Meaning of FROM in English



a break from routine (= a change )

I needed a break from routine.

a breeze comes through/from etc sth

The room was hot and no breeze came through the window.

a gift from God

Life is a gift from God.

a long way from

We’re still a long way from achieving our sales targets.

a migrant comes from/to a place

A majority of the migrants had come from this region.

a noise comes from sth

The noise seemed to be coming from the kitchen.

a patient is discharged (from hospital) (= allowed to leave it )

The patient was discharged after eight days.

a smell comes from somewhere ( also a smell emanates from somewhere formal )

A delicious smell of baking came from the kitchen.

He was getting complaints about the smell emanating from his shop.

a sound comes from somewhere

The sounds seemed to be coming from the study below.

a week from today ( also today week/a week today British English )

We’re going on holiday today week.

a week from tomorrow ( also a week tomorrow/tomorrow week British English )

Terry’s new job starts a week tomorrow.

abstain from alcohol

Pilots must abstain from alcohol for 24 hours before flying.

apart from

We didn’t see anyone all day, apart from a couple of kids on the beach.

appear from nowhere/out of nowhere (= appear suddenly and unexpectedly )

The car seemed to appear from nowhere.

(at/from) a safe distance

We watched from a safe distance.

Drivers should keep a safe distance from the car in front.

at/from the very beginning (= used for emphasis )

He had been lying to me from the very beginning.

be banned/disqualified from driving (= be forbidden to drive by law )

Murray was banned from driving for six months after admitting to speeding.

be cut (free) from the wreckage

She had to be cut free from the wreckage by firemen.

be discharged/dismissed from the army

He developed epilepsy, a condition which led to him being discharged from the army.

be discharged/released from hospital British English , be discharged/released from the hospital American English (= be allowed to leave a hospital because you are better )

It was several weeks before he was released from hospital.

be dismissed from a post (= be told to leave )

As a result of the scandal, he was dismissed from his post.

be divorced from reality (= not connected in any way to what is really happening )

His ideas are completely divorced from reality.

be far from clear/be by no means clear (= be very unclear )

The directions she gave me were far from clear.

be free from constraints (= not be limited by them )

No film producers are free from the constraints of censorship.

be hidden from view

The inside of the house was hidden from view by curtains.

be made of/from cotton

The fabric is made of cotton or wool.

be plucked from obscurity (= to take someone or something that is not known about and make them well-known )

The actress has been plucked from obscurity to become the new Bond girl.

be pulled from the wreckage

The driver was pulled from the wreckage of his car.

be released from custody

Seventy-five percent of young people released from custody re-offend within two years.

be released from prison

He was released from prison six weeks ago.

be saved from extinction

There are hopes that the animals have now been saved from extinction.

be suffering from a cold formal (= have one )

He was suffering from a cold and not his usual energetic self.

borrow a metaphor from sth (= use a metaphor from another subject, book etc )

To borrow an architectural metaphor, you cannot see the whole building if you focus on the individual bricks.

borrow from a bank

You may be able to borrow some money from the bank.

borrow sth from the library/take sth out of the library

Books, CDs, DVDs, and magazines can be borrowed from the library.

built...from scratch

He had built the business up from scratch .

(by/from) force of habit (= used about a habit that is difficult to change )

I still walk by his house each day - force of habit, I suppose.

came from far and wide (= came from many places )

People came from far and wide to see the concert.

choose/order sth from the menu

He ordered a chicken dish from the menu.

come from a background

Mark and I came from very similar backgrounds.

come from a different/the same mould (= be different from or similar to other things of the same type )

He clearly comes from a different mould than his brother.

date from the 18th etc century (= it was started, built etc in the 18th etc century )

The present church dates from the 13th century.

defend/protect yourself from your enemies

Our country has a right to protect itself from its enemies.

derive pleasure from sth formal (= get pleasure from it )

I derive great pleasure from playing chess.

die of/from hunger

Thousands of people are dying from hunger every day.

die of/from natural causes (= die of illness, old age etc, not because of an accident or crime )

He died from natural causes, believed to be a heart attack.

disappear from view

She disappeared from view around the corner.

disqualified from driving

He was disqualified from driving .

divert (sb’s) attention (away from sb/sth)

The crime crackdown is an attempt to divert attention from social problems.

divert suspicion...from

He’d been trying to divert suspicion away from himself.

divorced from reality

His ideas are completely divorced from reality .

doomed from the start

The plan was doomed from the start .

download sth from a website

Home study materials can be downloaded from their website.

download sth from the Internet

I downloaded the file from the Internet.

drag yourself away from (= stop watching )

Can you drag yourself away from the TV for a minute?

draw/bring a response from sb

The appeal for aid brought a big response from the West.

draw/derive comfort from sth formal (= take comfort from sth )

Economists have been quick to draw comfort from the latest figures.

draw/make inferences (about/from sth)

What inferences have you drawn from this evidence?

draw/take/derive inspiration from sth (= get inspiration )

She draws inspiration from mythology and folk stories.

drop out of/withdraw from the race

He dropped out of the presidential race three weeks ago.

drop sb from a team (= decide that someone should not play for a team )

He has been dropped from the team because of injury.

erase sth from your mind/memory

He couldn’t erase the image from his mind.

She had tried to erase the memory of that day.

escape from (a) prison

Blake escaped from a Missouri prison last year.

escape from jail

The killer has escaped from jail.

escape from reality

The programmes help viewers escape from reality.

estimates range/vary from ... to ...

Estimates of the number of homeless people in the city range from 6,000 to 10,000.


The interest is exempt from income tax .


Charities are exempted from paying the tax .

extradite sb to/from Britain/the US etc

They are expected to be extradited to Britain to face trial.

face competition (from sb)

Website designers face increasing competition.

fall from a peak

Visitor numbers have fallen from a peak of 1.8 million per year to under 1 million.

far from perfect (= not at all perfect )

The weather conditions were far from perfect.

far from satisfactory

This system was far from satisfactory for a number of reasons.

far from straightforward (= complicated )

This area of law is far from straightforward .

feel/suffer from anxiety

The child may feel anxiety about being away from home.

free sb/sth from constraints

Summer vacation is a time when children are freed from the constraints of routine.

from a ... angle

This drawing of the monastery was done from an unusual angle.

