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    Hi teachers,


    Please check if I have used the phrasal verb correctly.

    He promised to attend my wedding but cried off at the last moment.


    Many thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Naeem Afzal View Post
    Hi teachers,


    Please check if I have used the phrasal verb correctly.

    He promised to attend my wedding but cried off at the last moment.


    Many thanks.
    Hello, Naeem Afzal.
    I think you've done a great job.

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    I've never heard such a phrasal verb, personally.

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    Default Re: cry off

    Here it is, in the forum's Phrasal Verb Dictionary:

    Cry off
    - To cancel an arrangement

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    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    I've never heard such a phrasal verb, personally.
    It's very common in BrE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's very common in BrE.
    You took the words right out of my mouth (thank you Mr M Loaf).
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    I've never heard such a phrasal verb, personally.
    Nor have I (AmE).

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    It's not only ESL students who learn stuff on this forum!

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    Default Re: cry off

    In AE you could say "beg off" to mean the same thing.

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    In Canada it might be said you "flaked out" or "backed out"... But that one's new to me too, fascinating RonBee!

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