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Phrasal Verbs challenge

March 30, 2011

How many phrasal verbs can you find in the poster below?
Here is your challenge

– Find a phrasal verb
– Give us the definition
– Give an example to illustrate its meaning

Write a different comment for each phrasal verb, but feel free to write as many comments as you want!

You can even record yourself and add the link so that we can listen to you. Use vocaroo for this.

Looking forward to reading your comments.

23 Comments leave one →
  1. Beatriz permalink
    March 31, 2011 3:17 pm

    Call on: ask for help. “I called on my husband for aid after my car was broken down”
    Call off: cancel. “The party had to be called off because of the wether.”

    Catch on: became popular. ” After to win one “Oscar” the film caught on in his country.
    Cath out: discover or prove that someone is lying. ” The teacher caught him out when he checked his story with his mates.”
    Catch up: reach someone who was ahead of you. ” If you miss a lot of classes, it’s very difficult to cath up”
    Catch up on: do something that should had been done earlier. ” I have some work to catch ap on”

    Chew on: Thinks about something carefully before deciding. ” You may chew on if you want or not to do the work”
    Chew out : Criticize someone angrily. ” George couldn’t get the guy to cooperate and so I had to call and chew him out”
    Chew up: Cut into small pieces with your teeth . “The puppy chewed up the newspaper”
    Chew over: think about an issue. ” Let me chew it over for a few days”

  2. Beatriz permalink
    March 31, 2011 4:47 pm

    Come on: start an ilness. “I can feel a headache coming on”
    come off: be successful. “The performance on the first night came off pretty well.”
    come out: a secret is revealed. “It’s come out that several ministers received payments from the company.
    come over: to visit you at your house. ” Do you want to come over on Friday evening?
    come up: appear. ” The sames problems come up every time”

    make off: leave somewhere in a hurry. ” The men made off as the police arrived”
    make out: understand someone’s personality. ” David is a strange guy. I can’t make him out at all”
    make over: give money or possessions to someone in a legal way. ” He made over the whole estate to his son”

    make up: invent a story.” When you’re the boss you can make up your own rules.

    break down: start craying.” She broke down in tears when she heard the news”
    break off: to suddenly stop talking. “She started to speak, then she broke off while a waitress served us coffee.
    break up: close a school for a holiday. ” When do you break up for Easter?

  3. Trini Sayas permalink
    April 1, 2011 9:29 am

    Bring down:
    – The shopkeeper has brought down the foodstuff´s prices.
    Bring out:
    -She has brought out her last novel.
    Break in
    – This horse needs to be broken in if you wnat to ride it.
    Break through
    – When we lost we broke through the forest to arrive the shelter
    Come in:
    -May I come in ???
    Come away:
    -She’s coming away because she has a new job.
    Come out:
    -All your secrets will come out soon!!
    Take off:
    – Hurry up!!, we don’t have time to spare, the plane will take off at time.
    Take on:
    -He took off his business without planing it before.
    Get away with:
    -It hits my hard when corrupt people get away with.
    Get over:
    -I needed one month of getting over flue.
    Make out:
    -Could you make out that secret message?.
    Make up:
    -When they split up they always make up.
    Make over:
    -After six years, they had to make over the cake shop.
    Chuck up:
    – Finaly, she chucked him up!!.
    Throw out:
    -After drinking and eating a lot , he felt sick and threw out.
    Put through:
    -Please, could you put me through Ms Seguer??.
    Put up with:
    _ I don’t put up with people who lie.
    Call back:
    – I am bussy, could you call me back later??
    Call up:
    – In that war, all the village’s boys were called up.
    Turn down:
    – She turned down the work because she considered to be payed a pittance.
    Turn away:
    -Not look at this!! It is horrible, turn away!!!
    Make up:

  4. Trini Sayas permalink
    April 1, 2011 10:04 am

  5. April 2, 2011 1:37 pm

    This is one of my records guys!!!!!!!!!!!Hugs

  6. Vicent permalink
    April 2, 2011 5:08 pm

    1 . Put off
    One meaning of “put off” is to postpone or to defer.
    e.g. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
    e.g. This homework is very important, don’t put it off till tomorrow.

