Phrasal Verbs – N – Z

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Phrasal Verbs and Prepositional Verbs in English N – Z

Phrasal Verb Phrasal Verb in a sentence
N
nail up (1) Please nail this picture up.
(2) Who nailed up the door? I can't get out.
O
open up They opened up the border a few weeks ago.
order in(to) The officer ordered me in.
P
pass away/on Her uncle passed away last summer.
pass out (1) Don't drink until you pass out.
(2) Please can you pass these handouts out to everyone?
pay off The time I spent in this project didn't pay off.
pick up (1) Relax. I will pick her up from school.
(2) Help me pick up this guy from the sidewalk, will you?
(3) The storm picked up about midnight.
(4) I picked up a little French while I was in Quebec.
pile up Exams are piling up on my desk.
plan out They met and planned out their strategy.
play along The guy with the guitar came in and played along.
point out That's exactly what I pointed out earlier.
pop up I don't know where he's going to pop up next.
power up Okay, let's power up the engine and get going.
pull in(to) A stranger just pulled into our driveway.
pull up He reached down and pulled her up.
put across to How can I best put this across to them?
put on (1) Don't put your brother on.
(2) Don't you have some clothes to put on?
put off (until) Can't you just put this off until tomorrow?
put together We put a team together on very short notice.
put up with I just don't know why I even put up with you.
Q
quiet down (1) Try to quiet him down.
(2) Ask him to quiet down.
R
rattle off She rattled off the long list of names.
reach out I reached out, but there was nothing I could get hold of.
read over / through Please read this text over and tell me what is about.
rely (up)on Can we rely on you in this case?
ride out Things are rough around here, but I think I can ride it out.
rub away I used that towel to rub away the dirt on my shoes.
rule on When will the court rule on your decision?
run away The cat ran away from me.
run down The car's battery ran down.
run off This allows rainwater to run off.
run off with The kidnappers ran off with her little daughter.
run over (1) He ran over his neighbour's cat.
(2) I ran over the time allotted for the presentation.
run out of I'm afraid we ran out of milk and cookies.
rush in(to) Don't rush into this job.
S
save up I'm saving up money for a new car.
see through (1) I knew what he was up to, because I saw through him.
(2) I'll see this project through.
sell out (to) (1) He refused to sell out to a large corporation.
(2) He shouldn't have sold out to them.
send away for I had to send away for a new part.
send for He sent for his secretary.
send over (to) She sent me over to her office.
set up (for) I will set up a meeting for next week.
settle down (1) One day they will settle down in a small cabin in the mountains.
(2) Will you please settle down and relax?
share together We shared a room together in college.
shoot up Jane shot up just after she turned thirteen.
show off Stop showing off.
sign in Did you remember to sign in?
sign up for Did you remember to sign up for the class?
sit around Don't just sit around. Do something!
sit down Please, sit down and relax.
sit in on You guys mind if I sit in on your discussion?
sit out I'm not playing. I better sit out this time.
sit up (1) I sat up and read a book.
(2) I wouldn't get such terrible backaches if I sat up properly.
sleep in I slept in this morning.
slim down You have slimmed down a lot since last spring break.
slip up You must not slip up again.
slow down You're going to fast. Please slow down.
smash into The car smashed into the side of a bus.
sober up Some coffee definitely won't sober them up.
sort itself out Things will sort itself out by the end of the month.
speak up Please speak up. I nearly can't hear you.
speak up for You can speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.
split up We had to split the class up into two classes.
spread out He told them to spread out and continue their search.
stand around Don't stand around. Get busy!
stand by Stand by while I search for another song.
stand in (for) Sam is sick. Can you stand in for him?
stand up She stood up and looked across the room.
start over Sorry, I guess I messed this up, so can I start over?
start up Start your car up and let's go.
stay over Can my friend stay over, please?
steal away She stole away while he was refilling her coffee.
step aside Step aside, please. You're in my way.
stick together We must stick together.
stop by Please stop by before you go on vacation.
stop over We stopped over in Chicago for two nights.
storm in(to) He stormed into the room, shouting and yelling.
storm out (of) He got angry and stormed out of the meeting.
straighten out (1) We have to straighten this mess out.
(2) They straightened out the line of people.
strip down The doctor told me to strip down for the examination.
stumble (upon) I just stumbled upon her.
sum up Can you sum up the arguments of this essay?
swell up I bumped my ankle and it swelled up.
switch off I forgot to switch the TV off before I went to bed.
switch on Can someone switch the light on, please?
T
take away The police took her daughter away.
take apart Don't take my TV apart.
take off (1) When does your plane take off?
(2) Sorry, I have to take off now.
(3) Take your coat off, please.
take over If you take over, you will be in charge.
talk back (to) Don't ever talk back to her.
talk out Let's just talk this matter out.
team up (with) I don't want to team up with him.
tear off (of) She tore the label off the bottle.
tell off I should have told him off.
tell on I'm going to call your father and tell on you.
think back (to) Try and think back to the morning of June 5.
think over I needed a few minutes to think it over.
think through First, let me think this through and I'll call you tomorrow first in the morning.
think of I quickly had to think of something.
think up I'll think something up.
throw up I was so nauseous I almost threw up.
tidy away Please tidy your stuff away.
tidy up Your room looks like a pig sty. You better tidy it up now.
trick into He tried to trick her into doing it his way.
try out Let's try out this candy store.
turn around/about The car turned around and went the other way.
turn down (1) He turned his collar down, when he entered her house.
(2) Turn the music down a little, will you?
(3) Our proposal was turned down.
turn in I need some sleep. I'm going to turn in now.
turn in(to) Turn in for some gas.
turn off Could you please turn the radio off?
turn on Don't forget to turn on the lights when the sun goes down.
turn up (1) Turn your cuffs up, please.
(2) Something always turns up.
(3) Apparently, new evidence has turned up.
U
use up You can use it up. I have more of it.
W
wake up Wake up! We have to hit the road.
walk off They didn't even say good-bye. They just walked off.
walk out (on) My sister walked out on Fred because she was fed up with him.
watch over Can you watch over the kids while we're gone.
watch out (for) Watch out for the snakes in the bushes.
wear out After weeks of learning for this stupid test, I'm worn out.
wipe off (of) Don't use your sleeve to wipe the ice cream off of your hand.
work out (1) Everything will work out in the end.
(2) She needs to work out more often.
work over They really worked him over.
wrap up Wrap up the presents quickly.
write away for I wrote away for a book on poetry.
Y
yell out The pain caused me to yell out.
Z
zip up I had better zip my jacket up.

* used in informal English

Thanks to Jennie, Josef and Kai.


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