100 Phrasal Verbs in 15 Minutes

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Phrasal verbs with BREAK

break in / break into: enter a building illegally with force. This is what robbers do, they break into houses and stores.

break through: make a sudden and quick advance past challenges.

break down:

  • It can mean when a machine stops functioning, like if your car breaks down, it stops working.
  • If a person breaks down, it means they have a physical, mental or emotional collapse.

break away: separate or move away from a group

break out:

  • develop a skin irritation like pimples or a rash
  • escape from a confined area like a prison
  • break something out means to get something ready for using or consuming

break off: separate something from a larger thing, ex. I broke off a piece of the chocolate bar to give to my children.

break up:

  • end a romantic relationship
  • or to separate into pieces

Phrasal verbs with BRING

bring about: cause something to happen

bring down:

  • cause something to fall or collapse
  • if you bring a person down, or if something brings you, down it makes you feel bad or depressed

bring up:

  • take care of, educate, and raise a child
  • bring up a topic in a conversation = mention that topic, introduce it into the conversation

bring out: develop or emphasize a quality, like if I wear blue, it brings out the color of my eyes because my eyes are also blue.

bring forth: a more formal phrasal verb meaning to create or produce

bring back:

  • return something to a place, like bringing library books back to the library
  • cause someone to remember, ex. “That song really brings me back to high school!”

bring in:

  • move something from outdoors to indoors
  • produce or earn money

Phrasal verbs with COME

come across: find something by chance

come about: happen

come along:

  • make progress, ex. “Your English is really coming along!” meaning you’re improving
  • accompany someone

come out:

  • for something to be published or released like a movie or book coming out
  • If a person comes out, that can mean reveal that they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender
  • to appear, to leave the inside

come by / come over: visit someone

come through:

  • provide needed help and support. When I needed to move my apartment, my friends really came through, meaning they provided the help in my time of need
  • become seen or obvious

come up:

  • appear, like when a problem, issue or topic appears
  • approach someone: A beggar came up to me asking for money.

come back: return to a place

come on: 

  • hurry up, move faster. I often tell my daughter, “Come on, you gotta get ready for school!” in the morning
  • stop doing something annoying, ex. “Oh come on, stop tapping your foot. It’s making me crazy.”

come across as: give an impression

Phrasal verbs with FALL

fall behind: not make enough progress to stay on schedule

fall back on: have the option to use something if other plans are not successful

fall apart:

  • spontaneously break into pieces
  • if a person falls apart it means they become very emotionally upset so that they can’t act normally

fall down / fall over: fall to the ground

fall out:

  • fall from an enclosed space, like when you’re a kid, your baby teeth fall out of your mouth
  • fall out with a person means to have an argument with someone and stay angry at each other

fall through: when plans fail

fall off: when something separates from a bigger object

fall for:

  • fall in love with someone
  • be deceived by a lie or trick

Phrasal verbs with GET

get along with: have a good relationship with someone

get away with: do something bad but escape the consequences

get around:

  • manage to go places physically
  • get around to doing something means you finally manage to do a task, often after some time has passed

get into:

  • be accepted by a school, club, etc.
  • become interested or active in something, like getting into a new hobby

get over: recover, either physically or emotionally

get through: proceeding with or finishing something difficult

get up: get out of bed, or to go from a sitting/laying to a standing position

get away:

  • escape
  • to take a short vacation

get by: manage to survive, usually with financial difficulties

get to:

  • arrive, reach a destination
  • have the opportunity to do something good or special

get back at someone: get revenge

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Phrasal verbs with GO

go about: do something

go for: try to get/do something

go under: when a company loses all its money and closes. We could also say “go bankrupt.”

go over:

  • get acceptance or approval from a group
  • to review – right now we’re going over lots of common phrasal verbs

go down: sink or decrease in level, price, or value

go on: happen, proceed, or continue

go around: move here and there, from place to place

go out with someone: be dating, romantically involved

go through: experience, especially when you experience something difficult

go with: select or choose. Like if I’m trying to buy a new dress, I might say, “I think I’ll go with the black one.”