Some of the pictures have strange camera angles.

from a legal point of view

It's a fascinating case, from a legal point of view.

from a political point of view

From the political point of view, it was important that the country showed it was adhering to the treaty.

from a practical point of view

Saving energy in your home is fairly easy from a practical point of view.

from a scientific/technical point of view

This book was the first to study language from a scientific point of view.

from a security point of view

The system is seriously flawed from a security point of view.

from a theoretical/political/economic etc standpoint

Let’s look at the questions from an economic standpoint.

from abroad

goods imported from abroad

from an early/young age

She’d been playing the piano from a very early age.

from an economic/financial/business point of view

From a financial point of view, the concert was a disaster.

from beginning to end

Michael Jordon led the race from beginning to end.

from beginning to end

The whole project was full of problems from beginning to end.

from dawn to dusk (= through the whole day while it is light )

We worked from dawn to dusk .

from every walk of life/from all walks of life

Our volunteers include people from all walks of life.

from every walk of life/from all walks of life

Our volunteers include people from all walks of life.

from further afield

students who come from further afield

from morning till night (= all day – used for emphasis )

He works from morning till night.

from now on (= starting from now )

Please try to be more careful from now on .

from one ... to another

She spends the day rushing from one meeting to another.

from rags to riches (= from being poor to being rich )

the story of her rise from rags to riches

from start to finish (= from the beginning until the end )

The day was a disaster from start to finish .

from that moment on (= after that time )

From that moment on I saw very little of Dean.

from the cradle

Like most Catholic children, he had heard stories of Ireland from the cradle .

from the standpoint of

a discussion of marriage from the standpoint of women

from the waist up/down (= in the top or bottom half of your body )

Lota was paralysed from the waist down.

from then on (= starting at that time )

They met in 1942 and from then on they were firm friends.

from what I can gather/as far as I can gather (= this is what I believe to be true )

She’s his niece, from what I can gather.

from within

an attempt to reform the system from within

from...different angles

We’re approaching the issue from many different angles .

from/since time immemorial

Markets have been held here since time immemorial.

gain/draw strength from sb/sth

He gained strength from being back with the people and things he loved.

get headaches/suffer from headaches (= regularly have a headache )

He often gets headaches at school.

get inspiration from sth

He gets much of his inspiration from the classical poets.

get over/recover from a shock

He hasn’t got over the shock of losing his job yet.

get pleasure from/out of sth

Young children get a lot of pleasure from dressing up.

get pleasure from/out of sth

She gets a lot of pleasure from her garden.

get satisfaction from sth ( also gain/derive satisfaction from sth formal )

I get a lot of satisfaction from teaching.

He derived great satisfaction from knowing his son had followed in his footsteps.

get sympathy from sb

I thought at least I’d get some sympathy from you.

get up from your chair ( also rise from your chair formal )

He got up from his chair and walked to the window.

get up from your desk

He got up from his desk to welcome the visitors.

get up from/leave the table

She stood up from her chair and left the table.

get/go from A to B

Hiring a car was the best way to get from A to B.

get/obtain/seek advice from an expert (= ask an expert for information or advice )

Don’t make big financial decisions without first seeking advice from an expert.

get/receive help from sb

You will be able to get confidential help from your doctor.

go from boom to bust (= change from doing very well economically to doing very badly )

The Mexican economy went from boom to bust very quickly.

go from one extreme to the other (= change from one extreme thing to something totally opposite )

Advertisements seem to go from one extreme to the other .

graduate from university (= leave after getting a degree )

She graduated from Liverpool University in 2006.

grin from ear to ear (= grin very widely )

grow sth from seed (= grow a plant from a seed rather than buying it as a small plant )

You can grow most vegetables from seed.

hand sth down from generation to generation

Native Australians hand down stories and songs from generation to generation.

have/receive a visit from sb

I've just had a visit from Lou Stacey.

hold/keep (yourself) aloof from sth

The doctor held himself somewhat aloof from the rest of the ship’s crew.

immunity from prosecution formal (= the state of being protected from prosecution )

He gave information to the police in return for immunity from prosecution.

inspiration comes from sb/sth

The architect’s chief inspiration came from Christopher Wren.

jump up from your chair (= get up quickly )

‘Look at the time!’ she cried, jumping up from her chair.

keep...from harm

His only thought was to keep the child from harm .

keep/hold yourself aloof (from sb)

She had always kept herself aloof from the boys in class.

keep/stay away from an area

The police ordered people to stay away from the area.

kept...secret from

They kept their relationship secret from their parents.

knew from experience

She knew from experience that exams made her very nervous.

know me from Adam (= she did not know me at all )

She didn’t know me from Adam , but she was really helpful.

know/learn from experience

Janet knew from experience that love doesn't always last.

learn from experience

The student will learn from experience about the importance of planning.

learn from your mistakes

I’m sure he will learn from his mistakes.

learn from...mistakes (= understand why what you did was wrong )

You have to learn from your mistakes .

lift the burden from sb's shoulders

If I deal with the all the practical problems, that will lift the burden from your shoulders.

light comes from somewhere

The only light came from the fire.

living from day to day (= trying to find enough money each day to buy food etc )

We struggle on, living from day to day .

look forward to hearing from you (= hope to receive news from you )

I look forward to hearing from you .

matters arising from/out of sth (= things connected with or caused by a particular event )

Are there any matters arising from the report which you wish to discuss?

miles from anywhere (= a long way from the nearest town )

They lived in a little cottage miles from anywhere .

money comes from sth (= used to say how someone makes their money )

All of Dawson’s money came from drugs.

number sth (from) 1 to 10/100 etc

Number the questions 1 to 25.

only inches from

Derek leaned closer, his face only inches from hers.

opposition comes from sb

The strongest opposition came from Republican voters.

paralysed from the neck/chest/waist down

pass sth from one generation to the next

Traditional customs are passed from one generation to the next.

plucked from obscurity (= made suddenly famous )

She was plucked from obscurity by a Hollywood film producer.

prices range from £30 to £65 etc

Over 1,000 paintings will be shown with prices ranging from £50 to £5,000.

prices start from £200/$300 etc

Ticket prices start from £39.00.

Quite apart from

Quite apart from the cost, we need to think about how much time the job will take.

read sth from cover to cover (= read a book, magazine etc very thoroughly )

He read it from cover to cover in less than three hours.

read...from cover to cover (= read all of something because you are very interested )

When I was young, I read every one of his books from cover to cover .

recover from an illness

It took several months for him to recover from his illness.

recover from an injury

It took her six months to recover from the injury.

recover from an operation

A man is recovering from an emergency operation after his pet dog attacked him.

recover from an ordeal

She is recovering from her ordeal after a bomb went off on the train she was on.

recover sth from the wreckage

The bodies of two children were recovered from the wreckage.

release sb from jail

More than 30 of those arrested were released from jail for lack of evidence.

remain/stand aloof (from sth)

Initially, the President remained aloof from the campaign.

remain/stay aloof (from sb)

They worked hard, but tended to stay aloof from the local inhabitants.

remember sth from (your) childhood

He remembered the place from his childhood.

remove the dirt (from sth)

First, remove any dirt from the cut.

remove/withdraw sth from circulation

The Treasury Department plans to remove older coins from circulation and replace them with new ones.

rescue sb/sth from obscurity (= to stop someone or something from being forgotten )

He was rescued from obscurity by Alder's brilliant biography in 1985.

resign from a position

She has resigned from her position as department secretary.

resign (from) a post (= leave it )

John Sargent has resigned his post as chairman.

retire from public life

Her drink problem has forced her to retire from public life .

return from exile

Martinez returned from exile to the islands in May 1990 and was later elected President.

right at/from the beginning (= used for emphasis )

That’s what I suggested right at the beginning.

right from wrong

He’s too young to know right from wrong .

rise/emerge from obscurity (= to become well-known after not being known at all )

Harris received coaching and rose from obscurity to stardom.

risen from the ashes

The organization has risen from the ashes to become very successful.

rocked...from side to side

The waves rocked the boat from side to side .

rouse sb from sleep/dreams etc

A persistent ringing roused Christina from a pleasant dream.

save sb from ruin

He believes the invention saved him from financial ruin.

