A number of phrasal verbs are formed by adding particles to the names of animals or verbs associated with animals. Following are some common animals phrasal verbs with their meaning and examples in English.
Useful ANIMALS Phrasal Verbs
List of Animals Phrasal Verbs
- Bear down
- Bear up
- Beaver away
- Bee in
- Bee off
- Bird dog
- Bird out
- Bull through
- Butterfly in
- Butterfly out
- Cat around
- Cat nap
- Chicken out
- Chipmunk away
- Civet out
- Clam up
- Coyote away
- Croc around
- Crow about
- Deer stop
- Dog it
- Duck out
- Ferret out
- Fish for
- Fish out
- Horse around
- Hound out
- Leech off
- Monkey around
- Pig out
- Rabbit on
- Squirrel away
- Wolf down
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.