Frasier from Cheers. Crankshaft is a spin-off from Funky Winkerbean.
spin out vs. spinout
Don’t let your car spin out on the ice. The spinout sent the car into the ditch.
spit up vs. spitup
The baby spit up most of its lunch. My blouse was covered with spit-up.
start up vs. startup
Start up the engine. We need investors to fund our startup. They got a start-up grant.
stand out vs. standout
Mindy tends to stand out on the basketball court. She’s a real standout.
stick up vs. stickup
Stick up these posters around town. This is a stickup!
strike out vs. strikeout
Strike out the first paragraph. There were three strikeouts in the first fifteen minutes of the game.
tag along vs. tagalong
Her little brother always wanted to tag along. She thought he was an irritating little tagalong.
take off vs. takeoff, take-off
Well, I think it’s time for us to take off. Fasten your seatbelt before takeoff (or take-off).
take out vs. takeout
Take out the garbage. Let’s eat takeout Thai food tonight.
take over vs. takeover
The vice president of the club will take over while Patricia is on vacation. That corporation staged a takeover of ours.
tear down vs. teardown
Tear down the old barn. We bought the place just for the lot; the house was a teardown.
tip off vs. tipoff, tip-off
He tried to tip off the police about the planned robbery. The police ignored the tip-off (or tipoff). I was busy buying a hotdog and missed the tip-off.
touch down vs. touchdown
The astronauts reported they would soon touch down on the moon. The plane skidded slightly on touchdown. The quarterback scored a touchdown.
touch up vs. touch-up
Touch up your make-up. She gave her make-up a quick touch-up.
trade in vs. trade-in
Let’s trade in the old car. We should get a pretty good trade-in price.
trickle down vs. trickle-down
They hoped the money would trickle down to the people who needed it the most. But many people are skeptical about the trickle-down theory.
try out vs. tryout
They want to try out for field hockey. The tryout is tomorrow.
turn down vs. turndown
Turn down the covers on the bed. Turn down the offer. The economy went into a turndown (also known as a downturn).
turn on vs. turn-on
Turn on the lights. A pet chimpanzee can turn on you. She found his accent to be a real turn-on.
turn over vs. turnover
The engine wouldn’t turn over. I like to have an apple turnover with my morning coffee. The bomb squad had a high turnover rate of personnel. There was just one turnover in the game’s last quarter.
wake up vs. wake-up
I need to wake up early tomorrow to catch a plane. I need a wake-up call.
walk in vs. walk-in
I prefer to take a very short walk in the rain. Between appointments I manage to squeeze in the occasional walk-in. Our bedroom has a walk-in closet.
warm up vs. warm-up
Before playing, we need to warm up. Come early to give time for the warm-up. Wear a warm-up suit.
wash out vs. washout
I couldn’t wash out the stain. You can’t get here on the old road; there’s been a washout at the first curve. The initially enthusiastic candidate turned out to be a real washout.
weigh in vs. weigh-in
All jockeys have to weigh in before the race. I’ll see you at the weigh-in.
white out vs. whiteout, white-out
In the days before personal computers we used to white out our mistakes. We used a lot of liquid white-out. The huge snowstorm caused a total whiteout (or white-out).
wind up vs. windup
Wind up the kite string. Here’s the windup, and the pitch—it’s a strike!
work out vs. workout
Go to the gym to work out. Do your workout every day.
write down vs. writedown
Write down the telephone number. Our accountant said the property was overvalued and recommended a writedown.
write off vs. write-off
We had to write off the bad debts. We took a write-off on the loss.
write up vs. write-up
He said he would write up an account of the meeting. That was a great write-up about you in the paper.
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