Making Sense of Phrasal Verbs by Perch
Popular phrasal verbs with pictures
Terms in this set (119)
a drunk 24-year-old man in a nightclub.]
to hurt someone badly by hitting and punching.
to destroy (something or someone) by explosion; to
to stop working (of machinery)
to enter somewhere (e.g. a house) illegally, especially by
to be finished.
due to weather conditions.]
To be cancelled
. (of an event/an arrangement etc.)
(usually used in the present tense)
be taken aback
to be surprised and confused.(used in the passive)
a balloon / a tyre / a football etc. to
fill with air; to inflate.
to lose control emotionally or mentally.
to end; to interrupt; to discontinue.
talks / negotiations / an engagement / a
relationship / an agreement etc.
to start, usually suddenly.
(of unpleasant things e.g. wars, epidemics, fires,
break out in
to become covered by (something).
spots / a rash / a cold sweat
to end; to separate.
(of a marriage / a family / a relationship etc.)
to stop an activity
to take care of a child until it is fully grown and able to
care for itself; to train and prepare a child for adult life.
to improve your knowledge, skill, or memory of
(something you used to know, or do, but have now partly
to destroy by burning.(usually of buildings)
to cancel something; to abandon something that has already begun.
an event / an arrangement / an activity etc. often
used in the passive
to become less excited and tense; to help someone (or a
difficult situation) to become less excited and tense. a person / a difficult situation etc.
to fulfil or perform (something).
instructions / a duty / an order / a threat / a test etc.
to become popular.
to report one's arrival.
at a hotel, an airport etc.
to become happier.
to find or meet by chance.
something or someone
to receive something (usually money or property) after someone's death. money/property/a fortune etc.
to regain consciousness.
come up with
to think of; to produce.
an idea / a plan / a suggestion etc.
cut down on
to reduce In size or amount.
smoking / cigarettes / drinking / spending /
to disconnect, interrupt or discontinue something or
to disappear completely; to become extinct.
to repair; to improve the condition and appearance of
a house / a room / a flat / an old car etc.
to fasten; to button; to zip; to tie.
a shoelace / a zip / a dress / a coat etc.
to pay a short visit, often without warning.
to stop a vehicle and let someone get out; to take
something (or someone) to a place and leave it there
to fall asleep (often unintentionally).
to withdraw from, or stop taking part in (a competition, a
social group, a school, a university, a job etc.).
to fail to happen or be completed (of plans,
arrangements, schemes etc.).
a form/a questionnaire etc. to complete (a form).
to make an effort to discover or get to know (something).
the truth / a secret / an address / the time /
get away with
to do something wrong or illegal without being punished
(usually without even being discovered or caught).
to recover from (something)
an illness / a failure / a difficulty / a shock etc.
to solve or avoid a problem.
a problem / a difficulty etc.
to persuade someone to do what you want; to persuade
someone to let you do what you want.
to contact someone (usually by telephone).
to finish; to complete.
some work / a task / a book etc.
to stop resisting; to surrender.
to give (something or things) to each person in a group of people; to distribute.
books/examination papers / pills etc.
to surrender oneself (usually to someone).
to stop trying to do something (often because it is too
to stop doing or having (something).(of an habitual activity, smoking / drinking / a job etc.)
to become less swollen.
a person, an animal.
to explode or
fire; (of alarms or alarm clocks) to ring suddenly.
(of explosive devices e.g. bombs, guns etc.)
to examine (something).
to match or suit (something).
to develop from a child into an adult.
to wait (especially on the telephone).
to stop; to delay.
usually used in the passive
to rob, especially using a weapon (e.g. a gun).
a person / a bank / a vehicle etc.
to stop employing (a worker), often for a short time
because there is not enough work.
to disappoint someone (often by breaking a promise or
to excuse (someone) from (a punishment, a duty, or
to allow (a person or an animal) to leave (a place); to
to take care of someone or something
to remember and think about the past.
look down on
to think that someone (or something) is inferior, low or
worthless; to disapprove of (someone or something).
to try to find (something or someone), often a thing or
person that is lost.
look forward to
to think with pleasure about a future event that you
expect to enjoy.
to investigate; to carefully examine a situation or event
and try to discover the reasons for it.
to examine (someone or something) carefully and fully.
some work / a car / a house / a document / a
suggestion / an applicant etc.
to visit and tour round a place.
a house / a shop / a town / a factory / an
to find (or try to find) something (e.g. a telephone
number) in a book (e.g. a telephone directory).
look up to
to respect (someone); to admire (someone).
to see, hear, or understand (something or someone),
often with difficulty
Often used in negative with can't and couldn't
to write (a cheque)
to become friends again after a quarrel.
to invent, sometimes with the purpose of deception.
a story / a poem / an excuse / an explanation
make up for
to compensate for.
mistake / doing or not doing something
to think wrongly that (one thing or person) is (another
thing or person).
to tell (someone) that you have done something wrong or
that you are at fault.
to die.(usually of a person)
to lose consciousness.
to give someone a ride in a vehicle; to collect someone
or something (sometimes in a vehicle).
to draw attention to something or someone.
to offer (a proposal / a plan etc.) for consideration.
to delay doing something until a later date; to delay an
event or arrangement until a later date.
to discourage, or distract, (someone) from doing something.
to dress oneself.
a cigarette / a light / a fire etc.
to connect a telephone caller to the number he or she
put up with
to suffer (a difficult situation or person) without complaining.
to use a new (or reconditioned) engine carefully until it
is ready for normal use.
a motor cycle / a new car / a machine etc.
to meet by chance.
to use all of (something) and have no more left.
of coffee / sugar / money / patience / time etc.
to say goodbye to someone who is going on a journey at
the place (e.g. airport, station etc.) where the journey
to start a journey.
to absorb; to become filled with (something).
a liquid / information / knowledge / punishment etc.
to speak louder.
often used in the imperative
to represent or mean; to be a sign or short form of
to look or be like an older relative.
to record in writing.
a statement / a telephone number / some
to deceive (someone); to cheat (someone).
often used in the passive
to rise from the ground.(of an aeroplane)
to remove anything that is worn on the body (especially
to assume responsibility for, or control of, (something or a
situation) from someone else.
a hobby / a sport / a job / a habit etc.
to begin to study, practise, or do (something).
to destroy completely by tearing.
a piece of paper / a letter / a newspaper etc.
to speak angrily to someone who has done something
wrong; to find fault with someone.
to consider (something) carefully.
a problem / a proposal / a situation etc.
to put on an article of clothing to see if it fits and how it looks.
a hat / a new pair of shoes / a dress etc.
to test something (or someone) by using it.
to refuse or reject (something or someone).
a request/an offer/an applicant/an application etc.
something or someone
to change; to become.
to disappear gradually.
to use (something) until it becomes unfit for further use;
to become unusable after excessive use.
to tire greatly; to exhaust.
often used in the passive
to solve a problem by calculation or study; to produce a
way of dealing with a problem or situation by thinking.
a sum / a problem / a plan / a method etc.