Phrasal Verb PDF Download

What are Phrasal Verbs?  ---A phrasal verb is a combination of words (a verb + a preposition or verb +adverb) that when used together, usually take on a different meaning to that of the original verb.

Few of the examples of the phrasal verbs are as below:-

1. Account for(explain the reason, answer for):  I can’t account for his unusual behaviour in this matter.

2. Ask after (ask about the welfare, inquire after): I met your brother at the party, he asked after you.

3. Ask for (request for): she asked for a glass of water.

4. Bear on/upon [relevant, (bearing on): Your remarks have no bearing on the main problem.

5. Bear out (support the argument, corroborate): I am sure my classmates will bear out my statement.

6. Break down (emotional collapse, stop functioning): While giving evidence in the court, she broke down.

7. Break into (enter by force): The robbers broke into his house last night.

8. Break out [spread (war, epidemic, fire, riots)]: The fear that aids has broken out in India is not unfounded.

9. Break through (discover a secret, major achievement): There is no hope of breakthrough in the murder case.

10. Bring about (cause to happen): The administration helped to bring about a peaceful settlement.

11. Bring out (explain the meaning, publish): When asked to explain, she could not bring out the meaning of the poem.

12. Call for (necessary, require): For the unity of the country discipline among the people is called for.

13. Call off (suspend or abandon): We decided to call off the strike.

14. Call out (ask to come for help): The National Guards has been called out.

15. Carry away by (lose control): On hearing the news of his success he was carried away by joy.

16. Cast down (dejected, down cast): Now-a-days he is cast down as a result of his failure in the examination.

17. Come across (meet by chance): I came across my old friend in the market yesterday.

18. Come over (get over, overcome): You can come over your problems by honest means.

19. Cut down (curtail, reduce): Since you are out of job these days, you must cut down your expenditure.

20. Cut off (discontinue, die, and remove): Gas supplies have now been cut off.

21. Die down [gradually disappear (riots, excitement, storm etc.)]: The wind has died down.

22. Do for (serve the purpose): This book will do for the SSC examination.

23. Drop in (to pay a short visit): I thought I‘d just drop in and see how you were.

24. Fall back (retreat): The rioters fell back when the police arrived.

25. Fall out (quarrel): The two friends appear to have fallen out over a minor issue.

26. Get at (reach, understand) It is very difficult to get at the truth etc.

27. Get away with (without being punished or with little punishment): Although his fault was serious, he got away with light punishment.

28. Get over (recover from illness or shock, come over): He is still trying to get over the financial crises.

29. Give away (distribute): She has given away jewellery worth thousands of Rupees.

30. Give in (surrender, agree): At first she was adamant but at last she gave in to the request of her friend.

31. Give way (collapse under pressure, break): The contractor was charged with negligence when the roof of a new building gave way.

32. Go down (be believed): Your excuse will not go down.

33. Go through (read hurriedly, endure): He didn’t lend me the newspaper because he was going through it.

34. Hand over (give charge or authority): He has not handed over charge to the new manager.

35. Hold on (carry on, bear difficulties, and persist): In spite of financial difficulties he held on and succeeded in the long run.

