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Important Phrasal Verbs

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1. Account for: Explain the reason, answer for
Use: I can't account for his unusual behaviour in this matter.

2. Ask after: Ask about the welfare, inquire after
Use: I met your brother at the party, he asked after you.

3. Ask for: Request for
Use: She asked for a glass of water.

4. Back out: Go back on, withdraw from promise
Use: He agreed to help but backed out at the last moment.

5. Be in for: About to take place
Use: On account of his bad habits he is in for trouble.

6. Bear away: Win
Use: Suhani bore away the first prize in the dance competition.

7. Bear on/upon: Relevant, bearing on
Use: Your remarks have no bearing on the main problem.

8. Bear out: Support the argument, Corroborate
Use: I am sure my classmates will bear out my statement.

9. Bear with: To show patience, co operate
Use: In view of the heavy losses suffered by the company, the shareholders were requested to bear with.

10. Blow out: Extinguish
Use: The candle blew out as the gust of wind came in.

11. Blow over: Pass off without harm, come to an end
Use: Don’t worry, the crisis are likely to blow over.

12. Blow up: Explode, start suddenly
Use: The plan of the enemy to blow up the fly over was foiled by the ploice.

13. Break down: Emotional collapse, stop functioning
Use: While giving evidence in the court, she broke down

14. Break into: Enter by force
Use: The robbers broke into his house last night.

15. Break off: Come to an end, unsuccessfully
Use: The talks between India and  China broke off.

16. Break out: Spread (war, epidemic, fire, riots)
Use: The fear that AIDS has broken out in India is not unfounded.

17. Break through : discover a secret, major achievement
Use: There is no hope of break through in the murder case.

18. Break up: Terminate
Use: The college will break up next week for summer vacation.

19. Break up with: Qurrael
Use: After long and fruitful friendship the two friends broken up with each other.

20. Break open: Open by force
Use: The theif broke open the lock and stole money.

21. Bring about: Cause to happen
Use: The administration helped to bring about a peaceful settlement.

22. Bring out: Explain the meaning, publish
Use: When asked to explain, she could not bring out the meaning of the poem.

23. Bring round: To make one agree, bring to senses
Use: I was able to bring my mother round to my views with great difficulty.

24. Bring up: Rear, educate
Use: Fathers are beginning to play a bigger role in bringing up their children.

25. Call at: Visit a place to meet
Use: I called out the residence of my boss ye4sterday.

26. Call for: necessary, require
Use: For the unity of the country discipline among the people is called for.

27. Call in/call out: Send for help
Use: The police were called in without delay by the  residents.

28. Call off: Suspend  or abandon
Use: We decided to call off the strike.

29. Call on: Go and visit a person
Use: It is a tradition for the Prime Minister to call on the President

30. Call out: Ask to come for help
Use: The National Guards has been called out.

31. Call up: To telephone, recall
Use: Many  of my friends called me up to congratulate me.

32. Call upon: Appeal, exhort
Use: He was called upon to prove the correctness of the press reports.

33. Carry away by: Lose control
Use: On hearing the news of his success he was carried away by joy.

34. Carry on: Continue
Use: Now it is difficult to carry on this business in the teeth of stiff competition

35. Carry out: Implement, obey, execute
Use: It is not likely that your father will carry out the threat of disinheriting you.

36. Cast away: Throw away as useless
Use: We usually give you servants the old clothes which we cast away

37. Cast down: Dejected, down cast
Use: Now a days he is cast down as a result of his failure in the examination.

38. Cast off: Release, remove
Use: Organization must cast off old fashioned practices in order to survive.

39. Catch up with: Make up for deficiency, overtake
Use: He remained ill for many days bu caught up with they pending work very soon.

40. Come about: Happen
Use: It is not good that such an unfortunate accident came about

41. Come by: Get
Use: How have you come by such a precious diamond?

42. Come of: Belong to
Use: Reeta comes of a family of freedom fighters.

43. Come off: Take place as arranged, fade, get separated
Use: I was surprised to see that plaster had come off the walls.

44. Come over: Get over, overcome
Use: You can come over your problems by honest means.

45. Come round: Agree, recover from illness
Use: My father at first refused to let me continue study but he came round in the end.

46. Come upon: Come across, get by chance
Use: My friend came upon the evidence just by chance.

47. Cope with: Manage
Use: They coped with all their problems cheerfully.

48. Cut down: Curtail, reduce
Use: Since you are out of job these days, you must cut down your expenditure.

49. Cut off: Discontinue, die, remove
Use: Gas supplies have now been cut off.

50. (Be) cut out for: Suitable
Use: He is cut out for  an administrative career.

