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Back down

To accept that you cannot win an argument and stop trying to win, or accept that you are wrong and change your decision

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Back off

To stop trying to influence or force someone to do or think something

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Back someone up

To support someone by saying that they are telling the truth

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Bail someone out

To help someone to get out of trouble, especially by giving them money when they have financial problems

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Bang on

To talk continuously about something in a boring way

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Bear out

To support what someone has said or written and so help to prove that it is true

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Bear up

To remain cheerful and not be badly affected by a bad situation, illness

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Beef up

To improve something by making it stronger, more powerful more effective

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Black out

To suddenly become uconcious

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Boil down to

If a situation, problem, discussion boils down to something, that is the main part or cause of it

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Bottle something up

To keep a strong feeling such as anger or unhappiness hidden and not talk about it or show it

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Bow out

To give up an important position or job, so that someone can take your place

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Bowl over

If you are bowled over by something, you are very impressed by it because it is so beautiful, exciting

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Break down

If a substance breaks down it changes as a result of a chemical process

If a machine breaks down, it stops working because there's something wrong with it

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Break even

If a business breaks even it makes the same amount of money as it spends and so makes neither a profit nor a loss

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Break in

To get into a building by using force, usually to steal something
To suddenly say something when someone else is speaking, so that they have to stop talking

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Break off

If you break off something that you are doing, you stop doing it

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Break out

Escape from prison

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Break up

To break into smaller pieces or parts; if a marriage breaks up, it ends
If a school breaks up, classes end and the holidays begin

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Bring about

To make something happen, especially a change or better situation

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Bring in

To include or mention something, especially for a particular purpose
To earn a particular amount of money

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Bring off

To succeed in doing something that is very difficult

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Bring on

To make a problem, illness or pain start to happen

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Bring out

To make a particular quality or taste more noticeable

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Bring up

To mention a subject or start to talk about it during a conversation or discussion

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Bring someone up

To charge someone with a crime and make them appear before a court of law

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Build up

To gradually increase in size, amount or strength

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Burn up

To use energy or get rid of unwanted fat from your body by doing physical exercise

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Burst out

To suddenly start to laugh or cry

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Butt in

To interrupt a conversation in a rude way, by saying something when it is not your turn to speak