, ‘Homecoming’, part I, ch. 5)

 

put a foot in

Whatever happens to me, I won’t have this fellow Getliffe putting a foot in. (C. P. Snow. ‘The Conscience of the Rich’, ch. XLIII)

 

 

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