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The term phrasal verb is commonly applied to two or three distinct but related constructions in English: a verb and a particle and/or a preposition co-occur forming a single semantic unit. This semantic unit cannot be understood based upon the meanings of the individual parts in isolation, but rather it can be taken as a whole. In other words, the meaning is non-compositional and thus unpredictable. Phrasal verbs that include a preposition are known as prepositional verbs and phrasal verbs that include a particle are also known as particle verbs. Additional alternative terms for phrasal verb are compound verb, verb-adverb combination, verb-particle construction, two-part word/verb, and three-part word/verb (depending on the number of particles), and multi-word verb.

One can discern at least three main types of phrasal verb constructions depending upon whether the verb combines with a preposition, a particle, or both.[3] The words constituting the phrasal verb constructions in the following examples are in bold:

Verb + preposition (prepositional phrasal verbs)[4]

a. Who is looking after the kids? – after is a preposition that introduces the prepositional phrase after the kids.

b. They picked on nobody. – on is a preposition that introduces the prepositional phrase on nobody.

c. I ran into an old friend. – into is a preposition that introduces the prepositional phrase into an old friend.[5]

d. She takes after her mother. – after is a preposition that introduces the prepositional phrase after her mother.

e. Sam passes for a linguist. – for is a preposition that introduces the prepositional phrase for a linguist.

f. You should stand by your friend. – by is a preposition that introduces the prepositional phrase by your friend.

Verb + particle (particle phrasal verbs)

a. They brought that up twice. – up is a particle, not a preposition.

b. You should think it over. – over is a particle, not a preposition.

c. Why does he always dress down? – down is a particle, not a preposition.

d. You should not give in so quickly. – in is a particle, not a preposition.

e. Where do they want to hang out? – out is a particle, not a preposition.

f. She handed it in. – in is a particle, not a preposition.

Verb + particle + preposition (particle-prepositional phrasal verbs)

a. Who can put up with that? – up is a particle and with is a preposition.[6]

b. She is looking forward to a rest. – forward is a particle and to is a preposition.

c. The other tanks were bearing down on my panther. – down is a particle and on is a preposition.

d. They were really teeing off on me. – off is a particle and on is a preposition.

e. We loaded up on Mountain Dew and Doritos. – up is a particle and on is a preposition

f. Susan has been sitting in for me. – in is a particle and for is a preposition.

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«Phrasal verbs (A and B letters)»

Phrasal Verb



Abide by

Accept or follow a decision or rule.

We have to ABIDE BY what the court says.

Account for

To explain.

They had to ACCOUNT FOR all the money that had gone missing.

Ache for

Want something or someone a lot.

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

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.

Act on


The medicine only ACTS ON infected tissue.

Act out

Perform something with actions and gestures..

They ACTED OUT the story on stage.

Act out

Express an emotion in your behaviour.

Their anger is ACTED OUT in their antisocial behaviour.

Act up

Behave badly or strangely.

My computer's ACTING UP; I think I might have a virus.

Act upon

To take action because of something like information received.

The police were ACTING UPON a tip-off.

Act upon


The enzyme ACTS UPON certain proteins.

Add on

Include in a calculation.

You have to ADD the VAT ON to the price they give.

Add up

To make a mathematical total.

We ADDED UP the bill to check it was correct.

Add up

Be a satisfactory explanantion for something.

She explained why the work wasn't ready, but her story doesn't ADD UP.

Add up to

Have a certain result.

Trains delays are getting worse and with the high fares, it all ADDS UP TO misery for the commuters.

Add up to

Come to a certain amount or figure.

The total costs ADD UP TO several million euros.

Agree with

Affect- usually used in the negative to show that something has had a negative effect, especially is it makes you feel bad.

I feel terrible- that food didn't AGREE WITH my stomach.

Aim at

To target.

The magazine is AIMED AT teenagers.

Aim at

Intend to achieve.

They're AIMING AT reducing costs by ten percent.

