|Phrase ||Example |
|agree to ||I wish she would agree to my proposal. |
|agree with ||I agree with him on that point. |
|ask after ||Mr. Smith asked after John. |
|ask in ||He was asked in. |
|ask over ||Yes, you can ask your friend over. |
|back off ||She was told to back off. |
|be in ||Are your parents in? |
|be off ||I`m off now. |
|bear (up) on ||These facts do not bear on this matter. |
|bear with ||Please bear with him for a moment while he tries to put this straight. |
|beg off ||I`m sorry, I have to beg off. |
|black out ||And then she just blacked out. |
|blame on ||Don`t blame it on her. |
|blow up ||The bomb might have blown up. |
|break away |
|At last, the hostage could break away from his captors. |
|break down ||Finally her sister broke down. |
|break off ||I didn`t mean to break off anything. |
|break up ||Sue and Tim broke up last year. |
|bring along ||This year has brought along some significant changes. |
|bring down ||(1) Taxes were never brought down. |
(2) The president was brought down by this scandal.
|bring in ||My job brings in 400 dollars per week. |
|bring up ||(1) She was brought up in Wisconsin. |
(2) Why do you have to bring that up?
|build up ||He needs to do some exercises to build himself up. |
|burst in with ||She burst in with the bad news. |
|butt in ||How can we talk when you keep butting in all the time? |
|call down ||The teacher called down all the students who were late. |
|call in ||He called Kelly in. |
|call off ||I had to call off the barbecue because of the bad weather. |
|calm down ||Please calm down. |
|carry on ||Please carry on with your homework. |
|catch up (on) ||I need some time to catch up on that incident. |
|check out ||I will check it out. |
|check up (on) ||There is no need to check up on me. |
|clean down ||My hands were covered with mud, and so I cleaned them down. |
|clean off ||Can you clean off the table, please? |
|clean up ||Can you clean your room up a little? |
|clear away ||Please clear your stuff away. |
|close down ||The shop was closed down by the police. |
|close in (on) ||She closed in quietly. |
|close up ||The restaurant was closed up by the health department. |
|come around ||I knew he would come around in the end. |
|come back ||Will the good old days ever come back? |
|come by ||(1) My aunt came by yesterday. |
(2) I hope he came by this money honestly.
|come over ||Why don`t you come over next weekend? |
|cool down / off ||(1) It began to cool off after the thunderstorm. |
(2) Cool down guys!
|count (up) on ||Can we count on you? |
|cut back (on) ||I have to cut back on the water usage. |
|cut out ||Cut it out! |
|decide (up) on ||I decided on ice tea. |
|die off/out ||That species died out million years ago. |
|dirty up ||Don`t dirty your pants up! |
|do in ||He tried to do his father in. |
|do over ||I probably wouldn`t do it over. |
|do up ||(1) Do up the present quickly. |
(2) Please do up your buttons.
|do without ||I guess I will have to do without lunch today. |
|draw near ||As the time drew near,... |
|dress down ||His father dressed him down again. |
|drink up ||Drink up, and let`s going. |
|drive at ||Well, you must see what I`m driving at. |
|drive on ||We drove on till night. |
|drop by ||I hope you guys can drop by our house some time. |
|drop in (on) ||I can`t believe who dropped in on us last night. |
|drop off ||You can drop me off at the next red light. |
|dry out ||The clothes finally dried out. |
|ease off ||The storm eased off a little. |
|eat up ||Eat up, and let`s get going. |
|edge away ||The students laughed and edged away from him. |
|end up ||When will all this end up? |
|enter (into) ||We need more members to enter our team. |
|even out ||The surafce of the road was evened out. |
|even up ||Can they even up the score tonight? |
|face up (to) ||You have to face up to challenges. |
|fall apart ||The whole thing falls apart. |
|fall back on ||I had to fall back on my savings. |
|fall behind (in/on) |
get behind (in/on)
|He`s falling behind in his car payments. |
|fall through ||I hope my party next Saturday doesn`t fall through. |
|fasten up ||Please fasten up your jacket. |
|feel for ||I really feel for you. |
|fight back (at) ||It`s hard for him to fight back. |
|fight down ||I fought down the anger. |
|figure on ||I figure on the extra income. |
|figure out ||I just can`t figure her out. |
|fill in ||(1) I better fill the cracks in with something. |
(2) Would you fill in the form, please?
|fill in (for) ||I will have to fill in for him till he gets back from his vacation. |
|fill out ||Would you fill out the form, please? |
|fill up ||(1) The hole filled up with water and had to be pumped. |
(2) We will fill up at the next gas station.
