Topic: SPORT


3 verb
level3 past tense and past participle levelled, present participle levelling British English, past tense and past participle leveled, present participle leveling American English
1 [transitive] also level something ↔ off/out to make something flat and smooth:
Workers leveled the wet concrete with a piece of wood.
Cover with a layer of sand and level it off.
2 [transitive] to knock down or destroy a building or area completely:
Bombs levelled a large part of the town.
3 [intransitive and transitive] British EnglishDS to make the score in a game or competition equal:
He slipped the ball into the net to level the score at 1/1.
United went ahead but the visitors levelled in the 73rd minute.

level criticism/charges/accusations etc at/against somebody

to aim criticism etc at a particular person, country etc, especially publicly
the criticism levelled at the United States
Serious allegations were levelled against the minister.

level something at somebody/something

phrasal verb
to aim something such as a weapon at someone or something:
Slowly he levelled his gun at the tiger.

level off/out

phrasal verb
1 to stop going up or down and continue at the same height:
After climbing steeply, the path levelled off.
The plane levelled out at 30,000 feet.
2 to stop rising or falling and become steady:
Inflation has begun to level off.

level something ↔ off/out

to make something flat and smooth

level with somebody

phrasal verb
to speak honestly to someone, after hiding some unpleasant facts from them:
She decided to level with him and tell him how she felt.

➔ be on the level

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