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III.3 The 'bleed to death' and 'sweep to victory' groupWith each of these verbs, only one or two specific nouns can occur in the prepositional phrase.
The verbs bleed, choke, freeze, haemorrhage, and starve are followed by to death.
Reports say he bled to death after a bullet severed a main artery in his thigh.
The verbs drift off, drop off, and nod off are followed by to sleep.
She drifted off to sleep before he could reply.
The verbs brake, grind, pull, and shudder are followed by to a halt or to a stop.
Egan braked to a halt at the end of a pier overlooking an old boat basin.
The verbs coast, cruise, and sweep are followed by to victory or to a win.
Amy Williams ended Britain's 30-year wait for an individual Winter Olympics gold medal when she swept to victory in the women's skeleton.
The verb come is followed by to court.
When this case comes to court the owners face a maximum penalty of £800.
The verb open is followed by to the public.
The show opens to the public at 3.45 pm.
The verb retire is followed by to bed.
Some time after midnight, he retired to bed.
The verb spring is followed by to life.
bleed brake choke coast come cruise freeze grind haemorrhage open pull retire shudder spring starve sweep drift off drop off nod off
He says the economy won't spring to life on its own.