save sb/sth from oblivion

The charity has saved many fine old buildings from oblivion.

sb's absence from work/school

You will be entitled to sick pay in respect of any absence from work through sickness.

sb’s escape route from sth (= someone’s only chance of getting away from a bad situation )

Bankruptcy offered his only escape route from mounting debt.

search sth from top to bottom (= search all the rooms in a building )

They searched the house from top to bottom.

second/third etc from bottom

United currently lie second from bottom of the Premier League.

see/view sth from a perspective

A child can only see see the world from his or her own perspective.

slipped from...grasp

Cally slipped from his grasp and fled.

speak from experience

The miners spoke from experience about the dangers of their work.

stand down from a committee (= leave it )

Everyone was sorry when he stood down from the committee.

start...from scratch

We had to start again from scratch .

starting (from) now/tomorrow/next week etc

You have two hours to complete the test, starting now.

sth is far from certain (= not definite )

Success is far from certain.

stray from the point

This meeting is beginning to stray from the point .

stray from/leave the fold

a former advocate of free market economics who had strayed from the fold

subtract one number from another

Subtract this number from the total.

suffer from a condition

He has suffered from this condition for many years.

suffer (from) a disadvantage formal

Working-class boys suffer disadvantages in the educational system.

suffer from a disease

About three million people suffer from the disease.

suffer from a disorder

People who are suffering from psychological disorders often fail to get treatment.

suffer (from) a problem

The patient began to suffer breathing problems.

suffer from an illness

She suffers from a rare illness.

suffer from an infection

He was suffering from an infection of the lungs.

suffer from colds formal (= have colds )

Some people suffer from more colds than others.

suffer (from) erosion

Many areas of farmland have suffered severe erosion.

suffer from nausea

Some patients suffer from nausea and headaches.

suffer from nerves (= often feel worried or nervous )

He suffered from nerves and could no longer perform on stage.

suffer (from) pain

She suffers from chronic pain in her legs.

suffer from stress

If you are suffering from stress, you may be more likely to become ill.

suffer from...phobia

Some children suffer from school phobia .

suffered...from stage fright

Den suffered terribly from stage fright .

suffering from jet lag

I’m suffering from jet lag but I’ll feel better after a good night’s sleep.

swung...from side to side

She swung her legs from side to side .

take comfort from sth

The family has taken comfort from the support of friends.

take comfort from/in (doing) sth

Investors can take comfort from the fact that the World Bank is underwriting the shares.

take orders from sb (= be given orders by them and obey them )

I don’t take orders from you!

take satisfaction in/from sth

He took great satisfaction in doing his job well.

take sb’s word for it/take it from sb (= accept that what someone says is true )

That’s the truth – take it from me .

take sth out of/from your pocket

Marcia took a pair of dark glasses out of her pocket.

take/draw encouragement from sth

We drew encouragement from the letters we received from well-wishers.

take/get a statement from sb

I asked the police why they didn’t take a statement from me four years ago.

There is no getting away from (= you cannot avoid or deny this fact )

There is no getting away from this fact .

there’s nothing to stop sb (from) doing sth

There’s nothing to stop you applying for the job yourself.

vanished from sight

The bird vanished from sight .

view sth from a ... perspective/standpoint

It’s an issue that can be viewed from several perspectives.

wake/be woken from a deep/long etc sleep

A very long time later I woke from a deep sleep.

wipe the sweat from your brow/forehead

He wiped the sweat from his brow and carried on digging.

withdraw from a competition (= not take part, when you had planned to )

He had to withdraw from the competition because of an injury.

withdraw from a contest (= stop taking part in a contest )

Two candidates had withdrawn from the contest.

withdraw from a course/drop out of a course (= leave it without finishing it )

She had to withdraw from the course because of illness.

withdraw sth from sale/from the market

The drug has been withdrawn from the market for further tests.

withdraw sth from sale/from the market

The drug has been withdrawn from the market for further tests.

work from home

Nowadays, many people are able to work from home .

work from/at home (= do your work at home instead of at an office )

I work at home three days a week.


(from) April to June inclusive/15 to 20 inclusive etc

(from) door to door

If you drive, it should take you 20 minutes door to door.

We went door to door asking people to sponsor us in the race.

A religious group called the Legion of Mary went from door to door to collect these portions.

C., but the two cars make contact, door to door.

Every door to door salesman knows that.

One simple but often effective form of promotion is that of the door to door distribution of leaflets.

She did quite a wholesale trade with pedlars who used to retail the goods door to door in the surrounding villages.

So, he also sold vacuum cleaners door to door.

The journey door to door is a mile and a quarter. 3 minutes by car.

They went from door to door, questioning everyone, systematically searching for trapdoors.

(from) left to right

Below, left to right: Davey Philips of Clan Skates.

Number them in sequence 1, 2, 3 etc, left to right on each line.

Other winners are, left to right,.

Run your finger along under the words as you read, so that the child learns that reading goes from left to right.

The basic mechanism is to build an edge from left to right.

The group photograph shows, from left to right:.

Years ago, teams could pick up the free-agent menu and read it left to right.

(right) from the word go

At the County Ground, the wolves were on the prowl right from the word go.

I knew it was a deliberate attempt from the word go to bring the band down.

In Damage, from Josephine Hart's novel, he gets more or less everything wrong from the word go.

It was a nightmare from the word go.

The marriage was a disaster from the word go, although I didn't realize this until it was all over.

They are reflexes built into the system from the word go.

(straight/right) from the horse's mouth

a blast from the past

The biggest blast from the past was '60s model, Peggy Moffat, whose famous haircut is back in style.

And, a blast from the past.

a bolt from/out of the blue

Even so, dismissal should never come as a bolt from the blue, however exalted your place in the corporate hierarchy.

Inspiration hit me like a bolt from the blue on the way home.

The Mishcon job came like a bolt from the blue.

a hangover from sth

Huge business debt is the hangover from the buyout mania of the 1980s.

But nothing delights him more than his futures markets, which are something of a hangover from his trading days.

However, this was merely a hangover from the past; and after the middle of the century even these payments ceased.

It is a hangover from those long gone days when it was actually used for darning socks!

She was a hangover from the old days, when he had had to hustle the stuff himself.

SYSTEM.INI is a hangover from Windows 3 and has been retained for compatibility reasons.

The beat, a hangover from the early Metropolitan Police as well as from the older watch system, had clearly defined features.

The dispute over nuclear waste is a hangover from the last hours of the Conservative government in 1997.

This, it is suggested, is a hangover from Victorian and Colonial days.

a stone's throw from sth/away (from sth)

a survival from sth

These were a survival from his army days and, therefore, some way from being sexually provocative.

absent yourself (from sth)

Detained patients absent themselves, or abscond, from hospitals.

Equally, she was absent herself; naturally enough - she had been the photographer.

His absence bloomed in her until she grew absent herself, preternaturally agreeable.

I had not had the benefit of that lovely electricity for long, but how I did miss it when it absented itself.

I put my head down into my hands and absented myself mentally.

It will not be desired to find all people who absent themselves without leave.

Kendall absented himself this time, as was only fitting.

Lucy arranged to absent herself from the expedition to allow Maggie to be alone with Phillip.

admire sb from afar

Many girls fell in love with him but could only admire him from afar.

