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Tell the meaning for the Phrasal Verbs
stop working or functioning. "Sharon will be late for work today. Her car broke down on the freeway."
enter by using force and breaking a lock, window, etc. "Jane's apartment was burglarized last night. Someone broke in while Jane was at the movies."
end a personal relationship. "I'm sorry to hear that their marriage broke up. I'm sure the divorce will be difficult for the children."
raise; rear. "Lucy's parents died when she was a baby. Her grandparents brought her up."
cause someone to become very angry. "Did you hear how rudely Fred talked to me? That really burned me up!"
misbehave (for people); not work properly (for machines). "The babysitter had a difficult time. The children acted up all evening."
find the total. "What's the total of those bills? Could you add them up and see?"
not follow a threat. "Tom was ready to call the police when I told him I'd wrecked his car, but he backed off when I said I'd pay for the damages."
explode; destroy by exploding. A: "That old building really came down quickly!" B: "That's because the construction company used dynamite to blow it up"
cancel something that has been scheduled. "We don't have school today. The mayor called classes off because of the snow."
become calm, less agitated or upset. "Why are you so upset? Suzie didn't intend to spill orange juice on you. Calm down!"
take care of; supply care to; attend, watch. "Amy's father got out of the hospital last week. The family is caring for him at home."
catch up with:
stop being behind. "Terry stopped to rest for a few minutes. He'll catch up with us later."
follow procedures for leaving a hotel, etc. "Don't forget to take your room key to the front desk when you check out.
find unexpectedly. "I've lost my extra car keys. If you come across them while you're cleaning the room, please put them in a safe place."
come down with:
become ill with. "George won't be at the office today. He came down with the flu over the weekend."
depend on; trust that something will happen or that someone will do as expected. "I'm counting on you to wake me up tomorrow. I know I won't hear the alarm."
use less of something. "You drink too much coffee. You should cut back."
do something again. "Oh, no! I forgot to save my report before I turned the computer off! Now I'll have to do it over!"
have a meal in a restaurant. "I'm too tired to cook tonight. Why don't we eat out?"
add information to a form. "The office needs to know your home address and phone number. Could you fill them in on this form?"
complete a form by adding required information. "Of course I completed my application! I filled it out and mailed it over three weeks ago!"
learn, get information. "I'm sorry that you didn't know the meeting had been canceled. I didn't find out myself until just a few minutes ago."
have a friendly relationship with; be friendly. "Why can't you and your sister get along? Everyone else gets along with her just fine!"
survive, financially, in a difficult situation. "It's going to be hard to pay the rent now that you've lost your job, but somehow we'll get by."
get rid of:
dispose of; give away or throw away. "That shirt is really ugly. Why don't you get rid of it?"
stop doing something (usually a habit). "He knows smoking isn't good for his health, but he can't give it up."
submit homework, an assignment, etc. "You'd better get started on your report. You know that you have to hand it in at 8:30 tomorrow morning!"
distribute. "Why don't you have a course description and list of assignments? The teacher handed them out on the first day of class."
end a phone conversation by replacing the receiver. "I'd like to talk longer, but I'd better hang up. My sister needs to make a call."
delay. "I'm sorry I'm late. There was an accident on the freeway and traffic held me up."
continue. "I'm not ready to stop yet. I think I'll keep on working for a while."
make unconscious. "That medicine really knocked me out. I slept for 14 hours straight!"
forget; omit. "Oh, no! When I made the list of those who attended the meeting, I left your name out!"
disappoint. "I know I let you down when I didn't do what I promised. I'm really sorry."
look forward to:
anticipate pleasantly; think about a pleasant thing before it hap- pens "I'm really looking forward to vacation. I can't wait for it to begin!"
investigate, get more details about something. "Someone said there was a meeting at 9:30 but I haven't heard anything about it. Shall I look into it?"
find something in a reference work. "I'm sorry, but I don't know what that word means. I'll have to look it up."
make fun of:
make jokes about. "I agree that Bob looks ridiculous since he shaved his head, but don't make fun of him. You'll hurt his feelings."
invent imaginary information. "Judy's story is hard to believe. I'm sure she made it up."
cause to become confused. "I didn't complete the assignment because I didn't know how. The directions mixed me up
die. "I was very sorry to hear that your grandfather passed away."
faint; lose consciousness. "When Ella heard that she'd won a million dollars, she was so shocked that she passed out."
choose; select. "Billy's grandmother especially liked her birthday card because Billy had picked it out himself."
lift; take up. "Those books don't belong on the floor. Will you help me pick them up?"
drive a vehicle to the side of the rode. "When the policeman indicated that I should pull over, I knew he was going to give me a ticket."
postpone; delay; avoid. "I can't put this work off any longer. If I don't do it soon, it'll be impossible to finish it in time."
begin to wear. "It's a little bit chilly outside. You'd better put a sweater on."
put up with:
tolerate. "It's really important to come to work on time. The boss won't put up with tardiness."
meet by chance. "Yesterday at the supermarket, Jan ran into her former roommate. Before yesterday, they hadn't seen each other for nearly five years."
run out of:
use the last of. "On the way home from work, Art ran out of gas."
be noticeably better than other similar people or things. "Good job, Ann! Your work really stands out!"
arrive; appear. "The boss was very upset when you didn't show up for the meeting. What happened?"
represent. "These letters seem to be an abbreviation. Do you know what they stand for?"
resemble; favor (in appearance). "Both my sister and I take after our father."
take care of:
provide care for; watch one's health. "You've been working too hard lately. You'd better take care of yourself!"
remove something you're wearing. "Please take your hat off when you go inside a building."
use a machine briefly to determine how well it works. "I really like the way this car looks. May I try it out?"
move so that you are facing the opposite direction. "Everyone turned around and stared when I entered the meeting late."
decrease the volume. "Your music is giving me a headache! Please turn it down or use your headphones!"
give, deliver, submit to someone. "I've written my report, but I haven't turned it in."
stop by turning a handle or switch. "I'm cold. Do you mind if I turn the air conditioner off?"
appear unexpectedly. "We were all surprised when Pam turned up at the party. We didn't even know she was in town."
record something in writing. "Could you tell me your e-mail address again? I want to write it down."
exercise to build muscles, body tone, etc. "Instead of eating lunch on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Sheila goes to the recreation center to work out."
start by turning a handle or switch. "It's cold in here. I'm going to turn the heater on"
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