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Autor:  Dale/CR
E-mail:  dale_thomas2004@yahoo.com.br
Data:  05/JUL/2007 8:14 PM
Assunto:  back up
 
Mensagem: 

There is also "back up". 

 

As a noun, it usually means help/assistance in the emergency sense.  (The police officer requested back-up. = The police officer requested that other officers come to assist him.  You'll hear this on "24" in almost every episode.)

 

As a phrasal verb, "to back up" can mean (1) "to help/assist", but it is often used to mean that (2) the person has shown his willingness/preparedness to put into action his words, threats, promises, etc.  (I am ready to back up my offer to help financially your charity by giving you a check today for $1000 and the promise of a larger check within 30 days.  I told him I would fire him if he came to work late again, and I'm ready to back it up.)  Of course, yet another meaning is to go backwards, perhaps in a car or perhaps on foot.  (Can you back up the car for me?  When she passed with the large box in her hands, I had to back up to avoid getting hit.)   


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
back down  –  Uriel RS  05/JUL/2007, 2:42 PM
back down  –  Dale/CR  05/JUL/2007, 3:31 PM
 back up  –  Dale/CR  05/JUL/2007, 8:14 PM
back down  –  Adriana Duarte  05/JUL/2007, 4:54 PM
back down = backpedal?  –  Márcio Farias  05/JUL/2007, 8:07 PM

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