|finish off ||Finish off your cup of cofee, please. |
|finish up ||I will finish my homework up in a few minutes. |
|fit in(to) ||It just doesn`t fit in. |
|fix up ||Is my bike fixed up yet? |
|fly in(to) ||When did you fly in? |
|fool around ||Stop fooling around. |
|gather up ||Let`s gather our things up and leave. |
|get across ||How can I get it across to you |
|get along with ||He couldn`t get along with her mother-in-law. |
|get at ||What exactly is he getting at? |
|get back ||When will you get back? |
|get back at ||He will get back at him someday. |
|get back to ||I will get back to you in a minute. |
|get by (on) ||She can`t get by on that much money. |
|get down to ||Now, let`s get down to homework. |
|get into ||He managed to get himself into the class he wanted. |
|get off ||I have to get off all my packages. |
|get on ||How are you getting on? |
|get on with ||(1) I need to get on doing my homework. |
(2) How do you get on with Sam?
|get out of ||You`ve got to get out of there. |
|get over ||(1) It took him a long time to get over the heart attack. |
(2) He couldn`t get over the huge rock in the path, so he went around it.
|get through ||I tried calling you, but I couldn`t get through. |
|get up ||(1) Today I got up at 10 am. |
(2) We got up a team on very short notice.
|give away (to) ||(1) He gave his car away to his brother. |
(2) Don`t give the answer away.
|give in (to) ||Why does she always give in to her brother? |
|give up ||Are you sure you want to give up your career? |
|glance over ||My teacher just glanced over my homework today. |
|go after ||He went after the man who mugged him. |
|go along with ||I`ll go along with you on that decision. |
|go around ||There`s not enough milk to go around. |
|go away ||Please go away! |
|go back ||I`ll never go back. |
|go in ||They went in after us. |
|go in for ||He goes in for playing soccer. |
|go off ||(1) The bomb went off. |
(2) My party went off as planned.
|go off with ||I guess she went off with her new boyfriend. |
|go out (with) ||Will she go out with Mike next Friday evening? |
|go through ||(1) The truck wouldn`t go through the tunnel. |
(2) He went through his pockets, looking for his wallet.
(3) How can you go through all the chocolate so fast?
(4) You won`t believe what I`ve went through.
(5) I guess we need to go through the whole song a few more times.
|go under ||(1) I was afraid that our ship would go under. |
(2) The company went under.
|go without ||I just cannot go without some candy from time to time. |
|hand down ||(1) The court has not yet handed down a ruling. |
(2) He will hand this down to his granddaughter.
|hand out ||The teacher handed out the test to the surprised students. |
|hang around (with) ||I usually spend much time hanging around with miy friends. |
|hang on ||(1) Hang on, please. |
(2) They couldn`t hang on much longer.
|hang up ||Why did you hang up on me? |
|happen (upon) ||I just happened upon her. |
|heal up ||My injury healed up in around no time. |
|hear out ||Hear me out, will you? I have more to tell. |
|heat up ||How soon will lunch be heated up? |
|help out ||Can you help me out? |
|hide away ||Can you hide this book away where no one will find it? |
|hide out (from) ||Ben was hiding out from the police. |
|hit back (at) ||He hit me, but I didn`t hit back at him. |
|hit on ||Tom was hitting on Mike`s fiancée. |
|hit (upon) ||I guess I have hit upon something. |
|hold back (on) ||They hold back on signing the new deal. |
|hold on ||Hold on a minute! I have to check this first. |
|hold out ||I don`t know how long they can hould out. |
|hold up ||Some moron tried to hold me up. |
|hurry on/up ||Hurry on, will you? I got some errands to run today. |
|Phrase ||Example |
|idle away ||Don`t idle the whole day away. |
|insist (on) ||He also insisted on it. |
|invite over ||Let`s invite them over for dinner. |
|jump in(to) ||I just jumped into the pool and had a refreshing swim. |
|keep at ||I need to keep at this. |
|keep off ||Please keep off the lawn. |
|keep on ||(1) It`s a little chilly in here, so I better keep my coat on. |
(2) Just keep on practicing your scales by simply playing them up and down.
|keep out (of) ||(1) Keep out of this and mind your own business. |
(2) My door is closed. Keep out!
|knock off ||Knock it off! |
|knock over ||Her reaction simply knocked me over. |
|lead up to ||(1) A narrow path leads up to his cabin. |
(2) She was just leading up to something when he interrupted.
|leak out ||I hope that news does not leak out. |
|lean over ||Lean over and pick it up yourself! |
|leave out (of) ||Leave me out of it, please. |
|leave up to ||They left this decision up to me. |
|let down ||I won`t let you down again. |
|let on (about) ||I promised I wouldn`t let on about her new job. |
|let up ||The storm has let up. |
|level off ||Things will level off by the end of the month. |
|lie down ||I need to lie down and take a little nap. |
|light up ||We lighted the house up with the headlights of our automobile. |
|lighten up ||Hey, lighten up a little. Enjoy the day. |
|line up ||(1) Everyone, please line up. |
(2) Try to line up for tomorrow evening.
|live up to ||That meal did not live up to my expectations. |
|look back (at/on) ||When I look back on him, I am amazed at all he has accomplished. |
|look in (on) ||I will look in on him from time to time. |
|look out (for) ||Look out for that car! |
|look up to ||She is glad they look up to her. |
|loom up ||An old cottage loomed up in the distance. |
|loosen up ||Relax and loosen yourself up. |
|make out ||Can you make out what she is saying? |
|make out with ||There are hot pictures of him making out with a nun. |
|make up ||(1) Did she make up the clowns yet? |
(2) I made up that story.