Allow for

Include something in a plan or calculation.

You should ALLOW FOR delays when planning a journey.

Allow of

Make possible, permit.

The rules don't ALLOW OF any exceptions.

Angle for

Try to get something indirectly, by hinting or suggesting.

He's been ANGLING FOR an invitation, but I don't want him to come.

Answer back

To reply rudely to someone in authority.

Her mother was shocked when she started ANSWERING her BACK and refusing to help.

Answer for

Be held responsible for a problem.

The government should be made to ANSWER FOR their failure to sort out the problem.

Answer for

Speak on behalf of someone or from knowing them.

I can ANSWER FOR my partner because I know her position on this issue.

Argue down

Beat someone in a debate, discussion or argument.

The teacher tried to ARGUE the girl DOWN, but she couldn't.

Argue down

Persuade someone to drop the price of something they're selling.

She ARGUED him DOWN ten percent.

Argue down

Try to persuade people not to accept a proposition, motion, etc.

They tried to ARGUE DOWN the proposal.

Argue out

Argue about a problem to find a solution.

If we can't ARGUE our differences OUT, we'll have to take them to court.

Ask about

Ask how someone is doing, especially professionally and in terms of health.

He ASKED ABOUT my father.

Ask after

Enquire about someone's health, how life is going.

Jenny rang earlier and ASKED AFTER you, so I told her you were fine.

Ask around

Ask a number of people for information of help.

I have no idea, but I'll ASK AROUND at work and see if anyone can help.

Ask around

Invite someone.

We ASKED them AROUND for dinner.

Ask for

To provoke a negative reaction.

You're ASKING FOR trouble.

Ask for

Request to have or be given.

I ASKED FOR the menu.

Ask in

To invite somebody into your house.

'Jon's at the door.' 'ASK him IN.'

Ask out

To invite someone for a date.

He wanted to ASK her OUT but was too shy.

Ask over


They have ASKED us OVER for drinks on Friday.

Ask round

Invite someone.

We ASKED John ROUND for diner.

Auction off

Sell something in an auction.

They AUCTIONED OFF their property as they were heavily in debt.

Back away

Retreat or go backwards.

The crowd BACKED AWAY when the man pulled a knife.

Back down

Retract or withdraw your position or proposal in an argument.

She refused to BACK DOWN and was fired.

Back into

Enter a parking area in reverse gear.

He prefers to BACK his car INTO the garage.

Back off


The police told the protesters to BACK OFF.

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

Back out of

Fail to keep an agreement, arrangement.

She BACKED OUT OF the agreement at the last minute.

Back out of

Exit a parking area in reverse gear.

She BACKED the Rolls OUT OF its parking space.

Back up

Make a copy of computer data.

You should always BACK UP important files and documents so that you won't lose all your work if something goes wrong with the hardware.

Back up


The rest of the staff BACKED her UP when she complained about working conditions.

Back up

Drive a vehicle backwards.

Tom BACKED UP without looking and ran over his laptop.

Bag out


Don't bag out BAG OUT Australian English.

Bail out

Save, rescue.

The government had to BAIL OUT the airline because it was losing so much money.

Bail out

Remove water from something that is flooded.

The boat was leaking so they had to BAIL it OUT.

Bail out

Jump out of a plane because it is going to crash.

The pilot BAILED OUT when he saw that the engines had failed.

Bail out of

Pay a bond to release someone from jail.

I must BAIL my drunken brother OUT OF jail.

Bail out on

Stop supporting someone when they are in trouble.

Everybody BAILED OUT ON him when the scandal broke.

Bail up

Talk to someone and delay them.

I was late because he BAILED me UP on the phone and wouldn't shut up.

Bail up

Rob someone at gunpoint.

He was BAILED UP by a couple of muggers as he came out of the bank.

Ball up

Confuse or make things complicated.

The new project has BALLED me UP- I have no idea what to do.

Ball up

Roll or form into a round shape.

