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bring up • come up with • standards
supplement • out in the open
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1037 Bribes

Aiman talks about the culture of bribing in business.

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bring something up


we bring this up because …

To "bring up something" means to raise the issue or introduce the issue to the conversation.

  1. "Today I would like to bring up the problem of late homework" said the teacher.
  2. Don't bring up the issue of my drinking problem or I will have trouble with the boss.

come up with


they'll come up with something to make you pay more.

To "come up with" something means to think of an idea or plan to deal with something.

  1. Don't tell my parents we are going shopping or they will come up with something to stop me from going.
  2. We'll have to come up with something to explain why we are not in class today.



By Syrian standards, it's not. It's 50 Syrian pounds.

"Standards" are what we measure things by and can then make a comparison. They have different meanings to different people and in different cultures.

  1. Fifteen dollars is a reasonable price for a main meal at a restaurant by Australian standards.
  2. By local standards it is not appropriate to wear short sleeves or shorts in public.

supplement wages


they supplement their wages by taking bribes.

To "supplement" something is to make up the difference for a complete result.

  1. These handouts will supplement the reading in the textbook.
  2. Two days of swimming supplemented the five days of running on my weekly exercise plan.

out in the open


Is it out in the open?

This means something is easily seen and not being hidden.

  1. Let's get it out in the open, I don't like the way you eat half my sandwiches every lunchtime.
  2. Fast food companies should get it out in the open and publish the ingredients of their foods.