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take a back seat
{v. phr.}, {informal} To accept a poorer or lower position; be second to something or someone else. * /During the war all manufacturing had to take a back seat to ...
take a bath
{v. phr.}, {informal} To come to financial ruin. * /Boy, did we ever take a bath on that merger with Brown & Brown, Inc./
take a bow
{v. phr.} To stand up or come on a stage to be clapped for or praised for success. * /The audience shouted for the author of the play to take a bow./ * /The basketball team ...
take a break
{v. phr.} To have a brief rest period during the course of one's work. * /"You've worked hard. It's time to take a break," the boss said./
take a chance
{v. phr.} To accept the risk of failure or loss. * /We will take a chance on the weather and have the party outdoors./
take a crack at
{v. phr.} To try doing something. * /It was a difficult challenge to reorganize our antiquated campus, but the resident architect decided to take a crack at it./
take a dig at
{v. phr.} To attack verbally; offend; denigrate. * /If you keep taking digs at me all the time, our relationship will be a short one./
take a dim view of
{v. phr.} 1. To have doubts about; feel unsure or anxious about. * /Tom took a dim view of his chances of passing the exam./ * /Betty hoped to go on a picnic, but she took a ...
take a dislike to
Contrast: TAKE A FANCY TO.
take a drop
{v. phr.} 1. To indulge in alcoholic drinks. * /Aunt Liz doesn't really drink; she just takes a drop every now and then./ 2. To lose value; decrease in price. * /Stocks ...
take a fancy to
{v. phr.} To become fond of; cultivate a predilection for. * /Aunt Hermione has taken a fancy to antique furniture./
take a flop
{v. phr.} To fall heavily. * /I took a nasty flop on the ice-covered sidewalk./
take a hard line with
See: HARD LINE, HARD-LINER.
take a hike
See: GO FLY A KITE.
take a hint
{v. phr.} To understand an allusion or a suggestion and behave accordingly. * /"I don't like people who smoke," she said. "Can't you take a hint and either quit smoking or ...
take a joke
{v. phr.} Accept in good spirit some derision directed at oneself. * /My brother has a good sense of humor when teasing others, but he cannot take a joke on ...
take a liking to
See: TAKE A FANCY TO.
take a load off one's feet
{v. phr.} To alleviate one's fatigue by sitting down during some taxing work. * /"You've been standing there for hours, Jake," John said. "Why don't you take a load off your ...
take a long breath
See: DRAW A LONG BREATH.
take a new turn
{v. phr.} To start a new course; decide upon a new direction. * /The company took a new turn under Jack's directorship./
take a nose dive
{v. phr.} To plummet; fall sharply. * /The stock market took a nose dive after the news of the President's heart attack./
take a notion
See: TAKE INTO ONE'S HEAD.
take a poke at
See: TAKE A PUNCH AT.
take a pot shot at
See: POTSHOT.
take a powder
{v. phr.}, {slang} To leave hurriedly; run out or away; desert, flee. * /All the gang except one had taken a powder when the police arrived./
take a punch at
or[take a poke at] or[take a sock at] {v. phr.} To try to hit (someone) with the fist; swing or strike at; attack with the fists. * /Bob was very angry and suddenly he ...
take a risk
See: RUN A RISK.
take a shine to
{v. phr.}, {slang} To have or show a quick liking for. * /He took a shine to his new teacher the very first day./ Compare: TAKE A FANCY TO.
take a shot at
{v. phr.} To try casually; attempt to do. * /"Can you handle all these new book orders?" Tom asked. "I haven't done it before," Sally replied, "but I can sure take a shot ...
take a sock at
See: TAKE A PUNCH AT.
take a spill
{v. phr.} To fall down; tip over. * /During the harsh winter, when the sidewalk is covered with ice, many people take a spill./
take a stand
{v. phr.} To assert one's point. of view; declare one's position. * /It is time for American society to take a stand against crime./
take a turn
{v. phr.} To become different; change. * /Mary's fever suddenly took a bad turn./ * /The story took an odd turn./ Often used with " for the better" or " for the worse". * ...
take a turn for the better
{v. phr.} To start improving; start to get better. * /Aunt Hermione was very ill for a long time, but last week she suddenly took a turn for the better./
take a turn for the worse
See: FOR THE WORSE. Contrast: TAKE A TURN FOR THE BETTER.
take a whack at
See: TAKE A SHOT AT.
take aback
See: TAKEN BACK.
take advantage of
{v. phr.} 1. To make good use of. * /The cat took advantage of the high grass to creep up on the bird./ * /Jean took advantage of the lunch hour to finish her ...
