answer to (someone)

idiom (1)

Definition of answer to (someone)

 (Entry 1 of 20)

: to be required to explain one's actions to (someone) He has to answer to a tough boss.

attribute (something) to (someone or something)

idiom (2)

Definition of attribute (something) to (someone or something) (Entry 2 of 20)

1 : to say that (something) is because of (someone or something) He attributes his success to his coach. His doctor attributes his health problems to a poor diet and a lack of exercise.
2 : to think of (something) as being a quality of (someone or something) The study suggests that it is a mistake to attribute adult reasoning to children. Is it right to attribute complex emotions to animals? She attributed some importance to the research.
3 : to think of (something) as being made or created by (someone) The poem is usually attributed to Shakespeare, but some scholars doubt that he wrote it.

bend to the will of (someone)

idiom (3)

Definition of bend to the will of (someone) (Entry 3 of 20)

: to do what is demanded by (one who is stronger, in authority, or influential) a politician accused of bending to the will of wealthy supporters

bow down to (someone or something)

idiom (4)

Definition of bow down to (someone or something) (Entry 4 of 20)

: to show weakness by agreeing to the demands or following the orders of (someone or something) I will bow down to no one. The government is refusing to bow down to pressure to lift the sanctions.

do an injustice to (someone or something)

idiom (5)

Definition of do an injustice to (someone or something) (Entry 5 of 20)

: to treat (someone or something) in an unfair way The weak punishment does an injustice to the criminal's victims.

get (something) through to (someone)

idiom (6)

Definition of get (something) through to (someone) (Entry 6 of 20)

: to express (something) clearly so that it is understood by (someone) I hope I've finally gotten my message through to him.

get through to (someone)

idiom (7)

Definition of get through to (someone) (Entry 7 of 20)

1 : to be clearly expressed to and understood by (someone) I've talked to him many times, but I just can't seem to get through to him.
2 : to make a successful telephone call to (someone) Where were you? I've been trying to get through to you (on the phone) all day!

give it to someone straight

idiom (8)

Definition of give it to someone straight (Entry 8 of 20)

: to say what one is going to say to someone in a direct way Just give it to me straight.

make it up to (someone)

idiom (9)

Definition of make it up to (someone) (Entry 9 of 20)

: to do something helpful or good for (someone one has hurt or treated wrongly) He'd neglected his children and wanted to make it up to them by spending more time with them.

make up to (someone)

idiom (10)

Definition of make up to (someone) (Entry 10 of 20)

British, informal + disapproving
: to treat (someone) in a very friendly or helpful way in order to get something for oneself an employee who's always making up to the boss

mean nothing to (someone)

idiom (11)

Definition of mean nothing to (someone) (Entry 11 of 20)

: to have no importance to (someone) He claims that money means nothing to him.

means everything to (someone)

idiom (12)

Definition of means everything to (someone) (Entry 12 of 20)

: to be very important to (someone) : to be something (someone) cares about very much His wife means everything to him.

mean something to (someone)

idiom (13)

Definition of mean something to (someone) (Entry 13 of 20)

: to be important to (someone) : to be something (someone) cares about I thought our friendship meant something to you.

mean the world to (someone)

idiom (14)

Definition of mean the world to (someone) (Entry 14 of 20)

: to be very important to (someone) : to be something (someone) cares about very much His wife means the world to him.

more power to someone

idiom (15)

Definition of more power to someone (Entry 15 of 20)

US, informal
used to say that one approves of what someone is doing and hopes it will be successful If he wants to write a book, more power to him!

much to the regret of (someone)

idiom (16)

Definition of much to the regret of (someone) (Entry 16 of 20)

: causing great disappointment to (someone) Much to the regret of my parents, I decided not to go to college.

open (someone or something) to (someone or something)

idiom (17)

Definition of open (someone or something) to (someone or something) (Entry 17 of 20)

1 : to allow (a particular group of people) to enter, use, or participate in (something) He opens his home to anyone who needs a place to stay. This year, we've opened the contest to all children under the age of 16.
2 : to cause or allow (someone or something) to be affected by (something bad, such as criticism) Their actions have opened the government to charges of corruption. By being secretive about her past, she opens herself (up) to political attacks.

put a name to (someone or something)

idiom (18)

Definition of put a name to (someone or something) (Entry 18 of 20)

: to think of and say the name of (someone or something) Can you put a name to the face in this photograph? I couldn't put a name to the emotion I was feeling.

reach out to (someone)

phrasal verb (1)
reached out to; reaching out to; reaches out to (someone)

Definition of reach out to (someone) (Entry 19 of 20)

1 : to offer help or support to (someone) a community reaching out to refugees
2 : to try to get the attention and interest of (someone) He's reaching out to young voters.

send away to (someone) for (something)

phrasal verb (2)
sent away to (someone) for (something); sending away to (someone) for (something); sends away to (someone) for (something)

Definition of send away to (someone) for (something) (Entry 20 of 20)

: to ask to receive (something) by sending a letter, coupon, etc., to (someone) by mail You will have to send away to the manufacturer for a refund.

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