Phrasal Verbs - A, B

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  1. ask someone out
    • invite on a date
    • Ex.: Brian asked Judy out to dinner and a movie.
  2. ask around
    • ask many people the same question
    • Ex.: I asked around but nobody has seen my wallet.
  3. add up to something
    • equal
    • Ex.: Your purchases add up to $205.32.
  4. back something up
    • reverse
    • Ex.: You'll have to back up your car so that I can get out.
  5. back someone up
    • support
    • Ex.: My wife backed me up over my decision to quit my job.
  6. blow up
    • explode
    • Ex.: The racing car blew up after it crashed into the fence.
  7. blow something up
    • add air
    • Ex.: We have to blow 50 balloons up for the party.
  8. break down
    • stop functioning (vehicle, machine)
    • Ex.: Our car broke down at the side of the highway in the snowstorm.
  9. break something down
    • divide into smaller parts
    • Ex.: Our teacher broke the final project down into three separate parts.
  10. break in
    • force entry to a building
    • Ex.: Somebody broke in last night and stole our stereo.
  11. break into something
    • enter forcibly
    • Ex.: The firemen had to break into the room to rescue the children.
  12. break something in
    • wear something a few times so that it doesn't look/feel new
    • Ex.: I need to break these shoes in before we run next week.
  13. break in
    • interrupt
    • Ex.: The TV station broke in to report the news of the president's death.
  14. break up
    • end a relationship
    • Ex.: My boyfriend and I broke up before I moved to America.
  15. break up
    • start laughing (informal)
    • Ex.: The kids just broke up as soon as the clown started talking.
  16. break out
    • escape
    • Ex.: The prisoners broke out of jail when the guards weren't looking.
  17. break out in something
    • develop a skin condition
    • Ex.: I broke out in a rash after our camping trip.
  18. bring someone down
    • make unhappy
    • Ex.: This sad music is bringing me down.
  19. bring someone up
    • raise a child
    • Ex.: My grandparents brought me up after my parents died.
  20. bring something up
    • start talking about a subject
    • Ex.: My mother walks out of the room when my father brings up sports.
  21. bring something up
    • vomit
    • Ex.: He drank so much that he brought his dinner up in the toilet.
  22. break down
    • get upset
    • Ex.: The woman broke down when the police told her that her son had died.
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Phrasal Verbs - A, B
2014-12-31 13:25:54
Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal Verbs - A, B
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