Commonly Used English Phrasal Verbs for Shopping

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Phrasal verb is the name given to an English verb which is composed of two or three words. Sometimes a phrasal verb can have a meaning that is very different to the meaning of at least one of those two or three words separately.

Phrasal verbs are used more frequently in everyday speech than in formal, official writing or speaking.

 

Below are 15 practical phrasal verbs used for shopping which you can start using right now!

1. Bring down

Meaning:

Reduce the amount of something

Example:

We aim to bring down prices on all our clothes.

2. Pay for

Meaning:

Give money in order to buy something

Example:

I paid good money for that sofa, so it should last.

3. Put on

Meaning:

To see something is worth trying

Example:

Dorothy put on her coat.


4. Queue up/line up

Meaning:

Wait for something in a line

Example:

Some people queued up all night to get in the store.

5. Ring up

Meaning:

Record an amount of money by pressing buttons on a cash register

Example:

She rang up all the items on the till.

6. Sell out

Meaning:

Sell the whole supply/ capacity

Example:

I'm sorry, we've sold out of shoes.

7. Shop around

Meaning:

Compare prices before buying

Example:

We often shop around for the best deal.

8. Take off

Meaning:

Remove a piece of clothing

Example:

He took off my wet boots and made me sit by the fire.

9. Try on

Meaning:

Put on a piece of clothing to see if it fits

Example:

You should try the shoes on before you buy them.

10. Try out

Meaing:

Test something to see if you like it

Example:

John hopes to try out his new running shoes this weekend.

11. Pop into

Meaning:

To visit briefly

Example:

I'm going to pop into the store for a moment.

12. Nip out

Meaning:

Go somewhere quickly

Example:

Can you nip out to the shop for me?

13. Open up

Meaning:

Open a shop or business for the day

Example:

I open up the store for the day at around 8.30.


14. Cash up

Meaning:

Count all the money taken in a shop or business at the end of the day

Example:

After the shop closed, they have to cash up before they can go home.

15. Zip around

Meaning:

Move quickly from place to place

Example:

Sally was in a hurry so she zipped around the supermarket.

Other Phrasal Verbs and Adjectives for "Shopping"

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