51. Cut out: To take piece form the whole
Use: He cut out a piece of the cake.

52. Die down: Gradually disappear
Use: The wind has died down.

53. Die out: Become out of use.
Use: He thought that the custom had died out a long time ago.

54. Dispose of: Sell off
Use: She has decided to dispose of her old house

55. Dispose to: Willing, inclined favourably
Use: My friend is disposed to discussing the problems thoroughly.

56. Do away with: Eradicate
Use: We should do away with the social evils.

57. Do for: Serve the purpose
Use: This book is do for the SSC Examination.

58. Done with: Have no relation
Use: I have done with him because of his dishonesty.

59. Do without: Dispense with, to manage without
Use: We cannot do without fan in summer.

60. Done for, done in: Be ruined
Use: He appears to be done for since he has lost heavily in gambling

61. Draw up: To write, compose
Use: I was busy drawing up plans for the new course.

62. Draw on or upon: To get money form
Use: He was able to draw on vast reserves of talent.

63. Drop in: To pay a short visit
Use: I thought I’d just drop in and see how you were.

64. Drop out: Retire in the midst of doing something
Use: She could not qualify for the selection as she dropped out while the race was in progress.

65. Fall back: Retreat
Use: The rioters fell back when the police arrived.

66. Fall back on: Depend on
Use: You must save money to fall back on it in old age.

67. Fall off: Decrease in number, get separated
Use: In the wake of roof tragedy the admissions in the school have fallen off.

68. Fall out: Quarrel
Use: The two friends appear to have fallen out over a minor issue.

69. Fall in with: Agree with
Use: Instead of Challenging the lie, she fell in with their views.

70. Fall through: To remain incomplete, fail
Use: For want of sufficient funds your new project is likely to fall through.

71. Follow up: Pursue after the first attempt
Use: The Idea has been followed up by a group of researches.

72. Get ahead: Go forward
Use: You can get ahead of your rivals only by hard work.

73. Get along: Be friendly
Use: They can’t get along together because of temperamental nature.

74. Get awat: Escape
Use: The got away on scooter.

75. Get on with: Pull with, get together
Use: Both husband and wife are getting along on well with each other.

76. Get over: Recover form illness or shock come over
Use: He is still trying to get over the financial crisis.

77. Get through: Pass through, succeed
Use: It is not possible to get through examination without labour.

78. Get up: Rise from bed
Use: The woman got up from her chair with the baby in her arms.

79. Give in: Surrender, agree
Use: At first she was adamant but at last she gave in to the request of her friend.

80. Give out: Announce verbally, emit
Use: It was given out that she had failed.

81. Give way: Collapse under pressure, break
Use: The roof of the new house gave away due to poor material.

82. Given to: Accustomed to
Use: He is given to smoking

83. Go back on: Withdraw, back out
Use: One should not go back on one’s promise

84. Go down: Be believed
Use: Your excuse will not go down.

85. Go in for: Buy, paradise to enter a contest
Use: I thought of going in for teaching

86. Go off: Explode
Use: When he was cleaning his gun it went off and killed him.

87. Go on: Continue
Use: There is no need to go on arguing about it.

88. Go over: Examine carefully, look over
Use: On going over the balance sheet of the company the auditors have found serious mistakes.

89. Go through: Read hurriedly, endure
Use: He din’t lend me the newspaper because he was going through it.

90. Go up: Rise, increase
Use: As a result of a sharp rise in prices the price of washing soap has gone up

91. Hand out: Distribute
Use: Hand out the books to the students

92. Hand over: Give charge or authority
Use: He has not handed over charge to the new manager.

93. Hang about: Stay waiting, roam about
Use: The boys hanging about girl’s hostel were rounded up by the police.

94. Hold on: Carry on, bear difficulties, persist
Use: Inspite  of financial difficulties he held on and succeeded in the long run.

