Keel over : Turn upside down.
The boat KEELED OVER in the storm and the crew drowned.

Keel over: Surrender, give in.
He was going to confront his boss, but KEELED OVER and didn’t mention the matter.

Keel over : Fall to the ground.
The drunk KEELED OVER when trying to leave the pub.

Keep around : Keep something near you.
I KEEP a dictionary AROUND when I’m doing my homework.

Keep at : Continue with something difficult.
She found the course hard but she KEPT AT it and completed it successfully.

 

Keep away : Don’t allow someone near something.
Medicines should always be KEPT AWAY from children.

Keep back : Maintain a safe distance.
The police told the crowd to KEEP BACK from the fire.

Keep down :  Not vomit.
The food was so horrible that I struggled to KEEP it DOWN.

Keep from : Control yourself, refrain. I couldn’t KEEP FROM arguing with her.

Keep in : Not allow someone out.
The teacher KEPT the students IN after school because they had misbehaved.

Keep off : Not talk about.
She KEPT OFF the subject of her divorce.

 

Keep off :  Not tread on something. KEEP OFF the grass in the park, please.

Keep on : Continue.
He KEPT ON trying and succeeded in the end.
Keep out : Not allow someone to enter.
The police KEPT the demonstrators OUT of the building.

Keep to : Stay within limits. Please KEEP TO the path.

Keep up : Not let someone go to bed.
My neighbours KEPT me UP till after 4 am with their loud music last night.

Keep up : Maintain a continuous action, persist.
First I phoned you and left a message that you should phone me; then you phoned and I was out, so you left a message; then…! How long can we KEEP this UP without ever speaking to each other directly?

 

Keep up at : Continue, not quit.
Learning a language is difficult, but if you KEEP UP AT it, you’ll succeed in the end.

Keep up with : Move at the same rate.
He walks too fast and it’s really hard to KEEP UP WITH him.

 

Keep up with: Stay up to date.
It’s hard to KEEP UPWITH all the latest improvements and breakthroughs in technology nowadays.

Key down : Relax, unwind. I need to KEY DOWN before I go to bed.

Key in : Enter numbers or information into a computer or electronic system.
It took me ages to KEY IN all the information into the database.

 

Key in on : Focus attention on, single out.
They KEYED IN ON the person they believed had done it.

 

Key on : Target, focus on (sport).
We will KEY ON the opposing team’s lack of skills on defense.

Key to : Plan things to fit or suit people or situations.
Promotions are KEYED TO people’s abilities.

Key up : Make someone excited or nervous. The noise got us KEYED UP.

Kick about : Discuss.
We KICKED the idea ABOUT at the meeting.

Kick around : Discuss. We KICKED the idea AROUND.

Kick around with : Spend time with.
I used to KICK AROUND WITH them, but haven’t seen them for a while.

 

Kick back : Pay someone illegally as part of the price.
I had to KICK ten percent BACK to the government official to get the contract.

Kick back : Resist.
They KICKED BACK when we suggested downsizing.

 

Kick back : Relax.
Rather than go out tonight, we plan to KICK BACK and watch television.

 

Kick down : Break something with your feet. The police KICKED the door DOWN.

Kick in . When a drug starts to take effect.
Her hayfever didn’t feel half as bad once he antihistamines had KICKED IN.

 

Kick in : Break something with your feet. They KICKED his head IN.
Kick in : Contribute money. I’ll KICK IN for some of the beer if you will buy the pizza.

Kick in : Start having an effect.
The budget cuts are starting to KICK IN and people are struggling.

Kick off : Start a game of football. The match KICKS OFF at three o’clock.

Kick off : Die.
He KICKED OFF last month when he had a massive heart attack.

Kick off : When trouble starts.
The fight KICKED OFF when he insulted the guy’s girlfriend.

Kick off.  Argue, protest and refuse to co-operate.
He started KICKING OFF big time when the police tried to arrest him.

 

Kick out : Expel.
The family KICKED the au pair OUT when they found out that she was planning to move to work for another household.

Kick up : Cause trouble or pain. My back KICKS UP when it gets cold.

Kill off : Reduce or exterminate a population by hunting, pollution, development, etc..
There used to be a lot of wolves around here, but most of them have been KILLED OFF.

Kip down : Sleep away from your home, often without planning to.
It’s too late to get the train, so can I KIP DOWN here tonight?

Kip down on : Sleep on something other than a bed.
There were so many of us that we had to KIP DOWN ON the floor.

 

Kiss off : Used to tell someone to go away.
He was bugging us, so we told him to KISS OFF.

 

Kiss off : Consider something to be unimportant or inferior.
He KISSED the criticism OFF.

 

Kiss up to : Try to get into someone’s favour.
He’s a creep and is always KISSING UP TO the director.

 

Knock about : Beat someone.
He KNOCKED his brother ABOUT aftern they argued.

Knock around : Discuss casually.
We KNOCKED the idea AROUND a bit, but decided not to bother.

Knock back : Cost someone a lot of money.
Your holiday must have KNOCKED you BACK a bit.

 

Knock back : Finish a drink quickly, drink a lot of alcohol.
The pub was closing so we KNOCKED our drinks BACK and left.

 

Knock back . Shock.
It really KNOCKED me BACK when I heard they had been killed.

Knock down : Demolish.
They KNOCKED DOWN the old church and built a block of flats in its place.

Knock down : Hit and injure someone.
The car KNOCKED her DOWN and she broke her arm.

 

Knock it off: Stop doing something annoying.
The were making too much noise, so I told them to KNOCK IT OFF.

Knock off : Finish work for the day.
We KNOCKED OFF early on Friday to avoid the rush hour queues.
Knock off : Reduce the price of something.
They KNOCKED ten pounds OFF when I asked for a discount.

Knock off : Reduce the time required to do something.
The new road KNOCKS an hour OFF the journey.

 

Knock off : Steal. He KNOCKED it OFF and sold it.
Knock off Produce or create something quickly. I KNOCKED the essay OFF in an hour.

 

Knock out : Hit and make somebody unconscious.
The reigning middleweight champion KNOCKED OUT the challenger in the fourth round of the fight.

Knock out : Sell, distribute.
They’re KNOCKING hundreds OUT a day in the sales.

Knock together : Join houses that had been separate.
They KNOCKED TOGETHER two outbuilding and turned them into a home.

 

Knock up : Become or get someone pregnant..
She got KNOCKED UP when she was on holiday.

 

Knock up : Play a bit before a match to get ready.
The teams KNOCKED UP for a few minutes before the final.

 

Knock up : Produce or create something quickly.
They KNOCKED a model UP over the weekend.

Knuckle down : Make a great effort.
I’ve got my exams next week and I haven’t done much work, so I’d better KNUCKLE DOWN.

Knuckle under : Submit to authority.
The teacher made the students KNUCKLE UNDER and hand their projects in on time.

 

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