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PHRASAL

MEANING EXAMPLE SENTENCE


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ask many
1. I decided I'd better ask around _ see how people
people the
use them.
1. ask around same
2. Ask around and find out if it is.
question

1. Your purchases add up to $205.32.


2. add up to equal
2. All can add up to a bitter pill to swallow.

1. You’ll have to back up your car so that I can


get out.
3. back up reverse
2. There are fears that stinking sewage may back up
into homes and businesses.

1. `That's Hector Coyne, the MP someone tried to blow


up last Saturday.
4. blow up explode
2. Surely the first thing they did was to blow up
the relay stations.

1. In crime novels, the cops have


a couple of suspects and then break down the door
stop functioning
5. break down and arrestone.
(vehicle, machine)
2. Luther watched him a minute to see if he would break
down, but he was resolute.

1. At one's own parties, she pointed out, one


force entry to a was entitled to break-in on any conversation.
6. break in
building 2. It said the precise time of the break-in had not
been communicated..

1. The firemen had to break into the room to


rescue the children.
7. break into enter forcibly 2. Through the wall, fifteen or
so Kurds begin a heated argument, and then
spontaneously break into rousing song.

1. This uneven distribution appears to be linked to the


break-up of
8. break up end a relationship
the ancient supercontinent of Gondwanaland..
2. Just after Christmas they had their first real break-up.

1. I wanna jus ' break out, come clean an


"be straight an' lay it all on the table.
9. break out escape
2. They died, to a man, when they tried to break out,
after the order to surrender had been given.
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MEANING EXAMPLE SENTENCE
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develop a skin 1. He may break out in a rash when he eats these nuts..
10. break out in
condition 2. When I'm stressed I break out in a rash.

develop a skin 1. He may break out in a rash when he eats these nuts..
11. break out in
condition 2. When I'm stressed I break out in a rash.

1. Chavasse raised his right arm to bring down


the edge of his hand.
12. bring down make unhappy
2. When will you begin discussions to bring down
the Wall and reunite Berlin?

1. When someone bring up a child, they look after

13. bring up raise a child it until it is an adult. .


2. She is naturally very funny and can riff amusingly
on almost any subject we bring up.

1. This uneven distribution appears to be linked to the


break-up of
14. break up end a relationship
the ancient supercontinent of Gondwanaland..
2. Just after Christmas they had their first real break-up.

1. I wanna jus ' break out, come clean an


"be straight an' lay it all on the table.
15. break out escape
2. They died, to a man, when they tried to break out,
after the order to surrender had been given.

develop a skin 1. He may break out in a rash when he eats these nuts..
16. break out in
condition 2. When I'm stressed I break out in a rash.

1. Chavasse raised his right arm to bring down


the edge of his hand.
17. bring down make unhappy
2. When will you begin discussions to bring down
the Wall and reunite Berlin?

1. When someone bring up a child, they look after


18. bring up raise a child it until it is an adult. .
2. She is naturally very funny and can riff amusingly
on almost any subject we bring up.

1. ‘we are able to call on academic staff with a wide


ask for an answer
19. call on variety of expertise’.
or opinion
2. ‘he's planning to call on Katherine today’
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1. You are still mad. You need to calm down


relax after being
20.calm down before you drive the car.
angry
2. Calm down and tell us what’s going on.

1. You’ll have to run faster than that if you want


get to the same to catch up with Marty.
21.catch up
point as sby else 2. How long will it take for politicians to catch up
with popular culture?

arrive and register 1. We will get the hotel keys when we check in.
22.check in at a hotel or 2. She moves towards the Berlin check-in desk, but
airport cannot see him.

1. You have to check out of the hotel before


11:00 AM.
23.check out leave a hotel
2. But first, I think there's one place I need to check out
right here in town.

1. Please clean up your bedroom before you go


outside.
24.clean up tidy, clean
2. If she fails to clean up the fiasco she could
be moved from her post as early as Friday.

1. The top and bottom come apart if you pull


25.come apart separate hard enough.
2. His public life began to come apart early in 1987.

1. Please cross out your old address and write


draw a line your new one.
26.cross out
through 2. If you cross out words, you draw a line through
them.

1. My doctor wants me to cut back on sweets


and fatty foods.
27. cut back on consume less
2. Others will have to cut back on their expenditure and
use of energy.

1. Your father cut in while I was dancing with


your uncle.
28.cut in interrupt
2. The gas turbines cut in, eliminating the telltale trail in
the sky.
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1. The doctors cut off his leg because it was


remove with sthg severely injured.
29.cut off
sharp 2. Nick was smoking, wearing wet cut-off jeans, his
body skinny and pale.

1. It’s a fancy restaurant so we have to dress


up.
30.dress up wear nice clothing
2. I had them dress up like those pictures in one of
her books.

1. I don’t feel like cooking tonight. Let’s eat out.


31.eat out eat at a restaurant 2. I got something for you to eat out of the kitchen,"
she said.

1. His hair started to fall out when he was only


(of hair, teeth)
35.
32.fall out become loose and
2. Stripped, I thought, exactly what had allowed it to fall
unattached
out in the first place.

1. I need to figure out how to fit the piano and


understand, find the bookshelf in this room.
33.figure out
the answer 2. Tell you what; I'm goin' to figure out some kind of
a badge.

1. Please fill in the form with your name,


to write address, and phone number.
information in
34.fill in 2. With her attention locked on Claire, I had
blanks, as on a
time to fill in both women with what I'd
form (BrE)
learned.

1. We don’t know where he lives. How can


we find out?
35.find out discover
2. Marianne would find out in the end of course, how
could I think otherwise.

