CONTRONYMS THAT HAVE THEIR OPPOSITES
Added on: 10th Sep 2016
To go usually means to proceed but if something goes it can
also mean to give out (That piece of machinery is really starting to go).
Like the word “go”, continue usually means to persist in doing
something but in a legal context it can mean to stop a proceeding.
To flog someone typically means to punish them by whipping.
However, it can also mean to promote something (flog a new book).
To fix something can either mean to repair it (in the case of
furniture) or to castrate it (in the case of an animal).
To hold up can either mean to support or it can mean to impede.
To buckle something can mean to clip it or fasten it, but if
something buckles then it collapses.
To bolt something means to secure it, but if someone
bolts then they are fleeing.
An apology can either be a statement of contrition for an
action, or it can be a defence of an action.