Common Telephone Phrasal Verbs in English

Useful phrasal verbs commonly used in a phone conversation...


1. Pick up (Answer the telephone call)

  • She picked up the phone, but no one answered

2. Break – up(Become inaudible over the phone, usually because of a bad connection)

  • “Sorry, could you repeat that, please? You’re breaking up“.

3. Call for someone(To telephone for someone or something)

  • I have to call for a taxi to take me to the airport.

4. Call someone back (To telephone someone again or to return a call)

  • “I’ll call you back later with my answer”

5. Call someone up(Call someone on the phone)

  • “I’m going to call them up later.
  • “My dad called me up to tell me the bad news”

6. Cut off (When a telephone call finishes because of a bad connection)

  • They were cut off in the middle of the video conference.

7. Get through to someone(Succeed in speaking to someone by telephone)

  • After calling several times, I eventually got through to David.

8. Hang on(Wait for a short time (informal))

  • "Hang on a moment - I'll be with you in a minute"

9. Hang up(End a telephone call by putting the phone down.)

  •  He started shouting, so I hung up on him.

10. Hold on(Wait for a short time)

  • "Could you hold on a moment while  I look for the file, please?"

11. Put someone through (Connect by telephone)

  • "I'll just put you through to Mr.Jones, now."

12. Speak up(Speak louder)

  • "Sorry, could you speak up a little, please? Because the connection isn't great.


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