Mary was still a good looking woman and Sid had admired her from afar for a long time.

The long grass was so wet that I decided to admire the castle from afar.

anywhere between one and ten/anywhere from one to ten etc

as distinct from sth

Entrepreneurial strategies - as distinct from their managerial implementation - centre on investment, marketing and the form of company organisation.

I have seldom felt the need to recognise these as distinct from rise-fall and fall-rise respectively.

I want it to go on because I've just recently begun to enjoy it as distinct from experiencing it.

Originally, chamber music meant secular music, or that of the court as distinct from that of the Church.

Piaget allows two years for the development of sensorimotor intelligence as distinct from conceptual intelligence.

The buffers and draw gear were spring type, as distinct from india rubber as used on some.

There were increasing demands for a national policy for the unemployed as distinct from central support of local efforts.

They are a major and fundamental component of the system of the unconscious, as distinct from the conscious and preconscious systems.

as from/of sth

aside from sb/sth

Aside from coal, copper is the state's largest natural resource.

Aside from helpful tips, the book also contains a guide to the city's restaurants.

at/from an early age

Both Maddy and Patrick were professionally successful at an early age, secure, and surrounded by helpful family.

But what about alteration of brain chemistry at an early age?

Did you start painting at an early age?

I worry about cholesterol, because my father died of a heart attack at an early age.

If you get to know about these things at an early age you lose your shame and shyness.

Robin adds that as a boy he saw both the Graf Zeppelin and R-101, obviously an enthusiast from an early age.

Spong does not advocate marriage at an early age.

Women learn at an early age that most men do not like angry women living in the same house.

at/from the outset

It was clear from the outset that there were going to be problems.

It was stated at the outset that this system would not be here, and at once, perfected.

Liverpool, so dominant at the outset , were glad to hear referee Andy D'Urso blow the final whistle.

Local authorities have presented the Treasury with a particular problem from the outset .

She also remarked at the outset that her personal belief was that the category had no place in a psychiatric manual.

There was a whole platoon of black-and-whites on our tail at the outset , but we lost them one by one.

This establishes at the outset for both parties the criterion for evaluation of work done.

This is why it is so important to be consistent in your approach right from the outset .

We had from the outset a desire to cross barriers that had previously existed and to get involved in community groups.

away from prying eyes

She is finally able to relax with friends, away from prying eyes.

Until the key is used, the contents of the message are locked away from prying eyes.

be a far cry from sth

Europe was a far cry from what we'd been led to expect.

Alternating child-care responsibility is a far cry from asking a woman to postpone her career to raise her children.

But resistance is a far cry from immunity.

It was a far cry from the modern chalet party.

The 1995 national increase in costs is a far cry from the double-digit growth seen in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The cinder-block surroundings, while not luxurious, are a far cry from the stripped-down wards of 1958 that greeted early volunteers.

The classical design was a far cry from today's functional agricultural buildings.

The plateau was a far cry from the workaday cottages by the harbour.

The shop is a far cry from the modern boutique, and still has stock dating back for generations.

be a heartbeat away from sth

The Red Sox are a heartbeat away from the American League championship.

The Red Sox are a heartbeat away from landing another blue-chip bullpen stopper.

be all downhill (from here)/be downhill all the way (from here)

be descended from sb

Stu's mother is descended from Cherokee Indians.

All Gauls claimed to be descended from him.

Because they were descended from them, many sometimes descending from a single ancestral species.

If you believe in evolution, you believe man is descended from primates, and primates are vegetarian.

One family has a Confederate cavalryman among its forebears, the other is descended from slaves.

Power still comes from a small block, two-valve push-rod V-8 whose principal architecture is descended from the 1953 original.

The University of Edinburgh's most famous dropout, Charles Darwin, pointed out that human beings are descended from animals.

Through him the Merovingians can thus claim to be descended from Noah.

When he jokingly referred to the story that he was descended from the Devil he meant no disrespect to his ancestor Woden.

be driven/pushed from pillar to post

be far removed from sth

The world of TV sitcoms is far removed from reality.

Action was being undertaken, but it was far removed from the radical surgery that seemed to be needed.

Gironella is far removed from such light humour.

He was far removed from the centralism embodied by his predecessors Ernest Bevin and Arthur Deakin.

However, the content is far removed from the children's lives.

The actual policy response to the C D P analysis was far removed from the radical prescriptions of the activists.

The decisionmaking process which propels these large projects is far removed from the intended beneficiaries.

The passenger was far removed from an anonymous piece of card, and the parachutes correspondingly larger to slow the descent speed.

This will involve trade union negotiations in areas that may be far removed from their traditional expertise.

be from the wrong side of the tracks

be parted (from sb)

A dense pile wears better than a loosely-woven one, which can be parted to reveal the backing.

Her hair was parted in the middle and drawn back from a round, pretty face.

His golden hair was parted down the middle, and he wore a gold ring on his right hand.

His long blond hair was parted in the center.

It is not right we should be parted .

She had pale crimped hair over her temples, and her lips were parted to reveal large, even teeth.

The reluctance of a secretary to be parted from her boss was a flattering affirmation of personal dedication.

Yet Menard stayed with the work until one day he and a companion were parted in Wisconsin.

be shut off from sb/sth

These people are completely shut off from the rest of society.

Virginia and Peter Stillman were shut off from him now.

be singing from the same hymn book/sheet

be singing from the same hymn sheet/book

by the hour/from hour to hour

by/from all accounts

By all accounts , Garcia was an excellent manager.

Astor was a shy, austere and, by all accounts , unlovable man.

But Alice was the only one of the Pritchetts who had, from all accounts , risen above her station in life.

Caligula was degenerate but, by all accounts , did not deign to hide the fact.

Elephants, by all accounts , were pretty strong too.

Now there's Dan Crawley in hospital with the pneumonia, and poor Jenny is penniless by all accounts .

Shaughnessy was a heroic figure-a brilliant writer and by all accounts a splendid teacher and leader.

She was calculating and ambitious, and by all accounts at least a competent journalist.

The original building was, by all accounts , demolished when St. John's railway station was constructed on its present site.

by/from the sound of it/things

Ana was trapped here, though, by the sound of it.

And all this provided by Summerchild, from the sound of it.

But by the sound of it your brothers are a hale and hearty pair.

But then Summerchild didn't know himself to start with, by the sound of it.

He heard Lee shooting them down, then him whistling. From the sound of it he was still around.

In the other boat, the priest had started gabbling in Latin - the Dies Irae, by the sound of it.

Something hissed - steam escaping, from the sound of it.

You've had a hard day, and by the sound of it not an easy life.

come in from the cold

But 20 years have at least seen her interests come in from the cold .

But we have come in from the cold to bring back a sneak preview.

Never come in from the cold and toast by a hot fire.

Timothy Cranmer did not come in from the cold , exactly.

Voice over Another faithful sign that winter is truly upon us, is when wildlife comes in from the cold .

Who exactly was coming in from the cold ?

coming from him/her/you etc

As I couldn't work out where they were coming from I ignored them.

But all the intensity is coming from her.

But I never expected the reaction it got coming from me.

Coast Guard helicopters flying over the barge noticed an oil sheen coming from it, DeVillars said.

Maybe these intimate stories, coming from some one she hardly knew, had overwhelmed her.

