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take British & World English

Lay hold of (something) with one’s hands; reach for and hold

grab someone by the throat British & World English

Put one’s hands around someone’s throat, typically in an attempt to throttle them

get the bit between one's teeth British & World English

Begin to tackle a problem or task in a determined or independent way

pluck up courage British & World English

Make an effort to do something that frightens one

run its course British & World English

Complete its natural development without interference

you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink British & World English

You can give someone an opportunity, but you can’t force them to take it

steer a middle course British & World English

Adopt a policy which avoids extremes

get the measure of British & World English

Assess or have assessed the character or abilities of (someone or something)

use a sledgehammer to crack a nut British & World English

Use disproportionately drastic measures to deal with a simple problem

feel the pulse of British & World English

Determine the heart rate of (someone) by feeling and timing the pulsation of an artery

have a pop at British & World English

Attack physically or verbally

get a rise out of British & World English

Provoke an angry or irritated response from (someone), especially by teasing

run the risk British & World English

Expose oneself to the possibility of something unpleasant occurring

knock the stuffing out of British & World English

Severely impair the confidence or strength of (someone)

take on in take British & World English

Become very upset, especially needlessly

take to in take British & World English

Begin or fall into the habit of

take up in take British & World English

Resume speaking after an interruption

take on British & World English

Become very upset, especially needlessly

take to British & World English

Begin or fall into the habit of

take-up British & World English

The acceptance of something offered

take aim in aim British & World English

Point a weapon or camera at a target

take aim British & World English

Point a weapon or camera at a target

take care in care British & World English

Be cautious; keep oneself safe

take care British & World English

Be cautious; keep oneself safe

take fire British & World English

Start to burn

out-take British & World English

A scene, sequence, or song filmed or recorded for a film, programme, or record album but not included in the final version

take part in part British & World English

Join in an activity; be involved

take part British & World English

Join in an activity; be involved

take note British & World English

Pay attention

take odds in odds British & World English

Offer a bet with odds unfavourable to the other better

take odds British & World English

Offer a bet with odds unfavourable to the other better

piss-take British & World English

An act of mockery

take pity British & World English

Show compassion

take ship in ship British & World English

Set off on a voyage by ship; embark

take ship British & World English

Set off on a voyage by ship; embark

take silk in silk British & World English

Become a Queen’s (or King’s) Counsel

take silk British & World English

Become a Queen’s (or King’s) Counsel

take root in root1 British & World English

(Of a plant) begin to grow and draw nourishment from the soil through its roots

take root British & World English

(Of a plant) begin to grow and draw nourishment from the soil through its roots

take ill in take British & World English

Become ill, especially suddenly

take off in take British & World English

(Of an aircraft or bird) become airborne

take five British & World English

Have a short break

take ill British & World English

Become ill, especially suddenly

take off British & World English

(Of an aircraft or bird) become airborne


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