13 PHRASAL VERBS

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PHRASAL VERBS
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Phrasal verbs are idiomatic expressions, that combine VERBS with PREPOSITIONS or ADVERBS to make new verbs

ACT UP
Sophie got bored and started acting up. My car always acts up in cold weather. Her shoulder was acting up (= hurting because of injury).
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behave badly

ASK someone OVER
Can we ask Tom over? He has been asked over a number of times.
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invite someone to your home. to invite someone who lives close by to come to one's home

explode

BLOW something UP
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explode / fill with air / make sth. larger

BREAK DOWN
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cease working / lose control

BRING something ABOUT
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make happen

BRING something/someone BACK
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revive

BRING someone DOWN
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depress

BRING something UP
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mention

CALL someone BACK
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return a call

CALL something OFF
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cancel

CALL someone UP
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contact by phone

continue

understand, perceive / become popular

CHECK something OUT
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examine

CHEER someone UP
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make someone feel happier

CLEAN something/someone UP
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clean a mess

CLEAR something UP
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explain

CLOSE something DOWN
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suspend or stop operations

return

enter

be released publicly

COME UP WITH something
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invent

COUNT ON something/someone
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depend on

CREEP UP ON someone
also SNEAK UP ON SOMEBODY
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approach gradually to surprise
You must creep up on your prey if you don't want to be heard.

CUT DOWN ON something
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reduce

CUT something OUT
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remove / stop

CUT something UP
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cut into small pieces

DO something OVER
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do again

DO something/someone UP
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make more beautiful

DRAW something TOGETHER
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unite

DREAM something UP
‘he's been dreaming up new ways of attracting customers’
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invent; Imagine or invent something.

wear special clothes

DRINK something UP
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drink completely

visit quickly, casually or without invitation

DROP something/someone OFF
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deliver

EAT AWAY AT
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gradually reduce or damage
He killed a mouse and that is eating away at his conscience. Coffin

eat at home

eat at a restaurant / perform oral sex (on a woman)

END UP WITH something
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get as a result

FACE UP TO
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confront and deal with
Billy Brave was afraid of bugs. He decided to face up to his fear. Bugs: silverfish, spider, cockroach, ladybug, ant

FALL APART
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break to pieces
A woman with a vase fell down. The woman fell apart. They used the vase as her funeral urn. It seemed safe.

fail to meet expectations

FALL FOR someone
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fall in love with

FIGURE something/someone OUT
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discover / solve / understand someone

FILL something IN
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complete with information

FILL something OUT
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complete a form with information

FIND something OUT
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discover
So far, my lover hasn't found out that I am really a man.

FIX something UP
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improve

FOLLOW THROUGH
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complete

FOOL AROUND
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act jokingly / engage in sexual foreplay

behave in a wild and irrational way
No matter how much she misses her husband, every time she sees him she still freaks out.

make a mess, ruin or spoil

FUCK something UP
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do something badly

FUCK someone UP
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DAMAGE EMOTIONALLY OR PHYSICALLY

GIVE something UP
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quit / abandon

GO ALONG WITH something
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consent or agree to

return

decrease

continue

leave

increase

GO OVER something
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examine

GOBBLE DOWN
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eat hungrily or quickly
Meryl was starving and didn't feel like cooking so she started gobbling down her beloved husband.

become an adult

spend time relaxing or socializing

HANG something UP
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put on a hook or hanger

end a phone call

wait / not hang up the phone

stay at a distance

continue

KEEP UP WITH
keep up with the Jones
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move at the same rate

LAY something DOWN
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put something down horizontally

LAY something OUT
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arrange according to a plan / spend money

LEAVE something ON
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not to turn off or take off

LEAVE something/someone OUT
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exclude

LET someone DOWN
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desappoint

LET something/someone IN
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allow to enter

LET someone OFF
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not punish

recline

illuminate

LOOK AFTER
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take care of

attempt to find

LOOK FORWARD TO
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await eagerly

be careful

LOOK something UP
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find information

fail to use an opportunity

PASS something UP
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refrain from accepting

PAY someone BACK
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repay a loan

be profitable

PICK something/someone OUT
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choose from a group

improve/answer the phone

PICK something UP
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collect something left elsewhere

PICK someone UP
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go somewhere to collect someone

PISS someone OFF
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annoy or make angry
Tamara is a calm girl, but everything her mother says pisses her off.

