raise the cost of sth.
The employment of senior management group raised the cost of the whole company.
Drunken drivers pose a serious threat (= cause a lot of harm) to other road users.
3. at risk of
All houses within 100 metres of the seas are at risk of flooding.
The information is retransmitted electronically to the central computer.
5. be struck by
Have you ever been struck by lightning?
I was going too fast and I wiped out on the bend.
If you harm her, you're going to have the police to reckon with.
8.mend your ways
Terry had better mend his ways or Rosie will leave him forever.
9. in the hands of a
A large percentage of the nation's wealth is in the hands of a very, very few people.
10. board and aeroplane
The international competition calls for more focussed research in advanced manufacturing.
It seems that politicians, like ordinary citizens, are conflicted about gambling.
12. roll out
The company plans to roll out the scheme across Europe in the coming months.
Since the protocol was first implemented, alarming scientific data have given urgency to reduction of climate-altering activities.
14. be caught between
Shall we be caught between a hostile (or at least less and less friendly) America and a boastful but powerful - “Empire of Charlemagne” now under French,but later bound to come under German control?
The world will be different, and we will have to be prepared to adapt to the change.
16. contend with
We don't need a computer failure to contend with as well as all our other problems.
The character of avifauna and the bird ecological group in this reserve were analysed.
The recent publicity surrounding homelessness has given fresh impetus to the cause.
He's liable to make a fuss if you wake him.
20.reducing your carbon footprint even to zero
21.to take an agressive stand against
22.lay the blame for
Children in this country are getting much too fat, and sugar and sweets are the main culprits.
24.the chances that
There's a slim chance that I might have to go to Manchester next week.
You really need to curb your spending.
I have to combat this constant desire to eat chocolate.
27. prevent the global temperatures from
28. at the rate we’re going
At the rate we're going, we are expected to spend one fifth of our economy on health care within a decade
29. half way throught it
The movie was boring.I fell asleep half way through it
30.hope runs high
The company devotes himself to the needs of its run high hope
Many countries have now ratified the UN convention on the rights of the child.
The interview would have been more productive if the questions had been framed more precisely.
This announcement follows months of inaction and delay.
34. take radical actions on
Minibus , taxi and heavy vehicle drivers say they will consider taking radical action if the government fails to extend the current preferential tax arrangement for ultra low sulphur diesel.
35. fault myself for
I fault myself mightily for not being aggressive enough on that.
36. against the background of
It is necessary to review the theory again against the background of the studies of ancient Chinese civilization.
37. take a beating from
The southeast took another beating from the weather yesterday.
To understand this issue, it must first be situated in its context.
The overriding priority of this cycle was children and young people.