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phrasal verbs 3

phrasal verbs 3

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Phrasal verbs part 3

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  • I BENT OVER BACKWARDS for them and they didn't even thank me.

    Do a lot to try to help or please someone.

  • They BOARDED UP all the windows to stop people getting into the empty houses.

    Cover windows or doors with wood, metal, etc..

  • You should BRACE UP and stop worrying.

    Feel more confident or optimistic about something.

  • The burglars BROKE IN and stole the TV and video.

    Go into a building to steal something.

  • The anger BOILED UP in me when I saw what they had done.

    Feel a negative emotion strongly.

  • I've BOOKED us INTO a hotel in the centre of town for three nights.

    Make a reservation in advance.

  • They have BOUNCED the government INTO calling an early election.

    Force someone.

  • She BROKE OFF their engagement when she found out that he'd been unfaithful.

    End a relationship.

  • He BIGS himself UP all the time.

    Exaggerate the importance.

  • They're worried that war will BREAK OUT.

    Start (war, conflict).

  • Schools BREAK UP at the end of June for the summer holidays.

    Close an educational institution for the holidays.

  • Three dangerous Category A prisoners BROKE OUT OF Wandsworth Prison last night.


  • I BENT DOWN to pick it up off the floor.

    Lower the top half of your body.

  • The pipe's BLOCKED UP and no water gets through.

    Fill a space so that nothing can pass.

  • I BOILED UP some water for a cup of coffee.

    Cook or heat something to boiling point.

  • They BOGGED INTO the lunch.

    Eat something enthusiastically.

  • We were going to meet last night, but she BLEW me OFF at the last minute.

    Not keep an appointment.

  • WE took a taxi from the airport to the hotel and BOOKED IN.

    Check in at a hotel.

  • Their new product has BLOWN all the others AWAY.

    Beat rivals or competitors by a large margin.

  • He BROKE DOWN in tears.

    Start crying.

  • The economy is BOUNCING BACK from the recession.


  • I BLISSED OUT on the beach all week.

    Be extremely relaxed and happy.

  • A tree was BLOWN DOWN in the storm.

    When the wind forces something to fall.

  • He BLEW OFF in front of everybody.

    Expel gas from the anus.

  • The measles caused me to BREAK OUT IN a rash.

    Sweat heavily, develop skin sores or irritation..

  • The Broncos BLEW OUT the Raiders 55-0.

    Defeat decisively.

  • He BLACKED OUT and collapsed on the floor.

    Fall unconscious.

  • It was so unpleasant that I try to BLOCK it OUT- otherwise, I'd just be angry all the time.

    Try not think about or feel something because it is upsetting or painful.

  • The flag BLEW AWAY in the storm; we'll have to buy a new one.

    When the wind moves something from a place.

  • A storm BLEW UP while we were out walking.

    The beginning of a storm.

  • She BOTTLED UP her feelings even though she was furious with them and kept quiet.

    Not express your feelings.

  • I was really angry when he BLURTED OUT the secret.

    Say something quickly without thinking, especially if you shouldn't.

  • They BLED OUT their calves.

    Cause sufficient blood loss to result in death.

  • They BLEW UP when they heard what I had done wrong.

    Lose your temper, become angry.

  • Portugal BORDERS ON Spain.

    Be located next to a place.

  • He BOOTED UP the computer and started work.

    Start a computer.

  • I'll BOOK us IN at the Intercontinental.

    Make a reservation in advance.

  • He kept his feelings BOTTLED AWAY.

    Store up.

  • I will have to BONE UP to get a good result.

    Study hard for a reason.

  • Her first novel BLEW me AWAY.

    Impress greatly.

  • The flight's fully BOOKED UP; I'll have to go the following day.


  • He lost his temper and told her to BOG OFF.

    Get lost.

  • Everything BLACKED OUT when the power supply failed.

    Lose light.

  • The supermarkets have BRANCHED OUT into banking.

    Move into a different area of business, etc..

  • The talks between management and the unions BROKE DOWN acrimoniously.

    End negotiations unsuccessfully.

  • They BOUNCED ideas OFF each other in a brainstorming session.

    Test ideas.

  • He had to BREAK DOWN their opposition to his ideas.

    Remove a barrier or obstacle.

  • I'm sorry to BREAK IN on your conversation, but there's a problem.

    Interrupt something.

  • He was BOWLED OVER by the crowd rushing out.

    Knock someone to the ground.