He BALLED UP his napkin when he had finished eating.

Balls up

Spoil, ruin.

He BALLSED the presentation UP.

Bang about

Move in a place making a lot of noise.

He's BANGING ABOUT in the kitchen.

Bang around

Move in a place making a lot of noise.

I can hear him BANGING ABOUT upstairs.

Bang on

Talk at great length.

He BANGED ON for half an hour but no one was listening.

Bang on about

Keep talking about something.

He's always BANGING ON ABOUT football.

Bang out

Play a musical instrument loudly.

She BANGED the tune OUT on the piano.

Bang up

Put someone in prison.

The judge BANGED him UP for eight years.

Bang up

Damage badly.

He BANGED his car UP last night.

Bank on

Count or rely on.

I'm BANKING ON your help; I can't do it alone.

Bargain down

Persuade someone to drop the price of something they're selling.

I BARGAINED her DOWN to half what she originally wanted.

Bargain for

Expect something to happen (usually negative).

I hadn't BARGAINED FOR so many people coming.

Bargain on

Expect something to happen (usually negative).

I hadn't BARGAINED ON him coming.

Barge in

Enter a place and interrupt.

He keeps BARGING IN and asking stupid questions when I'm trying to work.

Barge into

Enter a place and interrupt people rudely.

They BARGED INTO my office without knocking and started talking even though I was on the phone.

Bash about

Mistreat physically.

If you BASH your monitor ABOUT like that, it won't last long.

Bash in

Break, damage or injure by hitting.

The burglars BASHED the door IN to enter the house.

Bash out

Write something quickly without much preparation.

I BASHED the essay OUT the night before I had to hand it in.

Bash up

Break, damage or hurt by hitting.

They BASHED him UP in the fight in the pub last week and he had to go to hospital.

Bawl out

Scold, shout at someone.

She BAWLED me OUT for coming home drunk.

Bawl out


She BAWLED Raj OUT for getting there late.

Bawl out

Sing or shout unpleasantly loudly.

He BAWLED OUT our names at the top of his voice.

Be after

Try to find or get.

The police ARE AFTER him because of the theft.

Be along


The next bus should BE ALONG in the next quarter of an hour or so.

Be away

Be elsewhere; on holiday, etc..

She's AWAY on business for three weeks.

Be cut out for

Be suitable, have the necessary qualities.

She's not CUT OUT FOR this kind of work.

Be cut up

Be upset.

She was very CUT UP about coming second as she thought she deserved to win.

Be down

Be depressed.

He's BEEN DOWN since his partner left him.

Be down

Be reduced or less.

The firm's profits ARE DOWN by ten percent this quarter.

Be down on

Have negative feelings toward someone.

After the argument, James is DOWN ON his boss.

Be down with

Be ill.

Gul is DOWN WITH some bug and is off work today.

Be fed up

Be bored, upset or sick of something.

I AM FED UP of his complaints.

Be in

Be at home or at work.

They ARE never IN; I always get their answerphone.

Be in

Be submitted, arrive.

The application form must BE IN by 3pm on Friday.

Be in on

Be involved in.

Susan was the only one who WASN'T IN ON the plan.

Be not on

Be unacceptable.

The way he's behaving IS just NOT ON.

Be off

Be bad (of food).

This yoghurt must BE OFF; it smells foul.

Be off

Depart, leave.

I'm OFF home; it's five o'clock.

Be on

Be functioning (of machines).

The computer IS ON.

Be on

Take place.

The show IS ON for the next three months.

Be on

Take medication or drugs, especially when they affect the person badly.

He IS ON anti-depressants and has become very difficult to please.

Be on

Be at the top of one’s game, performing very well.

He IS really ON right now- three goals in five minutes!

Be on about

Mean, try to say.

I couldn't understand what he WAS ON ABOUT- it made no sense.

Be onto

Pursue, be aware of someone's true nature.

He's being very careful because he thinks the police ARE ONTO him.

