|1. to keep out: not to enter, not allow to enter
- Ex: There was a large sign outside the door that said, “Danger! Keep out!”
- Ex: I’ve told you to keep the dog out of the house.
|2. to keep away (from): to stay at a distance (from); to avoid use of (also: stay away from)
- Ex: Please be sure to keep the children away from the street!
- Ex: The signs on the burned-out house said, “Keep Away! Danger Zone.”
- Ex: It’s important for your health to stay away from dangerous drugs.
|3. to find fault with: criticize, to complain about something
- Ex: It is very easy to find fault with the work of others, but more difficult to accept criticism of one’s own work.
- Ex: Mrs. Johnson is always finding fault with her children, but they really try to please their mother.
|4. to be up to: to be responsible for deciding; to be doing as a regular activity
The second definition is most often used in a question as a form of greeting.
- Ex: I don’t care whether we go to the reception or not. It‘s up to you.
- Ex: Hi, George. I haven’t seen you in a while. What have you been up to?
|5. ill at ease: uncomfortable or worried in a situation
- Ex: Speaking in front of a large audience makes many people feel ill at ease.
- Ex: My wife and I were ill at ease because our daughter was late coming home from a date
|6. to do over: to revise, to do again
- Ex: A noun or pronoun must separate the two parts of this idiom.
- Ex: You’d better do the letter over because it is written so poorly.
Ex: Jose made so many mistakes in his homework that the teacher made him do it over.
|7. to look into: to investigate, to examine carefully (also: to check into)
- Ex: The police are looking into the matter of the stolen computers.
- Ex: The congressional committee will check into the financial dealings of the government contractor
|8. to take hold of: to grasp, to grip with the heads
- Ex: You should take hold of the railing as you go down those steep stairs.
- Ex: The blind man took hold of my arm as I led him across the street.
|9. to get through: to finish, to complete
This idiom is followed either by the –ing form of a verb (a gerund) or by the preposition with.
- Ex: I didn’t get through studying last night until almost eleven o’clock.
- Ex: At what time does your wife get through with work every day?
|10. from now on: from this time into the future
- Ex: Mr. Lee’s doctor told him to cut down on eating fatty foods from now on, or else he might suffer heart disease.
- Ex: I’m sorry that I dropped by at a bad time. From now on I’ll call you first.
|11. to keep track of: to keep or maintain a record of; to remember the location of
- Ex: Steve keeps track of all the long-distance telephone calls related to his business that he makes from his house.
- Ex: With seven small children, how do the Wilsons keep track of all of them?
|12. to be carried away: to be greatly affected by a strong feeling
This idiom can also be used with get instead of be.
- Ex: Paula and Leanne were carried away by the sad movie that they saw together.
- Ex: James got carried away with anger when his roommate crashed his new car into a telephone pole.