to look out: to be careful or cautious (also: to watch out)
- Look out! Jeffrey cried as his friend almost stepped in front of a car.
- Look out for reckless drivers whenever you cross the street.
- Small children should always watch out for strangers offering candy.
to shake hands: to exchange greetings by clasping hands
- When people meet for the first time, they usually shake hands.
- The student warmly shook hands with his old professor.
to get back: to return (S)
- Mr. Harris got back from his business trip to Chicago this morning.
- Could you get the children back home by five o’clock?
to catch a cold: to become sick with a cold of the nose or throat (S)
- If you go out in this rain, you will surely catch a cold.
- Every winter I catch a terrible cold.
to get over: to recover from an illness; to accept a loss or sorrow
- It took me over a month to get over my cold, but I’m finally well now.
- It seems that Mr. Mason will never get over the death of his wife.
to make up one’s mind: to reach a decision, to decide finally
- Sally is considering several colleges to attend, but she hasn’t made up her mind yet.
- When are you going to make up your mind about your vacation plans?
to change one’s mind: to alter one’s decision or opinion
- We have changed our minds and are going to Canada instead of California this summer.
- Matthew has changed his mind several times about buying a new car.
for the time being: temporarily (also: for now)
- For the time being, Janet is working as a waitress, but she really hopes to become an actress soon.
- We’re living in an apartment for now, but soon we’ll be looking for a house to buy.
for good: permanently, forever
- Ruth has returned to Canada for good. She won’t ever live in the United States again.
- Are you finished with school for good, or will you continue your studies some day?
to call off: to cancel
- The referee called off the soccer game because of the darkness.
- The president called the meeting off because she had to leave town.
to put off: to postpone
- Many students put off doing their assignments until the last minute.
- Let’s put the party off until next weekend, okay?
in a hurry: hurried, rushed (also: in a rush)
- Alex seems in a hurry: he must be late for his train again.
- She’s always in a rush in the morning to get the kids to school