no matter regardless of. No matter what the weather, the game won't be called off. not at all not in the least. Do you mind dropping the paper off at the printing office? Not at all. no wonder see it's no wonder. of course to be expected, naturally. Of course, Peggy was late for the show; she's always late. once and for all finally, permanently, conclusively. If the changes in scheduling are implemented as planned, our timing problems will be solved once and for all. once in a while occasionally, every so often, from time to time. We don't get out of the house much, but once in a while we go to the movies. on purpose intentionally, for a certain reason. She came to the meeting late on purpose so she would miss the introductory speech. on the other hand from the opposite point of view. Snow covered roads are very pretty; on the other hand, driving conditions can be treacherous. on the whole in general, all things considered. Although the main character in the play was not very well developed, on the whole, I enjoyed the performance. on time on schedule, exactly at the fixed time, punctually. Unlike Linda, who is always late, Matthew comes to work on time. pick out (1) choose, select. She should have picked out just one blouse instead of buying all three. (2) recognize. They couldn't pick out their son among all the graduates. pick up (1) lift. The suitcase was so heavy that Grandma couldn't even pick it up. (2) obtain, gather, acquire. Claire stopped at the grocery store to pick up some milk for dinner. (3) catch, arrest. The criminal was picked up at the gas station on the corner. point out (1) mention, explain. Ihate to point out that the report has not been completed yet. (2) show. Kathy pointed Jim out to Becky at the party yesterday. put away return something to the usual place. Don't forget to put away the dictionary when you are finished with it. put off (1) postpone, delay. Dr. Black announced that she would put off her retirement till the end of the year. (2) discourage. Bret's grade in chemistry was so low that I think he was really put off by it. (3) somewhat repelled. Many people were put off by the candidates' lack of candor. put on (1) get dressed in. On days like this, you need to put on your hat to stay warm. (2) add. Nicole looks as if she has put on a lot of weight. put up with tolerate. Iam not going to put up with this disarray in the kitchen. quite a few a number or a lot of. We invited about 30 people to the reception, but quite a few of them did not show up. read up on study by reading about. Professor Douglas indicated that graduate students should read up on the current economic prognosis. right away immediately. Your waitress will bring you your appetizers right away. run into (1) meet by chance, accidentally. Imagine running into Sue in a drugstore! (2) collide with, crash into. This morning, Ruth ran into the mailbox while backing out of the driveway. (3) encounter. While try- ing to get the car out of the ditch, she ran into a problem with her tires. run out of exhaust the supply of, come to the end of. Sorry, sir, we have run out of paperback copies of this book. see to give attention to. I'm in charge here, and I'll see to it that the work gets done right. show up appear. They waited for Greg for about 45 minutes but he never showed up. so far until now. So far, we have discussed only BASIC and Pascal in our computer class. sooner or later inevitably, eventually, ultimately. Ryan has to start being more careful when he drives be- cause sooner or later he'll hit someone. step by step gradually. A person can learn to do almost anything taking it step by step. stop by visit. We stopped by Rick's house, but he wasn't home. take advantage of (1) profit/benefit from, make use of. All those who need to familiarize themselves with various word processing packages can take advantage of the seminar offered at the Adult Education Center. (2) gain at the expense of another, use unfairly. Criminals may take advantage of the elderly who live alone and rob them of their life's savings. take after resemble. My daughter takes after my husband more than after me. take a trip go for a journey. When did you take a trip to the Bahamas? take it easy relax, don't worry. During spring break, most students take it easy: they have fun with their friends and travel a bit.