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    VERB IDIOMS

    Verb idioms are variously referred to as group verbs, multi-word verbs or phrasal verbs, or action/being referent idioms. Some begin with verbs and end with adverb particles or prepositions [e.g. get at (reach), get off (escape), get through (succeed), hails from (belongs), go for (attack), make up for (compensate), etc]; others begin with full or bare infinitives (verbs) and end with nouns, as exemplified below: to bear in mind/call to mind (to remember). carried the day (won). to make a clean breast (to confess). to fan the flame (to aggravate matters). to upset the apple-cart (to spoil plans). to blow off steam (to release tension). to pass the buck (to…

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