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The 15 most useful phrasal verbs with additional examples
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Terms in this set (15)
to stop or make stop -"Call off your dog. I'm scared!
search for. "I'll go online and look up 'phrasal verbs'."
Get away with
escape blame/punishment. "The crook got away with 500 dollars".
used in discussing health - "The victim of the attack pulled through with no lingering injuries".
To put an end to (a relationship) "When Matilda dumped Fred, he was pretty broken up about it."
a tire flattens while driving-"Mel had a blowout on the way to work"-and it indicates a lopsided sports score. "It was a blowout; the Packers beat the Bears 24 to 3." It is also used to indicate anger: "Ed broke Bob's window, and Bob had a complete blowout when he saw it".
Give in/give up
relent or surrender. "She didn't want to go, but the kids pestered her until she gave in." "The robber gave up when the cops cornered him."
Put up with
endure, such as "Tom put up with many jokes when he rode his ostrich to work".
Look down on
a person who feels superior to others is said to "look down on" them. "Dog owners sometimes look down on cat owners, which is silly, because cat owners sometimes look down on dog owners."
become something else-"caterpillars turn into butterflies". It is also used in driving: "after you pass the park, turn into the school parking lot".
After the accident, the police told the bystanders to carry on." It is also a rant-"when she spilled her milk, she carried on about it for hours".
attend to-"babysitters look after children", or "please look after that task I gave you".
faint-"Bennie became dizzy and passed out"-or "to give": "Frankie passed out newspapers".
postpone. "He put off painting and cut the grass first." It is also used to describe an aversion: "Norm was stranded in the woods for 3 days with only a box of candy bars, so he's put off by chocolate for now".
Look forward to
anticipate. "I look forward to meeting with you," or "kids look forward to the holidays".
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