Everyday grammar 2 : Phrasal Verbs
Frequently used Phrasal Verbs in British English
1. To mention something. He likes Politics and often brings up the subject in conversation.
2. To be sick. She ate too much chocolate and brought it up.
To cause something to happen, usually something negative.
To visit someone:
To cancel something.
Come up (with something)
To have an idea.
To meet someone or find something by chance.
1. I came across David in the park.
To volunteer information about something, like a crime.
This phrase can be used in several ways, but its general meaning is to interrupt or stop something.
While driving, to get in front of another car suddenly:
2. To stop supplying things to or communicating with someone:
Cut (it) out
This phrase has the same meaning as saying “Stop it.”
To interrupt someone when they are speaking.
To stop by for a visit, for a short time.
To leave something or someone in their destination.
It can be separated by the object being dropped off.
To drop to the ground, usually by accident.
Fill (someone) in
To give someone the details about something.
To eat a lot and become completely full.
To escape/ take a break
He got away from work for a few days
To solve a problem by avoiding the main issue.
Get along (with)
To have a friendly relationship with someone.
To stand up, or to wake up.
Get back to
To return to someone or something. This phrase is often used to say that you will return with an answer to a question or a request at a later time.
To surrender, especially in a fight or argument.
To offer things for free.
This phrasal verb can be separated by the item being given away.
To stop trying, surrender.
Go out (with)
To go on a date with someone.
To go in front of someone, or to give permission to do or say something.
Used alone means wait
Hang on! I will come with you.
Hang on to something
To keep something.
To spend time with someone, casually.
To end a call on the phone, especially if it’s before the other person is ready.
The same as hang on (wait)
To hold on to something
Watch or see
Look at the beautiful flowers in the garden!
I am looking into the possibility of learning Japanese.
To check the meaning of something—can be separated by the item being looked up.
To be careful
To give someone back money that you owe them—can be separated by the person getting paid back.
When it’s written as one word, “payback” means revenge.
To keep in one place to be tidy or safe
She put her clothes away ( in the wardrobe)
To extinguish/stop a fire
To get your clothes or makeup on.
This phrase can mean to remove clothing, or to leave for a journey (e.g. planes when they begin their flights).
To remove something, like from a pocket or a bag.
This phrase can also mean to take someone on a date. It can be separated by the item or person being taken out.
To switch a machine or light on or off.
To move so that you’re facing the opposite direction.
When something that was lost is found unexpectedly.
To do exercise (gym)
Work (something) out
To come up with a solution or a compromise with someone.