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    Resources Cheat sheets Phrasal verbs Phrasal verb list

Below is a list of some of the most common phrasal verbs.

Phrasal Verb Example
add up   The waiter added up the bill.
ask (someone) out   Steve asked me out last night.
back off   I would back off if I were you, I don’t think she likes you.
back (someone) up   You were with me, you can back me up, right?
back up (something)   Don’t forget to back up all of your files.
break down (something)   Our car broke down while we were driving to the supermarket.
break down (someone)   It was the most stressful week. By Friday I broke down and cried.
break (something) down   We had to break down the stage to prepare for the next event.
blow up   They blew up a building, but luckily nobody was hurt.
break into   Someone broke into my apartment while I was on holidays.
break up   I can’t believe it, Dan broke up with me last night!
bring (somebody) up   I was brought up by my grandmother.
bring (something) up   I hate him. Don’t ever bring his name up again!
call back   He was busy when I called, but he said he would call me back tonight.
call off   Did you hear? Brenda called off the wedding!
call on   The teacher called on me in class to answer the question.
calm down   Calm down, everything is going to be ok.
carry on   Carry on! You are doing very well.
carry on   She must have loved Spain, she was carrying on about it for days after she returned.
catch up   Call me, we need to catch up!
check in   What time can we check in to the hotel?
check out   They checked out on Monday.
check out   He’s checking you out! / Let’s check out that new bar.
check up   I know you have been sick, so I was calling to check up on you.
cheer up   Sarah is depressed; we have to cheer her up.
close down   The factory was closed down last month.
come back   We are coming back next week.
come by   Come by my office and we can talk.
come down with   My son came down with the flu last week.
come from   His love of music comes from his father.
count on   Don’t worry, you can count on me!
cut back on   With the crisis we have had to cut back on expenses.
cut off   I don’t mean to cut you off, but I have to go now.
cut out   Cut it out! Leave your sister alone.
drop by/in   I was just dropping by/in to say “hi”.
drop off   She dropped off the kids at school before going to work.
drop out   He dropped out of school because he was failing all his classes.
end up   There was no food at home so we ended up going out.
fall apart (something)   The sweater fell apart after so many washings.
fall apart (someone)   She fell apart when she heard the news.
fall behind   Hurry up or you will fall behind.
fall out   I think my wallet fell out of my purse.
fight back   If you don’t fight back, they will never stop bullying you.
figure out   I can’t figure out why this isn’t working.
fill in/out   You must fill in/out the forms completely.
fill up   I need to stop at the gas station and fill up the gas tank.
find out   If the teacher doesn’t know the answer, she will find it out.
fit in   Despite her efforts, she never fit in with the other kids.
get across   He tried everything to get his ideas across, but his boss didn’t understand.
get along/on   I’m so lucky, my father and my husband get along/on really well.
get around   News really gets around fast!
get away   Work has been so stressful, I need to get away!
get away with   She stole my idea, but she won’t get away with it.
get back   They get back from vacation on Thursday.
get (something) back   I have to get these books back to the library today.
get back at   I’ll get back at her for stealing my idea!
get by   We don’t have a lot of money right now, but we’ll get by.
get on   He got on the bus for the airport.
get on   My husband and I have separated, but I must get on with my life.
get out of   It’s too smoky in here, I have to get out of here.
get over   I’m so upset, I can’t get over failing my test.
get through   I’m never going to get through this book with all of these distractions!
get together   We are getting together for dinner tomorrow at 8.
get up   What time did you get up this morning?
give away   The millionaire gave away all his money just before he died.
give back   Can you give me back my book when you have finished reading it?
give in/up   Be strong! Don’t give in to temptation
give out   They are giving out free samples at the store.
give up   Ok, I give up. What’s the answer?
go ahead   Go ahead, I’ll meet you there.
go back   I’m so embarrassed. I can never go back to that restaurant.
go out   Let’s go out for a drink.
go out with (someone)   I hear Michael is going out with Jane.
go over   Before you submit your thesis, I think we should go over it together.
go through   You need to go through the Lincoln Tunnel to get to New Jersey.
go through   I can’t believe what you have been through.
grow up   Alex grew up in France but now he lives in Italy.
hand in   All homework must be handed in by the end of the day.
hand out   The teacher will hand out the assignments this afternoon.
hang on   Hang on, I’m coming.
hang out   Her favorite thing to do is hang out with her friends.
hang up   I was so angry I hung up on him.
hit on   Look at how that guy is hitting on Debbie.
hold back   She tried, but she couldn’t hold back the tears any longer.
hold on   Hold on, I’m coming.
hurry up   Hurry up or we will be late.
keep on   She kept on asking me the same questions.
lay (somebody) off   With the crises, we have been forced to lay off some staff.
let (somebody) down   I don’t want to let you down, but I don’t think I can come with you to the party tomorrow.
look forward to   We are really looking forward to your visit!
look out   Look out! That car almost hit you!
look up   You will need to look up some words in the dictionary.
look up to (somebody)   She’s so brave, I have always looked up to her.
make (something) up   I don’t believe you. You’re making that up!
make up (somebody)   Our parents had an argument last night, but they made up this morning.
pick on (somebody)   When I was young, my brother always picked on me.
put (something) off   You must not want to do it, you keep putting it off.
rely on   I hope I can rely on you to be discreet.
slow down   Slow down please, you are driving too fast!
speak up   Can you please speak up, I can’t understand you.
take after (somebody)   With that bad temper, he must take after his father.
take over   If you are tired of driving, I can take over for a while.
take off   The plane will take off in 5 minutes.
take up   He has taken up tennis in his free time.
tell (somebody) off   She told him off after he was late again.
throw out   They should throw that guy out, he’s really drunk.