Useful Phrasal Verbs Related to “Environment” & “Health”
“Environment” Phrasal Verbs
1. wipe out – destroy something completely
Whole villages were wiped out by the floods.
2. break down – decompose, when something slowly reduces to its smallest parts
Plastics do not break down quickly. It takes hundreds of year for a plastic bottle to decompose.
3. scale back – reduce the amount or size of something
The country has scaled back its use of fossil fuels and has started investing in renewable energy.
4. cut down – kill trees
The rainforest is being cut down.
5. run out of – finish the supply of something
What will we do when we run out of oil?
6. throw away – dispose of rubbish
Too many people throw away recyclable things.
7. die out – disappear or stop existing completely
The wild population of koalas is in danger of dying out.
8. use up – finish a supply of something
I worry that we will use up the world’s non-renewable resources.
9. freeze over – become frozen
The lake has frozen over.
10. chop down – make a tree fall down by cutting it with a sharp tool
Large areas of rainforest are being chopped down every day.
“Health” Phrasal Verbs
1. pass away – die
Nyrene had sat up with him all night and was with him when he passed away.
2. run over – hit by a vehicle
He was run over and killed by a bus.
3. break out – start suddenly
I’ve broken out in a rash.
4. fight off – free yourself from an illness
Elaine’s fighting off a cold.
5. come to – become conscious
Has he come to yet?
6. pass out – faint, lose consciousness
I nearly passed out when I saw all the blood.
7. get over – recover from something
It’s taken me ages to get over the flu.
8. come down with – become sick
I think I’m coming down with a cold.
9. throw up – be sick, vomit
Georgia was bent over the basin, throwing up.