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