go up: increase in level, price, or value

go off:

  • when an alarm or siren makes noise, like my alarm goes off in the morning to wake me up
  • when a bomb explodes

go by: to talk about time passing

Phrasal verbs with GIVE

give off: emit or send out a smell, energy, or feeling

give in: stop resisting and agree to do what someone else wants

give away:

  • offer or provide for free, like I’m giving away the free download of this lesson
  • reveal or make known

give out:

  • distribute, like a cookie shop might give out free samples
  • if something gives out, it stops functioning, it becomes exhausted, or it has no more energy

give up: 

  • stop trying or doing; to abandon an effort
  • stop possessing something

give back:

  • return something to someone, so if I borrow my friend’s camera, I will need to give it back
  • giving time or money to charity

Phrasal verbs with PICK

pick up:

  • take something with your hand
  • take passengers in a vehicle
  • improve or increase – If I say the wind is picking up, that means the wind is getting stronger
  • buy; ex. you pick up some milk at the store
  • detect
  • continue after a break
  • get knowledge by learning or experience. I hope my lessons are helping you pick up English!

pick on someone: tease or bully someone

pick apart: criticize or find fault

pick through: search within a collection or mess of things

pick out:

  • choose or select
  • identify something specific from a group

pick at:

  • pull with your fingers or nails
  • if you pick at your food it means you eat only little bits, almost like you’re not very hungry

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Phrasal verbs with PUT

put away: put something in its proper place

put aside: stop using or considering something until later.

put off:

  • delay doing something or procrastinate
  • if something puts you off, it means it makes a bad impression on you

put on:

  • starting to wear clothes, accessories, or makeup
  • produce a show or performance

put out:

  • extinguish a fire or extinguish a cigarette
  • put out publications, publish them at a regular frequency
  • if someone is put out, it means they are inconvenienced

put through: cause someone to experience something

put up with: tolerate something annoying or difficult

put forth / put forward: offer or propose for consideration

put down:

  • write something on a piece of paper
  • put someone down means to criticize and humiliate the person
  • put an animal down means to kill an animal that is old or sick and suffering

put back: return an object to the location it came from

Phrasal verbs with SET

set aside: separate and reserve something for a special purpose

set apart: make something noticeable and distinct from others

set off:

  • cause to occur, especially an explosion, reaction, or alarm
  • begin a journey

set out:

  • begin a journey, ex. We set out/off on our hike at six o’clock in the morning.
  • start an effort or project
  • put things on display for showing or sale

set in: begin to have an effect or begin to happen, especially when talking about seasons, feelings and trends.

set back: delay or prevents from moving forward

set up:

  • physically assemble something and put it in a standing position, like setting up a tent
  • establish something and get it ready for use

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Phrasal verbs with TAKE

take in: receive and understand information.

take after someone: have a similar appearance or personality as one of your relatives

take on:

  • accept work or responsibility
  • hire or employ someone
  • fight or compete against someone

take over: take control or become dominant

take off:

  • an airplane going up into the air
  • become successful or popular fast
  • leave a place suddenly (informal)
  • remove something, like take off a hat or jacket
  • take time off means not going to work for a time, ex. I’m taking a week off to travel.

take back:

  • return something to a place
  • if you take some of your words back, it means you admit that something you said or wrote was wrong

take up:

  • fill space and time
  • start doing an activity regularly

take apart: separate something into parts.

Phrasal verbs with TURN

turn away: not allow someone to enter/access a place. If the club is full, they will turn people away at the door.

turn around: change direction and go the opposite way

turn down:

  • decrease the volume or the heating or air conditioning
  • not accept an invitation or offer; to say no to it

turn in:

  • go to bed
  • give an assignment to a teacher or supervisor
  • deliver someone who committed a crime to the police

turn into: become

turn out: have an end result

turn up:

  • increase volume, heating or AC
  • appear

turn over:

  • transfer something to someone in authority
  • flip something to the other side

turn on:

  • make someone sexually aroused
  • start or activate a machine, light, or electrical device

turn off:

  • stop or deactivate a machine, light, or electrical device
  • make someone lose interest

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