Away

Level:

Intermediate

Category:

Multi Word Verbs

Group:

Phrasal Verbs

Please select the best answer for each of the questions below:

 
 

1 - I was very pleased when I visited your office. Everybody was ______ away at their work really hard. You really know how to motivate people.

a - hammering
b - plugging
c - rotting
d - backing
 

2 - I'm afraid Mr Smith cannot see you today. He has been ______ away on urgent business.

a - scared
b - stayed
c - walked
d - called
 

3 - He was left with no real work to do for his last 3 months with the company and just ______ away the days in his office, phoning friends and playing games on his computer.

a - backed
b - idled
c - walked
d - scared
 

4 - He did mention this problem but it was ______ away in the middle of a long paragraph at the bottom of page eight.

a - worn
b - backed
c - hammered
d - buried
 

5 - It looks solid from the outside but when you ______ away the outer coating you can see it is in fact hollow on the inside.

a - stay
b - strip
c - idle
d - give
 
 

6 - After a nice meal at his place, we ______ away the table and began to work seriously.

a - stayed
b - rotted
c - cleared
d - scared
 

7 - Unless you improve your offer dramatically, we are going to ______ away from these negotiations.

a - walk
b - wear
c - scare
d - give
 

8 - The research unit is well protected by security guards whose job is to ______ away unwanted visitors.

a - keep
b - wear
c - back
d - strip
 

9 - They were left out in the open with no protection, got wet and ______ away.

a - hammered
b - plugged
c - idled
d - rotted
 

10 - We'd offered him the job and we thought he had accepted but at the last minute he was ______ away from us by one of our competitors.

a - backed
b - lured
c - worn
d - plugged
 

11 - Nobody wants to buy these. I doubt if we could even ______ them away!

a - give
b - rot
c - back
d - strip
 

12 - Your brakes have almost completely ______ away. If you don't get them fixed, you'll have a serious accident.

a - hammered
b - idled
c - stayed
d - worn
 

13 - I anticipated a shortage of this product so I ______ some away for an emergency.

a - gave
b - stashed
c - rotted
d - walked
 

14 - The company is trying to ______ away from traditional engineering products and into consumer goods.

a - strip
b - rot
c - plug
d - move
 

15 - Don't worry about the plans. I've got them ______ away in my safe.

a - backed
b - rotted
c - plugged
d - locked
 

16 - We were hoping for a big attendance at the Show but the rail strike and the snow meant most people decided to ______ away.

a - plug
b - stay
c - hammer
d - wear
 

17 - I'm not very good at working with computers but I continue to ______ away at it until I get it right.

a - wear
b - stay
c - plug
d - walk
 

18 - They were interested in buying a stake in the company but when they heard the police were investigating financial irregularities they decided to ______ away from the deal.

a - back
b - idle
c - strip
d - give
 

19 - The unions in the company are very aggressive and that has ______ away potential buyers.

a - stripped
b - worn
c - hammered
d - scared
 

20 - I don't know if we'll ever use it again. I'm reluctant to ______ it away if we might need it again.

a - wear
b - scare
c - walk
d - throw
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