Phrasal Verbs – A – M

Phrasal Verbs and Prepositional Verbs in English A – M

Phrasal Verb Phrasal Verb in a sentence
A
agree with I agree with him on that point.
B
back off* She was told to back off.
be in Are your parents in?
be off* I'm off now.
black out And then she just blacked out.
blow up The bomb might have blown up.
break away At last, the hostage could break away from his captors.
break free
break loose
break down Finally her car broke down.
break up Sue and Tim broke up last year.
bring up (1) She was brought up in Wisconsin.
(2) Why do you have to bring that up?
butt in* How can we talk when you keep butting in all the time?
C
call off I had to call off the barbecue because of the bad weather.
calm down Please calm down.
carry on Please carry on with your homework.
check out I will check it out.
close down The shop was closed down by the police.
cut out* Cut it out!
D
do without I guess I will have to do without lunch today.
drop in (on)* I can't believe who dropped in on us last night.
drop off You can drop me off at the next red light.
E
ease off The storm eased off a little.
end up How will this end up?
even out The surface of the road was evened out.
F
fall through I hope the house signing doesn't fall through.
figure out* I just can't figure her out.
fill out Would you fill out the form, please?
focus (on) She focused on this issue.
G
get along with He couldn't get along with his mother-in-law.
get at* What exactly is he getting at?
get by (on) She can't get by on that much money.
get into He managed to get himself into the class he wanted.
get off on* He gets off on paying soccer.
get on How are you getting on?
get on with (1) I need to get on with my homework.
(2) How do you get on with Sam?
get out of You've got to get out of there.
get up Today I got up at 10 am.
give up Are you sure you want to give up your career?
go through (1) The truck wouldn't go through the tunnel.
(2) He went through his pockets, looking for his wallet.
(3) You won't believe what I've gone through.
(4) I guess we need to go through the whole song a few more times.
H
hand out The teacher handed out the test to the surprised students.
hang up Why did you hang up on me?
hit back He hit me, but I didn't hit him back.
hold on Hold on a minute! I have to check this first.
hurry up Hurry up, will you? I got some errands to run today.
I
idle away Don't idle the whole day away.
insist (on) He inisted on it.
invite over Let's invite them over for dinner.
J
jump in(to) I just jumped into the pool and had a refreshing swim.
K
keep at I need to keep at this.
keep off Please keep off the lawn.
keep on (1) It's a little chilly in here, so I better keep my coat on.
(2) Just keep on practicing your scales by simply playing them up and down.
keep out (of) (1) Keep out of this and mind your own business.
(2) My door is closed. Keep out!
knock off Knock it off!
L
lead up to (1) A narrow path leads up to his cabin.
(2) She was just leading up to something when he interrupted.
leak out I hope that news does not leak out.
leave out (of) Leave me out of it, please.
leave up to They left this decision up to me.
let down I won't let you down again.
let in Don't let strangers in.
let on (about) I promised I wouldn't let on about her new job.
let up The storm has let up.
lie down I need to lie down and take a little nap.
light up We lighted the house up with the headlights of our automobile.
lighten up Hey, lighten up a little. Enjoy the day.
line up Everyone, please line up.
live up to That meal did not live up to my expectations.
look back (at/on) When I look back on him, I am amazed at all he has accomplished.
look for I am looking for my watch.
look in (on) I will look in on him from time to time.
look out (for) Look out for that car!
look up to She is glad they look up to her.
loom up An old cottage loomed up in the distance.
loosen up Relax and loosen yourself up.
M
make out Can you make out what she is saying?
make up (1) Did she make up the clowns yet?
(2) I made up that story.
(3) I'm sorry, but you can't make up that test you missed.
(4) Class participation will make up 25% of your final grade.
(5) They kissed and made up.
(6) Do you think I would make this up?
march on Time marches on.
mark down Pineapples are marked down again.
mark up Watermelons are marked up again.
mess up* (1) He messed up his room.
(2) The dirty water messed my pants up.
(3) Losing my job really messed my life up.
move in(to) I moved into a new apartment last month.
move on (to) (1) The officer stopped for a minute, asked some questions, and then moved on.
(2) Alright, let's move on to our next point.
move out (of) I moved out of my old apartment last month.
move up (to) How long will it be before they can move her up?

* used in informal English

Thanks to Jennie, Josef and Kai.