100 Phrasal Verbs OF English Grammer

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100 Phrasal Verbs

  1. Catch out
    Meaning: to show that sb is doing wrong

Example Sentence: One day he caught her out when he found some letters she’d written.

  1. Catch up on (sth)
    Meaning: to deal with a special activity to complete it.

Example Sentence: You have to catch up on your reading.

  1. Catch (sb) up on (sth)
    Meaning: to give sb the latest news or information about sth

Example Sentence: Can someone catch us up on the latest news?

  1. Catch on
    Meaning: to become popular

Example Sentence: This game will catch on among young people.

  1. Catch up (sb)
    Meaning: to reach sb by walking faster

Example Sentence: Shailesh caught up with you later.

  1. Catch up in (sth)
    Meaning: to be involved in sth unwillingly

Example Sentence: They weren’t part of the conflict; they were just caught up in it.

  1. Clear away
    Meaning: to take away sth to clear a place
    Example Sentence: You should clear away all your toys before bedtime.

  1. Clear out (of)
    Meaning: to leave a place

Example Sentence: Alka will clear out of the house in two weeks.

  1. Clear sb off
    Meaning: to make sb go away from a place
    Example Sentence: The police will use dogs to clear the protesters off the road.

  1. Clear up
    Meaning: to solve or explain

Example Sentence: I think the trouble will clear up in a couple of days.

  1. Check off
    Meaning: to mark with a tick
    Example Sentence: Let’s check off the names of the people to be invited.

  1. Knock off
    Meaning: to stop working at the end of the day

Example Sentence: What time will they knock off?

  1. Knock back
    Meaning: to quickly drink sth
    Example Sentence: We have knocked back two double rums.

  1. Knock up
    Meaning: to build or assemble sth quickly
    Example Sentence: Shailesh knocked up a bed out of some old pieces of wood?

  1. Carry over
    Meaning: Continue past a certain point

Example Sentence: The meeting carried over into lunch time.

  1. Carry out
    Meaning: Perform a task
    Example Sentence: I would like to carry out the plan.

  1. Carry on with
    Meaning: Continue
    Example Sentence: I want you to carry on with the work while I am out of country.

  1. Get on
    Meaning: Enter a train, bus, plane etc… to climb on board

Example Sentence: I think they get on the wrong train.

  1. Drop off
    Meaning: Take somebody to a place

Example Sentence: Where do you want me to drop you off?

  1. Check in
    Meaning: Confirm you are taking a flight
    Example Sentence: I usually check in online.
  1. Touch down
    Meaning: Land (planes)

Example Sentence: Our flight touched down before night.

  1. Hold up
    Meaning: Delay when travelling
    Example Sentence: I’m sorry, I am late but I was help up at work.

  1. Set off
    Meaning: Start a journey
    Example Sentence: They set off for London just after five.

  1. Stop over
    Meaning: Stay at a place for a night on the way to somewhere else
    Example Sentence: They stopped over in Singapore on their way to Australia.

  1. Get away
    Meaning: Take a vacation, especially because you need a rest

Example Sentence: I would love to get away and go to the beach next month.

  1. Hang around
    Meaning: to move or to do sth slowly
    Example Sentence: Don’t hang around, you have a train to catch!

  1. Hang on
    Meaning: to wait for a short time

Example Sentence: Hang on a minute; I’m just coming.

  1. Hang out
    Meaning: to spend a lot of time in a place
    Example Sentence: We will spend the whole day hanging out by the pool.

  1. Hang over
    Meaning: to hover over

Example Sentence: The clouds of war will hang over the east.

  1. Keep from
    Meaning: refrain, control yourself

Example Sentence: I couldn’t keep from playing football.

  1. Keep in
    Meaning: not allow someone out.
    Example Sentence: Children were kept in after school.

  1. Keep off
    Meaning: to not touch something
    Example Sentence: Shailesh kept off the subject of his divorce.

  1. Keep away
    Meaning: to avoid someone or something
    Example Sentence: You must keep away medicines from children.

  1. Make after
    Meaning: to chase or follow
    Example Sentence: The policeman made after the thief.

  1. Make up
    Meaning: to make peace

Example Sentence: Please come back. I want to make up.

  1. Make out
    Meaning: to succeed in business
    Example Sentence: How are you making out in your new job?

  1. Make up for
    Meaning: to recover, make sth better
    Example Sentence: Nothing can make up for the loss of a child.

  1. Make into
    Meaning: to change sth into sth else

Example Sentence: We had made the living room into an office.

  1. Read back
    Meaning: to read something again
    Example Sentence: Please read back the text of the message.

  1. Read up on sth
    Meaning: to read a lot about in order to learn about it
    Example Sentence: I read up on the history of the World War II.
  1. Read over
    Meaning: look for mistakes or check details

Example Sentence: I asked her to read over my essay.

  1. Read through
    Meaning: to read quickly beginning to the end

Example Sentence: Always read through your work when you’ve finished.

  1. Look ahead
    Meaning: to think about future

Example Sentence: The past is past. Let us look ahead.

  1. Look back
    Meaning: to think about past
    Example Sentence: When I look back I can see where we went wrong.

  1. Look after
    Meaning: to take care of sb/sth
    Example Sentence: He is not competent to look after young children.

  1. Look round
    Meaning: to visit a place and look at the things in it
    Example Sentence: I will spend all day looking round the city.

  1. Look on
    Meaning: to watch sth happen without taking part in it
    Example Sentence: Look on the bright side –no one was badly hurt.

  1. Look forward to
    Meaning: something that is going to happen
    Example Sentence: Shailesh had worked hard and was looking forward to his retirement.

