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Phrasal Verbs List

Phrasal Verbs List

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A lot of phrasal verbs
A lot of phrasal verbs

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Phrasal Verbs List
 
Verb MeaningExampleask 
 
 someone
out
invite on a dateBrian
asked
Judy
out
to dinner anda movie.
ask around
ask many people the samequestionI
asked around
but nobody has seenmy wallet.
add up to
 something 
equalYour purchases
add up to
$205.32.
back 
 
 something 
up
reverseYou'll have to
back up
your car sothat I can get out.
back 
 
 someone
up
supportMy wife
backed
me
up
over mydecision to quit my job.
blow up
explodeThe racing ca
blew up
after itcrashed into the fence.
blow
 
 something 
up
add airWe have to
blow
50 balloons
up
for the party.
break down
stop functioning (vehicle,machine)Our car 
broke down
at the side of the highway in the snowstorm.
break down
get upsetThe woman
broke down
when the police told her that her son had died.
break 
 
 something 
down
divide into smaller partsOur teache
broke
the final project
down
into three separate parts.
break in
force entry to a buildingSomebody
broke in
last night andstole our stereo.
break into
 something 
enter forciblyThe firemen had to
break into
theroom to rescue the children.
break 
 
 something 
in
wear something a few times sothat it doesn't look/feel newI need to
break 
these shoes
in
 before we run next week.
break in
interruptThe TV station
broke in
to reportthe news of the president's death.
break up
end a relationshipMy boyfriend and I
broke up
before1
 
I moved to America.
break up
start laughing (informal)The kids just
broke up
as soon asthe clown started talking.
break out
escapeThe prisoners
broke out
of jail whenthe guards weren't looking.
break out in
 something 
develop a skin conditionI
broke out in
a rash after our camping trip.
bring
 
 someone
down
make unhappyThis sad music is
bringing
me
down
.
bring
 
 someone
up
raise a childMy grandparents
brought
me
up
after my parents died.
bring
 
 something 
up
start talking about a subjectMy mother walks out of the roomwhen my father 
brings up
sports.
bring
 
 something 
up
vomitHe drank so much that he
brought
his dinner 
up
in the toilet.
call around
 phone many different places/peopleWe
called around
but we weren'table to find the car part we needed.
call
 
 someone
 
back 
return a phone callI
called
the company
back 
but theoffices were closed for the weekend.
call
 
 something 
off 
cancelJason
called
the wedding
off 
 because he wasn't in love with hisfiancé.
call on
 
 someone
ask for an answer or opinionThe professo
called on
me for question 1.
call on
 
 someone
visit someoneWe
called on
you last night but youweren't home.
call
 
 someone
up
 phoneGive me your phone number and Iwill
call
you
up
when we are intown.
calm down
relax after being angryYou are still mad. You need to
calmdown
before you drive the car.not
care for
 someone/something 
not like (formal)I don't
care for
his behaviour.2
 
catch up
get to the same point as someoneelseYou'll have to run faster than that if you want to
catch up
with Marty.
check in
arrive and register at a hotel or airportWe will get the hotel keys when we
check in
.
check out
leave a hotelYou have to
check out
of the hotel before 11:00 AM.
check 
 someone/something 
 
out
look at carefully, investigateThe company
checks out
all newemployees.
check out
 someone/something 
look at (informal)
Check out
the crazy hair on thatguy!
cheer up
 become happierShe
cheered up
when she heard thegood news.
cheer
 
 someone
up
make happierI brought you some flowers to
cheer
you
up
.
chip in
helpIf everyone
chips in
we can get thekitchen painted by noon.
clean
 
 something 
up
tidy, cleanPlease
clean up
your bedroom before you go outside.
come across
 something 
find unexpectedlyI
came across
these old photos whenI was tidying the closet.
come apart
separateThe top and bottom
come apart
if you pull hard enough.
come down with
 something 
 become sickMy nephew
came down with
chicken pox this weekend.
come forward
volunteer for a task or to giveevidenceThe woman
came forward
with her husband's finger prints.
come from
somewhereoriginate inThe art of origami
comes from
Asia.
count on
 someone/something 
rely onI am
counting on
you to makedinner while I am out.
cross
 
 something 
out
draw a line throughPlease
cross out
your old addressand write your new one.3

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