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stop over

Meaning: to stop at a place and stay there for one or two days while on your way to somewhere else

Synonym: lay over (American)

For example:

  • We're going to Vietnam on business, but we're stopping over in Hawaii for a couple of days on the way.

  • I'm stopping over in Bangkok for one night on my way to Sydney.

Note: "Lay over" is another phrasal verb with the same meaning, used mostly by speakers of American English.

Quick Quiz:

If you're going to China, why don't you stop over in Japan
  1. before you leave
  2. after you get back
  3. on the way

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