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PHRASAL VERBS – PART A

Phrasal Verb: A phrasal verb is a verb that is made up of a main verb together with an adverb or a preposition, or both. Typically, their meaning is not obvious from the meanings of the individual words themselves.

No.

Phrasal Verb Meaning

Example

1.

Abide by Accept or follow a decision or rule

We have to ABIDE BY what the court says

2.

Account for To explain They had to ACCOUNT FOR all the money that had gone missing
3. Ache for Want something or someone a lot

My partner’s been away for a fortnight- I am ACHING FOR her

4.

Act on To take action because of something like information received The police were ACTING ON a tip from an informer and caught the gang red-handed.
5. Act on Affect. The medicine only ACTS ON infected tissue.
6. Act out Perform something with actions and gestures. They ACTED OUT the story on stage
7. Back away Retreat or go backwards The crowd BACKED AWAY when the man pulled a knife.
8. Back down Retract or withdraw your position or proposal in an argument She refused to BACK DOWN and was fired.
9. Back into Enter a parking area in reverse gear He prefers to BACK his car INTO the garage.
10. Back off Retreat The police told the protesters to BACK OFF.

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No.

Phrasal Verb Meaning

Example

11.

Back out Fail to keep an arrangement or promise He BACKED OUT two days before the holiday so we gave the ticket to his sister
12. Back out of Fail to keep an agreement, arrangement She BACKED OUT OF the agreement at the last minute.
13. Call after Name someone after somebody else She was CALLED Rose AFTER her late grandmother.
14. Call around Visit I CALLED AROUND but she wasn’t in.
15. Call back Return a phone call I must CALL her BACK when we get to the office.
16. Call for Demand The Opposition party CALLED FOR the minister’s resignation after the scandal broke.
17. Call for Go to collect something The courier CALLED FOR your parcel, but I told him it wasn’t ready yet.
18. Call for Telephone for something I’ll CALL FOR a cab right away.
19. Damp down Calm or reduce feelings, emotions They tried to DAMP DOWN the anger over the announcement.
20. Damp down Make a fire burn less. They tried to DAMP DOWN the flames before the fire spread.
21. Damp off When there is too much moisture and a plant is affected by fungal parasites. The seedlings DAMP OFF in the spring if it’s very wet.
22. Dash down Write something quickly He DASHED DOWN a memo and sent it to everybody.
23. Dash off Leave somewhere quickly It’s late- I’m going to DASH OFF home.
24. Dash off Do something quickly, especially writing

He DASHED OFF the report in a couple of hours.

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No.

Phrasal Verb Meaning

Example

25.

Ease off Reduce pressure She EASED OFF the accelerator to let the car slow down.
26. Ease up Relax, calm down She asked her teacher to EASE UP because she was feeling very stressed.
27. Eat away Destroy slowly The disease EATS the liver AWAY.
28. Eat in Eat at home We didn’t feel like going to a restaurant so we ATE IN.
29. Eat into Use something valuable when you don’t want to We’ve had to EAT INTO our savings since I lost my job.
30. Eat out Eat in a restaurant We couldn’t be bothered to cook so we ATE OUT last night.
31. Face off Confront The company FACED OFF the competition.
32. Face up to Accept an unpleasant truth. Many people find it hard to FACE UP TO the fact that they are getting old.
33. Faff about Behave indecisively He told her to stop FAFFING ABOUT and make her mind up.
34. Faff around Behave indecisively She told him to stop FAFFING AROUND and make his mind up.
35. Fall about Laugh a lot We FELL ABOUT when we heard what she’d done.
36. Fall apart Break into pieces The box FELL APART when I picked it up.
37. Gad about Visit a lot of different places for pleasure I spent the afternoon GADDING ABOUT in the West End
38. Gad around Visit different places for pleasure I spent the afternoon GADDING AROUND looking for some books.
39. Gag for Want something a lot I’m GAGGING FOR a drink.

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No.

Phrasal Verb Meaning

Example

40.

Gang up Form a group against something or someone They GANGED UP to try to stop the new system.
41. Gang up against Harass, bully (in a group). They GANGED UP AGAINST me because I wouldn’t accept their ideas.
42. Gang up on Harass, bully They GANGED UP ON him because of the way he spoke.
43. Hack around Waste time I’ve been HACKING AROUND all morning because I can’t get down to doing any revision.
44. Hack into Break into a computer system He HACKED INTO the government database and stole a lot of data
45. Hack off Annoy He HACKS me OFF with his endless complaining.
46. Hack up Chop or cut into small pieces They HACKED the table UP and burnt it.
47. Hack up Expel by coughing I HACKED UP a lot of phlegm while I was ill.
48. Ham up Perform or act in an excessive way to attract attention or amuse people He HAMMED the part UP to get the audience to laugh.
49. Iron out Remove small problems or irregularities The management team IRONED OUT the tax problems before they gave the project the OK.
50. Issue forth Come out of a place New initiatives ISSUE FORTH from the government on a daily basis.
51. Jabber away Talk fast or incomprehensibly They started JABBERING AWAY about file systems and lost me completely.
52. Jack around Make trouble for someone, fail to keep promises

Don’t listen to him- he always JACKS people AROUND.

 

No.

Phrasal Verb Meaning

Example

53.

Jack in Quit, give up I JACKED my job IN because my boss refused to give me a raise.
54. Jack up Raise a car to be able to do mechanical work We JACKED the car UP and changed the tyre.
55. Jack up Increase sharply They have JACKED UP the price of oil this month.
56. Jam on Apply or operate something forcefully Jack JAMMED ON the brakes when the rabbit ran in front of his car.
57. Keel over Turn upside down The boat KEELED OVER in the storm and the crew drowned.
58. Keel over Surrender, give in He was going to confront his boss, but KEELED OVER and didn’t mention the matter.
59. Keel over Fall to the ground The drunk KEELED OVER when trying to leave the pub.
60. Keep around Keep something near you I KEEP a dictionary AROUND when I’m doing my homework.
61. Keep at Continue with something difficult She found the course hard but she KEPT AT it and completed it successfully.
62. Keep away Don’t allow someone near something Medicines should always be KEPT AWAY from children.
63. Land in Get someone into trouble He LANDED ME IN it when he told them what I had done wrong.
64. Land up in Arrive, end a journey in a place, often without planning We set out for Manchester, but LANDED UP IN Liverpool.
65. Land with Create a problem for someone He LANDED ME WITH the job of proofreading the whole thing.

No.

Phrasal Verb Meaning

Example

66.

Lap up Appreciate something He LAPPED UP their praise.
67. Large it up Have a good time when intoxicated They were LARGING IT UP in the rave.
68. Lark about Behave in a silly way The children made me angry because they were LARKING ABOUT.
69. Magic away Make something disappear quickly He MAGICKED the bill AWAY and paid for us all before I could get my wallet out.
70. Make after Chase The police MADE AFTER the stolen car.
71. Make away with Steal The thieves MADE AWAY WITH the painting
72. Make do with Accept something less satisfactory because there’s no alternative There’s no coffee, so we’ll have to MAKE DO WITH tea.
73. Make for Head in a certain direction We MADE FOR home when it started raining.
74. Make for Produce a result or situation The low quality of the service MADE FOR a lot of dissatisfaction.
75. Naff off Get lost, go away (used as imperative). He was making a fuss, so I told him to NAFF OFF
76. Nag at Repeatedly criticize someone verbally My boss is always NAGGING AT me about my arriving a few minutes late for work.

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