Phrasal Verbs
Phrasal Verbs

IDPhrasal VerbMeaningExample Sentence
1ask someone outinvite on a dateBrian askedJudy out to dinner and a movie.
2ask aroundask many people the same questionI asked aroundbut nobody has seen my wallet.
3add up to somethingequalYour purchasesadd up to$205.32.
4back something upreverseYou'll have toback up your car so that I can get out.
5back someone upsupportMy wife backedme up over my decision to quit my job.
6blow upexplodeThe racing carblew up after it crashed into the fence.
7blow something upadd airWe have toblow 50 balloons up for the party.
8break downstop functioning (vehicle, machine)Our car broke down at the side of the highway in the snowstorm.
9break downget upsetThe womanbroke downwhen the police told her that her son had died.
10break somethingdowndivide into smaller partsOur teacherbroke the final project downinto three separate parts.
11break inforce entry to a buildingSomebodybroke in last night and stole our stereo.
12break into somethingenter forciblyThe firemen had to break intothe room to rescue the children.
13break something inwear something a few times so that it doesn't look/feel newI need to breakthese shoes inbefore we run next week.
14break ininterruptThe TV stationbroke in to report the news of the president's death.
15break upend a relationshipMy boyfriend and I broke upbefore I moved to America.
16break upstart laughing (informal)The kids justbroke up as soon as the clown started talking.
17break outescapeThe prisonersbroke out of jail when the guards weren't looking.
18break out insomethingdevelop a skin conditionI broke out in a rash after our camping trip.
19bring someone downmake unhappyThis sad music isbringing medown.
20bring someone upraise a childMy grandparentsbrought me upafter my parents died.
21bring something upstart talking about a subjectMy mother walks out of the room when my fatherbrings upsports.
22bring something upvomitHe drank so much that hebrought his dinner up in the toilet.
23call aroundphone many different places/peopleWe called around but we weren't able to find the car part we needed.
24call someone backreturn a phone callI called the company backbut the offices were closed for the weekend.
25call something offcancelJason called the wedding offbecause he wasn't in love with his fiancé.
26call on someoneask for an answer or opinionThe professorcalled on me for question 1.
27call on someonevisit someoneWe called onyou last night but you weren't home.
28call someone upphoneGive me your phone number and I will callyou up when we are in town.
29calm downrelax after being angryYou are still mad. You need to calm downbefore you drive the car.
30not care forsomeone/somethingnot like (formal)I don't care forhis behaviour.

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