Be out

Be absent from a place.

She IS OUT on a visit for the day.

Be out of

Have no more left.

We're OUT OF coffee so I'll have to go and get some.

Be out to


She IS OUT TO get him sacked because she hates him.

Be snowed under

Have too much work.

We're completely SNOWED UNDER at work because it's the end of the tax year.

Be taken aback

Be shocked or surprised.

I WAS TAKEN ABACK when I saw him because he's lost all his hair.

Be taken with

Like something.

I WAS very TAKEN WITH the performance- it was superb.

Be up

Be out of bed.

She's not UP yet.

Be up

Have increased or risen.

The company's profits ARE UP by fifteen percent.

Be up

When the time for something finishes or expires.

Time's UP, please finish your drinks and leave.

Be up for

Be enthusiastic about an upcoming event.

ARE you UP FOR the climb of Mt. Blanc?

Be up to

Be good enough.

He's not UP TO the job; get someone else.

Be up to

Doing something naughty or wrong.

What are those kids UP TO?

Bear down on

Move towards.

She spotted him on the other side of the room and BORE DOWN ON him.

Bear on

Influence, affect.

The judge's character may well BEAR ON the final decision.

Bear out

Confirm that something is correct.

Statistics BEAR OUT the government's positions on the issue.

Bear up

Resist pressure.

How are you BEARING UP under the strain?

Bear up under

Cope with something difficult or stressful.

He's BEARING UP UNDER the pressure.

Bear with

Be patient.

Please BEAR WITH me a moment while I finish this email.

Beat down

Strong sunshine.

The sun WAS really BEATING DOWN and we couldn't stay outdoors.

Beat down

Get someone to lower the price of something.

I managed to BEAT him DOWN to fifty Euros.

Beat out

Narrowly win in competition.

The marathon runner barely BEAT OUT his rival at the tape.

Beat up

Attack violently.

The mugger BEAT him UP and stole his wallet.

Beaver away

Work hard.

She's BEAVERING AWAY before her exams.

Beaver away at

Work hard doing something.

I have to BEAVER AWAY AT it or else I will fail the course.

Bed down

Sleep somewhere less comfortable than normal.

We had to BED DOWN on the floor for the night.

Bed down

Become established or successful over time.

The new government has found it hard to BED DOWN and become accepted.

Bed out

Move a plant outside.

I BEDDED the plants OUT when the weather warmed up.

Beef up

Make something stronger or more solid.

The company BEEFED UP their case when they saw that the public wouldn't accept their first explanation of the accident.

Belong to

Be a member.

He BELONGS TO a secret society.

Belong to

Be connected to a time, place, belief, thing, etc.

Their ideas BELONG TO the nineteenth century and seem old-fashioned now.

Belong with

Be in the correct or appropriate location with other items.

Does this disc BELONG WITH those on the shelf?

Belt out

Sing something loudly.

They BELTED OUT the national anthems before the game.

Belt up

Be quiet.

She told the students to BELT UP because they were making so much noise.

Belt up

Fasten your seatbelt.

I told the kids to BELT UP before I started the car.

Bend down

Lower the top half of your body.

I BENT DOWN to pick it up off the floor.

Bend over

Lower the top part of your body.

I BENT OVER to do my shoes up.

Bend over backwards

Do a lot to try to help or please someone.

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

Big up

Exaggerate the importance.

He BIGS himself UP all the time.

Big up

Increase the size of muscles by exercise.

They work out a lot to BIG themselves UP.

Bitch up

Spoil or ruin something.

I BITCHED UP the interview.

Black out

Fall unconscious.

He BLACKED OUT and collapsed on the floor.

Black out

Lose light.

Everything BLACKED OUT when the power supply failed.

Blank out

Censor text so that words cannot be read.

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

Blank out

Have a temporary memory failure.

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

Blare out

A loud sound or music.

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

Blast off

Leave the ground- spaceship or rocket.

