Separable Phrasal Verbs
|Separable Phrasal Verbs
The object may come after the following phrasal verbs or it may separate the two parts:
|blow up||explode||The terrorists tried to blow up the railroad station.|
|bring up||mention a topic||My mother brought up that little matter of my prison record again.|
|bring up||raise children||It isn't easy to bring up children nowadays.|
|call off||cancel||They called off this afternoon's meeting|
|do over||repeat a job||Do this homework over.|
|fill out||complete a form||Fill out this application form and mail it in.|
|fill up||fill to capacity||She filled up the grocery cart with free food.|
|find out||discover||My sister found out that her husband had been planning a surprise party for her.|
|give away||give something to someone else for free||The filling station was giving away free gas.|
|give back||return an object||My brother borrowed my car. I have a feeling he's not about to give it back.|
|hand in||submit something (assignment)||The students handed in their papers and left the room.|
|hang up||put something on hook or receiver||She hung up the phone before she hung up her clothes.|
|hold up||delay||I hate to hold up the meeting, but I have to go to the bathroom.|
|hold up (2)||rob||Three masked gunmen held up the Security Bank this afternoon.|
|leave out||omit||You left out the part about the police chase down Asylum Avenue.|
|look over||examine, check||The lawyers looked over the papers carefully before questioning the witness. (They looked them over carefully.)|
|look up||search in a list||You've misspelled this word again. You'd better look it up.|
|make up||invent a story or lie||She knew she was in trouble, so she made up a story about going to the movies with her friends.|
|make out||hear, understand||He was so far away, we really couldn't make out what he was saying.|
|pick out||choose||There were three men in the line-up. She picked out the guy she thought had stolen her purse.|
|pick up||lift something off something else||The crane picked up the entire house. (Watch them pick it up.)|
|point out||call attention to||As we drove through Paris, Francoise pointed out the major historical sites.|
|put away||save or store||We put away money for our retirement. She put away the cereal boxes.|
|put off||postpone||We asked the boss to put off the meeting until tomorrow. (Please put it off for another day.)|
|put on||put clothing on the body||I put on a sweater and a jacket. (I put them on quickly.)|
|put out||extinguish||The firefighters put out the house fire before it could spread. (They put it out quickly.)|
|read over||peruse||I read over the homework, but couldn't make any sense of it.|
|set up||to arrange, begin||My wife set up the living room exactly the way she wanted it. She set it up.|
|take down||make a written note||These are your instructions. Write them down before you forget.|
|take off||remove clothing||It was so hot that I had to take off my shirt.|
|talk over||discuss||We have serious problems here. Let's talk them over like adults.|
|throw away||discard||That's a lot of money! Don't just throw it away.|
|try on||put clothing on to see if it fits||She tried on fifteen dresses before she found one she liked.|
|try out||test||I tried out four cars before I could find one that pleased me.|
|turn down||lower volume||Your radio is driving me crazy! Please turn it down.|
|turn down (2)||reject||He applied for a promotion twice this year, but he was turned down both times.|
|turn up||raise the volume||Grandpa couldn't hear, so he turned up his hearing aid.|
|turn off||switch off electricity||We turned off the lights before anyone could see us.|
|turn off (2)||repulse||It was a disgusting movie. It really turned me off.|
|turn on||switch on the electricity||Turn on the CD player so we can dance.|
|use up||exhaust, use completely||The gang members used up all the money and went out to rob some more banks.|
I also wanted to add the phrasal verb "to blow up" is recently been used in a sentence like this: Since Mary and I broke up she has been "blowing up" my phone trying to get me to change my mind.
In this sentence "blowing up" means to constantly call on the phone.
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