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phrasal verbs part 4

phrasal verbs part 4

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Phrasal verbs part 4

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  • She BUILT the business UP from nothing into a market leader in less than a decade.

    Develop a company.

  • Her coach has BROUGHT her ALONG a lot in the last six months.

    Help someone improve.

  • He told them to BUZZ OFF because they were annoying him.

    Go away (imperative).

  • We BUNDLED UP before going out as it was snowing.

    Put on warm clothing.

  • He BREEZED IN and started shouting at us.

    Enter a place quickly..

  • The silver candlestick looked lovely after I BUFFED it UP.

    Clear, clean or make something shine.

  • You're BREAKING UP; I'll call you back in a minute and see if we get a better connection.

    Become inaudible over the telephone because of interference.

  • The doctors BROUGHT him ROUND a few hours after the operation.

    Make someone wake up from unconsciousness or an anaesthetic.

  • The bank robbers BURNED UP the roads but were soon captured.

    Drive at high speed.

  • She BUBBLED OVER with joy when she heard her exam results.

    Become very excited.

  • The improvements in technology have BROUGHT the prices of computers DOWN considerably in recent months.

    Make something cheaper.

  • We had to BUDGE UP to let the fourth person in the back of the car.

    Move to make space for someone.

  • BRING ON the dancers!

    Make something appear.

  • We tried to BRIGHTEN the place UP by painting it.

    Make something more attractive or pleasant.

  • They didn't like the ideas, but had to BUCKLE UNDER or face the sack.

    Accept something under pressure, against your will.

  • The band are BRINGING OUT a new CD in the autumn.

    Release or publish.

  • Visiting my old school BROUGHT BACK memories of when I was a pupil there.

    Cause someone to remember.

  • He's BULKED UP a lot since he got those steroids.

    Gain weight, develop bigger muscles.

  • All his possessions were BURNED UP in the fire.

    Destroy completely by fire.

  • The prosecution BROUGHT FORTH a lot of evidence against him.

    Produce something, make it known or visible.

  • The changes to the law were BROUGHT ABOUT by the government because so many people were ignoring the old one.

    Make something happen..

  • The day started cloudy but BRIGHTENED UP in the afternoon.

    Improve (weather).

  • He was BROUGHT UP on charges of public intoxication.

    Be officially charged with a crime.

  • She BREEZED THROUGH her exams.

    Pass easily, succeed.

  • The drug dealer was BUMPED OFF by a rival gang.


  • She BROUGHT FORTH the diary and showed it to us.

    Remove something from where it is kept or hidden.

  • I BUFFED UP ON my grammar before the test.

    Improve your knowledge quickly.

  • I never BOUGHT INTO the idea of a federalist Euopean Union.

    Accept an idea.

  • No one thought she'd manage to do it, but she BROUGHT it OFF in the end.

    Succeed with something difficult.

  • He BOUGHT the newspaper OFF by placing a lot of adverts.

    Pay someone to stop them causing trouble.

  • I BUMPED INTO Helen on the underground the other day.

    Meet by chance.

  • She took a two-week course to BRUSH UP her Spanish before she went travelling around South and Central America.

    Improve a skill quickly.

  • You had better BUCK your ideas UP, or you'll fail the course.

    Smarten up, improve.

  • He BRIGHTENED UP when he heard the news.

    Become happier.

  • He BUGGED OUT when she turned up.

    Open your eyes wide in surprise.

  • I used to BUNK OFF school and go into town.

    Not go to school when you should.

  • The car BURST INTO flames and the driver died as he didn't have time to get out.

    Catch fire very quickly.

  • After the scandal, the politician tried to BUFF UP his public image.


  • It was the lobster that BROUGHT me OUT in this rash all over my body.

    Cause a health problem or reaction.

  • My parents BROUGHT me UP strictly.

    Raise a child..

  • We were told to BUCKLE UP before take-off.

    Fasten a seatbelt.

  • They had been going out for a couple of years before they BROKE UP.

    Finish a relationship.

  • We had to BUCKLE DOWN and study for the exam.