The space shuttle BLASTED OFF on schedule yesterday.

Blaze away

Fire a gun repeatedly.

The shooters BLAZED AWAY at the pheasants.

Bleed out

Cause sufficient blood loss to result in death.

They BLED OUT their calves.

Bliss out

Be extremely relaxed and happy.

I BLISSED OUT on the beach all week.

Block in

Park a car and obstruct another car.

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

Block in

Shade or fill in.

He BLOCKED IN the events in his calendar.

Block off

Obstruct an exit to prevent people from leaving.

The police BLOCKED OFF the road after the murder.

Block out

Stop light from entering or leaving.

The trees BLOCK the sun OUT most of the day.

Block out

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

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

Block up

Fill a space so that nothing can pass.

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

Blow away


He grabbed a gun and BLEW the police officer AWAY.

Blow away

Beat rivals or competitors by a large margin.

Their new product has BLOWN all the others AWAY.

Blow away

Impress greatly.

Her first novel BLEW me AWAY.

Blow away

When the wind moves something from a place.

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

Blow down

When the wind forces something to fall.

A tree was BLOWN DOWN in the storm.

Blow in

Arrive, sometimes suddenly or unexpectedly.

He BLEW IN from Toronto early this morning.

Blow off

Not keep an appointment.

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

Blow off

Ignore, not do something.

I BLEW the homework OFF and did badly.

Blow off

Expel gas from the anus.

He BLEW OFF in front of everybody.

Blow out

Extinguish candles, matches, etc..

She BLEW the candles OUT on her birthday cake.

Blow out

Defeat decisively.

The Broncos BLEW OUT the Raiders 55-0.

Blow over

When a scandal gets forgotten.

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

Blow up


The bomb BLEW UP without any warning.

Blow up


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

Blow up

Enlarge (e.g., photograph)..

BLOW UP that photo so we can see his face.

Blow up

The beginning of a storm.

A storm BLEW UP while we were out walking.

Blow up

Lose your temper, become angry.

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

Blurt out

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

I was really angry when he BLURTED OUT the secret.

Board out

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

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

Board up

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

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

Bog down

Slow make progress.

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

Bog in

Eat enthusiastically.

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

Bog into

Eat something enthusiastically.

They BOGGED INTO the lunch.

Bog off!

Get lost.

He lost his temper and told her to BOG OFF.

Boil down

Simplify, reduce to the essentials.

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

Boil down to

Amount to.

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

Boil over

When a hot liquid spills out of a container.

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

Boil over

When people lose their tempers and things get nasty.

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

Boil up

Feel a negative emotion strongly.

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

Boil up

Cook or heat something to boiling point.

I BOILED UP some water for a cup of coffee.

Bolster up

Give support, reinforce, strengthen.

We were all scared but she BOLSTERED UP our courage.

Bone up

Study hard for a reason.

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

Bone up on

Study hard for a goal or reason.

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

Book in

Make a reservation in advance.

I'll BOOK us IN at the Intercontinental.

Book in

Check in at a hotel.

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

Book into

Make a reservation in advance.

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

Book into

Check in at a hotel.

We BOOKED INTO the first hotel we could find.

Book out

Leave a place in a hurry.

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

Book up


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

Boot up

Start a computer.

He BOOTED UP the computer and started work.

Border on

Be located next to a place.

Portugal BORDERS ON Spain.

Border on

Be very nearly something.

What he did was BORDERING ON betrayal.

Boss about

Use excessive authority to control people.

She BOSSES everyone ABOUT.

Boss around

Use excessive authority to control people.

He BOSSES everyone AROUND.

Botch up

Ruin or spoil something.

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

Bottle away

Store up.

He kept his feelings BOTTLED AWAY.

Bottle out

Lack courage to do something.

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

Bottle up

Not express your feelings.

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

Bottom out

Pass the lowest point and start rising.

The recession BOTTOMED OUT and the economy is recovering well.