95. Hold out: Resist
Use: When the robbers ran short of ammunition the could no longer hold out.

96. Hold over: Postpone
Use: Most of the bill are held over till the next session of the Parliament.

97. Hold up: To stop In order to rob, delay
Use: The terrorist held up the motor car and kept the ladies as hostages.

98. Jump at: Accept happily
Use: He jumped at the offer of his boss to accept the job abroad.

99. Jump to: Arrive suddenly
Use: You should never jump to conclusions.

100. Keep from: Refrain from, not to mix with
Use: Always keep from selfish people because they can harm you anytime.

101. Keep off: Keep at distance
Use: There was a notice at the site, “keep off the bushes”

102. Keep on: Continue
Use: She kept on crying inspite of my assurance of help.

103. Keep up: Maintain
Use: Always try t keep up the standard of life even in the face of crises.

104. Keep up with: Try to move with, not to fall behind
Use: Young men should keep up with the latest development  in international field.

105. Lay by: Save money
Use: The wiser men always lay by money for their old age.

106. Laid up with: Confined to bed
Use: She is not going out as she is laid up with the flu.

107. Lay down: Establish a rule, sacrifice, surrender
Use: The conditions laid down by the Department of Health were violated by the nursing homes.

108. Lay off: To discontinue work, dismiss temporarily
Use: The workers have been laid off for want of raw material.

109. Lay out: Plan building
Use: A number of gardens were laid out by the Moghuls.

110. Let down: Humiliate, to lower down
Use: We should never let down our friends.

111. Let into: Allow to enter
Use: After repeat4ed requests he was let into the classroom.

112. Let off: To free from punishment, pardon
Use: She was let off by the Principal with light punishment.

113. Let (somebody ) in on: Share a secret
Use: I will not let her in on my plans.

114. Let up: Cessation, respite
Use: There is no let up in heat during June.

115. Live on: Depend for food
Use: The Lion is carnivorous and lives on flesh.

116. Live by: Means/manner
Use: You must learn to live by honest means.

117. Live off: Source of Income
Use: They were living off rental income

118. Look about: In search of, on the watch
Use: The thirsty crow was looking about water here and there.

119. Look after: Take care of
Use: In her old age she has no one to look after her.

120. Loot at: See carefully
Use: The boys are looking at the sky.

121. Look back on: To think of the past.
Use: People can often look back and reflect on happy childhood memories.

122. Look for: Search for a lost thing
Use: She was looking for her lost things.

123. Look down upon: Hate
Use: It is folly on your part to look down upon the poor students.

124. Look into: Investigate the matter
Use: A committee was setup to look into the matter.

125. Look on: To see as a spectator
Use: His parents looked on with a triumphant smile.

126. Look over: Examine carefully, go over
Use: The examiner has yet to look over practice note books.

127. Look out: Watch out, careful, beware
Use: Look out, there is a snake under the bush.

128. Look out for: In search of, on the watch
Use: He is looking out for a decent job

129. Look to: Rely upon, be careful
Use: The poor look to financial help from the government.

130. Look up: Consult some book for a word, rise
Use: Please look up this word in the dictionary.

131. Look upto: Respect
Use: His younger brother looks up to him and obeys his every order.

132. Look upon: Consider, regard
Use: We must look upon social evils as nuisance

133. Make off with/away with: Run away, destroy
Use: They made off with the cash and fled.

134. Make out: Understand the meaning
Use: The police could not make out the coded message they intercepted.

135. Make over: Transfer possession, convert
Use: Since she had no legal heir, she made over her house in charity.

136. Make up: To end quarrel, compose
Use: You should make an effort to make up a quarrel with your friend.

137. Pass away: Die, expire
Use: On the passing away of his father I sent him a message of condolence.

138. Pass for: Regarded to be
Use: The TATAs pass for philanthropists in the country.

139. Pass off: Take place
Use: The elections are likely to pass off peacefully.

140. Pass oneself off: Show off
Use: The hypocrites always pass themselves off as honest persons.

141. Pass through: Go through, undergo, endure
Use: He is passing through financial difficulties these days.

142. Pass out: Leave after completing education
Use: The cadets will pass out next month after completing their training.

143. Pull down: Demolish a structure
Use: Why did they pull the shops down?

144. Pull off: Succeed
Use: India pulled off victory in the last stage of the match.

145. Pull through: Recover from illness
Use: I think she’ll pull through her serious illness very soon.

146. Pull up: Stop, scold
Use: The students were pulled up by the Principal for their misbehaviour with the class teacher.

147. Pull with: Live together, get on with
Use: He is pulling well with his wife these days.

148. Put down: Crush, keep down
Use: The riots were put down by the police.

149. Put off: Postpone, avoid, discourage
Use: The meeting had to be put off because the President couldn’t come.

150. Put on: Wear, pretend
Use: It is difficult to put on the appearance of innocence for a long time.

151. Put out: Extinguish
Use: The fire was put out suddenly.

152. Put up: Stays, question
Use: He is putting up at a hostel these days.

153. Put up with: Tolerate patiently
Use: For an honorable person it is difficult to put up with the haughty behavior of the Directors.

