I permanently have lots of problems with phrasal verbs.
This morning I posted a message with an example that has confused me just recently.
Alan (thanks a lot, Alan!) kindly gave me his explanation on the verb meaning, but as my example seemed to be disputable, proposed to continue in the more appropriate forum
Well, I’ll take the occasion.
The initially quoted phrase was taken from ‘hand-out’ materials (I am a (UK) ESOL learner).
As far as I can remember this was a tutorial on the language of common newspapers and popular magazines (like The Observer Magazine) and discussing (imagined or real) situations.
(The very end of the tutorial, when usually we are playing with language in imaged and fun situations).
The general context is the following (I’ve got only a page with the (xerocopied) text and have no idea about the source).