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something British & World English

A thing that is unspecified or unknown

there's more to someone than meets the eye British & World English

A person or situation is more complex or interesting than they appear

someone or other British & World English

Some unspecified or unknown person, thing, manner, etc.

put someone through their paces British & World English

Make someone (or something) demonstrate their (or its) abilities

or something British & World English

Added as a reference to an unspecified alternative similar to the thing mentioned

quite something British & World English

Something considered impressive or notable

something else British & World English

An exceptional person or thing

something like British & World English

An amount in the region of

something fierce British & World English

To a great and almost overwhelming extent

twenty-something British & World English

An unspecified age between twenty and thirty (or thirty and forty, forty and fifty, etc.)

back something up British & World English

Make a spare copy of data or a disk

bake something in British & World English

Incorporate something as an integral part of a product, service, or system

bang something out British & World English

Play music noisily, enthusiastically, and unskilfully

bash something out British & World English

Produce something rapidly without preparation or attention to detail

bear something out British & World English

Support or confirm something

beat something out British & World English

Produce a loud, rhythmic sound by striking something

beef something up British & World English

Give more substance or strength to something

belt something out British & World English

Sing or play a song loudly and forcefully

block something in British & World English

Paint something with solid areas of colour

blow something off British & World English

Ignore or make light of something

blow something out British & World English

Use one’s breath to extinguish a flame

blow something up British & World English

Cause something to explode

break something in British & World English

Wear something, typically a pair of new shoes, until it becomes supple and comfortable

break something up British & World English

Cause something to separate into several pieces, parts, or sections

bring something in British & World English

Introduce a new law or product

bring something on British & World English

Cause something, typically something unpleasant, to occur

bring something to British & World English

Cause a boat to stop, especially by turning into the wind

burn something off British & World English

Remove a substance using heat

burn something out British & World English

Completely destroy a building or vehicle by fire, so that only a shell remains

call something in British & World English

Require payment of a loan or promise of money

call something off British & World English

Cancel an event or agreement

call something up British & World English

Summon for use something that is stored or kept available

carry something on British & World English

Engage in an activity

carve something up British & World English

Divide something ruthlessly into separate areas or parts

cash something in British & World English

Convert an insurance policy, savings account, or other investment into money

cast something up British & World English

(Of the sea) deposit something on the shore

catch something up British & World English

Pick something up hurriedly

chalk something up British & World English

Achieve something noteworthy

check something in British & World English

(Of a passenger) consign baggage to the care of the transport provider with whom they are travelling

chew something up British & World English

Damage or destroy something as if by chewing

clap something on British & World English

Abruptly impose a restrictive or punitive measure

clean something up British & World English

Restore order or morality to

clear something up British & World English

Tidy something up by removing rubbish or other unwanted items

cook something up British & World English

Concoct a clever or devious story, excuse, or plan


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