Is there a dictionary (preferably on-line) that would offer usage frequency information for each possible meaning of a word or phrase? I mean more detailed than the usual marking of some meanings (like gay..jolly) as obsolete?
I found a related question on SE A dictionary based on word occurrence frequencies
My specific problem is this. I know that the expression "make something up", has, among others, these two meanings:
- "compensate for something lost, missed, or deficient."
- "invent a story, lie, or plan."
I intend to use it in the first meaning, but I worry that people might think I have the second meaning in mind. Is context the only hint they can rely on, or is one of the two meanings much more common than the other?
I am looking for an answer that would "teach me fishing". Tell how to solve issues like this in general. I think frequency dictionary is a best bet.