Common Phrasal Verbs for Business English

PHRASAL VERB ask around DEFINITION to ask many people the same question to support E A!PLE I need a good real estate agent. Could you ask around the office and see if anyone knows one? Thanks for backing me up in the meeting.

back (someone) up call (someone) back call (something) off not care for check in check out

to return a phone call We ha e a bad connection. I!ll call you back in a few minutes. to cancel to not like (formal) to arri e and register at a hotel or airport to lea e a hotel "anagement is going to call the meeting off because so many people are out sick today. I don!t care for team building acti ities. I think they are a waste of time. We checked in at # $" and then went to get something to eat. We checked out a few hours late and had to pay an e%tra fee. I!m not sure why the copier isn!t working. I!ll check it out. We should be able to finish quickly if e eryone pitches in. I was reading last night and I came across a couple of phrasal erbs I had ne er seen before. We ha e a great team. I can count on e eryone to do their best.

check to look at carefully' (someone&something) in estigate out chip in (also to pitch in) come across to help to find une%pectedly

count on

to rely on

cross (something) out to draw a line through Cross her name off the list. I don!t think she!s interested. cut back on cut in do (something) o er to consume less to interrupt to do again It!s a tough economy. We!re trying to cut back on unnecessary e%penses. Can I cut in and say something' please? I can!t belie e I closed the document without sa ing. (ow I!m going to ha e to do the whole thing o er. They did away with bonuses last year because their profits were so low. )ohn dropped by my office to talk about last month!s figures.

do away with drop by

to discard come without an appointment

drop to take "y car was in the shop' so *e in dropped me (someone&something) someone&something off at my house. off somewhere and lea e them&it there end up tp e entually reach' +t first I thought I wanted to be an accountant.

fill (something) out find out to write information in There were a lot of forms to fill out when I got blanks my new -ob. )ust because we failed the first time doesn!t mean we should gi e up. 1) I worked late last night and didn!t get in until after 3 $". I forgot to hand in my e%pense reports. I try to get together with some old friends from college once or twice a year. We!re going against three or four other contractors. I!m really going to go after the account. 0) enter 1) arri e to reco er to meet (but not for the first time) 0) to get out of bed 1) to stand 0) 2et in the car. I want to go o er last month!s numbers with you. 0) $am will gi e her talk first' and 5cott will go after her. "anagement didn!t want to gi e in to the union!s demands' but in the end they didn!t ha e a choice. get to recei e something (something&someone) that you had before back get back at get in to retaliate. We -ust need to change a few things. I ended up getting my degree in management' though.ou can borrow my stapler' but make sure I get it back when you!re done with it. get o er (something) get together get up gi e in to reluctantly stop fighting or arguing to quit a habit to stop trying gi e (something) up gi e up go after 0) to follow someone 1) to try to achie e something go against go o er hand (something) in hand (something) out to compete. 6e sure to bid low. the answer I! e tried e erything' and it still won!t work. to disco er I finally found out how to forward my mail from one email account to another. I!ll gi e you a ride. 1) If we got the account' they would be our biggest client. . 0) I get up late on the weekends because I ha e to get up really early on weekdays. 1) /e got up and walked to the podium to gi e his speech.PHRASAL VERB DEFINITION do' or decide E A!PLE Then' I studied finance. (ow I won!t get reimbursed until ne%t month. oppose to re iew to submit (a report' a paper' etc) to distribute the same I!ll start e%plaining the changes while )ason . I!m trying to be more producti e. to take /e might get back at you for asking him so re enge on someone many tough questions during his presentation. figure (something) out to understand. to find I can!t figure out why the printer isn!t working. I ga e up checking 4acebook at work. I was upset that I didn!t get the promotion' but I got o er it after a while.

to continue .ou! e been doing really well lately. /opefully someone else is in the office and can let me in. We!ll ha e to send it back. Which one is 6ob' and which one is 6rad? to make (something) up to mi% (something) up to confuse two or more things to pass (something) out to pass (something) up to put (something) off to put (something) together to run into to send (something) back to set (something) up to gi e the same thing Carly is passing out a schedule of today!s to many people e ents. /ow long will it take to put the scale model together? I ran into 5tacey from +ccounting in the supermarket yesterday. to hang on to keep (something) up to wait for a short time Could you hang on for a second' please? I!ll (informal) be right there. The product was defecti e. /e really let me down. I!m really looking forward to ha ing an e%tended weekend ne%t week. I!ll set up the conference call and send you an in ite. I ha en!t done my ta%es yet. 5he has been with the company for a long time and is really knowledgeable. . I! e been putting it off for a long time.ou must always look out for new business and take notice opportunities. I forgot my badge again. $lease look into some ways we can cut costs. to decline (usually something good) to postpone to assemble to meet someone une%pectedly to return to arrange.PHRASAL VERB DEFINITION thing to a group of people E A!PLE hands out a copy of the new policy. 1) +re they still fighting about that? I thought they had made up a while ago? I always mi% their names up. I think they made it up. *eep it up7 I was really depending on him to e%pedite the shipping on that order. to not help or support to let (someone) in to look forward to to allow to enter to be e%cited about something in the future to in estigate to look into to look out for to look (something) o er to look up to to be careful' igilant' . to check. 8 ery penny counts. e%amine to ha e a lot of respect for someone 0) to in ent.organi:e 9on!t pass up on this great opportunity. to lie about something 1) to resol e an argument or quarrel Could you look o er this report to make sure there are no mistakes? I really look up to her. The products are still in the warehouse. 0) I don!t belie e their story. $lace your order today. to let (someone) down to disappoint.

I can!t belie e it!s only "ay and I! e used up all my sick days already. I!ll ha e to think it o er. (o one is sure who works on 5unday. heat' etc) 1) to refuse to test We!re going to try it out for a few weeks and let you know what we think. They always shop around. We!re calling a meeting to sort it out. to take (something) back to think (something) o er to return an item 5he always shops there because she knows that she can take anything back that she isn!t happy with. to consider to turn (something) down 0) to decrease the 0) Could you turn your music down so I can olume or strength of take this call? something ( olume' 1) They turned down our proposal. to try (something) out to use (something) up to finish the supply . If we like it' we!ll place an order.PHRASAL VERB to shop around DEFINITION to compare prices E A!PLE We should bid low on this one. to sort (something) out to organi:e or resol e There was some confusion with the new work a problem schedule. The -ob offer is great' but I!m not sure if I want to lea e my current position. /onestly' I don!t know what I!m going to do.

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