    Start working hard, apply yourself.

  • I BULKED the essay OUT with a few quotes to reach the number of word required.

    Make something bigger or thicker.

  • I BUNDLED UP my newspapers and dropped them in the recycling bin.

    Wrap or tie things together.

  • His undeserved win in the election really BURNS me UP.

    To be or cause to be highly annoyed.

  • After so much criticism, the positive review BUOYED him UP.

    Make someone feel more positive.

  • The minister BRUSHED OFF the criticism.

    Ignore, pay little attention.

  • They had to completely rebuild the museum after the old one BURNED DOWN.

    Burn completely.

  • I told her to bug off because she was annoying me.

    Go away.

  • She BURST INTO laughter when she heard the joke.

    Laugh, cry or clap loudly.

  • I'm BUZZING OFF now- I have to meet some people.

    Leave somewhere.

  • Joe Meek's last hit, 'Singin' the Blues', was probably BOUGHT IN at number 40, but failed to go any higher.

    Force a CD or record into the charts by buying lots of copies.

  • Suzie BRINGS OUT the best in him.

    Elicit a response.

  • Reporters were BUZZING AROUND the scene of the accident.

    Move quickly around a place.

  • Tension has been BUILDING UP ever since the government passed the unpopular law.


  • I BURN OFF a lot of calories in the gym.

    Remove by burning or similar process.

  • The meeting has been BROUGHT FORWARD to this Friday instead of next week because some people couldn't make it then.

    Make something happen earlier than originally planned.

  • We BRICKED the back entrance UP.

    Close or fill a space with bricks..

  • She BROUGHT FORTH a surprising result.


  • BUCK UP - the taxi's waiting.'

    Hurry (either transitive or reflexive).

  • You can BRING your friends ALONG if you like.

    Bring someone or something to certain place.

  • The vote of no-confidence BROUGHT the government DOWN.

    Make a government fall.

  • They BUST UP after a row last night.

    End a relationship, usually angrily or after arguing.

  • They didn't BRING the subject UP at the meeting.


  • The report has BROUGHT FORTH a lot of criticism of the policy.

    Make something happen.

  • They BUMP UP the prices in the high season.


  • The lifejacket BUOYED me UP till the boat arrived.

    Keep afloat.

  • The barman BUNDLED the drunk OUT because he was annoying the other customers.


  • They didn't BRING the subject UP at the meeting.


  • The film BREEZES ALONG for the first hour, then becomes rather dull and slow.

    Move easily and quickly.

  • It took me ages to BRING him AROUND to my point of view.

    Persuade or convince someone.

  • We BOUGHT UP all the shop had before the price went up.

    Buy all of something.

  • Jennie BURNT OUT after ten years working as a futures broker and went to live in the country.

    Lose enthusiasm and energy to continue in a demanding job.

  • He didn't want to discuss the details, but I managed to BRING him AROUND and he told me everything.

    Get someone talking about something.

  • I tried BUTTERING my tutor UP but she still wouldn\'t let me hand it in late.

    Praise or flatter someone excessively.

  • He BREEZED INTO the room and switched the TV on.

    Enter a place quickly.

  • This is none of your business, so just BUTT OUT!

    Not be involved in other people's business.

  • He took the calculator home yesterday and hasn't BROUGHT it BACK yet.


  • His business partners BOUGHT him OUT to get rid of him.

    Buy somebody's share in a company.

  • The job BRINGS IN two thousand dollars a month.


  • I hope you don't mind me BUTTING IN on your conversation, but I couldn't help hearing what you said...


  • They BUGGED OUT when the police arrived.

    Leave somewhere in a hurry.

  • He BUNDLED the kids OFF to bed.

    Send someone somewhere.

  • We BRICKED IN the side window.

    Close or fill a space with bricks.

  • Getting wet in the rain yesterday BROUGHT ON my cold.

    Cause something to happen or speed up the process.

  • He BROUGHT some books AROUND when he came last night.

    Bring something with you when you visit.

  • Take an umbrella; it's BUCKETING DOWN.

    Rain heavily.