Phrasal verbs 1
Terms in this set (45)
cut down on
to reduce In size or amount.
smoking / cigarettes / drinking / spending /
eg: I've decided to ________ smoking.
catch up with
Reach the same place as
eg: I take 10 minutes to _______ two senior colleagues.
come up against
eg: I'm afraid we've ________ a problem we can't solve.
come up with
To think of; to produce.
an idea / a plan / a suggestion etc.
eg: In order for that small business to succeed, it needs to _____ a new strategy.
drop in on
Visit for a short time
eg: I _______ Bill and Sheila on my way home.
face up to
Accept, deal with
eg: You must ________ reality!
feel up to
Have the strength and energy to do
eg: You must _______ going to work.
get away with
Do something wrong without being noticed or punished
eg: Jack stole the money and ________ it.
get along / on with
have a good relationship
eg: Do you ______ /______ your new boss?
get on with
eg: Stop talking and ________ your work!
get out of
Avoid a responsibility
eg: The company wanted to _____ the area before property values declined even futher.
get round to
Find time to do
eg: Sorry, but I haven't ________ fixing the tap yet.
get up to
Do something bad
eg: What has young Bill been __________?
go in for
Have as a hobby
Take part in a competition
eg: Do you ________ sailing?
grow out of
Become too old for
eg: Julie has _______ playing with dolls
keep up with
Go at the same speed as
eg: Employees are encouraged to take courses in order to ________ new developments.
look down on
Feel superior to
Think that you are better than
eg: Our neighbours ________ anyone without a car
look up to
to respect (someone); to admire (someone).
eg: Staff members _____ the director because he had earned their respect over the year.
look forward to
Think we will enjoy
To think with pleasure about a future event that you
expect to enjoy.
eg: We _____ seeing you at the next meeting.
make up for
To compensate for (a mistake / doing or not doing something / etc.)
eg: This wonderful dinner ________ the bad service
put up with
Accept without complaining
eg: I can't _________ these screaming children!
run out of
Have no more of
No longer have a supply
eg: Oh dear, we've _______ petrol!
stand up for
To defend; support a cause or idea.
eg: You must learn to ______ yourself!
Ask for news of
eg: Jim _______ you yesterday
Come to your house and collect you
eg: I'll _______ you at six.
Visit for a short time
eg: You should ___ ___ your family more often. You should visit them.
To find or meet by chance.
something or someone
eg: Joe _______ this old painting in the attic
To receive money, land, or property from someone after they have died
eg: Sue ________ a large sum of money.
To rely on someone or something
eg: I always ___________ her to give me good advice
Take action to solve a problem
eg: How can we _______ the traffic problem?
Manage without having.
eg: I don't think I could __________ my phone. I depend on it for everything!
eg: His boss is always ________ him for arriving late.
eg: What do you think she's ________? I've no idea what she wants.
To recover from (something)
an illness / a failure / a difficulty / a shock etc.
eg: It took me ages to __________ the bout of flu.
Discuss the details
Look at something, revise
eg: We _________ our notes before the exam.
Take part in, contribute to
Become involved in an activity with others
eg: Try to _______ the lesson as much as you can
Have as income
eg: They ________ the money her father gives them
To try to discover the facts about something such as a problem or a crime
eg: The government _________ the problem
Look at everything
eg: Let's _________ the town today.
Go in the direction of
eg: Where are you ________ exactly?
Choose a person to punish
eg: My teacher is always ________ me.
Meet by chance
eg: I _______ James in a bar in the City on Friday.
eg: My dad said he was going to ________ buying me a car.
Attend to, take care of
eg: Can you _____ the dog's food?
eg: I'm not going to ______ their rudeness any longer.
Have the same characteristics as
To look or be like an older relative
eg: Helen _______ her mother
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