Phrasal verbs wordlist Complete CAE

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to do something because someone has said that you should
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act on sb’s (advice)
Olga acted on the email she received.
to make an extra copy of computer information, for example on a disk or a hard drive
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back sth up
It is advisable to back up all the files on your computer regularly, in case of breakdown.
can do something
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be up to sth
Are you sure you are up to this job? We can go for a walk after lunch, if you think you are up to it.
divide something into different areas
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break up sth
Rock gradually breaks up into sand. Break the biscuits up into small pieces and put them in a food processor.
to demand that something happens
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call for sth
The recipe calls for brown sugar, not white sugar. The situation calls for a calm, deliberate response.
to decide that a planned event or activity will not happen because it is not possible or wanted now
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call sth off
The town's annual picnic was called off due to rain.
to cover a surface or fill a place with things that are not tidy or well organised
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clutter sth up
Please take your belongings with you. You don't need to clutter up my car. Piles of books and papers cluttered his desk.
to discover something or someone by chance
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come across sb/sth
We came across Monica in the post office.
to visit someone at their house
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come round
If you come round later, we can do our homework together.
to deal successfully with a difficult situation
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cope with sth
It is astonishing the way she manages to raise a family, do a full-time job and cope with a bed-ridden mother, all at the same time.
to take action in order to achieve something or to solve a problem
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deal with sth
The problem was brought to my attention and I dealt with it.
to become more and more rare and then disappear completely
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die out
Most of the polar bears will die out by 2050 as a result of global warming.
to think of a new idea or plan
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dream sth up
How did you ever dream up a silly idea like that? I would have never dreamt a better plan myself.
to start to sleep
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drop off (to sleep)
He dropped off in the middle of the lesson.
to stop working and doing things that most people do because you do not want to be part of society any longer
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drop out
He dropped out of politics to take care of his family
o finally be in a particular place or situation
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end up
After working her way around the world, she ended up teaching English as a foreign language.
to move things about or touch things with no particular purpose
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fiddle with sth
He fiddles with his pen all the time. He was just fiddling around with the things on his desk.
to feel that you belong to a particular group and are accepted by them
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fit in
She desperately wanted to fit in.
to start doing something seriously and with a lot of attention and effort
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get down to sth
[+ -ing verb ]
I've got a lot of work to do, but I can't seem to get down to it. I must get down to booking the hotels.
to start to do something in a purposeful way
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go about doing sth
[+ -ing verb ]
How can we go about solving this problem? What's the best way of going about this?
to go somewhere in order to take a break/walk/drink a cup of coffee, etc.
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go for + n (a break/walk/coffee)
to choose something
- Which one do you prefer? - I would _______ the blue one.
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go for sth
- Which one do you prefer? - I would go for the blue one.
if something that makes a noise goes off, it suddenly starts making a noise
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go off (alarm)
The alarm should go off automatically as soon as smoke is detected. Didn't you hear your alarm clock going off this morning?
to move towards something
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head for sth
The coach was heading for Warsaw.
to ask someone for something, e.g. money
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hit up sb for sth
She planned to hit him up for a raise.
to manage to keep a job
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hold down a job
to manage to do work as it is given to you and not be late in doing what you have to do
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keep up with sth
They are struggling to keep up with the mortgage repayments. Jack hasn't been able to keep up with the rest of his team.
to enjoy something very much
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lap sth up
We walked around the city, lapping up the atmosphere. Everyone clapped and cheered and you could see he was lapping it up.
if you say you will never live something down, you mean that it is in an embarrassing experience that other people will not let you forget
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live sth down
If you show up with green hair, your parents will never let you live it down.
to use someone or something to provide the money or food that you need to live
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live off sth
All his life he had lived off his father. They had learned to live off the land (= grow or find their own food).
to meet another person in order to do something together
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meet up with sb
I'm meeting up with some friends after work.
to leave the place where you are and go somewhere else
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move on
I've lived in this town long enough - it's time to move on.
to stop living in a particular home
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move out
Her landlord has given her a week to move out.
o give someone all of the money that you owe them
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pay up
Eventually they paid up, but only after receiving several reminders.
to start learning something or doing something regularly without intending to
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pick up sth
pick up a reading habit
to choose something from a group of things
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pick sth out
From all the puppies, we picked out the smallest one to take home. We could pick our parents out easily in the old photos.
If a vehicle pulls over, it moves to the side of the road and stops
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pull over
Just pull over here, and I'll get out and walk the rest of the way.
When a car or someone driving a car pulls up, the driver stops the car, often for a short time
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pull up
A car pulled up outside my house.
to arrange to do something at a later time
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put sth off
The meeting has been put off for a week. He keeps asking me out, and I keep putting him off.
to cause something to explode
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set off sth
What time do we set off tomorrow?
to arrange a number of things in a particular way
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set sth out
She laid out the cards on the table and began to tell me about my future.
to arrange for something to happen, for example to start a new business
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set up sth
I'm planning to set my own restaurant up.
to start living somewhere that you are going to live for a long time, usually with a partner
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settle down
Do you want to settle down with me?
to start to feel relaxed and comfortable in a new situation
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settle into sth
Students settled into their desks and took out their notebooks. After moving frequently during his first 14 years, he settled into a normal high school life.
to make a decision after spending a period of time thinking about the choices
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settle on sth
We've settled on Majorca for our summer holiday this year. The children settled on the chocolate chip cookies instead of the peanut butter ones. We wanted to buy a house, but at these prices we had to settle on an apartment.
to pay someone the money that you owe them
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settle up
Would you like to settle up now, sir? You buy the tickets and I'll settle up with you later.
{formal} to be taught by someone
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study under sb
As a young painter, he studied under Picasso.
to replace or destroy something
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sweep sth aside
They swept his doubts and objections aside.
to manage to reveal something
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tease out sth
I managed to tease the truth out of her.
to happen in a particular way
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turn out
It turned out that they weren't cousins, after all.
if someone who is lying down turns over, they change position so that they are facing a different direction
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turn over
if a person in a television show is ____, the people watching the programme vote in order to make that person leave the show
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vote sb off
They’ve voted him off the board...
{informal} to annoy someone, often on purpose
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wind sb up
It really winds me up when he goes on about teachers having an easy life. She just knows how to wind me up.
to destroy something completely
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wipe sth out
I was going too fast and I wiped out on the bend.

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