List of common Animals phrasal verbs with their meaning and examples in English.
A number of phrasal verbs are formed by adding particles to the names of animals or verbs associated with animals.
Useful ANIMALS Phrasal Verbs
List of “Animals” Phrasal Verbs in English
- fish for
To ask for or try to get something in an indirect way
E.g: It’s sickening the way he’s always fishing for compliments.
- pig out
To eat a lot of food at once
E.g: I found Sam in front of the TV, pigging out on pizza and fries.
- wolf down
To eat very quickly
E.g: Jim changed quickly, took out some clothes for the next morning, then wolfed down his dinner.
- fish out
To pull something out of liquid/ container
E.g: She fished a piece of paper out of the pile on her desk.
- leech off
To use someone, or cling to s.o for personal gain, often not giving anything in return
E.g: David always leeches off Harry’s hard work and pretends the ideas are his own.
- monkey around
To behave in a stupid or careless way
E.g: Stop monkeying around and listen to me!
- horse around
To play roughly
E.g: Stop horsing around – you’ll break something!
- duck out
To leave quickly and unannounced
E.g: I’ll duck out to get something to eat and be right back.
- beaver away
To work very hard, especially at writing or calculating something
E.g: He’s been beavering away at his homework for hours.
- ferret out
To succeed in finding something such as a piece of information, that is difficult to find
E.g: Uncle Vernon ferreted out the laundry box from under the stairs.
- clam up
To suddenly stop talking, especially when you are nervous or shy
E.g: The police took her in for questioning, but she clammed up when they asked about her
- hound out
To make things so unpleasant for someone that they are forced to leave a place, job, …
E.g: The family were hounded out of their home by 18 months of abuse.
- rabbit on
To talk for a long time in an uninteresting or annoying way
E.g: He kept rabbiting on about the environment.
- squirrel away
To keep something in a safe place to use later
E.g: By December I had $300 squirreled away.
- chicken out
To decide at the last moment not to do something you said you would do, because you are afraid
E.g: We were going to go bungee jumping, but Sandra chickened out at the last minute.