Phrasal verb is the name given to an English verb which is composed of two or three words.
1. Phrasal Verbs: Animals
Useful ANIMALS Phrasal Verbs – Video
- Not do something because you’re afraid
Eg: I was going to go bungee jumping but I chickened out at the last minute.
- Leave quickly and unannounced
Eg: If I can I’ll duck out to get something to eat.
- Ask for or try to get something in an indirect way
Eg: The telephone caller was fishing for too much information, so I hung up.
- Pull something out of a place
Eg: She fisheda piece of paper out of the pile on her desk.
- Play in a loud/rough way
Eg: He was horsing around in the kitchen and broke my favourite bowl.
- Use someone, or cling to s.o for personal gain, often not giving anything in return
Eg: He’s leeching off the abilities of others.
- Eat a lot of food at once
Eg: Kids tend to pig out on junk food.
- Eat very quickly
Eg: Don’t wolf down an entire chocolate cake; you will get indigestion.
- To do things in an unserious way; to play or waste time
Eg: We just monkeyed around all afternoon.
Work hard doing something
Eg: She was beavering away at his homework until after midnight.
- To discover information by searching for it in a determined way
Eg: I had to ferret out all the information for myself.
2. Phrasal Verbs: Health
Useful PHRASAL VERBS for HEALTH – Video
3. Phrasal Verbs: in the Kitchen
- Finish baking partly baked food
Eg: She baked off the cakes in the oven.
- Cause liquid to evaporate completely by boiling
Eg: The soup’s almost boiled away.
- If a food or liquid boils down it becomes less after it is cooked
Eg: Spinach tends to boil down a lot.
- Cause liquid to rise and flow over the side of the container
Eg: The milk was boiling over on the stove behind her.
- Eat a large amount of food very quickly
Eg: She bolted down her lunch and rushed back to work.
- Cut into pieces, usually with several sharp blows
Eg: Sarah was busy chopping up onions.
- Remove something by cutting it
Eg: You should cut the tops off the carrots first.
- Shape or form by cutting
Eg: She cut several pieces of pastry out.
- Cut something into small pieces
Eg: He cut the pie up into little pieces.
- Eat in a restaurant instead of at home
Eg: Do you feel like eating out tonight?
- Eat all of something
Eg: Eat up! We’ve got to go out soon.
- Cook something by frying
Eg: Let’s fry some chicken up for dinner.
- Eat only small amounts of a meal
Eg: Most of the time he just picks at his food.
- Eat an extremely large amount of food
Eg: Kids pigging out on junk food and soda.
- Cut something from a larger piece
Eg: She sliced off a piece of sausage.
- Quickly make a meal or something to eat
Eg: She whipped up a delicious lunch for us in 15 minutes.
4. Phrasal Verbs: Environment
- Destroy something completely
Eg: Whole villages were wiped out by the earthquake.
- Decompose, when something slowly reduces to its smallest parts
Eg: A plastic pot may take more than a million years to be broken down.
- Make something smaller in size, amount, etc. than it used to be
Eg: The British Army intends to scale back on its use of petrol-driven vehicles and soon we may seeing British soldiers going to war on bicycles.
- Exhaust of strength or useful properties
Eg: We’ve already used up earth’s resources for 2016.
- Get rid of something that you no longer want or need
Eg: Don’t throw away your grass clippings; leave them on your lawn.
Run out of
- Finish the supply of something
Eg: What will we do when we run out of gas?
- Stop existing
Eg: This species has nearly died out because its habitat is being destroyed.
- Cover a large area
Eg: Because our population is so densely concentrated, a new disease like bird flu can spread out very quickly after the first case has appeared.
- Need or depend on somebody/something
Eg: We won’t have to rely on power companies if we use solar and wind power instead.
5. Phrasal Verbs: Crime
- Enter a building or car by using force, in order to steal something
Eg: Someone broke into my car and stole the radio.
Break out of
- Escape from a prison
Eg: Three men have broken out of a top-security jail.
- Warn somebody about something that is going to happen, especially something illegal
Eg: Two men were arrested after police were tipped off about the raid.
- Watch a place secretly, especially for signs of illegal activity
Eg: Detectives had been staking out the house for several weeks.
- Bring somebody to a police station in order to ask them questions or arrest them
Eg: Two men were brought in for questioning.
- Put someone in prison
Eg: Rapists should be locked up.