  • Yasini got BOGGED DOWN in his research and didn't finish the project in time.

    Slow make progress.

  • The pressure was low, so I BLEW the tyre UP.


  • He BLEW IN from Toronto early this morning.

    Arrive, sometimes suddenly or unexpectedly.

  • I BOTCHED UP the whole project and it had to be cancelled.

    Ruin or spoil something.

  • She BLEW the candles OUT on her birthday cake.

    Extinguish candles, matches, etc..

  • She BROKE OFF a square of chocolate and gave it to her dog.

    Break a piece from something.

  • The shooters BLAZED AWAY at the pheasants.

    Fire a gun repeatedly.

  • The recession BOTTOMED OUT and the economy is recovering well.

    Pass the lowest point and start rising.

  • I BLEW the homework OFF and did badly.

    Ignore, not do something.

  • What he did was BORDERING ON betrayal.

    Be very nearly something.

  • The SDP BROKE AWAY from the Labour Party.

    Leave an organisation, usually to form a new one.

  • I was BOWLED OVER by the news.

    Surprise someone greatly.

  • She was going to tell her boss exactly what she thought, but BOTTLED OUT in the end.

    Lack courage to do something.

  • The plate BROKE UP when he dropped it on the floor.

    Break into many pieces.

  • The police BLOCKED OFF the road after the murder.

    Obstruct an exit to prevent people from leaving.

  • I must watch my speed until I BREAK IN my new Volvo.

    Carefully use new products until they are fully functional..

  • He BOSSES everyone AROUND.

    Use excessive authority to control people.

  • I couldn't drive here this morning because someone had BLOCKED me IN.

    Park a car and obstruct another car.

  • The scandal BLEW OVER within a fortnight when the press found someone else to attack.

    When a scandal gets forgotten.

  • He grabbed a gun and BLEW the police officer AWAY.


  • My car's BROKEN DOWN, so I came by taxi.

    Stop working.

  • He BLOCKED IN the events in his calendar.

    Shade or fill in.

  • They work out a lot to BIG themselves UP.

    Increase the size of muscles by exercise.

  • It all BOILS DOWN TO money at the end of the day.

    Amount to.

  • I was so nervous in the interview that I just BLANKED OUT and couldn't answer their questions properly.

    Have a temporary memory failure.

  • I need to BONE UP ON my French grammar for the test.

    Study hard for a goal or reason.

  • She BOSSES everyone ABOUT.

    Use excessive authority to control people.

  • It took ages to BREAK the horse IN.

    Train a horse to be ridden.

  • We BOARD our dog OUT with friends when we go abroad.

    Arrange for pets to stay somewhere while you're away.

  • The crowd BROKE THROUGH the police barriers and attacked the hunters.

    Pass a barrier or obstacle.

  • I was BOXED IN by the bus and couldn't change lane.

    Prevent something from moving, especially vehicles.

  • I left the milk on the cooker and it BOILED OVER.

    When a hot liquid spills out of a container.

  • I BENT OVER to do my shoes up.

    Lower the top part of your body.

  • We BOOKED INTO the first hotel we could find.

    Check in at a hotel.

  • The trees BLOCK the sun OUT most of the day.

    Stop light from entering or leaving.

  • I don't like the look of the people arriving- let's BOOK OUT.

    Leave a place in a hurry.

  • The music was BLARING OUT and I couldn't get to sleep.

    A loud sound or music.

  • The report's so long, I BOILED it DOWN into a two-page summary.

    Simplify, reduce to the essentials.

  • The email addresses were BLANKED OUT in the documents shown to the court.

    Censor text so that words cannot be read.

  • He BOWLED the player OUT first ball.

    Hit someone's wicket in cricket with the ball.

  • At the end of term, I BOXED my books UP and sent them home.

    Pack things in boxes to move them.

  • I BITCHED UP the interview.

    Spoil or ruin something.

  • The space shuttle BLASTED OFF on schedule yesterday.

    Leave the ground- spaceship or rocket.

  • BLOW UP that photo so we can see his face.

    Enlarge (e.g., photograph)..

  • We were all scared but she BOLSTERED UP our courage.

    Give support, reinforce, strengthen.

  • The bomb BLEW UP without any warning.


  • The tension had been building up and it BOILED OVER in the meeting.

    When people lose their tempers and things get nasty.

  • We were starving and BOGGED IN when the food was served.

    Eat enthusiastically.