Bounce into

Force someone.

They have BOUNCED the government INTO calling an early election.

Bounce back


The economy is BOUNCING BACK from the recession.

Bounce off

Test ideas.

They BOUNCED ideas OFF each other in a brainstorming session.

Bowl out

Hit someone's wicket in cricket with the ball.

He BOWLED the player OUT first ball.

Bowl over

Surprise someone greatly.

I was BOWLED OVER by the news.

Bowl over

Knock someone to the ground.

He was BOWLED OVER by the crowd rushing out.

Box in

Prevent something from moving, especially vehicles.

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

Box up

Pack things in boxes to move them.

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

Brace up

Feel more confident or optimistic about something.

You should BRACE UP and stop worrying.

Branch out

Move into a different area of business, etc..

The supermarkets have BRANCHED OUT into banking.

Break away

Leave an organisation, usually to form a new one.

The SDP BROKE AWAY from the Labour Party.

Break down

End negotiations unsuccessfully.

The talks between management and the unions BROKE DOWN acrimoniously.

Break down

Start crying.

He BROKE DOWN in tears.

Break down

Stop working.

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

Break down

Remove a barrier or obstacle.

He had to BREAK DOWN their opposition to his ideas.

Break in

Go into a building to steal something.

The burglars BROKE IN and stole the TV and video.

Break in

Interrupt something.

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

Break in

Train a horse to be ridden.

It took ages to BREAK the horse IN.

Break in

Carefully use new products until they are fully functional..

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

Break off

Break a piece from something.

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

Break off

End a relationship.

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

Break out

Start (war, conflict).

They're worried that war will BREAK OUT.

Break out in

Sweat heavily, develop skin sores or irritation..

The measles caused me to BREAK OUT IN a rash.

Break out of


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

Break through

Pass a barrier or obstacle.

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

Break up

Break into many pieces.

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

Break up

Close an educational institution for the holidays.

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

Break up

Finish a relationship.

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

Break up

Become inaudible over the telephone because of interference.

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

Breeze along

Move easily and quickly.

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

Breeze in

Enter a place quickly.

He BREEZED IN and started shouting at us.

Breeze into

Enter a place quickly.

He BREEZED INTO the room and switched the TV on.

Breeze through

Pass easily, succeed.

She BREEZED THROUGH her exams.

Brick in

Close or fill a space with bricks.

We BRICKED IN the side window.

Brick up

Close or fill a space with bricks.

We BRICKED the back entrance UP.

Brighten up

Improve (weather).

The day started cloudy but BRIGHTENED UP in the afternoon.

Brighten up

Become happier.

He BRIGHTENED UP when he heard the news.

Brighten up

Make something more attractive or pleasant.

We tried to BRIGHTEN the place UP by painting it.

Bring about

Make something happen.

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

Bring along

Bring someone or something to certain place.

You can BRING your friends ALONG if you like.

Bring along

Help someone improve.

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

Bring around

Persuade or convince someone.

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

Bring around

Bring something with you when you visit.

He BROUGHT some books AROUND when he came last night.

Bring around

Get someone talking about something.

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

Bring back

Cause someone to remember.

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

Bring back


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

Bring down

Make a government fall.

The vote of no-confidence BROUGHT the government DOWN.

Bring down

Make something cheaper.

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

Bring forth

Produce something, make it known or visible.

The prosecution BROUGHT FORTH a lot of evidence against him.

Bring forth


She BROUGHT FORTH a surprising result.

Bring forth

Make something happen.

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

Bring forth

Remove something from where it is kept or hidden.

She BROUGHT FORTH the diary and showed it to us.

Bring forward

Make something happen earlier than originally planned.

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

Bring in


The job BRINGS IN two thousand dollars a month.

Bring off

Succeed with something difficult.

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

Bring on

Cause something to happen or speed up the process.

Getting wet in the rain yesterday BROUGHT ON my cold.

Bring on

Make something appear.

