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Sunday, 23 June 2013

Phrasal Verbs-III



Alphabetical List - L


Phrasal Verb

Meaning

Example

laugh offMake light of something / minimizeHe laughed off the unflattering review of his latest book.
lay offFire, dismiss, let goMany factories have had to lay off workers.
leaf throughTurn over pages quicklyShe leafed through a magazine in the waiting room.
leak outBecome known (information)News of the planned merger leaked out.
leave outOmit / not mentionTom's name was left out of the report.
let downDisappointYou promised to come to the party, so don't let me down!
light upIlluminate
1) 1 watched the floodlights light up the castle.
2) Her face always lights up when she sees her grandson.
3) The screen lights up when you turn on a computer.
line upStand in a row.The books were lined up neatly on the shelves.
live throughExperience something and surviveMy grandparents lived through two wars.
liven upMake something livelier or more attractive.We need to liven up the presentation somehow.
log in/onAccess a program or database using a password.You need to log in to your account before you use the services.
log offEnd access to a database.Log off the system and then turn off the computer.
look afterTake care ofA baby sitter looks after the children when their parents go out.
look aheadThink of the futureIt's time to forget the past and look ahead.
look down onConsider as inferiorHe tends to look down on anyone who is not successful.
look intoExamine or investigate.I'll look into the matter and call you back.
look onBe a spectator at an eventBilly didn't take part in the fight.  He just looked on.
look forTry to find somethingJane went shopping to look for a pair of shoes.
look forward toAwait or anticipate with pleasureI look forward to seeing you soon.
look up toAdmireHe was a wonderful teacher and many students looked up to him.
lose out on/toBe unsuccessful / suffer a lossI'm the one who'll lose out if our plan goes wrong.










































Alphabetical List  - M-N


Phrasal Verb

Meaning

Example

make fun ofLaugh at / make jokes aboutThe old lady dresses so strangely that the children make fun of her.
make off withSteal and hurry awayHe made off with my briefcase while I was checking the timetable.
make upInvent (excuse, story)Some employees make up excuses when they arrive late for work.
make up (with)End a quarrelIt's time to shake hands and make up.
make up forCompensate forWith hard work I can make up for the days
I was absent.
miss out (on)Lose an opportunity to do something.If you leave before Saturday you'll miss out on the party.
mix upMistake one thing or person for anotherI don't know the members' names yet.
I tend to mix them up
move inArrive in a new home or officeYou've bought a new house?  When are you moving in?
move outLeave your home/office for another one.My neighbour is leaving.  He's moving out next Saturday.
 
nail downMake someone say something preciselyHe promised to come but we'll have to nail him down to a date.
name afterGive the same name as another personWilliam was named after his grandfather.
narrow downReduce a list or a number of options.The list of suspects has been narrowed down to three people.
nod offFall asleepMy grandfather often nods off in front of the television.
nose about/aroundTry to discover by searching.I don't like people nosing around my desk.
note downWrite something downI'll call the station and note down the departure times.





































Alphabetical List - O-P-Q


Phrasal Verb

Meaning

Example

opt outLeave a system or decide not to participateI enjoy tennis but I'm so busy I had to opt out of the tournament.
own upAdmit or confess somethingThe boy owned up. He said he kicked the ball through the window.
 
pass awayDieThe old lady passed away peacefully.
pass onTransmitDon't forget to pass on the information.
pass outFaint / lose consciousnessShe passed out when she heard the bad news.
pay backReimburseI will lend you 20€ provided you pay me back before the end of the week.
pick onChoose someone to blame, punish, bully, etc.The other children were always picking on Charlie because of his red hair.
pick outSelect;  chooseWill you help me pick out a handbag to go with my outfit?
pick upLearnChildren are quick to pick up a new language.
pick upCollect; give someone a liftJames is coming to pick me up at 8 o'clock.
play upCause pain or discomfort.My stomach is starting to play up again after all that heavy food.
play upEmphasize or make something seem more important.He always plays up his achievements.
play downMinimize or make something appear less importantThe government played down the gravity of the situation.
pop across/over/
down/out
Come or go quickly in the direction specifiedShe popped over to visit her mother after lunch.
pop inMake a brief visitHe sometimes pops in for a cup of coffee.
pop upArise, occurThe question popped up during the meeting.
pull throughOvercome difficulties or illnessMy grandmother caught pneumonia but she pulled through.
put awayReturn something to its normal place after using it.Please put away the dictionary when you've finished using it.
put offPostpone / arrange a later dateThe meeting was put off because of the strike.
put onTurn on / switch onCould you put on the light please?
put onWear a garment or piece of clothing.Put on your coat - it's getting cold.
put outExtinguishIt took a long time to put out the fire.
put (yourself) outGo to a lot of trouble / be inconvenienced.Please don't put yourself out for us.
put (something) outLeave/place someting outside the house.Don't forget to put out the dustbin.
put throughConnect two people (on the telephone)I'll put you through to Mr. Brown.
put upAccommodate / give someone a bedWe can put you up if you'd like to come for the week-end.
put up withTolerateI don't know how you can put up with all the noise.
pick upCollect somebody I'll pick you up at the station.
point outIndicate / direct attention to somethingThe teacher pointed out the mistake.

























































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