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Phrasal Verbs Examples – H – O

Phrasal Verbs and Prepositional Verbs in English H – O

Phrasal VerbPhrasal Verb in a sentence
H
hand backWe were told to hand back our forms when we had completed them.
have againstI don’t know why she doesn’t like me. She seems to have something against me
head forI am tired. Let’s head for home
hold downHe has been fired from another company. He cannot hold down a job
horse aroundStop horsing around. We have some work to do.
I
ice overThe lake has iced over, we can go skating.
idle awayDon’t idle your life away.
iron outWe have to iron out some problems in our relationship.
insist onHe insisted on it being done the way he said.
invite overLet’s invite them over for dinner.
J
jabber awayHe was jabbering away so fast, I couldn’t understand a word.
jack upWe need to jack up the car to change the tyre
join inIf you want to play too, just join in at the next break.
jot downLet me jot that down so I don’t forget it.
jump atI would jump at a chance to work in New York.
K
keep backKeep back. It is not safe here.
keep downI was very ill. I couldn’t keep down any food.
kick outHe was kicked out of school for bad behaviour.
knock downThey have knocked down the old buildings.
knuckle downYou need to knuckle down and get this job finished soon.
L
land up inYou will land up in jail if you keep getting in trouble
leak outThere will be problems if this secret leaks out.
leave outLeave me out of this. I don’t want to be involved.
let downI am disappointed you let me down again.
lighten upRelax, don’t be so serious. Lighten up a little.
line upThe soldiers lined up for inspection.
listen upListen up. I shall say this only once.
live downI am so ashamed. I will never live it down.
lock upLock up the house well before you go on holiday.
log onI am going to log on to check my emails.
look afterCan you look after the children while I go to the shops?
look outLook out. There is a car coming.
look upIf you don’t know the meaning of a word, look it up in a dictionary.
look forI am looking for my wallet.
look up toThey respect their teacher and look up to her.
loosen upRelax. Loosen up.
M
make away withThe thieves made away with the shops takings
make upIt is silly to argue. Why don’t you make up and be friends again?
mark downStudents are marked down for handing in work late.
meet up withI meeting up with my old classmates next week.
move intoI moved into a new house last month.
mull overI will mull it over and let you know my decision next week.
muscle inHe muscled in on our conversation uninvited.
N
nag at She keeps nagging at me all the time.
name afterI am named after my grandfather.
nip outI am just going to nip out and buy some milk.
nod offHe nodded off during the film.
nose aroundthe police are nosing around to see if they can find any evidence.
O
open upYou should open up and tell her your feelings.
operate onThe surgeon operated on the patient.
order aboutSoldiers are always being ordered about.
owe toYou are the reason it happened. I owe it all to you
own upHe owned up to the crime.

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