That coming from him who would go sick with a bad back whenever a job tired him.

That was rich coming from him!

The little girl coming from her direction offers the other, much thinner one, a bowl filled with bread and fruit.

cut sb off from sth

But, says the bank, countries that have cut themselves off from the global economy have slipped behind.

I have been so hungry that I have cut the blood off from crackers and eaten them.

I slid Lewis's helmet on and cut myself off from the world.

It turned the party in on itself and cut it off from the wider society.

The denial of tenderness cuts them off from communication with wives and children.

The inadequacy of communications cut Nice off from its hinterland, and condemned the entire county to poverty.

Yet these four were all we had to cut us off from the rest of the hall.

You cut yourself off from other people and from your true feelings.

cut the ground from under sb's feet

detach yourself from sb/sth

In order to do her job during the war, she detached herself from her feelings.

Alex detached himself from the crowd and came towards them.

If you wished to detach yourself from the soul of Salomon Brothers, London was the only place to go.

It detached itself from the thicket and reached rose-thorn fingers into the hard earth.

My muscles went limp; my skin melted into a buttery ooze; my head detached itself from my body.

One of the undulating shapes detached itself from the wall and advanced towards the shining executioner as though blind to its danger.

When thoroughly replenished it would detach itself from the socket and renew its adventures across the floor!

Wynne-Jones detached himself from the supporting arm and came over to Tallis.

disappear/vanish from sight

Then the plane vanished from sight on the radar screen.

Here the linguistic cocoon is spun to such complexity that the characters and narrative structure sometimes vanish from sight .

It disappeared from sight behind the slope of the hill.

She vanished from sight , but Hippolytus, too, was gone.

So, since he is disappearing from sight , he has dyed his hair black, eyebrows, too.

The rest of us heard a thin squeak, and started calling for her as she had vanished from sight .

The shore had vanished from sight .

Within a few seconds it flew on again, vanishing from sight and hearing.

Within seconds of the Wheel disappearing from sight the red glow was extinguished.

disappear/vanish from/off the face of the earth

disentangle yourself (from sb/sth)

The President was eager to disentangle himself from the scandal.

And then he disentangled himself from the last uniformed peer and reached Hardin.

Blearily, I disentangled myself from Richard and grabbed the phone, checking the clock.

Bobbie, still looking dazed, began to disentangle herself from the foliage.

Jean Alesi is said to be trying to disentangle himself from his 1993 Ferrari contract in order to make himself available to Williams.

Night brightened sharply, as if the moon had just disentangled itself from cloud.

One arm disentangled itself from the covers, her fingers curling indolently into the fine cotton of the quilt.

The first thing the three must do is disentangle themselves from the past.

distance yourself (from sth)

But she could not distance herself from her friend's tragedy.

Don't try distancing yourself from me by calling me Mr Calder.

For that reason, abstract art has been anxious to distance itself from decoration.

He also chose to distance himself geographically.

He no longer confides in he, as he did in the letter at the beginning, but distances himself from her.

It is another for the Prime Minister to distance herself from the policies of the government of which she is head.

Or should it be able, despite being owned by the State, to distance itself somewhat from political authority?

They did so, and he began progressively to distance himself from his mentor.

distant from sth

divert/distract/draw attention from sth

But his banter was a way of distracting attention from the issue at hand.

Combine roses with earlier or later flowering plants, and with evergreens to distract attention from their leafless stems in winter.

It also distracted attention from the continued effects of racism.

Lisa tells us it diverts attention from the pain.

Police said the message was a decoy to distract attention from the real danger area.

Such comments have distracted attention from a long-awaited improvement in the economy.

The authorities are said to take the view that the Gulf war will distract attention from civilian casualties in Jaffna.

They know how to make themselves look good, and they also know how to divert attention from the less flattering stories.

eliminate sb from your enquiries

fall from a great height

Along this curve it is as if the plane were freely falling from a great height.

As it was, the extremely small head of some dinosaurs no doubt reduced the dangers of falling from a great height.

That particular experience left me with a recurrent dream about falling from great heights.

When they fell from grace, George Best fell from a greater height.

fall from grace

Jackson's fall from grace came in the fourth game, when he struck out three times in a row.

And its spectacular fall from grace should serve as a warning.

But if Mrs Longhill felt better that her servant had fallen from grace in distant Barnswick, then let her think it.

Even by Washington standards, Gingrich has quickly fallen from grace.

He had an uncharacteristic fall from grace in his match against Connell.

Much of his hatred and contempt of Bella must have stemmed from her involvement in Johnny's fall from grace.

Now, as Pope fell from grace, McClellan came to the fore again.

That in itself was a sign that Norris' fall from grace had begun.

The competition was soon simplified with the fall from grace of William Craig.

fall from grace/favour

And its spectacular fall from grace should serve as a warning.

As she descended the stairs, she appreciated for the first time how far she had fallen from grace.

Daniel prefaces his interpretation with a review of Nebuchadnezzar's prideful fall from grace and Beishazzar's own lack of humility.

He had an uncharacteristic fall from grace in his match against Connell.

It was a spectacular fall from grace that took them all down-a major public humiliation.

Now, as Pope fell from grace, McClellan came to the fore again.

The competition was soon simplified with the fall from grace of William Craig.

With the smallest fall from grace, it is quickly turned into badness.

fall from sb's lips

In her excitement, words fell from her lips in a torrent.

No false word ever falls from his lips.

far be it from me to do sth

Far be it from me to tell you what to wear.

far from it

Allowing them to make such a decision does not sanction it - far from it.

Being far from it makes it less real.

By accepting it, the world is not taking on Western civilization lock, stock and barrel: far from it.

I would not afford the remedy of judicial review in all those cases - far from it.

Not that Dad was unsympathetic toward animals; far from it.

Not that there had been many recently, far from it.

Not that we would defend all of what passes or has passed for religion; far from it.

This does not mean that only wellknown or straight forward subjects and themes are to be staged. far from it.

far from sth

flow from sth

freedom from sth

Gandhi advocated nonviolence in India's struggle for freedom from British rule.

fresh from sth

from (the) cradle to (the) grave

The state now provided something of a protective safety net from the cradle to the grave.

They should also inform shoppers as to the product's environmental friendliness from cradle to grave - evaluated according to standardized criteria.

from ... onwards

At St-Denis, from 867 onwards , Charles himself was lay-abbot.

From that day onwards I entertained a high regard for his dexterity and skill in public affairs.

From the 1970s onwards governments restricted aggregate demand by a variety of means.

From then onwards , Winterthur's development into the city of today was rapid.

From this point onwards , attitudes to El Cid were divided.

It shows the decline in the percentage of the Gross Domestic Product devoted to Defence from 1946 onwards .

Its ancestors served abroad from the 1630s onwards , and the tradition of foreign service continues today.

The Brackley blooms are brought out early with a little help from 400 watt lamps sunning them from January onwards .

from A to B

It doesn't have to be fancy - I just need a car to get me from A to B.

An eagle looking down from above implies a threat whereas a heron flying from A to B suggests a more peaceable purpose.

First, good generalization from A to B can be readily explained in terms of mediation by the associate.

For at least fifteen hours a day they get us from A to B and take our body weight.

I, I showed him our product and I said we have to go from A to B with this project.

