30 Common Phrasal Verbs, Definition and Example Sentences
Clear sb off
Meaning: to make sb go away from a place
Example Sentence: The police’ll use dogs to clear the protesters off the road.
Meaning: to solve or explain
Example Sentence: I think the trouble will clear up in a couple of days.
to mark with a tick
Let’s check off the names of the people to be invited.
to stop working at the end of the day
What time will they knock off?
to quickly drink sth
We have knocked back two double rums.
to build or assemble sth quickly
He knocked up a bed out of some old pieces of wood?
Confirm you are taking a flight
I usually check in online.
Our flight touched down before night.
Delay when travelling
I’m sorry, I am late but I was help up at work.
Start a journey
They set off for London just after five.
Stay at a place for a night on the way to somewhere else
They stopped over in Singapore on their way to Australia.
Take a vacation, especially because you need a rest
I would love to get away and go to the beach next month.
refrain, control yourself
I couldn’t keep from playing football.
not allow someone out.
Children were kept in after school.
to not touch something
He kept off the subject of his divorce.
to avoid someone or something
You must keep away medicines from children.
to chase or follow
The policeman made after the thief.
to make peace
Please come back. I want to make up.
to succeed in business
How are you making out in your new job?
Make up for
to recover, make sth better
Nothing can make up for the loss of a child.
to read something again
Please read back the text of the message.
Read up on sth
to read a lot about in order to learn about it
I read up on the history of the World War II.
look for mistakes or check details
I asked her to read over my essay.
to read quickly beginning to the end
Always read through your work when you’ve finished.
to think about future
The past is past. Let us look ahead.
to take care of sb/sth
He’s not competent to look after young children.
to visit a place and look at the things in it
I will spend all day looking round the city.
to watch sth happen without taking part in it
Look on the bright side –no one was badly hurt.
Look forward to
something that is going to happen
He had worked hard and was looking forward to his retirement.
to pay a short visit
You’ll look in and say hello when you have time.
to get control of sth
He can take over the business when I’m away.
to remove sth/sb from
Take away the glasses and the tray.
to allow sb to stay in your home
My house is full; I can’t take in any more guests.
to remove sth from a high position
Take down this book and read slowly.
The Government will cut back on defence spending.
When you cut in on our conversation, we were talking.
to shortening into parts or to make sth smaller
Knives easily cut into the cake.
to make a shorter route
If I cut across the field, it’ll save time.
to go through by cutting
We cut through the solid rock to build the tunnel .
to cut into pieces
My mother cut up the onions and put them in the pot.
to stop working
There are two engines. One of them cut out yesterday.
Meaning; to allow sth/sb to enter
Example Sentence; She opened the window to let in some fresh air.
Meaning; to put into the surface of sth
Example Sentence; A skylight had been let into the roof.