36. Hold out (resist): When the robbers ran short of ammunition, they could no longer hold out.

37. Jump at (accept happily): He jumped at the offer of his boss to accept the job abroad.

38. Keep off (keep at a distance): There was a notice at the site, “keep off the bushed.”

39. Lay by (save money): The wise men always lay by money for their old age.

40. Lay off (to discontinue work, dismiss temporarily): The workers have been laid off for want of raw material.

41. Live by (means/manner): You must learn to live by honest means.

42. Look after (take care of): In her old age she has no one to look after her.

43. Look for (search for a lost thing): She was looking for her lost books.

44. Look into (investigate the matter): A committee was set up to look into the problem.

45. Look out for (in search of, on the watch): He is looking out for a decent job.

46. Make off with/away with (run away, destroy): The made off with the cash and fled.

47. Make up (to end (quarrel), compose): You should make an effort to make up a quarrel with your friend.

48. Pass away (die, expire): On the passing away of his father I sent him a message of condolence.

49. Pass for (regarded to be): The TATA’s pass for philanthropists in the country.

50. Put down (crush, keep down): The riots were put down by the local police.

51. Put on (wear, pretend): It is difficult to put on the appearance of innocence for a long time.

52. Put out (extinguish): The fire was put out suddenly.

53. Put up (stays, question): He is putting up at a hostel these days.

54. Run after (pursue, hanker after): We should not run after money.

55. Set about (start doing): As soon as she reached home, she set about calling up her friends.

56. Set aside (allocate, strike down, turn down): The High court set aside the verdict of the lower court in this sensitive matter.

57. Set in (begin): As soon as the summer sets in, the reptiles come out of hibernation.

58. Set up (establish): The factory was set up by his uncle.

59. Stand by (support, help): Although he promised to stand by me in difficulties, he did not live up to it.

60. Stand for (represent): T.E.C. stands for Technical Education Certificate.

61. Take down (write): She was busy in taking down the dictation which the teacher was giving.

62. Talk over (discuss a matter): I agreed to go home and talk over the matter.

63. Turn on (switch on, start): She turned on the shower to take bath.

64. Turn out (prove, reveal, expel): Northing ever turned out right for me in life.

65. Work out (solve the problem): He is very intelligent and can work out any difficult problem.

66. Work up (incite, instigate): The politicians should not try to work up communal frenzy.

67. Work upon (influence): The leader tried to work upon the mob.

68. Bear Away (win): Suhani bore away the first prize in the dance competition.

69. Call At (visit a place to meet): I called at the residence of my boss yesterday.  

70. Call on (go and visit a person): It is a tradition for the Prime Minister to call on the President.

71. Cast Away (throw away as useless): We usually give our servants the old clothes which we cast away.

72. Catch up with (make up for deficiency): He remained ill for many days but caught up with the pending work very soon.

73. Cope with (manage): They coped with all their problems cheerfully.

74. Die out (become out of use or existence): He thought that the custom had died out a long time ago.

75. Dispose of (sell off): She has decided to dispose of her old house.

76. Do away with (Eradicate): We should do away with social evils.

77. Fall back on (depend on): You must save money to fall back on it in old age.

78. Fall through (to remain incomplete): For want of sufficient funds your new project is likely to fall through.

79. Follow up (pursue after the first attempt): The idea has been followed by a group of researchers.

80. Get ahead (go forward): You can get ahead of your rivals only by hard work.

81. Give up (stop): He gave up smoking to save money.

82. Go on (continue): There is no need to go on arguing about it.

83. Go up (rise, increase): As a result of a sharp rise in prices the price of washing soap has gone up.

84. Hand out (distribute): Hand out the books to the students.

85. Hold over (postpone): Most of the bills are held over till the next session of the Parliament.

86. Jump to (arrive suddenly): You should never jump to conclusions.

87. Keep on (Continue): She kept on crying inspite of my assurance of help.

88. Keep up (maintain): Always try to keep up the understand of life even in the face of crises.

89. Lay out (plan building): A number of gardens were laid out by the Moghuls.

90. Let down (humiliate): We should never let down our friends.

91. Look at (see carefully): The boys are looking at the sky.

92. Make over (transfer possession): Since she had no legal heir, she made her house in charity.

93. Pass off (succeed): The elections are likely to pass off peacefully.

94. Pull down (demolish a structure): Why did they pull the shops down?

95.  Pull with (live together): He is pulling well with his wife these days.

96. Round up (arrest): The police rounded up anti-social elements last night.

97. Run over (crush under): He was run over by a speeding car.

98. Taken to (from a habit): He took to wearing black leather jackets.

99. Turn off (stop, switch off): Please make it a point to turn off water tap before you go out.

100. Wind up (bring to an end): We were forced to wind up the business on account of heavy loss.

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