User:Spencerk/multiple word translations

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please improve, see also User:Spencerk/list of straight-up substitutables, User:Spencerk/superbasic megalist

  • all ears - listening carefully
  • as a last resort - if everything else fails
  • as to - for
  • at any rate - anyway
  • at odds - in disagreement
  • at once - immediately
  • at the drop of a hat - immediately
  • at the top of one's lungs - with a very loud voice
  • at times - sometimes
  • back and forth - backwards and forwards
  • cash cow - easy way to make money
  • bargain for - anticipate
  • bargained for - anticipated
  • barge in on - to interrupt
  • bear in mind - to consider
  • bear with - to be patient with
  • beat around the bush - to speak indirectly
  • birthday suit - completely naked body
  • black out - faint
  • blast off - shoot into the sky
  • brand-new - very new
  • account for - explain
  • all of a sudden - suddenly
  • as a matter of fact - actually
  • as soon as - when
  • hold on - wait
  • in case - if
  • of course - certainly
  • right away - immediately
  • show up - appear
  • so far - until now
  • stick with - continue
  • take over - take control
  • took over - took control
  • take place - happen
  • took place - happened
  • turned in - gave
  • to the teeth - heavily
  • was hard up for cash - had no money
  • from scratch - from the beginning
  • have a cow - get upset
  • blow up - explode
  • blew up - exploded
  • bone up on - study
  • brush up on - improve
  • called off - cancelled
  • cheer up - become happier
  • chicken out - loose the courage
  • count on - trust
  • drag on - last too long
  • drop in - visit
  • drop by - visit
  • dropped out - left
  • egg on - encourage
  • feel up to - feel strong enough for
  • find out - learn
  • found out - learned
  • get along - be friends
  • get down to - now do
  • get over with - end
  • hand in - give in
  • keep on - continue
  • laid off - fired
  • look after - take care of
  • look up - search for
  • nod off - fall asleep
  • pass away - die
  • pass out - faint
  • the wild - nature
  • weaselled out - got out
  • by the wayside - away
  • all of a sudden - immediately
  • embarked on - began
  • refrained from - avoided
  • taken for granted - not appreciated
  • out of the loop - not connected
  • push the envelope - push the rules
  • accounted for - included
  • passed away - died
  • a couple of - some
  • spare some - give some
  • in opposition to - against
  • identical to - the same as
  • to and fro - around
  • due to - because of
  • in order to - to
  • in light of - with
  • chew out - tell off
  • cut it out - stop
  • with regard to - about
  • by means of - by
  • in the event that - if
  • until such time - until
  • during such time - while
  • in respect of - for
  • in view of the fact - because
  • on the part of - by
  • subsequent to - after
  • under the provisions of - under
  • in lieu - instead
  • adjacent to - beside
  • by means of - by
  • in the near future - soon
  • deal with - handle
  • a few - some
  • pretty much - almost
  • what matters - what's important
  • on duty - working
  • for instance - for example
  • attached to - put the
  • as to - about
  • get go - beginning
  • don't mention it - it's ok
  • go bad - become bad
  • goes bad - becomes bad
  • make amends - become friends
  • prior to - before
  • enrolled in - entered
  • enrol in - enter
  • pet peeve - most unknowing thing
  • as a precaution - for safety
  • prey on - eat
  • preyed on - ate
  • praise on - eats
  • preying on - eating
  • one another - each other
  • in retrospect – looking back
  • just slightly – just a little
  • come about - happen
  • come to a stop -stop
  • come to a stop -stop
  • came to a stop -stopped
  • coming to a stop -stopping
  • come to an agreement - agree
  • came to an agreement - agreed
  • gave her word - promised
  • gave his word - promised
  • gave your word - promised
  • had a talk - talked
  • have a talk - talk
  • let down - disappoint
  • take into account - include
  • taken into account - included
  • in the right - right
  • in the wrong - wrong
  • in the name of - for
  • in motion - moving
  • of use - helpful
  • of no use - not helpful
  • blew up - exploded
  • non compliant - disagreeable
  • a great deal more - a lot more
  • a great deal less - a lot less
  • figure out - learn
  • figured out - learned
  • out of date - old
  • deal with,handle
  • a few,some
  • pretty much,almost
  • what matters,what's important
  • on duty,working
  • for instance,for example
  • attached to,put the
  • as to,about
  • hands down - definitely
  • taken aback - surprised
  • on awful lot - a lot
  • such time - the time
  • such a time - the time
  • due time - some time
  • responding to - answering
  • responded to - answered
  • child's play - easy
  • childs play - easy
  • rather than - instead of
  • partake in - do
  • pull through - survive
  • track down - find
  • full blast—top speed
  • pipe down - quiet
  • pined for - missed
  • pining for - missing
  • pine for - miss
  • in a pinch - in an emergency
  • aversion to - dislike of
  • pertained to - involved
  • pertaining to - involving
  • pertain to - involve
  • a nuisance - annoying
  • per se—really
  • preferred to - liked to
  • preferring to - liking to
  • prefer to - like to
  • sexual intercourse - sex
  • dawn on - come to
  • down in the dumps - sad
  • be obliged to - be happy to
  • doze off - fall asleep
  • nooks and crannies - small parts
  • adjacent to - aside
  • adverse to - against
  • opposed to - against
  • sought after - look for
  • prey on - eat
  • preyed on - ate
  • preys on - eats
  • preying on - eating
  • bona fide - real
  • bear the burden - have the trouble
  • the gross majority - most
  • the majority of - most of
  • scene of the crime - place of the crime
  • abide by - follow
  • over and over - many times
  • abiding by - following
  • abided by its - followed
  • abides by - follows
  • response to - answer
  • being facetious - joking