The 40 Most Common Phrasal Verbs

List of Most Common Phrasal Verrbs

In English, a phrasal verb is a phrase such as turn down or ran into which combines two or three words from different grammatical categories: a verb and a particle and/or a preposition together form a single semantic unit.

This semantic unit cannot be understood based upon the meanings of the individual parts, but must be taken as a whole.

Most Common Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal Verbs Meaning Example
Break Down Stop functioning My car broke down
Bring up Mention a topic She brought up that matter again
Back down withdraw a position We never back down
Beat up punch and kick I got beat up
Bump into Meet by accident I bump into my wife at the park
Call off Cancel They call off that meeting
Clean out Clean I was cleaning out the closet
Carry on Continue Sorry , carry on talking!
Drop out Leave school They dropped out of college
Drop by Visit  We just dropped by her house
Get out Leave You need to get out of here
End up The end result I ended up in another school
Get by survive I have some money to get by
Get over get well Dave has got over the flu
Get along being good friends We get along really well
Get away Escape I got away with murder
Get rid of Eliminate I need to get rid of her
Grow up Get older You are 21, Grow up
Give up Stop trying They just gave up
Go out Have a date Do you want to go out with me?
Hang out Spend time I am hanging out with my friends
Hurry up Do something fast We are late, hurry up
Make out Kiss They were making outside
Mess up to spoil You are messing things up
Show up Arrive Alex didn’t show up
Pass out Lose consciousness She passed out in front of me
Piss off to  be angry I am really pissed off
Put off Postpone We put off the meetin until Friday
Put up with let happen I won’t put up with my sisters 
Put on Get dressed I put on a sweater
Put out Extinguish The firefighters put out the fire
Run into Meet I ran into my teacher last week
Run out to use all of it We are running out of gas
Take off Remove clothing I took off my jacket 
Turn Down Lower volume Please turn it down
Turn down Reject He was turned down twice
Work out Exercise I am working out right now
Watch out Be aware You better watch out
Work out find a solution We will work something out
Wake up Finish sleeping I woke up at 9
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