winnow down; winnow out; wipe up

winnow * down +
A list of 20 applicants has been winnowed down to three. (20 名求職者已經篩選到只剩 3 人)

winnow * out +
We’ve winnowed out the weaker candidates. (我們已經剔除了較弱的候選人)

wipe * up +
(用抹布等) 擦掉 (液體)
I was just wiping up the juice that you spilled on the desk. (我剛把你灑在書桌上的果汁擦乾淨)
Do you have anything I could wipe up this mess with? (你有沒有什麼東西我可以用來把這攤髒東西擦乾淨?)


win back; win out; win over; win round; win through

win * back +
The Opposition must try to win back the support it has lost. (反對黨須設法重獲人心)
Paul hoped to win her love back. (保羅希望重新獲得她的愛)
Will you be able to win the money back from him? (你能從他那裡把錢贏回來嗎?)

win out
The more cautious measures won out in the end. (更謹慎的措施最後勝出)
We’ll win out in the end. (我們最終將獲勝)

whip off; whip out of; whisk off

whip * off+
快速拿掉或移除 (某物)
My wife whipped the cover off the bed. (我太太一把將床罩從床上拆了下來)
I whipped off my shirt and dived into the pool. (我飛快地脫下襯衫跳入水池裡)

whip out of +
迅速從 … 取出或抽出 (某物)
My girlfriend whipped a handkerchief out of her pocket and wiped my face. (我女友迅速從她口袋裡掏出一條手帕,擦了擦我的臉)

whisk * off
突然快速地移走、帶走 (某人)
Her husband whisked her off to Taipei for her birthday. (她先生突然把她帶到台北為她慶生)
In obvious pain, Mary was whisked off to the hospital. (瑪麗顯然痛得很厲害,於是被急忙送往醫院)


walk back; walk back from; ward off; weasel out; weasel out of

walk * back +
The president walked back his initial comments in the press conference. (總統在記者會上收回他最初的評論)

walk back from +
The dangerous criminal walked back from his confession. (那個危險的罪犯翻供了)

ward * off +
A lot of people take vitamin C to ward off colds in the winter. (冬天時許多人服用維他命 C 來預防感冒)
I was given a charm to ward off evil spirits. (我得到了一個護身符,可以驅鬼避邪)

tick over; tone in with; tone up

tick over
(英) (生意、工作或系統幾乎沒有進展地) 緩慢進行 (美式英語為 tick along)
They are keeping things ticking over until the manager returns. (在經理回來之前,他們做事都是慢吞吞的)
The business of the company has been ticking over for some time. (這家公司的生意已有一段時間都是停滯不前的)

tick over
(引擎) 空轉
He’s left the car with the engine ticking over. (他離開了汽車,讓引擎空轉著)

throw yourself at; throw yourself into; tick along

throw yourself at +
向 (某人) 獻媚;勾引 (某人)
Tom threw himself at Cindy but she wasn’t interested. (湯姆勾引辛蒂,但她沒興趣)

throw yourself into +
She’s thrown herself into this new job. (她已積極地將心力投入這份新工作)