The arrow will point from A to B in the functional dependency illustrated in the definition.

The wavelength of the light increases as it passes from A to B for two reasons.

from A to Z

Hewanted his whole oeuvre to be seen from A to Z without any cuts.

from afar

I saw him from afar .

from day to day

Property values can vary from day to day.

And there is considerable sameness in what we do from day to day.

Like telephone charges, they can be varied from day to day and between evenings and rush hours.

Since interest rates fluctuate from day to day, the prices of seasoned bonds also fluctuate.

The amount of force needed to lock them will vary considerably from aircraft to aircraft and even perhaps from day to day.

The children became wild, and the atmosphere from day to day grew more disturbing to the rest of the school.

The frequency and extent of the roll varies from day to day and from one set of conditions to another.

The practical problems for an artist working in the streets, markets or in the homes various enormously from day to day.

They took turns retelling the stories to each other, and from day to day Alvin never forgot whose turn it was.

from father to son

Land passes from father to son: his is split between himself and his father.

The bone-setting power is often handed down from father to son.

The centuries' old recipe has been handed down from father to son.

The eyes of those in the room shifted uneasily from father to son.

The whole gentile constitution made the transference of private property from father to son impossible.

Their status was hereditary, land and titles being passed on from father to son.

This means that harem females are being passed down from father to son in a patrilineal fashion.

from on high

The advice from on high convinced Dustin to stay in school.

A sudden radiance from on high fell on the two and made them look up.

Also, everyone in a centralized organization gets conditioned to standing around and waiting for orders to come from on high .

But a view from on high is not the most accurate.

Directives come from on high , and the entire process is remote and out of reach.

The people aren't being instructed from on high about their national interests.

Then sharp words from on high were whispered in youthful ears.

Was the word from on high that all plans for release had been shelved?

from rags to riches

I used the analogy of a family that goes from rags to riches and back to rags in three or four generations.

These he is at pains to hide in order to promote the fiction of his rise from rags to riches.

from scratch

Doug baked the cake from scratch .

The company was started from scratch in 1995, but its annual sales are already over $20 million.

from side to side

Ezra rocked impatiently from side to side as he waited.

The boat swayed from side to side as waves hit it.

The tractor swayed from side to side, almost throwing me out of my seat.

As an entrepreneur, it is inevitable that you will be buffeted from side to side as you experience the roller coaster.

I held up the sweaters, turning from side to side, shaking my head.

Pion helped Masklin down on to the ground, which seemed to him to be moving from side to side.

She shook her head from side to side, resigned to her rebellious brain.

The grimy blots grew closer and bigger, sudden thunderclaps made visible, and hurled the little planes from side to side.

The young man looked carefully from side to side.

from that/this day/time/moment etc forward

It was resolved that from this day forward they shall be called by the name of the Veterinary College, London.

from the (bottom of your) heart

Blood flows out from the heart to the tissues as before, but its return is now forced.

Both versions monitor about a dozen heart parameters, most importantly the flow of blood from the heart.

But speaking from the heart did not seem wise.

In our language-the Ojibwa language-we say the knowledge comes from the heart .

It had not come from the heart of the congregation, but from behind the footlights.

No musical notation, for music must come from the heart and not off a page.

The Hague Appeal will not merely be a cry from the heart .

from the (very) first

The relationship was doomed to failure from the first .

Although the data from the first study are still being analysed, initial results are promising.

By 1990, only Sir Geoffrey Howe survived from the first cabinet.

His watch, his ring, his money and his suitcase neatly packed had all been sent from the first hotel.

Research and design skills can be electronically brought in from the first world.

The follow up study was restricted to participants from the first study who were 25 to 74 years of age at baseline.

The main concern over the century was to shift as much as possible from the first to the second form.

The second word is the noun formed from the first word, the verb.

This performance needed more pace, a lighter touch throughout from the orchestra and much greater clarity from the first violins.

from the bottom of your heart

I hadn't, June, so I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

It's what I've always wanted from the bottom of my heart...

from the chairman/president/top etc downwards

As the system empties, open all the radiator air vents, working from the top downwards until the system is empty.

from the get-go

Harry's been involved in the project from the get-go .

Co-workers have always been predominantly female, he promoted women to top levels from the get-go .

Companies vying for female talent wanted in on the list from the get-go .

He made sure from the get-go that the lawyers understood this was not going to be a circus.

If something pissed him off, he expected the Hot Smokes to take care of business, from the get-go .

from the off

Jardine said Larwood brought the call back from the off side.

Now she knew that Fernando was in contact with Maria Luisa and probably had been right from the off .

That evening, they met the men at eight o'clock, all parties quite well oiled from the off .

Yes, it was just one of those days when Belmont's name was on the cup right from the off .

from the sublime to the ridiculous

His paintings range from the sublime to the ridiculous.

After due consideration she decided to go from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Chelsea's capacity for lurching from the sublime to the ridiculous is a tradition.

Constructed layer by layer, Ostrowski's canvases range from the sublime to the ridiculous, presenting many paradoxes in the process.

from the top

All right. Once more from the top . Action!

Before you put the cake in the oven, measure how far the mixture is from the top of the pan.

Cut a slot in each tube l of the way down from the top of 0 the tube. 2.

Does this shrill din really emanate from the top Praga Khan and Jade 4U?

I was going to come charging down from the top of a sand-hill.

The missile has been thrown from the top of a cemetery wall.

Therefore, I had no doubt the right kinds of overarching principles were flowing from the top of the Honda hierarchy.

from time to time

From time to time a helicopter flew by, but mostly the sky remained clear.

The two still talk on the phone from time to time.

This is the kind of problem that we all have from time to time.

Everyone was watching Zhang Kou and murmuring unintelligibly from time to time.

Generally, both parties must relax their position from time to time.

He could not do this with-out creating controversy, without startling the press from time to time.

He was one of the slow readers who met with me for extra work from time to time.

It is an idea you have played with from time to time.

It was only natural that some of them would go wrong from time to time.

Only one of them actually lived at State House, but they all got together from time to time.

Reduce heat to medium, cover and stir from time to time for another 20 to 25 minutes or until tender.

from top to bottom

And we searched it from top to bottom.

Example 4 is a great lick for covering the whole fretboard from top to bottom.

He was immense, though still lodged from top to bottom within me.

Keep turning the carrot slightly and repeat the motion from top to bottom until you have removed all the peel.

Kirov took only a few more minutes to search the small studio from top to bottom.

Sassenach was created, the great buttress climbed, as it should be, direct from top to bottom.

The lineup appears to be strong from top to bottom, but all the players know Bagwell is the key component.

They can just be people who believe they ought to reshape society from top to bottom.

from top to toe

But John and Veronica Saunders still make time to decorate their home from top to toe.

When the body was naked, it was X-rayed from top to toe.

from where I stand

Well from where I stand , it looks like you've found a good job.

But from where I stand , it is the wider issue of transparency that really counts.

Even from where I stood , I glimpsed Eadred's agitation.

He ambled over to the nearest tree - happily some metres from where I stood hidden, and turned towards the tower.

I can shake things up a little from where I stand .

I could smell its peppery, pungent scent from where I stood .

get away from it all

Get away from it all in sunny Barbados.

