There are a lot of useful phrasal verbs in English to describe “problems” …
Phrasal Verbs for Talking about Problems
- Talk over – discuss a problem or situation with someone, often to find out their opinion or to get advice before making a decision about it
Eg: I’d like to talk it over with my wife first.
- Wrestle with – try very hard to deal with a problem or to make a difficult decision
Eg: The government is wrestling with difficult economic problems.
- Run up against – experience an unexpected difficulty
Eg: The plans for the new bridge ran up against strong local opposition.
- Think through – carefully consider the possible results of doing something
Eg: I need some time to think it through – I don’t want to make any sudden decisions.
- Sort out something – deal successfully with a problem or a situation
Eg: Her financial records are a mess, but we’ll sort them out.
- Knuckle down – start working or studying hard
Eg: You’re going to have to really knuckle down if you want to pass your final exams.
- Run into something – begin to experience problems
Eg: We ran into bad trouble.
- Deal with – take action in order to solve a problem
Eg: We will deal with your order as quickly as possible.
- Put off – decide or arrange to delay an event or activity until a later time or date
Eg: They decided to put the wedding off until his brother had returned from Brazil.
- Go through – experience a difficult or unpleasant situation
Eg: He’s going through a divorce at the moment.