PLAY AROUND
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joke/have an affair

POINT something OUT
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indicate

PUT something AWAY
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save money/put something its proper place

PUT something BACK
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return something to its original place

PUT someone OFF
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discourage/repulse

PUT something OFF
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postpone

PUT something TOGETHER
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assemble

PUT something UP
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display for others to see

RIP someone OFF
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cheat someone out of money

RUN INTO someone
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meet by chance

SEND something BACK
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return

SET something UP
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place in position/prepare for use/arrange

stop talking

SIGN someone UP
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register

take a seat

make a mistake

START something OVER
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start again

remain awake

SWITCH something ON
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start a machine or turn on a light

TAKE something AWAY
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remove

TAKE something BACK
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accept a return/retract words

TAKE something IN
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comprehend fully

depart

TAKE something OFF
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remove

TAKE someone ON
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hire/challenge

replay defiantly

TALK someone INTO
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persuade

TALK something OVER
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discuss

TEAR something DOWN/APART
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destroy

TELL someone OFF
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reprimand or scold/swear at someone

THINK BACK
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remember the past

THINK something OVER
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consider

THINK something UP
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invent

THROW something AWAY
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discard, put in the trash

TOUCH something UP
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improve by making small changes

TRY something ON
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put clothing on to see if it fits
He tried the gabardine on. It was perfect for his exhibitionist habits.

TRY something OUT
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use something to see if it works

TURN something DOWN
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refuse/lower the volume

TURN someone DOWN
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reject someone

TURN someone ON
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excite someone sexually

TURN something/someone INTO
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change from one form to another

TURN someone OFF
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bore or offend someone

TURN something ON
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start something (a machine, a light)

TURN someone ON
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arouse someone sexually

have a particular result

appear unexpectedly

TURN something UP
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increase by adjusting the control on a device

be attentive

WAKE someone UP
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stop sleeping

WORK something OFF
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remove through work or other activity

solve/exercise

WRITE something DOWN
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write on a piece of paper

Phrasal verbs with GET
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some phrasal verbs can have numerous meanings, especially phrasal verbs with the word GET!

have a good relationship
My rabbit Lolo and I get along very well. Get lost, Lolo!

progress
I'm not getting along with English.

GET BACK AT someone
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take revenge
I will get back at you!

return from somewhere, take revenge, move away

GET BACK INTO
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devote oneself to something again

GET BACK TO
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respond to a contact, start doing something after an interruption

GET BACK TOGETHER
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restart relationship
Peter and I get back together. We get along quite well...

GET BACK INTO
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devote oneself to something again
... but sometimes we get back into our old patterns. Mother fucker!

enter a train, bus, plane, etc.
While the policemen were getting on the train to catch Billy Prank,

exit a vehicle
he got off.

escape
Finally, he got away.

other meanings of GET ON
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continue doing something, age

other meanings of GET OFF
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escape punishment, finish, leave work, start a journey, stop talking on the phone, have an orgasm
When Patrick added the last stamp to his 33rd album of stamps, he got off.

other meanings of GET AWAY
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escape, go on vacation or for a short trip, move, leave a place

GET OUT OF
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avoid an activity you committed to
He always tries to get out of doing the cha cha cha. But her charm prevents it.

GET something ACCROSS
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get people to understand an idea

make progress

survive

GET OUT OF something
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leave (a car, a taxi, a place)

GET something OUT OF something
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benefit from

GET THROUGH (with)
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finish

GET TOGETHER (with someone)
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meet up

get out of bed


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