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Phrasal Verbs (with sentence examples)

Phrasal Verbs (with sentence examples)

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100 elementary phrasal verbs with sentence examples

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  • BLOW UP--The terrorists tried to blow up the railroad station.


  • BRING UP--My mother brought up that little matter of my prison record again.

    mention a topic

  • BRING UP--It isn't easy to bring up children nowadays.

    raise children

  • CALL OFF--They called off this afternoon's meeting


  • DO OVER--Do this homework over.

    repeat a job

  • FILL OUT--Fill out this application form and mail it in.

    complete a form

  • FILL UP--She filled up the grocery cart with free food.

    fill to capacity

  • FIND OUT--My sister found out that her husband had been planning a surprise party for her.


  • GIVE AWAY--The filling station was giving away free gas.

    give something to someone else for free

  • GIVE BACK--My brother borrowed my car. I have a feeling he's not about to give it back.

    return an object

  • HAND IN--The students handed in their papers and left the room.

    submit something (assignment)

  • HANG UP--She hung up the phone before she hung up her clothes.

    put something on hook or receiver

  • HOLD UP--I hate to hold up the meeting, but I have to go to the bathroom.


  • HOLD UP 2--Three masked gunmen held up the Security Bank this afternoon.


  • LEAVE OUT--You left out the part about the police chase down Asylum Avenue.


  • LOOK OVER--The lawyers looked over the papers carefully before questioning the witness. (They looked them overcarefully.)

    examine, check

  • LOOK UP--You've misspelled this word again. You'd better look itup.

    search in a list

  • MAKE UP--She knew she was in trouble, so she made up a story about going to the movies with her friends.

    invent a story or lie

  • MAKE OUT--He was so far away, we really couldn't make out what he was saying.

    hear, understand

  • PICK OUT--There were three men in the line-up. She picked out the guy she thought had stolen her purse.


  • PICK UP--The crane picked up the entire house. (Watch them pick itup.)

    lift something off something else

  • POINT OUT--As we drove through Paris, Francoise pointed out the major historical sites.

    call attention to

  • PUT AWAY--We put away money for our retirement. She put away the cereal boxes.

    save or store

  • PUT OFF--We asked the boss to put off the meeting until tomorrow. (Please put it off for another day.)


  • PUT ON--I put on a sweater and a jacket. (I put them on quickly.)

    put clothing on the body

  • PUT OUT--The firefighters put out the house fire before it could spread. (They put it out quickly.)


  • READ OVER--I read over the homework, but couldn't make any sense of it.


  • SET UP--My wife set up the living room exactly the way she wanted it. She set it up.

    to arrange, begin

  • TAKE DOWN--These are your instructions. Write them down before you forget.

    make a written note

  • TAKE OFF--It was so hot that I had to take off my shirt.

    remove clothing

  • TALK OVER--We have serious problems here. Let's talk them over like adults.


  • THROW AWAY--That's a lot of money! Don't just throw it away.


  • TRY ON--She tried on fifteen dresses before she found one she liked.

    put clothing on to see if it fits

  • TRY OUT--I tried out four cars before I could find one that pleased me.


  • TURN DOWN--Your radio is driving me crazy! Please turn it down.

    lower volume

  • TURN DOWN 2--He applied for a promotion twice this year, but he wasturned down both times.


  • TURN UP--Grandpa couldn't hear, so he turned up his hearing aid.

    raise the volume

  • TURN OFF--We turned off the lights before anyone could see us.

    switch off electricity

  • TURN OFF 2--It was a disgusting movie. It really turned me off.


  • TURN ON--Turn on the CD player so we can dance.

    switch on the electricity

  • USE UP--The gang members used up all the money and went out to rob some more banks.

    exhaust, use completely

  • CALL ON--The teacher called on students in the back row.

    ask to recite in class

  • CALL ON 2--The old minister continued to call on his sick parishioners.


  • GET OVER--I got over the flu, but I don't know if I'll ever get over my broken heart.

    recover from sickness or disappointment

  • GO OVER--The students went over the material before the exam. They should have gone over it twice.


  • GO THROUGH--They country went through most of its coal reserves in one year. Did he go through all his money already?

    use up; consume

  • LOOK AFTER--My mother promised to look after my dog while I was gone.

    take care of

  • LOOK INTO--The police will look into the possibilities of embezzlement.


