Student or Learner
Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
According to preliminary data, there are victims.
preliminary (a) = denoting an action or event preceding or in preparation for something more important; designed to orient or acquaint with a situation before proceeding
The systematic teaching is a preliminary to professional work.
After a few polite preliminaries we stated out main ideas.
preliminary (n) = something that serves as a preceding event or introduces what follows
At least a year's preparatory work will be necessary before building can start.
preparatory (a) = preceding and preparing for something
Jim cleared his throat preparatory to speaking.
preparatory = preliminary
You don't have to bring me into this. ( …to get me involved.)
Can't you stop him stringing along. He is such a dreadful bore.
Take my advice. String along with me. I know the business inside out.
Those of you who want to learn about wild flowers, string along with Jake.
string along = follow somebody; to follow someone's leadership; join his group
I'll string along with someone who's driving into the next town.
I decided to string along with him for a time to see if I could gain by it.
I have a feeling that the young man is just stringing us along.
He doesn't intend to marry the girl. He's just stringing her along.
Mary was stringing John along for years but she didn't mean to marry him.
George told the new boy that he must always call the teacher "Sir," but the new boy soon saw that George was stringing him along.
string someone along = keep someone waiting or in a state of uncertainty; also, fool or deceive someone
A basketball player may know he did not foul, but he must abide by the referee's decision.
The members agree to abide by the rules of the club.
abide by = to accept and obey; be willing to follow
Thank you for your efforts.