be apprenticed to

idiom (1)

Definition of be apprenticed to

 (Entry 1 of 9)

: to begin serving as an apprentice to He was apprenticed to a carpenter at the age of 15.

be going to

idiom (2)

Definition of be going to (Entry 2 of 9)

used to talk about what will happen or could happenIt's going to be cold tomorrow.It's going to rain: if you don't take an umbrella, you're going to get soaked.I am not going to tolerate any more bad behavior!I was just going to call him.

be hard/tough to beat

idiom (3)

Definition of be hard/tough to beat (Entry 3 of 9)

: to take some considerable effort to match or surpass His wonderful performance will be hard/tough to beat.

be put to death

idiom (4)

Definition of be put to death (Entry 4 of 9)

: to be killed at a scheduled time by someone who is legally allowed to do so a serial killer who was put to death for the murder of 28 people The dog that attacked the children was later put to death.

be resigned to

idiom (5)

Definition of be resigned to (Entry 5 of 9)

: to accept a bad situation that cannot be changed I'm resigned to having to work this weekend. He was resigned to the fact that an expensive vacation would have to wait.

be supposed to

idiom (6)

Definition of be supposed to (Entry 6 of 9)

1 : to be expected to do something They are supposed to arrive tomorrow. She was supposed to be here an hour ago. The movie was supposed to earn a lot of money at the box office, but it didn't.
2 : to be intended or expected to be something The party was supposed to be a surprise.
3 used to show that one is angry or offended by somethingWas that supposed to be funny? I thought it was quite rude."Well, you've done it again." "What's that supposed to mean?"
4 used to say what someone should doYou are supposed to listen to your parents.I'm supposed to clean my room before I go outside.What are we supposed to do in a situation like this?Do what you're supposed to.
5 used to refer to what someone is allowed to doWe were not supposed to leave the room.Are you supposed to be here after the building has closed?
6 used to indicate what people say about someone or something"I heard that she's good." "She is supposed to be the best doctor in town."That breed of dog is supposed to be good with kids.The word is supposed to be derived from Latin.

be to do with

idiom (7)

Definition of be to do with (Entry 7 of 9)

chiefly British
1 : to relate to (something) : to be about (something) The problem is to do with fishing rights.
2 : to relate to or involve (someone) That's your problem: It's nothing to do with me!

be witness to

idiom (8)

Definition of be witness to (Entry 8 of 9)

: to see (something) happen We have been witness to many changes in recent years.

praise be to God

idiom (9)

Definition of praise be to God (Entry 9 of 9)

used to express happiness or relief that something did or did not happenYou made it here safely. Praise be to God!

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“Be apprenticed to.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/be%20to. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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