  • RUN ACROSS--I ran across my old roommate at the college reunion.

    find by chance

  • RUN INTO--Carlos ran into his English professor in the hallway.


  • TAKE AFTER--My second son seems to take after his mother.


  • WAIT ON--It seemed strange to see my old boss wait on tables.


  • BREAK IN ON--I was talking to Mom on the phone when the operatorbroke in on our call.

    interrupt (a conversation)

  • CATCH UP WITH--After our month-long trip, it was time to catch up withthe neighbors and the news around town.

    keep abreast

  • CHECK UP ON--The boys promised to check up on the condition of the summer house from time to time.

    examine, investigate

  • COME UP WITH--After years of giving nothing, the old parishioner was able to come up with a thousand-dollar donation.

    to contribute (suggestion, money)

  • CUT DOWN ON--We tried to cut down on the money we were spending on entertainment.

    curtail (expenses)

  • DROP OUT OF--I hope none of my students drop out of school this semester.

    leave school

  • GET ALONG WITH--I found it very hard to get along with my brother when we were young.

    have a good relationship with

  • GET AWAY WITH--Janik cheated on the exam and then tried to get away with it.

    escape blame

  • GET RID OF--The citizens tried to get rid of their corrupt mayor in the recent election.


  • GET THROUGH WITH--When will you ever get through with that program?


  • KEEP UP WITH--It's hard to keep up with the Joneses when you lose your job!

    maintain pace with

  • LOOK FORWARD TO--I always look forward to the beginning of a new semester.

    anticipate with pleasure

  • LOOK DOWN ON--It's typical of a jingoistic country that the citizens look down on their geographical neighbors.


  • LOOK IN ON--We were going to look in on my brother-in-law, but he wasn't home.

    visit (somebody)

  • LOOK OUT FOR--Good instructors will look out for early signs of failure in their students

    be careful, anticipate

  • LOOK UP TO--First-graders really look up to their teachers.


  • MAKE SURE OF--Make sure of the student's identity before you let him into the classroom.


  • PUT UP WITH--The teacher had to put up with a great deal of nonsense from the new students.


  • RUN OUT OF--The runners ran out of energy before the end of the race.

    exhaust supply

  • TAKE CARE OF--My oldest sister took care of us younger children after Mom died.

    be responsible for

  • TALK BACK TO--The star player talked back to the coach and was thrown off the team.

    answer impolitely

  • THINK BACK ON--I often think back on my childhood with great pleasure.


  • WALK OUT ON--Her husband walked out on her and their three children.


  • BREAK DOWN--That old Jeep had a tendency to break down just when I needed it the most.

    stop functioning

  • CATCH ON--Popular songs seem to catch on in California first and then spread eastward.

    become popular

  • COME BACK--Father promised that we would never come back to this horrible place.

    return to a place

  • COME IN--They tried to come in through the back door, but it was locked.


  • COME TO--He was hit on the head very hard, but after several minutes, he started to come to again.

    regain consciousness

  • COME OVER--The children promised to come over, but they never do.

    to visit

  • DROP BY--We used to just drop by, but they were never home, so we stopped doing that.

    visit without appointment

  • EAT OUT--When we visited Paris, we loved eating out in the sidewalk cafes.

    dine in a restaurant

  • GET BY--Uncle Heine didn't have much money, but he always seemed to get by without borrowing money from relatives.


  • GET UP--Grandmother tried to get up, but the couch was too low, and she couldn't make it on her own.


  • GO BACK--It's hard to imagine that we will ever go back to Lithuania.

    return to a place

  • GO ON--He would finish one Dickens novel and then just go on to the next.


  • GO ON 2--The cops heard all the noise and stopped to see what wasgoing on.


  • GROW UP--Charles grew up to be a lot like his father.

    get older

  • KEEP AWAY--The judge warned the stalker to keep away from his victim's home.

    remain at a distance

  • KEEP ON (+VING)--He tried to keep on singing long after his voice was ruined.

    continue with the same

  • PASS OUT--He had drunk too much; he passed out on the sidewalk outside the bar.

    lose consciousness, faint

  • SHOW OFF--Whenever he sat down at the piano, we knew he was going to show off.

    demonstrate haughtily

  • SHOW UP--Day after day, Efrain showed up for class twenty minutes late.


  • WAKE UP--I woke up when the rooster crowed.

    arouse from sleep