154. Round up: Arrest
Use: The police rounded up anti-social elements last night.

155. Run after: Pursue, hanker after
Use: We should not run after money.

156. Run down: Criticize, poor health
Use: As a result of long illness she has run down a lot.

157. Run into: Come across, meet by chance
Use: While walking along the roadside I ran into my childhood friend.

158. Run out: Come to an end
Use: When the rations ran out, the head office was informed.

159. Run over: Crush under
Use: He was run over by speeding car.

160. Run through: Waste money
Use: It is a pity that he has run through his fortune over gambling and drinking.

161. See off: To escort a guest for his departure.
Use: His friends were present so at the station to see him off.

162. See through: Discover something hidden, motive
Use: Man has grown so clever that it is difficult to see through this tricks.

163. Send for: Summon
Use: She sent for a doctor w3hen her husband fell ill.

164. Set about: Start doing
Use: As soon as she reached home, she set about calling up her friends.

165. Set aside: Allocate, strike down, turn down.
Use: The High Court set aside the verdict of the lower court in this sensitive matter.

166. Set in: Begin
Use: As soon as the summer set in, the reptiles come out of hibernation.

167. Set off: To start a series of events, process, improve
Use: Cosmetics set off the natural grace.

168. Set up: Establish
Use: The factory was set up by his uncle.

169. Set forth: Start on a journey, explain
Use: The party will set forth its view on globalization at a public rally.

170. Set out: Start on a journey, set forth
Use: No sooner was the hunter informed of lion’s presence in the forest than he set out.

171. Sit back: Relax
Use: He believes that he has the right to sit back while others should work hard.

172. Sit up: Stay out of bed, stay up
Use: She sat up till her son returned.

173. Stand by: Support, help
Use: Although he promised to stand by me in difficulties, he did not live up to it.

174. Stand for: Represent
Use: T.E.C stands for Technical Education Certificate.

175. Stand out: To be conspicuous
Use: She stand out from the crowd because of her amiable manners.

176. Stand up for: Defend
Use: It is your duty to stand up always for the poor.

177. Strike off: Remove from the list
Use: His name has been struck off the admission list.

178. Take after: Resemble
Use: She always reminds me of her mother since she takes after her mother.

179. Take down: Write
Use: She was busy in talking down the dictation which the teacher was giving.

180. Take off: Remove, leave the ground, improve.
Use: It is difficult for Indian economy to take off in the absence of heavy investment.

181. Take over: Take up responsibility
Use: The agency tried to take over another company

182. Taken to : Form a habit
Use: He tookto wearing black leather jackets.

183. Take up: Start a hobby or study, occupy
Use: He has taken up modelling as a career.

184. Tell upon: Affect adversely
Use: I have warned him that heavy work will tell upon his health.

185. Taken in: Be deceived
Use: For all your intelligence you are likely to be taken in by impostors.

186. Take for: Suppose to be, identify
Use: I took you for a noble person.

187. Taken aback: Be surprised
Use: I was taken aback to hear of thee news of his failure.

188. Talk over: Discuss a matter
Use: I agreed to go home and talk over the matter.

189. Turn down: Reject, strike down
Use: I turned down the request of my friend to go to Simla.

190. Turn off: Stop, switch off
Use: Please make it a point to turn off water tap before you go out.

191. Turn on: Switch on, start
Use: She turned on the shower to take bath.

192. Turn over: Change, capsize, upset
Use: The boat turned over and ten persons were drowned.

193. Turn out: Prove, reveal, expel
Use: Nothing ever turned out right for me in life.

194. Turn up: Arrive, take place
Use: Who can say what will turn up next?

195. Watch out: Look out, careful
Use: If you do not watch out, he might harm you.

196. Wipe away: Cleanse, remove
Use: The marks of blood were wiped away by the accused.

197. Wipe out: Destroy completely
Use: We must try to wipe out poverty from the country.

198. Wind up: Bring to an end
Use: We were forced to wind up the business on account of heavy loss.

199. Work out: Solve the problem
Use: He is very intelligent and can work out any difficult problem.

200. Work up: Incite, instigate
Use: The politicians should not try to work up communal frenzy.

201. Work upon: Influence
Use: The leader tried to work upon the mob.


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