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Lay down:
To establish. ex. "If you would like to stay here, we should lay down some rules."

Lay into:
To criticize (severely). ex. "His mother really laid into him whenever he came home late."

Lay off:
1) To (temporarily) suspend someone from work while things are slow. ex. "General Motors had to lay off 3,000 workers last month." 2) To stop using. ex. "You should really lay off the alcohol."

Lead on:
To make someone think that something (romantic) will happen, while knowing that it will not. ex. "I thought she really liked me. But she was just leading me on!"

Let down:
To disappoint. ex. "He really let me down by not showing up on Friday."

Let on:
To pretend, act. ex. "He let on like he hadn't heard that I had been fired."

Let up:
To lose some intensity. ex. "By the time the storm let up, half the city had been flooded."

Lie down:
To recline and rest. ex. "I'm tired. I have to lie down for a little while."

Light up:
1) To start smoking a cigarette. ex. "In Los Angeles, you're not allowed to light up in any bars and restaurants." 2) To illuminate. ex. "The stars lit up the sky."

Let out:
Release. ex. "They let him out of the hospital on Friday."

Live on:
To survive on. ex. "It's hard to live on bread and water alone."

Log on/in to:
To enter a username/password combination to be allowed access to a computer, email account, etc. ex. "The system is not allowing me to log in for some reason."

Look after:
To take care of. ex. "I'll look after your dog while you're in Spain."

Look down on:
To see someone or something as being worse, inferior. ex. "Arrogant people often look down on others."

Look up:
To check and find (in a dictionary, etc.) ex. "I tried to look that word up, but it wasn't in the dictionary."

Look up to (someone):
To admire (someone). ex. "He is a leader in the community and many people look up to him."

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