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Learn Useful Phrasal Verbs with WORK in English

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It’s probably time for you to get back to work, but before you do, take some of these helpful phrasal verbs with WORK with you.

Useful Phrasal Verbs with WORK

  • Burn out

Meaning: Be extremely tired

E.g. If he doesn’t stop working so hard, he’ll burn himself out.

  • Call off

Meaning: Cancel

E.g. They have called off the meeting.

  • Carry out

Meaning: Do a particular piece of work, research etc

E.g. We need to carry out more research.

  • Draw up

Meaning: Prepare something in writing, especially an official document

E.g. The contract was drawn up last year.

  • Fill in for

Meaning: To do somebody’s job for a short time while they are not there

E.g. Could I fill in for him? he asked.

  • Hand in

Meaning: Give something to a person in authority

E.g. You must all hand in your projects by the end of next week.

  • Knock off

Meaning: Stop working

E.g. Let’s knock off for lunch.

  • Knuckle down

Meaning: Start working harder

E.g. I’m going to have to knuckle down to some serious study.

  • Lay off

Meaning: Stop employing someone because there is not enough work for them to do

E.g. 200 workers at the factory have been laid off.

  • Run by

Meaning: Tell someone about an idea or plan so that they can give you their opinion

E.g. You’d better run it by your manager first.

  • Slack off

Meaning: Do something with less energy and effort than is usual or necessary

E.g. Workers usually slack off.

  • Take on

Meaning: Employ someone

E.g. She was taken on as a trainee.

  • Take over

Meaning: Take control of something

E.g. I intend that you shall take over the business.

  • Work out

Meaning: To develop in a successful way

E.g. Things have worked out quite well for us.

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Phrasal Verbs with WORK