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Phrasal Verb: A phrasal verb is a verb that is made up of a main verb together with an adverb or a preposition, or both. Typically, their meaning is not obvious from the meanings of the individual words themselves.

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Phrasal Verb Meaning



Nail down

Succeed in getting, achieve

They are having trouble NAILING DOWN the contract


Nail down

Understand fully

I can’t NAIL DOWN what’s wrong with their idea, but I’m sure it won’t work.


Nail down

Get full information from someone

I can’t NAIL them DOWN about when they’re going to finish the project.


Nail down

Succeed or achieve something

I NAILED the job DOWN in the first interview.


Occur to

Enter one’s mind

Didn’t it OCCUR TO you to help me when you saw how much trouble I was in?


Open up

Start to talk freely about something

She hates to OPEN UP and discusses her feelings.


Open up

Open a shop or business for the day.

They OPEN UP at seven in the morning.


Open up

Allow goods into a market

Before they joined the WTO, they had to OPEN UP their markets.


Operate on

Perform surgery

She was OPERATED ON for eight hours


Pack away

Put something where it belongs

I PACKED AWAY the suitcases in the loft after we had emptied them.


Pack in

Stop doing something

I’m trying to PACK IN smoking.


Pack in

End a relationship

She PACKED her boyfriend IN.


Pack in

Fill a venue

They really PACK them IN at the club- it was so crowded it was impossible to move.


Pack in

Break down, stop working.

The photocopier has PACKED IN again.


Quarrel out

Argue with someone about a specific subject

The girl’s mother was QUARRELING OUT with her daughter about the party.


Quarrel with

Dispute or disagree with something

I am not QUARRELLING WITH their idea, but I think there are other possibilities,


Queer up

Mess up, ruin

I QUEERED the exam UP.


Quieten down

Fall silent

The audience QUIETENED DOWN when the lights were switched off in the auditorium and the play was ready to begin.


Quit on

Stop working, associating or being friends with someone, especially when they need support

They QUIT ON me just when things got rough.


Race off

Hurry away, leave somewhere quickly

They RACED OFF when the police arrived.


Rack off

Used to tell someone to go away because they’re annoying you.

He told her to RACK OFF.


Rack out

Sleep, take a nap

I’m tired- I’m going to RACK OUT.


Rack up

Acquire a lot of something

He’s RACKED UP a number of convictions for speeding.


Rack up


They RACKED UP the car in an accident.


Saddle up

Put a saddle on and prepare an animal to ride

She SADDLED UP the horse and rode off.


Saddle with

Give someone a task or responsibility that is difficult or hard work

They SADDLED me WITH preparing the visit.


Sag off

Not go to school or work, or leave early when you shouldn’t.

I was bored so I SAGGED OFF works early and went home.


Sail into

Criticize angrily

He SAILED INTO me for turning up an hour late.


Sail through

Pass easily, succeed

He SAILED THROUGH the final test.


Tack on

Add something that wasn’t planned

They TACKED ON a new ending to the film when they found that test audiences didn’t like the original.


Tack onto

Add or attach something that wasn’t planned to something.

I TACKED a quick message ONTO the end of the letter after I’d printed it.


Tag along

Accompany someone, especially if they haven’t specifically invited you

You’re off to the cinema; can we TAG ALONG?


Tag on

Add an additional point to something written or spoken

He TAGGED ON a few comments after reading my report.

34. Tag onto

Add an additional point to something written or spoken

He TAGGED his ideas ONTO the end of my report.

35.  Urge on


The crowd URGED the players ON.


Urge on

Persuade or pressure to accept something

They URGED the deal ON the company.


Urge upon

Persuade or pressure to accept something

They URGED the contract UPON us.


Use up

Finish or consume all of something

We USED UP all the olive oil.


Usher in

Be at, mark or celebrate an important point in time

We always give a party USHER IN the NEW YEAR.

40.    Vacuum up


He VACUUMED UP all of the food.


Vamp up

Make something more exciting, attractive, etc.

The place is dull and you need to VAMP it UP.

42.    Vamp up

Invent, maker up, improvise

I had to VAMP UP a reason for being so late.

43.    Veg out

Relax, do nothing

I’m going to VEG OUT in front of the TV tonight.


Venture forth

Leave somewhere safe or comfortable

If the storm has finished, we could VENTURE FORTH.


Wade in

Start something or get involved, often without thinking or to forcefully

He just WADED IN without listening to what anyone had to say.


Wade in


The hooligans WADED IN when they saw fans from the other team.


Wade into

Become embroiled or involved in a situation, without thinking or planning usually.

They WADED INTO the negotiations and the deal collapsed.

48. Wade through

Get to the end of something with difficulty.

It took me ages to WADE THROUGH the book.


Wait about

Wait somewhere doing nothing

I WAITED ABOUT for an hour, but they didn’t come.

50. Yack on

Talk continuously, especially if it is an annoying way

He YACKED ON for an hour.


Yammer on

Talk continuously, especially if it is an annoying way.

She YAMMERED ON for ages.


Yield to


I tried hard to resist, but in the end I YIELDED TO temptation and ate it all.

53. Zero in on

Direct or focus attention on

The police have ZEROED IN ON the man they believe to be responsible for the murder.

54. Zero in on

Head for, move towards

The hurricane is ZEROING IN ON Florida.


Zero out

Cut off funding for a project

The debt was ZEROED OUT by the department.

56.  Zero out

Reduce to zero, cancel, remove

The entry was ZEROED OUT of the database.

57.  Zip around

Move quickly

We ZIPPED AROUND the supermarket to get the shopping done.

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