to deal in
to do business: John deals in timber. He’s got big business interests in Siberia.
to deal with
to be about something: The article deals with various tax and foreign exchange issues.
to take action with regard to something: The bank just called me about the interest payment. Apparently something’s wrong. It’s really annoying as I thought I’d dealt with that yesterday.
to dial in
to join a teleconference: If you have any problems, your IT helpdesk will be able to help you dial in to the call.
to die down
to decrease or become quieter: We faced some difficult questions when the scandal broke, but now it’s beginning to die down and we’re able to return to business as usual.
to dig up
to find information: Check the internet and see what you can dig up about their involvement in the transaction.
to dip into
to read parts of something: I’ve dipped into the book, but I haven’t read it all.
to spend some savings: If profits don’t improve next month I’m afraid we’ll have to dip into savings to keep the company afloat.
to dive in
to do something without much planning: Sorry everybody, but due to time pressure we’re going to have to dive straight into this project.
to do away with
to get rid of: I don’t believe they’ve done away with the entire contractual clause. I suggested they only delete the final sentence.
to do without
to manage without someone/something: Dave has just called in sick. He says he’ll be off work all week, so we’ll just have to do without him.
to double as
to have a second function: As Dave’s away, Jack will double as graphic designer this week.
to drag on
to be unnecessarily long: The CEO’s speech dragged on for ages. I nearly fell asleep.
to draw down
to reduce or deplete by consuming or spending: We can deal with the deficit by drawing down our cash reserves.
Similarly the compound noun “drawdown” means the act/process of a reducing or depleting.
to draw into
to become involved in something negative: Don’t let them draw you into something you might regret.
to draw on/upon
to make use of something: We hope to draw on Rebecca’s vast experience in the telecommunications sector.
to draw (something) up
to prepare documents: We’ll ask the lawyers to draw up all the relevant documentation.
to drive up
to make something increase: The rise in the oil price is likely to drive up commodity prices.
to drop in/round/over:
to visit: If you could drop round to the office tomorrow we’ll sign all the necessary papers.
to drum up
to obtain support/interest: Do you think you can drum up support for this idea at head office?