take after
{v.} To be like because of family relationship; to have the same looks or ways as (a parent or ancestor). * /He takes after his father in mathematical ability./ * /She ...
take aim
{v. phr.} To get ready to hit, throw at, or shoot at by sighting carefully. * /When the captain orders "Take aim," raise your gun to your shoulder and sight along the ...
take amiss
or[the wrong way] {v. phr.} To become offended due to a misunderstanding. * /"I hope you won't take it amiss," the boss said to Jane, "that I find you irresistibly ...
take apart
{v. phr.} To dismantle; disassemble. * /Boys like taking radios and watches apart, but they seldom know how to put them back together again./
take at one's word
{v. phr.} To believe everything (someone) says; to act on what is said. * /If you say you don't want this coat, I'll take you at your word and throw it away./ * /When ...
take back
{v.} To change or deny something offered, promised, or stated; admit to making a wrong statement. * /I take back my offer to buy the house now that I've had a good look at ...
take by storm
{v. phr.} 1. To capture by a sudden or very bold attack. * /The army did not hesitate. They took the town by storm./ 2. To win the favor or liking of; make (a group of ...
take by surprise
{v. phr.} 1. To appear in front of someone suddenly or to suddenly discover him before he discovers you; come before (someone) is ready; appear before (someone) ...
take by the scruff
{v. phr.} 1. To assert authority over a person. * /Tim's mother took him by the scruff and told him to get cleaned up./ 2. To punish a person. * /The boss took us by ...
take care
{v. phr.} To be careful; use wisdom or caution. * /Take care that you don't spill that coffee!/ * /We must take care to let nobody hear about this./
take care of
{v. phr.} 1. To attend to; supply the needs of. * /She stayed home to take care of the baby./ Syn.: KEEP AN EYE ON(2), LOOK AFTER. Compare: IN CHARGE(2). 2. {informal} ...
take charge
{v. phr.} To begin to lead or control; take control or responsibility; undertake the care or management (of persons or things). * /When Mrs. Jackson was in the hospital, ...
take cold
See: CATCH COLD.
take cover
{v. phr.} To seek shelter or protection. * /The rain began so suddenly that we had to take cover in a doorway./
take down
{v.} 1. To write or record (what is said). * /I will tell you how to get to the place; you had better take it down./ 2. To pull to pieces; take apart. * /It will be a ...
take down a notch
or[take down a peg] {v. phr.}, {informal} To make (someone) less proud or sure of himself. * /The team was feeling proud of its record, but last week the boys were taken down ...
take effect
{v. phr.} 1. To have an unexpected or intended result; cause a change. * /It was nearly an hour before the sleeping pill took effect./ 2. To become lawfully right, or ...
take exception to
{v. phr.} To speak against; find fault with; be displeased or angered by; criticize. * /There was nothing in the speech that you could take exception to./ * /Did she ...
take five
{v. phr.} To take a five-minute break during some work or theatrical rehearsal. * /"All right, everyone," the director cried. "Let's take five."/
take for
{v.} To suppose to be; mistake for. * /Do you take me for a fool?/ * /At first sight you would take him for a football player, not a poet./
take for a ride
{v. phr.}, {slang} 1. To take out in a car intending to murder. * /The gang leader decided that the informer must be taken for a ride./ 2. To play a trick on; fool. * ...
take for granted
{v. phr.} 1. To suppose or understand to be true. * /Mr. Harper took for granted that the invitation included his wife./ * /A teacher cannot take it for granted that ...
take French leave
{v. phr.} To leave secretly; abscond. * /The party was so boring that we decided to take French leave./ * /While the Smith family was in Europe, the house-sitter packed ...
take heart
{v. phr.} To be encouraged; feel braver and want to try. * /The men took heart from their leader's words and went on to win the battle./ * /When we are in trouble we can ...
take heed
{v. phr.}, {literary} To pay attention; watch or listen carefully; notice. * /Take heed not to spill coffee on the rug./
take hold of
{v. phr.} To grasp. * /The old man tried to keep himself from falling down the stairs, but there was no railing to take hold of./
take ill
or[take sick] {v.} To become sick. * /Father took sick just before his birthday./ - Used in the passive with the same meaning. * /The man was taken ill on the train./
take in
{v.} 1. To include. * /The country's boundaries were changed to fake in a piece of land beyond the river./ * /The class of mammals takes in nearly all warm-blooded animals ...
take in stride
{v. phr.} To meet happenings without too much surprise; accept good or bad luck and go on. * /He learned to take disappointments in stride./
take in tow
{v. phr.} To take charge of; lead; conduct. * /Brian and Kate took a group of children in tow when they went to see the circus./