  7. Vicent permalink
    April 2, 2011 5:10 pm

    2. Put away
    One meaning of “put away” is to put something in the place where is normally kept.
    e.g. Please, don’t leave yout things about, put them away.

  8. Vicent permalink
    April 2, 2011 5:11 pm

    3. Put up
    One meaning of “put up” is to increase or to rasise
    e.g. Electric companies have twice put the price up this year.

  9. Vicent permalink
    April 2, 2011 5:12 pm

    4. Take on
    One meaning of ” take on” is to employ, to hire or to engage.
    e.g. We can’t take on any more staff, because we haven’t money for it.

  10. Vicent permalink
    April 2, 2011 5:14 pm

    5. Take over
    The meaning of ” take over” is to assume control of something.
    e.g. Pinochet overthrow Allende in 1973 and took over power in Chile.

  11. Vicent permalink
    April 2, 2011 5:27 pm

    7 Make off
    One meaning of “make off” is to escape, to run away
    e.g. Thieves made off as soon as they saw the policemen coming .

  12. Vicent permalink
    April 2, 2011 5:36 pm

    8. Make off with
    One meaning of “make off with” is to decamp with
    e.g. The robbers made off with a lot of jewellery.

  13. Vicent permalink
    April 2, 2011 6:51 pm

    6 Be on
    One meaning of ” be on ” is to be going to take place
    e.g. The meeting is on again in spite of all setbacks.

  14. Vicent permalink
    April 2, 2011 6:56 pm

    9. Be off
    One meaning of ” be off” is to be cancelled.
    e.g. The meeting which was scheduled for tomorrow is off.

  15. Vicent permalink
    April 2, 2011 7:04 pm

    10. Be up
    One meaning of “be up” is to expire or be finished
    e.g. Time’s up, mates!

  16. April 2, 2011 8:11 pm

    1- TURN DOWN-
    He turned down the invitation because he was feeling tired.
    It was so hot I turn down the collar.
    I need to turn down my daughter´s trousers.
    Last week I turned down the heating because it is spring yet.

    2-TURN UP –
    They turned up unexpectedly.
    He turned up late for work.He didn´t turn up till 10.We waited half an hour ,but he
    didn´t turn up.
    She turned up the brim of her hat.
    I turned up my daughter´s trousers.
    Please, turn up the oven.
    What does it turn up in the socialist party?
    I turned up some old maps in the attic.

    3-TURN OFF-
    I turn off the radio.
    His breath turned me off.
    When people start talking about money ,I turn off.
    She saw the taxi turn off left.
    We turned off into a side street.

  17. April 2, 2011 8:34 pm


    cross a river , a road- We´ll have to swim ,there is no other way to get across to the other side.

    be understood .The point about smoking areas seems to be getting across.

  18. Lolita permalink
    April 2, 2011 9:00 pm

    BRING ON = To cause
    – He brought it all on himself.
    BREAK AWAY = To go in advance
    – Alberto Contador broke away from the pack.
    COME OFF = To get out
    -In a discussion everybody come off badly.
    COME OVER = To come from one side to another
    – She came over to our side.
    COME UP= To appear
    -Something important has just come up.
    BE ALL OVER = To be now here then there and later in other part.
    – It’s incredible he’s all over!
    GET ACROSS = To make someone or something more understanding.
    – The message seems to be getting across

  19. April 2, 2011 9:21 pm


    descend -Get down from there this minute!
    May I get down (from the table)?

    crouch- Get down ,there´s an enemy coming!

    take lift, bring down – I would get down to the second floor.
    Would you get that case down from up there?

    write down message ,details,number- First get it down on paper, then we´ll discuss it.

    reduce cost-/blood pressure- I got my blood pressure down to 120/ 70.

    depress-These phrasel verbs really gets me down.

    swallow food ,drink.medicine- I got down this pills in one gulp.

    begin to work- Let´s get down to business.

  20. April 2, 2011 9:47 pm


    start war,epidemic,rioting- The War has broken out.

    appear- A rash broke out all over my face.

    develop-He broke out in spots.
    He broke out in a rash.
    He broke out in a sweat in a sweat.

    escape- To break out of a vicious circle.



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