Phrasal Verbs :
Many English verbs occur with one or more prepositions or adverbs where the meaning is not really apparent from the different elements. Here is a list of many of these combinations for the verbs. We have omitted most of the forms considered slang.
Phrasal Verbs in Alphabetical Order :
Phrasal Verbs : S
: take care of
She will see after you until I return.
: take leave of
They saw the children off at the airport.
: escort to the door
Judy will see you out. Please come again.
: understand the true nature
I can see through his plans.
I will see this deal through until they sign on the bottom line.
: support in difficult times
My dad saw us through financially the first few years.
: attend to
See to the new patient and I will find his chart.
: get rid of at discount prices
We will be selling off any leftover items at the end of the month.
: dispose of all
The tickets were all sold out by mid-morning.
They sent for the police.
: cause to arrive
They sent in dozens of e-mail messages.
: order from
They sent out for two pizzas and some beer.
: confined to jail
He was sent up for five years on a drug charge.
They set about their business.
Her qualifications clearly set her apart from the other candidates.
Can you set aside two tickets for us?
Their claim was set aside by the service manager.
The dogs set at the two little boys throwing stones.
: slow down
The family was severely set back by the flood.
: cost a lot
That new part for the car set me back one hundred dollars.
: seat someone
They set the baby down at the table.
: put in writing
He wanted to set down his thoughts before the meeting.
: land a plane
The pilot set down in a grassy field.
He set forth his principles in his campaign speech.
The attorneys set forth the necessary conditions of the tentative agreement.
His last words are set in stone.
: begin happening
The storm set in overnight.
His words set off a rally on Wall Street.
He set off the bomb.
He set out to conquer the world.
: lay out graphically
He set out the new plans for the museum.
Can we set to work?
: put forward, select
He was set up as the group’s leader.
He set up the train set in the living room.
: establish business
What do we still need to set up production?
Please set up the glasses on the rear shelf of the cabinet.
: attack violently
The dogs set upon the cat.
: complete successfully
We finally sewed up the deal.
: subject to search
I want you to shake down his apartment for evidence in the case.
: greet by clasping one another’s hands
Americans often shake hands when they meet one another.
He shook off the injury and continued to play.
: get rid of
How can I shake off this cold?
The death of his father really shook him up.
: rearrange drastically.
He will really shake up the industry.
This is shaping up to be a close contest.
: improve to the standard.
He will have to shape up or he’ll be fired.
: bring down
They shot down the enemy aircraft.
You ought to shoot for the top job.
: increase dramatically
The stock prices shot up toward the end of the day.
: damage or terrorize a town
The guerrillas shot up the entire village.
: be truthful
I love someone who shoots straight in negotiations.
: look for bargains
The girls love to shop around at the discount store.
: look for something better, like a job.
We decided to shop around for a while, before we make a career decision.
: act as a guide
My daughter can show you around the city if you have time.
The goods were shown off to their best advantage.
: behave ostentatiously
He always likes to show off in front of his friends.
: be visible
The cancer showed up clearly on the x-ray.
Will they ever show up?
: stop something from operating
They shut the plant down.
: stop the flow
Shut off the electricity before you work on the outlet.
He was shut off from all news for two months.
: prevent from scoring
We were able to shut them out in the last inning of the game.
: silence, be silent
You should shut up before you get in more trouble.
: cry out
He sang out from the rear of the crowd.
: take a seat
Please sit down until you are called.
They sat in on the discussions.
: participate in a sit-in demonstration
The demonstrators intend to sit in at the plant gates tomorrow.
Can we sit on this for a day or two and then give you our response?
The defense attorneys sat on the new evidence.
: stay to the end
We will sit this out until it is over.
: not participate
I sat out the second match and let my brother play.
: rise from lying to sitting position
After his nap he sat up in bed.
: sit with spine erect
Mothers always want you to sit up straight.
: stay up late
They sat up until past midnight waiting for their daughter to come home.
: become suddenly alert
He sat up at the sound of shots.
: sleep late
I like to sleep in on Sundays.
: sleep away from one’s home
The parents are sleeping out this weekend.
: spend the night at another home
The girls slept over at their friend's house.
: have sexual relations
He slept with her for the first time on their vacation.
: depart without taking one’s leave
They just slipped away from the party.
: depart unnoticed
He slipped out for a cigarette break.
: discover through investigation
They smelled out the criminal after years of investigation.
: express an opinion
He sounded off about taxes at the town meeting.
: elicit an opinion
Sound out the board on this matter before Monday.
: talk freely
He spoke out at our weekly meeting.
: talk loud enough to be heard
We can’t hear you. Would you please speak up?
: talk without fear
You must learn to speak up for your rights.
: read slowly
Try to spell it out if you can't understand the meaning.
: make clear
Would you please spell out your specific objections?
Let's see if we can spell out the new proposal and write a response.
: develop from an existing project
They spun off two shows from the original.
: rotate out of control
The car spun out on the ice when he hit the brakes.
: part company
After ten years of marriage they decided to split up.
: be ready
Stand by for the commercial.
: remain uninvolved
He just stood by and watched.
: remain loyal
She stood by me in my time of trouble.
: withdraw, cease work
The soldiers on duty stood down at midnight.
What do you stand for?
: put up with
I don’t know why I stand for this nonsense.
She stood in for the sick actress.
: stay at a distance
They stood off and observed from afar.
: be based on
These findings stand on my previous calculations
: insist on
There are times when you must stand on ceremony.
: be conspicuous
She really stood out in the green dress.
: refuse compliance
He is going to stand out against the tax people.
She stood over him the entire test.
: prepare to act
The police were ordered to stand to.
: remain valid
His conclusions stood up to various attacks.
: miss an appointment
She stood him up again last evening.
Stand up for
I stood up for you in my meeting with the school hoard.
: begin a trip
They started out for Miami at dawn.
They staved off the attackers countless times.
: remain in place
Now you kids stay put until I get the ice cream.
: remain awake
They stayed up all night talking about old times.
He stuck around for an hour after the press conference to sign autographs.
: be prominent
He really sticks out in a crowd.
: to rob at gunpoint
They were stuck up twice in six months.
Stick up for
He always sticks up for his kid brother.
They stopped by for coffee after the theater.
: interrupt a trip
They stopped off in Rome for two days.
: fell with a blow
He was struck down by a lightning bolt.
Strike out for
: begin a course of action
He struck out for California on his own.
: fail in one’s attempts
He struck out in his attempts to get approval for the highway.
Strike up the band!
: entice by giving false hope
They strung him along for a few weeks before telling him they had hired someone else.
How long can we string out these talks.
: hang someone
They strung him up without a trial.
: verbally abuse
She swore at them like a sailor.
: rely on
I swear by these calculations.
: take an oath
Do you swear by the Bible?
: administer a legal oath
He was sworn in as Governor
I have sworn off cigarettes.
The detectives swore out a warrant for his arrest.
: await anxiously
Some students sweated out the two weeks before grades were mailed home.
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