  1. Look in
    Meaning: to pay a short visit
    Example Sentence: You’ll look in and say hello when you have time.

  1. Take over
    Meaning: to get control of sth
    Example Sentence: He can take over the business when I’m away.

  1. Take away
    Meaning: to remove sth/sb from
    Example Sentence: Take away the glasses and the tray.

  1. Take in
    Meaning: to allow sb to stay in your home
    Example Sentence: My house is full; I can’t take in any more guests.

  1. Take against
    Meaning: to start to dislike

Example Sentence: Why have you suddenly taken against her?

  1. Take down
    Meaning: to remove sth from a high position
    Example Sentence: Take down this book and read slowly.

  1. Cut back
    Meaning: to reduce
    Example Sentence: The Government will cut back on defence spending.

  1. Cut in
    Meaning: to interrupt
    Example Sentence: When you cut in on our conversation, we were talking.

  1. Cut into
    Meaning: to shortening into parts or to make sth smaller
    Example Sentence: Knives easily cut into the cake.

  1. Cut across
    Meaning: to make a shorter route
    Example Sentence: If I cut across the field, it’ll save time.

  1. Cut through
    Meaning: to go through by cutting
    Example Sentence: We cut through the solid rock to build the tunnel .

  1. Cut up
    Meaning: to cut into pieces
    Example Sentence: My mother cut up the onions and put them in the pot.

  1. Cut out
    Meaning: to stop working
    Example Sentence: There are two engines. One of them cut out yesterday.

  1. Let in
    Meaning: to allow sth/sb to enter

Example Sentence: Alka opened the window to let in some fresh air.

  1. Let into
    Meaning: to put into the surface of sth

Example Sentence: A skylight had been let into the roof.

  1. Let in on
    Meaning: to allow sb to know sth
    Example Sentence: I‘m going to let him in on a little secret.

  1. Let off
    Meaning: to allow sb to leave

Example Sentence: They‘ll let you off if you apologize.

  1. Let through
    Meaning: to allow to pass

Example Sentence: Shailesh was let through to the front of the queue.

  1. Let up
    Meaning: to stop or to diminish

Example Sentence: When the rain lets up, you can go to outside.

  1. Run across
    Meaning: to meet or to find unexpectedly
    Example Sentence: I ran across some old friends at the party.

  1. Run away
    Meaning: to leave a place or sb
    Example Sentence: The prisoners ran away from the prison.

  1. Put up with
    Meaning: to tolerate
    Example Sentence: I can’t put up with it any longer.

  1. Put away
    Meaning: to clean up, to tidy

Example Sentence: Put away any valuable or breakable objects.

  1. Put across
    Meaning: to explain sth clearly

Example Sentence: He was trying to put across a serious point.

  1. Put out
    Meaning: to stop burning
    Example Sentence: It took two hours to put out the fire

  1. Put down
    Meaning: to write

Example Sentence: Put down your name in capitals.

  1. Put on
    Meaning: to wear

Example Sentence: She put on a new pair of nylon socks.

  1. Run into
    Meaning: to experience sth unexpectedly
    Example Sentence: I’ve run into a difficulty with the project.

  1. Run against
    Meaning: to oppose towards sb or sth
    Example Sentence: Luck was really running against you yesterday!

  1. Run around
    Meaning: to be very busy doing lots of things
    Example Sentence: The child ran around all day in the garden

  1. Run over
    Meaning: to look at quickly

Example Sentence: We‘ll just run over the main points again.

  1. Run on
    Meaning: to continue without interruption
    Example Sentence: The discussion ran on for hours.
  1. Run down
    Meaning: to decline in number or size
    Example Sentence: The battery has run down; it needs recharging.

  1. Set about
    Meaning: to begin doing something

Example Sentence: Tina set about studying.

  1. Set forth
    Meaning: to start a journey
    Example Sentence: They set forth on their travels in early June.

  1. Set off
    Meaning: to initiate sth working

Example Sentence: Someone set off a fire extinguisher.

  1. Set up
    Meaning: to place or to build sth
    Example Sentence: The travelers set up a camp on the river bank.

  1. Set to
    Meaning: to make sb feel sad

Example Sentence: When my work gets me down, I want to resign.

  1. Set aside
    Meaning: to keep sth available for a purpose
    Example Sentence: We set aside some money for repairs.

  1. Set in
    Meaning: to take root, start and continue
    Example Sentence: The rainy season has set in.

  1. Set on/upon sb
    Meaning: to attack sb

Example Sentence: He was set on by a vicious dog.

  1. Set down
    Meaning: to write
    Example Sentence: The rules for service have been set down.

  1. Set back
    Meaning: to delay sth or sb

Example Sentence: The government will set back the reforms.

  1. Get along
    Meaning: to have a friendly relationship

Example Sentence: It’s impossible to get along with her.

  1. Get out
    Meaning: to become known
    Example Sentence: I don’t want it to get out that I’m leaving.

  1. Get across
    Meaning: to make sb understand

Example Sentence: Your meaning didn’t really get across.

  1. Get away
    Meaning: to escape from sb/sth
    Example Sentence: Alka will get away from work as soon as she can.

  1. Get (sb) down
    Meaning: to make sb feel sad
    Example Sentence: When my work gets me down, I want to resign.

  1. Get through
    Meaning: to be connected by phone
    Example Sentence: I tried to call her but couldn’t get through.

  1. Get around
    Meaning: to visit lots of places
    Example Sentence: It is quite easy to get around London.

  1. Get over
    Meaning: to overcome
    Example Sentence: How would you get over that problem?

  1. Get ahead
    Meaning: to be success
    Example Sentence: Shailesh wants to get ahead in his career.