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10 Phrasal Verbs with UP

10 Phrasal Verbs with up

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act up

  1. When a person behaves badly.My kids were acting up during the movie – they were talking loudly and annoying everyone in the theater!
  2. When a disease or medical condition starts to become annoying after not being a problem for some time.I can’t play soccer today. My left knee’s been acting up lately.

back up

  1. back (someone) up= give someone support or help, especially when they make a difficult decision or present an idea that may be unpopular.The manager decided to cancel our holiday, and the director backed him up on it.
  2. back up (files or documents on a computer) = make a copy of the information in case there’s a problem with the computer in the future.

    If you back up your files, you won’t lose your work if your computer crashes.
  3. back up (a car) = drive the car in reverse.

    You should check your mirrors frequently when backing up in order to avoid an accident.

beat up

  1. beat (someone) up = physically attack a person with kicks and punches

    The bank robbers beat upthe security guard so badly that he had to be taken to the hospital.
  2. beat (yourself) up = be angry at yourself because of a mistake you made.

    I’m beating myself up over that stupid mistake I made on the test!
    Sarah, I know the job interview went badly, but don’t beat yourself up about  it. I’m sure you’ll find another opportunity.

blow up

  1. Explode.

    The bomb blew upand destroyed the building.
  2. Have an explosion of anger.

    Donna blew upwhen she discovered that her son was using drugs.
  3. Blow (something) up = inflate with air.

    We blew up 500 pink balloons for my daughter’s birthday party.

bottle up

To keep emotions inside.

Dan bottles up all his emotions – he never shows what he’s feeling.

break up

To end a romantic relationship.

Sally and her boyfriend broke up last week.

bring up

  1. bring (someone) up= care for and educate a child for many years.My sister is bringing up three biological children and two adopted children.
  2. bring (something) up= introduce a subject into a conversation or discussion.I brought up the issue of salary adjustments during the meeting.

cheer up

cheer (someone) up = to make someone happier

My son was sad because he had a bad day at school. I tried to cheer him up by buying him ice cream.

clean up

To make clean

Please clean up the mess you made in the kitchen!

come up

To arise.

Sorry I couldn’t come to your birthday party yesterday – something came up.

 

Quiz - Phrasal verbs with UP

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Question 1
Pedro! If you don't stop ___________, you won't get any dessert after dinner.
A
acting up
B
cheering up
C
bottling up
Question 2
No matter what Janelle does, her mother always _____________.
A
backs her up
B
blows her up
C
acts her up
Question 3
I ___________ everything on my computer daily.
A
back up
B
beat up
C
bring up
Question 4
Billy came home with a broken nose after being ___________ by a bully.
A
beaten up
B
broken up
C
cheered up
Question 5
The truck's gas tank ____________ after the accident, injuring five people.
A
blew up
B
bottled up
C
cleaned up
Question 6
You shouldn't __________ all those negative emotions - it's not healthy.
A
bottle up
B
act up
C
cheer up
Question 7
I don't think John and Martha have much of a future together. They'll probably ________ by the end of the year.
A
break up
B
come up
C
bring up
Question 8
When you talk with Helen, don't _________ the problems at her job - she doesn't want to talk about them.
A
bring up
B
cheer up
C
beat up
Question 9
I always tell the truth. That's the way my parents ____________.
A
brought me up
B
backed me up
C
acted me up
Question 10
Sandra's been in the hospital for the past week. Why don't we bring her some flowers to help ___________?
A
cheer her up
B
clean her up
C
bring her up
Question 11
Gary need some napkins to __________ the coffee he spilled on his desk.
A
clean up
B
bottle up
C
come up
Question 12
There are a lot of exciting events __________ in the next month.
A
coming up
B
bringing up
C
backing up
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