Coe, on the other hand, is getting away from it all with a weeks holiday in Helsinki.

gift (from God)

As we encourage the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and especially prophecy, we need to know how to test them.

He fell in love with and married a princess after plying her father, the sultan, with many valuable gifts .

I feel nothing but my new self: the gift of the rose.

In 1 Cor 12: 2-3, Paul gives the Christological criterion for evaluating any alleged gift .

More than 20 people accepted gifts .

Say thank you with a gift of gold from Beaverbrooks.

Some composers - Beethoven was one of them - had little gift for vocal writing.

Time to get out the tree, the ornaments, the special gift baskets and the ceramic figurines to decorate the house.

give sb the nod/get the nod from sb

go from bad to worse

The rail service has gone from bad to worse since it was privatised.

The schools have gone from bad to worse in this area.

Things went from bad to worse, and soon the pair were barely talking to each other.

As 1931 went from bad to worse the possibility of another marriage began to seem her best hope of salvation.

It went from bad to worse as the heavens opened and turned the circuit into one huge puddle.

Matters continued to go from bad to worse.

Matters went from bad to worse.

On Ithaca, the island where his home was, things had gone from bad to worse.

That they are going from bad to worse.

go from bad to worse

As 1931 went from bad to worse the possibility of another marriage began to seem her best hope of salvation.

It went from bad to worse as the heavens opened and turned the circuit into one huge puddle.

Matters continued to go from bad to worse .

Matters went from bad to worse .

On Ithaca, the island where his home was, things had gone from bad to worse .

That they are going from bad to worse .

go from strength to strength

As these events were unfolding we were finding that our Partnership's lifestyle magazines were going from strength to strength.

But now they have gone, the story line has gone from strength to strength.

On its own terms, meanwhile, the new philology went from strength to strength.

Ride are just going from strength to strength - one of the bands that are really cutting through at the moment.

The railcoaches however, went from strength to strength and became the work-horses of the Blackpool system.

We can't help but go from strength to strength.

While the company goes from strength to strength, the union claims, its employees are losing out.

graduate (from sth) to sth

Bob played college baseball but never graduated to the majors.

After graduating he travelled to Paris, and was there during the 1848 rising.

Furthermore, he had the brains and the strength of character to graduate from rebel leader to legitimate president.

He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant to Jim Harrick at Pepperdine in 1982.

In the process Kurt had graduated from business adviser to trusted friend.

Often, a graduate has to complete a year at college or at law school after taking a degree.

Over the next 15 years, 700 did-and three-fourths of those graduated , according to Gray.

They graduate and get to be OLs for a while.

Too many think it is important to graduate but not to do well.

home from home

And I love working, it's like home from home.

Here you are surrounded by the natural attractions of the region and have your own fully-equipped home from home.

In other words, the guest is made to feel that the hotel is a home from home.

hound sb out (of/from sth)

Do you sympathise with people who hound paedophiles out of their homes?

It hounded him out of business.

The hounds pour out like spilled milk.

in isolation (from sth)

Does it really make sense to conceive of a tutorial existing in isolation ?

For instance, if environmental changes are capricious, the animal's migration viewed in isolation will also be capricious.

He and his family lived in isolation in the hillside village of Botunje, six miles outside of Kragujevac.

I roamed around archways leading nowhere and windows framed by stone walls standing in isolation .

In fact, many childhood difficulties may not, in isolation , raise psychiatric risk at all.

It is now clear that the two can not take place effectively in isolation from each other.

Men in small rooms, in isolation .

That is, in considering the effects upon one industry in isolation we have ignored any repercussions throughout industry as a whole.

in/from ... quarters

Finally, may reactions to the paper come thick and fast from all quarters !

He has spent about $ 100 in quarters telephoning community treatment agencies, with no luck.

However, there remains reluctance and hesitation in some quarters of the legal profession.

In her creaking quarters that Thursday night Mrs Ross, along with quite a few other passengers, penned notes to relatives.

In some quarters the combined value is now put at about £225m.

Luxury homes have always had extra lines to accommodate everything from maids' quarters to alarm systems.

That would compare with 40 percent sales growth in previous quarters .

There has been unhappiness in some quarters , occasional misunderstandings and ignorance, and a certain amount of unfortunate iconoclasm.

in/from/out of the wilderness

What could I have done to keep him out of the wilderness ?

judging by/from sth

I'd say she's pretty rich, judging from her clothes.

keep (sb/sth) from sth

keep sth from sb

keep the wolf from the door

But it was worth it to keep the wolves from the door.

No sign of any more money than is needed to keep the wolf from the door.

know sth from sth

I wouldn't know a French wine from a California wine.

launch yourself forwards/up/from etc

With a sari Psepha unfolded his great wings and launched himself from his tree.

live from hand to mouth

He lived from hand to mouth making instant resolves every time he opened his mail.

Teacher To live from hand to mouth.

love (from sb)/lots of love/all my love

lurch from one crisis/extreme etc to another

make capital from/out of sth

manna from heaven

The activities of illegal immigrant vessels were as manna from heaven to the media who naturally gave them much publicity.

The hijab is manna from heaven for politicians facing crises.

The letters are manna from heaven, filling my time and recharging my batteries.

not flinch from (doing) sth

not know someone from Adam

not know your arse from your elbow

nothing could be further from the truth

A lot of people think soufflés are hard to make. Nothing could be further from the truth.

They say he is a spy, but nothing could be further from the truth.

nothing could be further from the truth

nothing could be/is further from sb's mind/thoughts

of/from the old school

As a soldier of the old school, Eisenhower felt his responsibility was to protect the nation's security.

Harris was a newspaperman of the old school.

At such a time, with his formal dress, he looked like a diplomat of the old school.

He was of the old school, complete with stiff collar and bowler hat, and he was a good all-rounder.

He was one of the old school, not exactly sleeping under hedges, but an itinerant caddie.

I had to have ideas about how to sell the packages even though my business was still of the old school.

Oscar was from the old school.

The overall effect was grandfatherly-a gentleman of the old school, fusty, faintly absentminded, and deeply courteous.

They sweep aside the qualifications and reservations which monetarists of the old school would occasionally express.

This one was of the old school: giddy and flirtatious.

of/from the old school

At such a time, with his formal dress, he looked like a diplomat of the old school .

He was of the old school , complete with stiff collar and bowler hat, and he was a good all-rounder.

He was one of the old school , not exactly sleeping under hedges, but an itinerant caddie.

I had to have ideas about how to sell the packages even though my business was still of the old school .

Oscar was from the old school .

The overall effect was grandfatherly-a gentleman of the old school , fusty, faintly absentminded, and deeply courteous.

They sweep aside the qualifications and reservations which monetarists of the old school would occasionally express.

on loan (from sb/sth)

Daren Rowbotham has joined on loan from Birmingham and leads the attack.

Services include making sure payments are collected and insurance and taxes are paid on loans that are packaged and resold to investors.

The charge on loans to brokers on stock exchange collateral.

The charge on loans to depository institutions by the Federal Reserve Banks.

The Chelsea goalkeeper has found a new lease of life at Grimsby since joining them on loan .

Ward has been searching for a winger for some time and last night he was hopeful of clinching a signing on loan .