1. My grandfather can get around fine in his


new wheelchair.
36.get around have mobility
2. He said: 'I can't get around my flat without
the wheelchair.'

1. Jason always gets away with cheating in his


do without being
37. get away maths tests.
noticed or
with 2. She's just as guilty as him, and you're going to let her
punished
get away with murder
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1. We’re going to freeze out here if you don’t let


us get on the bus.
38.get on step onto a vehicle 2. Perhaps Lucy was truly a strong personality, strong
enough to put the past behind her and get on with
life.

1. The company will have to close if it can’t get


overcome a
39.get over over the new regulations.
problem
2. How do you get over something like this?

1. I don’t know when I am going to get round


finally find time to
to writing the thank you cards.
40.get round to do (AmE: get
2. As a result they rarely get around to doing
around tosthg)
the conscience job systematically.

meet (usually for 1. Let’s get together for a BBQ this weekend.
41.get together
social reasons) 2. Opinions differ as to why bands get together.

1. You should get up and give the elderly man


your seat.
42.get up stand
2. Perhaps he also had something to get up for
the next day.

1. My brother tried to go after the thief in his


43.go after follow sby car.
2. It finally let her go after she hit back.

1. Please go ahead and eat before the food gets


44.go ahead start, proceed cold.
2. Other opposition figures vowed to go ahead.

1. I have to go back home and get my lunch.


45.go back return to a place
2. We are about to go back to the future.

1. Please go over your answers before you


46.go over review submit your test.
2. So you go over and talk about salad.

1. I have to hand in my essay by Friday.


47. hand in submit 2. He stopped in front of me, a hand in his pocket, the
other offered.
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MEANING EXAMPLE SENTENCE
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1. We will hand out the invitations at the door.


to distribute to a 2. `I guess why he did it was, he thought I was a wino
48.hand out
group of people who could do with a hand-out and a
fewuplifting words.

1. The police asked the man to hand over his


give (usually wallet and his weapons.
49.hand over
unwillingly) 2. We have had the upper hand over them in terms of
results.

1. Please hold on while I transfer you to the


Sales Department.
50.hold on wait a short time
2. You're young, you're strong: you're a fool to let the
grog get such a hold on you.

1. I have to look after my sick grandmother.


1. look after take care of 2. Look after butterflies and you look after a great deal
more.

1. We are going to look into the price of


snowboards today.
2. look into investigate
2. It means I don't have to think about anything or look
into the heart of darkness.

1. That bully will pay for being mean to my little


be punished for brother.
3. pay for
doing sthg bad 2. How much would you pay for that pan
today?

1. Don’t forget to put on your new earrings for


put clothing/
the party.
4. put on accessories on
2. And it was real happiness - nothing fake or put-on
your body
about it.

1. The police set up the car thief by using a


hidden camera.
5. set up trick, trap
2. We should be set up to deal with it by the end of
the month.

6. shop around compare prices 1. I want to shop around a little before I decide
on these boots.
2. He allowed me to steer him to a little coffee shop
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around the corner from the police station.

stay somewhere 1. You should sleep over tonight if the weather


7. sleep over for the night is too bad to drive home.
(informal) 2. He invites one to a sleep over with his daughter.

3.

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organize, resolve a We need to sort the bills out before the first of the
sort out
problem month.

continue doing
sthg, limit yourself
stick to You will lose weight if you stick to the diet.
to one particular
thing

stop the energy


switch off The light’s too bright. Could you switch it off.
flow, turn off

start the energy We heard the news as soon as we switched on the


switch on
flow, turn on car radio.

resemble a family
take after I take after my mother. We are both impatient.
member

purposely break He took the car brakes apart and found the
take apart
into pieces problem.

I have to take our new TV back because it doesn’t


take back return an item
work.

take off start to fly My plane takes off in five minutes.

remove sthg Take off your socks and shoes and come in the
take off
(usually clothing) lake!

remove from a
take out Can you take the garbage out to the street for me?
place or thing
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MEANING EXAMPLE SENTENCE
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pay for sby to go


My grandparents took us out for dinner and a
take out somewhere with
movie.
you

I tore up my ex-boyfriend’s letters and gave them


tear up rip into pieces
back to him.

remember (often +
When I think back on my youth, I wish I had studied
think back to, sometimes +
harder.
on)

I’ll have to think this job offer over before I make


think over consider
my final decision.

We threw our old furniture away when we won the


throw away dispose of
lottery.

decrease the
turn down volume or strength Please turn the TV down while the guests are here.
(heat, light etc)

turn down refuse I turned the job down because I don’t want to move.

stop the energy Your mother wants you to turn the TV offand come
turn off
flow, switch off for dinner.

start the energy,


turn on It’s too dark in here. Let’s turn some lights on.
switch on

increase the
Can you turn the music up? This is my favourite
turn up volume or strength
song.
(heat, light etc)

Our cat turned up after we put posters up all over


turn up appear suddenly
the neighbourhood.

I’m going to try these jeans on, but I don’t think


try on sample clothing
they will fit.

try out test I am going to try this new brand of detergent out.
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The kids used all of the toothpaste up so we need


use up finish the supply
to buy some more.

wake up stop sleeping We have to wake up early for work on Monday.

increase the
warm up You can warm your feet up in front of the fireplace.
temperature

prepare body for I always warm up by doing sit-ups before I go for a


warm up
exercise run.

Most of my make-up wore off before I got to the


wear off fade away
party.

work out exercise I work out at the gym three times a week.

work out be successful Our plan worked out fine.

We have to work out the total cost before we buy


work out make a calculation
the house.