(3) I`m sorry, but you can`t make up that test you missed.
(4) Class participation will make up 25% of your final grade.
(5) They kissed and made up.
(6) You think I make this up?
|march on ||Time marches on. |
|mark down ||Pineapples are marked down again. |
|mark up ||Watermelons are marked up again. |
|mess up ||(1) He messed up his room. |
(2) The dirty water messed my pants up.
(3) Losing my job really messed my life up.
|move in(to) ||I moved into a new apartment last month. |
|move off (from) ||The officer stopped for a minute, asked some questions, and then moved off. |
|move on (to) ||Alright, let`s move on to our next point. |
|move out (of) ||I moved out of my old apartment last month. |
|move up (to) ||How long will it be before they can move her up? |
|nail up ||(1) Please nail this picture up. |
(2) Who nailed up the door? I can`t get out.
|open up ||They opened up the border a few weeks ago. |
|order in(to) ||The officer ordered me in. |
|pass away/on ||Her uncle passed away last summer. |
|pass out ||(1) Don`t drink until you pass out. |
(2) Please can you pass these handouts out to everyone?
|pay off ||The time I spent in this project didn`t pay off. |
|pay up ||Please pay all your dues up. |
|pick up ||(1) Relax. I will pick her up from school. |
(2) Help me pick up this guy from the sidewalk, will you?
(3) The storm picked up about midnight.
(4) I picked up a little French while I was in Quebec.
|pile up ||Exams are piling up on my desk. |
|plan out ||They met and planned out their strategy. |
|play along ||The guy with the guitar came in and played along. |
|point out ||That`s exactly what I pointed out earlier. |
|pop up ||I don`t know where he`s going to pop up next. |
|power up ||Okay, let`s power up the engine and get going. |
|pull in(to) ||A stranger just pulled into our driveway. |
|pull up ||He reached down and pulled her up. |
|put across to ||How can I best put this across to them? |
|put on ||(1) Don`t put your brother on. |
(2) Don`t you have some clothes to put on?
|put off (until) ||Can`t you just put this off until tomorrow? |
|put up with ||I just don`t know why I even put up with you. |
|quiet down ||(1) Try to quiet him down. |
(2) Ask him to quiet down.
|raise up ||She raised herself up with the greatest difficulty. |
|rattle off ||She rattled off the long list of names. |
|reach out ||I reached out, but there was nothing I could get hold of. |
|read over / through ||Please read this text over and tell me what is about. |
|rely (up)on ||Can we rely on you in this case? |
|ride away / off ||I said good good-bye and rode off. |
|ride out ||Things are rough around here, but I think I can ride it out. |
|room together ||We roomed together in college. |
|rub away ||I used that towel to rub away the dirt on my shoes. |
|rule on ||When will the court rule on your decision? |
|run around with ||I used to run around with them after school. |
|run away ||The cat ran away from me. |
|run down ||(1) It appears that the car ran down. |
(2) All the critics ran the movie down.
|run off ||I ran off as fast as I could. |
|run off with ||The kidnappers ran off with her little daughter. |
|run over ||(1) He ran over his neighbor`s cat. |
(2) I ran over the time allotted for the presentation.
|run on ||I wanted to stop him, but he ran on. |
|run out of ||I`m afraid we ran out of milk and cookies. |
|rush in(to) ||Don`t rush into this job. |
|Phrase ||Example |
|save up ||I`m saving up money for a new car. |
|see through ||(1) I knew what he was up to, because I saw through him. |
(2) I`ll see this project through.
|sell out (to) ||(1) He refused to sell out to a large corporation. |
(2) He shouldn`t have sold out to them.
|send away for ||I had to send away for a new part. |
|send for ||He sent for his secretary. |
|send over (to) ||She sent me over to her office. |
|set in ||The tournament set in early in January. |
|set up (for) ||I will set up a meeting for next week. |
|settle down ||(1) One day they will settle down in a small cabin in the mountains. |
(2) Will you please settle down and relax?
