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Phrasal verbs

by Diego azaf Juarez Sanchez


invite on a date
Julio asked Judy out to dinner and a movie.
back somebody up
My wife backed me up over my decision to quit my job.
ask around
ask many people the same question
asked around but no one has seen my dog.
blow up
The racing car blew up after it crashed into the fence.
add up to something
Your purchases add up to $205.32.
blow something up
add air
We have to blow 50 balloons up for the party.
back something up
You'll have to back up your car so that I can get out.
break down
stop functioning (vehicle, machine)
Our car broke down at the side of the highway in the snowstorm.
break down
get upset
The woman broke down when the police told her that her son had died.
break something in
wear something a few times so that it doesn't look/feel new
I need to break these shoes in before we run next week.
break something down
divide into smaller parts
Our teacher broke the final project down into three separate parts.
break in
The TV station broke in to report the news of the president's death.
break in
force entry to a building
Somebody broke in last night and stole our stereo.
break up
end a relationship
My boyfriend and I broke up before I moved to America.
break into something
enter forcibly
The firemen had to break into the room to rescue the children.
break out
The prisoners broke out of jail when the guards weren't looking.
break out insomething
develop a skin condition
broke out in a rash after our camping trip.

make unhappy
This sad music is bringing me down.
bring somebody up
raise a child
My grandparents brought me up after my parents died.

bring something up
start talking about a subject
My mother walks out of the room when my father brings up sports.
He drank so much that he brought his dinner up in the toilet.

call around
phone many different places/people
We called around but we weren't able to find the car part we needed.

return a phone call
called the company back but the offices were closed for the weekend.

Jason called the wedding off because he wasn't in love with his fiancé.
call on somebody
ask for an answer or opinion
The professor called on me for question 1.

call on somebody
visit somebody
We called on you last night but you weren't home.

call somebody up
Give me your phone number and I will call you up when we are in town.

calm down
relax after being angry
You are still mad. You need to calm down before you drive the car.
not care for somebody/ something
not like (formal)
I don't care for his behaviour.}

catch up
get to the same point as somebody else
You'll have to run faster than that if you want to catch up with Marty.

check in
arrive and register at a hotel or airport
We will get the hotel keys when we check in.

check out
leave a hotel
You have to check out of the hotel before 11:00 AM.
check somebody/ something out
look at carefully, investigate
The company checks out all new employees.

check out somebody/ something
look at (informal)
Check out the crazy hair on that guy!

cheer up
become happier
She cheered up when she heard the good news.

cheer somebody up
make happier
I brought you some flowers to cheer you up.
chip in
If everyone chips in we can get the kitchen painted by noon.

clean something up
tidy, clean
Please clean up your bedroom before you go outside.

come across something
find unexpectedly
came across these old photos when I was tidying the closet.

come apart
The top and bottom come apart if you pull hard enough.
come down with something
become sick
My nephew came down with chicken pox this weekend.

come forward
volunteer for a task or to give evidence
The woman came forward with her husband's finger prints.

come from some place
originate in
The art of origami comes from Asia.

count on somebody/ something
rely on
I am counting on you to make dinner while I am out.
draw a line through
Please cross out your old address and write your new one.

cut back onsomething
consume less
My doctor wants me to cut back on sweets and fatty foods.

make something fall to the ground
We had to cut the old tree in our yard down after the storm.

cut in
Your father cut in while I was dancing with your uncle.