2013년 1월 24일 목요일

Dic: be left over

  • There is no reason to assume that deflation itself anything but a secondary phenomenon induced by the maladjustments of industry left over from  the boom. 
  • So much income is devoted to monthly mortgage payments that nothing is left over.
  • There was lots of food left over.
  • There was some material left over when I'd finished making the dress.
  • After we've paid the bills, there's never much left over.
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■ If there is a certain amount of something left over, or if you have it left over, it remains when the rest has gone or been used.
  • So much income is devoted to monthly mortgage payments that nothing is left over. 
  • ...a large bucket of cut flowers left over from the wedding.
■ be left over (from something): to remain when all that is needed has been used
  • There was lots of food left over.
■ cf. leftover [noun/adj]
  1. [usually plural] food that has not been eaten at the end of a meal.
  2. an object, a custom, or a way of behaving that remains from an earlier time(= relic).
  • He's a leftover from the hippies in the 1960s.
  • Use any leftover turkey to make soup.
■ leave: [transitive often passive] to not use something:
  • I hope you've left enough hot water for me to have a bath. 
  • How much time is there left? 
  • We don't have much money left. [have something left]
  • There was some material left over when I'd finished making the dress. [be left over]
 _(a) to not eat or drink something:
  • You've left half your dinner didn't you like it? 
  • Leave some cake for the rest of us! [leave sb sth; leave sth for sb]
 _(b) to not use an area of something:
  • Leave plenty of space between you and the car in front. [leave a space/gap]
■ be left (also have sth left): if something is left, it remains after everything else has gone, been taken away, or used.
  • I've only got a few dollars left. 
  • There were a couple of seats left at the back.
  • We don't have much time left.
  • He pointed to what was left of the house (=used when very little is left).
  • All that was left was a pile of bones.
  • After we've paid the bills, there's never much left over. [be left over]
  • They ate some bread rolls left over from the night before. [be left over]
■ leave: If something leaves something else, a part or effect of it stays after it has gone or been used:
  • His shoes left muddy marks on the floor.
  • There's some food left over from the party.
  • If I give you £10 that won't leave me enough cash to pay the bill. [+ two objects] 
  • Far from improving things the new law has left many people worse off (= they are now in a worse situation) than before. [+ object + adjective] 
.... COBUILD, OALD, Macmillan, LDOCE, CALD

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