|shoot up ||Jane shot up just after she turned thirteen. |
|show off ||Stop showing off. |
|sign in ||Did you remember to sign in? |
|sign up for ||Did you remember to sign up for the class? |
|sit around ||Don`t just sit around. Do something! |
|sit down ||Please, sit down and relax. |
|sit in on ||You guys mind if I sit in on your discussion? |
|sit out ||I`m not playing. I better sit out this time. |
|sit up ||(1) I sat up and read a book. |
(2) I wouldn`t get such terrible backaches if I would sit up properly.
|sleep in ||I slept in this morning. |
|slim down ||You have slimmed down a lot since last spring break. |
|slip up ||You must not slip up again. |
|slow down ||You`re going to fast. Please slow down. |
|smash into ||The car smashed into the side of a bus. |
|sober up ||Some coffee definitely won`t sober them up. |
|speak up ||Please speak up. I nearly can`t hear you. |
|speak up for ||You can speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. |
|split up ||We had to split the class up into two classes. |
|spread out ||He told them to spread out and continue their search. |
|stand around ||Don`t stand around. Get busy! |
|stand by ||Stand by while I search for another song. |
|stand in (for) ||Sam is sick. Can you stand in for him? |
|stand up ||She stood up and look across the room. |
|start off ||When will we start off? |
|start out ||We will start out whenever you are ready. |
|start over ||Sorry, I guess I messed this up, so can I start over? |
|start up ||Start your car up and let`s go. |
|stay over ||Can my friend stay over, please? |
|steal away ||She stealed away while he was refilling her coffee. |
|step aside ||Step aside, please. You`re in my way. |
|step up ||Traffic has stepped up since the road was fixed. |
|stick together ||We must stick together. |
|stop by ||Please stop by before you go on vacation. |
|stop in ||Can`t you just stop in for a few minutes? |
|stop over ||We stopped over in Chicago for two nights. |
|storm in(to) ||He stormed into the room, shouting and yelling. |
|storm out (of) ||He got angry and stormed out of the meeting. |
|straighten out ||(1) We have to straighten this mess out. |
(2) They straightened out the line of people.
|straighten up ||My room is a total mess. I better straighten it up right away. |
|strip down ||The doctor told me to strip down for the examination. |
|sum up ||Can you sum up the the arguments of this essay? |
|swell up ||I bumped my ankle and it swelled up. |
|switch off ||I forgot to switch the TV off before I went to bed. |
|switch on ||Can someone switch the light on, please? |
|take away ||The police took her daughter away. |
|take apart ||Don`t take my TV apart. |
|take in ||Don`t take strangers in. |
|take off ||(1) When does your plane take off? |
(2) Sorry, I have to take off now.
(3) Take your coat off, please.
|take over ||If you take over, you will be in charge. |
|talk back (to) ||Don`t ever talk back to her. |
|talk out ||Let`s just talk this matter out. |
|team up (with) ||I don`t want to team up with him. |
|tear off (of) ||She tore off the label of the bottle. |
|tell off ||I should have told him off. |
|tell on ||I`m going to call your father and tell on you. |
|think back (to) ||Try and think back to the morning of June 5. |
|think over ||I needed a few minutes to think it over. |
|think through ||First, let me think this through and I`ll call you tomorrow first in the morning. |
|think of ||I quickly had to think of something. |
|think up ||I`ll think something up. |
|throw up ||I was so nauseous I almost had to throw up. |
|tidy up ||Your room looks like a pig sty. You better tidy it up now. |
|tool up ||I needed to tool up to do the job. |
|trick into ||He tried to trick her into doing it his way. |
|try out ||Let`s try out this candy store. |
|turn around/about ||The car turned around and went the other way. |
|turn down ||(1) He turned his collar down, when he entered her house. |
(2) Turn the music down a little, will you?
(3) Our proposal was turned down.
|turn in ||I need some sleep. I`m going to turn in now. |
|turn in(to) ||Turn in for some gas. |
|turn off ||Could you please turn the radio off? |
|turn on ||Don`t forget to turn on the lights when the sun goes down. |
|turn up ||(1) Turn your cuffs up, please. |
(2) Something always turns up.
(3) Apparently, new evidence has turned up.
|use up ||You can use it up. I have more of it. |
|vote down ||They voted him down. |
|wake up ||Wake up! We have hit the road. |
|walk off ||They didn`t even say good-bye. They just walked off. |
|walk out (on) ||My sister walked out on Fred because she was fed up with him. |
|watch over ||Can you watch over the kids while we"re gone. |
|watch out (for) ||Watch out for the snakes in the bushes. |
|wear out ||After weeks of learning for this stupid test, I`m finally worn out. |
|wipe off (of) ||Don`t use your sleeve to wipe the ice cream off of your hand. |
|work out ||(1) Everything will work out in the end. |
(2) She needs to work out more often.
|work over ||They really worked him over. |
|write away for ||I wrote away for a book on poetry. |
|yell out ||The pain caused me to yell out. |
|zip up ||I had better zip my jacket up. |
|zoom in (on) ||She zoomed in on this issue.|