We have a lovely 14.3 Connemara cross thoroughbred mare on loan .

on/from all sides

Add 6-8 chicken pieces and fry for 5 minutes on all sides .

Add the kidneys when the foam subsides and sauté them quickly until browned on all sides , in about 5min. 2.

Heat until water simmers, add sausages, and cook until water evaporates, 5 to 7 minutes, on all sides .

In and out, on and off, they're coming at us from all sides .

Press the rice into the tin, cover it with foil and press down on all sides until it is compressed.

Realism was the order of the day on all sides .

The great fires lighted on all sides continued to blaze until morning.

The tower of flame over Orleans draws in winds from all sides .

one moment ... the next/from one moment to the next

out of/from left field

Some of the griping comes out of left field.

When something like this comes out of left field at you....

While he used more complex sentences consistently, some of them seemed to come out of left field.

out of/from nowhere

Anyway, Jimmy had phoned me a few weeks earlier out of nowhere and asked if I could do him a favor.

Giant amphipods, the size of rats, appear out of nowhere to nibble on the remains.

Gilbert reappeared, sans Bob, but accompanied by Kevin who had materialized out of nowhere .

Husbands would wander; a car would appear out of nowhere .

I got to be careful - cars just suddenly come out from nowhere and it's easy to have an accident.

She saw it fly out from nowhere , its wings flashing black, then white.

While Paul's dilemma came out of nowhere .

pull the rug (out) from under sb/sb's feet

rise like a phoenix from the ashes

rise/come back/return from the dead

A few weeks later Patrick Ashby came back from the dead and went home to inherit the family house and fortune.

Friends don't come back from the dead , Leila thought, rampaging through the corridor from the canteen.

The single engine airplane business came back from the dead after the General Aviation Revitalization Act made it harder to sue.

When Cardiff had come back from the dead , he had shrunk away back down the hessian-screen corridor towards Rohmer.

save sb from themselves

There also was a subtle shift in defensive emphasis and a major one on offense that combined to save them from themselves.

separate the men from the boys

separate the sheep from the goats

separate the sheep from the goats

separate the wheat from the chaff

shoot from the hip

Bolinger, a Harvard Professor shoots from the hip.

He saw himself shooting from the hip.

Still rolling, Forster shot from the hip.

Students were content to shoot from the hip, as Ronen Wilk had put it.

They walk into rooms and shoot from the hip.

shout sth from the rooftops

He felt as though he wanted to shout the good news from the rooftops.

smile/grin etc from ear to ear

Father smiled from ear to ear, and he and I both ate like fiends.

He was grinning from ear to ear and pointing his finger up to the flies.

Randolph, smiling from ear to ear, quickly dressed into warm clothes and set out towards the toy factory.

Standing at the kitchen counter, shuffling his feet to the music, he caught himself smiling from ear to ear.

start from scratch/zero

Peter the Great had to start from scratch when he built St. Petersburg.

As she explained, it was not easy to start from scratch.

It would be arrogant foolishness to ignore that experience and to start from scratch designing a stringing by ear.

Once more, Machanguana is starting from scratch.

The only way to design tastefully was to start from scratch, he had said.

The revenue from the product also starts from zero when none are sold and rises proportionately to invoiced sales.

The trainees work hard, but they must start from scratch.

This is especially true if the group starts from scratch with no designated roles or previous experience of working together.

We do not have to start from scratch.

straight from the shoulder

Sometimes he spoke straight from the shoulder and sometimes in puzzles and parables.

The jab snaps out straight from the shoulder and bounces back immediately into high guard.

take your cue from sb

The salesman controls the timing of a sale, but he should take his cues from the buyer.

But there was change in the air: one woman began to study and others took their cue from her.

I took my cue from her, surviving the eulogy by neatly disconnecting myself from what was said.

Maybe the academy membership took its cues from the small panel that decided the nominees in the top four categories.

McGee, who had clearly been primed, did not move and Julia took her cue from him.

Musically, things take their cues from the staging s unsettling tone.

The woman takes her cue from the guy eventually.

They speculated, taking their cues from the beliefs of many religions, that mind would eventually free itself from matter.

We take our cue from our leaders.

take/put up with shit (from sb)

tear sb limb from limb

Garcia's opponents are angry enough to tear him limb from limb.

Had she known, she'd have torn him limb from limb, bitten his sun-browned flesh till the blood flowed.

I thought he was going to tear me limb from limb.

They slew the gentle musician, tearing him limb from limb, and flung the severed head into the swift river Hebrus.

that's rich (coming from him/you etc)

the apple doesn't fall far from the tree

the colour/blood drains from sb's face/cheeks

the man from sth

Bob Dole may be indelibly marked as the man from Kansas but his roots are in Ohio.

But the man from her school never showed up.

He straightened and looked across to where the men from the ambulance were advancing with his father and his wife.

I can't remember if the picture of the man from the magazine looked anything like Boy.

So the man from Tennessee said.

The night before, the man from the Lions rang.

Was it to be the man from behind the yellow door?

When the two children got back to the tunnel with the men from the farm, they found Bobbie and Jim asleep.

the scales fell from sb's eyes

It's high time the scales fell from our eyes, and our bathrooms.

the sth/sb from hell

And the Weekend from Hell began.

She had good cause to weep: the Conservative party had just endured the week from hell .

turn (sb) away from sb/sth

Frustration mounting, attention turned toward altercations away from the play.

He knew exactly what he wanted and he had no intention of having anybody turn him away from his big ideals.

I turn slightly away from her and count the balance of Haysoos's bills.

I turned abruptly away from them, but I was now very low, heading for a stand of trees.

Instead he slowed down even more and turned farther away from our course.

Maxine says, turning her attention away from me.

We will not let our anger turn us away from the pursuit of peace in the Middle East.

What could have poisoned past happiness and turned its course away from our future?

where does sb/sth go from here?

He has just turned 25 years old and the question is: Where does he go from here?

So where does Dirk go from here?

The question now is, where does UMass go from here?

where sb is coming from

Growing churches should seek to identify where their growth is coming from.

I try to feel where he is coming from.

It's great for keeping tabs on where your money is coming from and going to and for tracking investments.

The ability to see where something is coming from and where it's going to.

wipe sth from your mind/memory

And when he had done with her, she could wipe him from her mind, obliterate him.

He cared nothing for his wife and daughter and they must wipe him from their minds.

with immediate effect/with effect from

you can tell him from me


From his voice I'd say he was born somewhere in the North of England.

From the first time we met, I knew we would be good friends.

From what I understand, you all did pretty well on the test.

Actually, Ron's from New Orleans.

Death rates from accidents have declined.

Diane pulled her chair away from her desk.

Have you heard anything from Gary yet?

He'll be here tomorrow from about seven o'clock onward.

Hi Dot, it's Marie from the Senior Center.

I've gained a lot of weight this winter from not doing any exercise.

I had to take that new toy away from Corey.

I speak from experience.

I think they come from a pretty wealthy family.

I was only there from 11:30 to 1 o'clock.

It's about an hour and a half from San Jose.

Mr. Schultz poured himself a drink from a carton in the fridge.

New York cheddar cheese is different from Wisconsin cheddar cheese.

Orders have come in from all fifty states.

Sandi looked at me disapprovingly from behind her desk.

Seattle is about 100 miles from the Canadian border.

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.