Sunday, 27 February 2011

Useful for myself (4)

Common Phrasal Verbs (C & D)
call around
phone many different places/people
We called around but we weren't able to find the car part we needed.
call someone back
return a phone call
I called the company back but the offices were closed for the weekend.
call something off
Jason called the wedding off because he wasn't in love with his fiancé.
call on someone
ask for an answer or opinion
The professor called on me for question 1.
call on someone
visit someone
We called on you last night but you weren't home.
call someone up
Give me your phone number and I will call you up when we are in town.
calm down
relax after being angry
You are still mad. You need to calm down before you drive the car.
not care for someone/something
not like (formal)
I don't care for his behaviour.
catch up
get to the same point as someone else
You'll have to run faster than that if you want to catch up with Marty.
check in
arrive and register at a hotel or airport
We will get the hotel keys when we check in.
check out
leave a hotel
You have to check out of the hotel before 11:00 AM.
check someone/something out
look at carefully, investigate
The company checks out all new employees.
check out someone/something
look at (informal)
Check out the crazy hair on that guy!
cheer up
become happier
She cheered up when she heard the good news.
cheer someone up
make happier
I brought you some flowers to cheer you up.
chip in
If everyone chips in we can get the kitchen painted by noon.
clean something up
tidy, clean
Please clean up your bedroom before you go outside.
come across something
find unexpectedly
I came across these old photos when I was tidying the closet.
come apart
The top and bottom come apart if you pull hard enough.
come down with something
become sick
My nephew came down with chicken pox this weekend.
come forward
volunteer for a task or to give evidence
The woman came forward with her husband's finger prints.
come from somewhere
originate in
The art of origami comes from Asia.
count on someone/something
rely on
I am counting on you to make dinner while I am out.
cross something out
draw a line through
Please cross out your old address and write your new one.
cut back on something
consume less
My doctor wants me to cut back on sweets and fatty foods.
cut something down
make something fall to the ground
We had to cut the old tree in our yard down after the storm.
cut in
Your father cut in while I was dancing with your uncle.
cut in
pull in too closely in front of another vehicle
The bus driver got angry when that car cut in.
cut in
start operating (of an engine or electrical device)
The air conditioner cuts in when the temperature gets to 22°C.
cut something off
remove with something sharp
The doctors cut off his leg because it was severely injured.
cut something off
stop providing
The phone company cut off our phone because we didn't pay the bill.
cut someone off
take out of a will
My grandparents cut my father off when he remarried.
cut something out
remove part of something (usually with scissors and paper)
I cut this ad out of the newspaper.
do someone/something over
beat up, ransack (Br.E., informal)
He's lucky to be alive. His shop was done over by a street gang.
do something over
do again (N.Amer.)
My teacher wants me to do my essay over because she doesn't like my topic.
do away with something
It's time to do away with all of these old tax records.
do something up
fasten, close
Do your coat up before you go outside. It's snowing!
dress up
wear nice clothing
It's a fancy restaurant so we have to dress up.
drop back
move back in a position/group
Andrea dropped back to third place when she fell off her bike.
drop in/by/over
come without an appointment
I might drop in/by/over for tea some time this week.
drop someone/something off
take someone/something somewhere and leave them/it there
I have to drop my sister off at work before I come over.
drop out
quit a class, school etc
I dropped out of Science because it was too difficult.

 N.B.. All are completely copied from thanks to the Team of English Club. 


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