A prepositional phrase is a combination of a verb with a preposition. Such a combination may give different meanings to the same verb with different prepositions.
Ground in: instruct.
e.g. We should ground our children in love and values as they grow up.
Ground on: form a foundation for.
e.g. His intelligence was grounded on reading books on wisdom.
Noise about: gossip.
e.g. Please don’t noise about my being fired by my boss.
Hold at bay: keep someone or something at a safe distance.
e.g. The bombing might be able to hold the enemies at bay, at least for a while.
e.g. The man could no longer hold his anger at bay, and he took out his gun and pointed at the policeman.
Hold back on: withhold something.
e.g. Hold back on this. We might need it in the days to come.
Hold by: stick to a promise.
e.g. I hope you will hold by this agreement.
Hold good for: remain open, such as an offer to someone or something.
e.g. Does it still hold good for everyone here, including members of the family?
Hold no brief for: not to tolerate someone or something.
e.g. We should hold no brief for social injustice.
Hold off: delay or postpone doing something.
e.g. Can you hold off buying this new car? We can’t afford it.
Hold out: survive.
e.g. I don’t think we can hold out much longer with this kind of income.
Hold a candle to: be equal to someone or something.
e.g. You don’t hold a candle to your brother when it comes to playing the guitar.
Hold one’s head up: be confident.
e.g. Hold your head up when it comes to public speaking.
Hold still for: put up with something.
e.g. It is not easy to hold still for that kind of rude remark.
Hold up on: delay or postpone further action.
e.g. Hold up on the appointment; we may have a better candidate.
Hold with: agree or tolerate something.
e.g. I don’t think I can hold with your preposition.
Appeal against: ask a court to cancel something.
e.g. The lawyer appealed against the court’s decision.
Appeal for: demand as a right.
e.g. I think we should appeal for justice.
e.g. They are appealing for our help.
Appeal to: attract or please someone.
e.g. The proposal appealed to many of us.
e.g. Her personality appeals to everybody around her.
e.g. Does this food appeal to your taste?
Include among: choose or classify.
e.g. He included himself among the top writers of science fiction.
Include in: invite.
e.g. I think we’ll include him in the party.
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