BRING ON the dancers!

Bring out

Release or publish.

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

Bring out

Elicit a response.

Suzie BRINGS OUT the best in him.

Bring out in

Cause a health problem or reaction.

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

Bring round

Make someone wake up from unconsciousness or an anaesthetic.

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

Bring up


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

Bring up

Raise a child.

My parents BROUGHT me UP strictly.

Bring up

Be officially charged with a crime.

He was BROUGHT UP on charges of public intoxication.

Bring Up


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

Bring Up

Raise a child.

My parents BROUGHT me UP strictly.

Bring Up

Be officially charged with a crime.

He was BROUGHT UP on charges of public intoxication.

Brush off

Ignore, pay little attention.

The minister BRUSHED OFF the criticism.

Brush up

Improve a skill quickly.

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

Bubble over

Become very excited.

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

Buck up

Hurry (either transitive or reflexive).

'BUCK UP - the taxi's waiting.'

Buck up

Smarten up, improve.

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

Bucket down

Rain heavily.

Take an umbrella; it's BUCKETING DOWN.

Buckle down

Start working hard, apply yourself.

We had to BUCKLE DOWN and study for the exam.

Buckle under

Accept something under pressure, against your will.

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

Buckle up

Fasten a seatbelt.

We were told to BUCKLE UP before take-off.

Budge up

Move to make space for someone.

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

Buff up

Clear, clean or make something shine.

The silver candlestick looked lovely after I BUFFED it UP.

Buff up


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

Buff up on

Improve your knowledge quickly.

I BUFFED UP ON my grammar before the test.

Bug off!

Go away.

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

Bug out

Open your eyes wide in surprise.

He BUGGED OUT when she turned up.

Bug out

Leave somewhere in a hurry.

They BUGGED OUT when the police arrived.

Build up

Develop a company.

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

Build up


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

Bulk out

Make something bigger or thicker.

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

Bulk up

Gain weight, develop bigger muscles.

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

Bump into

Meet by chance.

I BUMPED INTO Helen on the underground the other day.

Bump off


The drug dealer was BUMPED OFF by a rival gang.

Bump up


They BUMP UP the prices in the high season.

Bundle off

Send someone somewhere.

He BUNDLED the kids OFF to bed.

Bundle out


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

Bundle up

Put on warm clothing.

We BUNDLED UP before going out as it was snowing.

Bundle up

Wrap or tie things together.

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

Bunk off

Not go to school when you should.

I used to BUNK OFF school and go into town.

Buoy up

Make someone feel more positive.

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

Buoy up

Keep afloat.

The lifejacket BUOYED me UP till the boat arrived.

Burn down

Burn completely.

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

Burn off

Remove by burning or similar process.

I BURN OFF a lot of calories in the gym.

Burn out

Lose enthusiasm and energy to continue in a demanding job.

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

Burn up

Destroy completely by fire.

All his possessions were BURNED UP in the fire.

Burn up

Drive at high speed.

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

Burn up

To be or cause to be highly annoyed.

His undeserved win in the election really BURNS me UP.

Burst into

Catch fire very quickly.

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

Burst into

Laugh, cry or clap loudly.

She BURST INTO laughter when she heard the joke.

Bust up

End a relationship, usually angrily or after arguing.

They BUST UP after a row last night.

Butt in


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

Butt out

Not be involved in other people's business.

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

Butter up

Praise or flatter someone excessively.

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

Buy in

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

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

Buy into

Accept an idea.

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

Buy off

Pay someone to stop them causing trouble.

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

Buy out

Buy somebody's share in a company.

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

Buy up

Buy all of something.

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

Buzz around

Move quickly around a place.

Reporters were BUZZING AROUND the scene of the accident.

Buzz off

Leave somewhere.

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

Buzz off!

Go away (imperative).

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

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Phrasal verbs (A and B letters)

Автор: Алиев Ахтем Алиевич

Дата: 13.02.2016

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