at (the) most maximum, not more than. A letter sent by first-class mail should take at most three days to travel from the east coast to the west coast. be broke have no money. Jane cannot afford to buy a new car; she is broke after her vacation. be out of have none left. Iam sorry, sir, we are out of typewriter ribbons. be short of not have enough. The factory outlet where Mark shops is short of sports footwear. be/get used to be/get accustomed to, accept (something) habitually. Although maritime climates are famous for their abundance of rain, newcomers get used to it rather quickly. bring up (1) mention, raise an issue or question, introduce for discussion. Betsy thought that bringing up the constant shortage of office supplies would not be appropriate at the teachers' seminar. (2) raise a child, care for during childhood. Mr. and Mrs. Nickels brought up Tim as if he were their own son. by far greatly, clearly, by a large margin. The automobile inventory of midsize sedans exceeds by far the consumer demand for this type of car. by the way mention in passing, incidentally. Mr. Johnson, could you call my dentist and cancel my ap- pointment for this afternoon. By the way, there is no need to reschedule. call off decide not to do something, cancel. The sightseeing tour was called off because a thunder- storm was forecast for the area. call on (1) visit. Maybe we should call on Mr. Smith to see his rose garden. (2) ask or choose to par- ticipate or to contribute. The university vice-president was called on to design a long-term plan for the ex- pansion of laboratory facilities on campus. catch a cold to become ill with a cold. People who find themselves near to someone with a cold may be likely to catch a cold. change (one's) mind alter/change an earlier decision/opinion. Michael thinks that changing his mind about even minor issues signifies failure. check in/into register at a hotel. We can go out for dinner as soon as we check in. check into investigate. Because your invoice is long overdue, I suggest that you check into this matter with your bank. check out (1) take a book out of the library. I'm sorry, sir, this book is checked out. (2) investigate. // the advertised offer is as good as it appears, it is certainly worth checking out. (3) leave a hotel. What time do we have to check out? cheer up make (someone) feel happier. Jack tried to cheer Ann up but she was really upset about fail- ing her math midterm. clean up make clean and organized. We can't leave until we clean up this mess we made. come across meet by chance, accidentally. Can you believe it? I came across this color TV at a garage sale, and it was only $10. come back (1) return. Dr. Bradford may not be able to come back to the office before his surgery this afternoon. (2) remember, recall. Even events that people consider long forgotten can come back to them in the right circumstances. (3) return to popularity. Have you noticed that platform shoes are coming back for the fall? come to/come down to (1) grow to, gradually achieve enough familiarity to do something. While some lin- guists disdain statistics as a mere manipulation of numbers, others may come to appreciate it as a powerful means to prove one's point. (2) amount to. The more we learn about human behavior, the more it comes down to heredity being a predominant factor. cut down on reduce, decrease, lessen. Cutting down on high calorie foods may lead to a substantial weight loss over an extended period of time. doover do again. His essay was so poorly written that he had to do it over. do with (1) profit/benefit from, use to advantage. Iam cold and hungry, I could do with a cup of hot soup. (2) be familiar with, associate with, work with. How should I know where the computer manual is? I don't have anything to do with it. do without manage without having. The structure of American cities is such that urban dwellers cannot do without private transportation. drop by/in visit informally, for a short period of time. Whenever you are in town, please feel free to drop by any time. drop off leave (something/someone) at a certain place. If you are going downtown, can you drop me off at City Hall? dropout stop going to school/a class/a club. In general, the rate at which U.S. high school students drop out has reached 43 percent in the past decade. every other every second one. Liz is expected to undergo physical therapy sessions every other week.