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Phrasal Verbs Examples – P – Z

Phrasal Verbs and Prepositional Verbs in English P – Z

Phrasal Verb Phrasal Verb in a sentence
P
pack away Pack away your toys, it is time for bed.
paper over We papered over the problems in our relationship.
pay back I paid him back for being rude to me.
pencil in Let’s pencil in Saturday for our meeting.
play up The little boy was really playing up.
polish off We polished off the last of the beer.
pour down The rain poured down every day of our holiday.
press on Let’s press on with this, we need to finish it today.
print out Could you print this out for me, please?.
pull over The police car told us to pull over.
put by I have been putting money by for my retirement.
put off They have put off their wedding
put up with I don’t know you put up with her.
Q
quarrel with He quarrels with any one. He is always arguing.
quieten down Quieten down and go to sleep children. It is late.
R
rain off The match was rained off.
read up on I have a new job and I have to read up on lots of things which are new to me.
rent out We are going to rent out our flat on AirBnB
ring back He is not here now. Would you like to ring back later?
root for I am rooting for the team in blue. I don’t like the other team.
rule out They have ruled out me getting a pay rise.
run away She ran away from home at 16.
run down The town centre is very run down.
run off with The kidnappers ran off with her little daughter.
rush in Fools rush in where wise men fear to tread.
S
save up We are saving up money to buy a house.
sold off We sold off the land as we didn’t need it.
send off The player was sent off for a bad foul.
send over to She sent me over to talk to her boss.
set back  Losing our map was a set back on our journey.
settle down One day I would like to settle down and have children.
shop around for I like to shop around for bargains.
show off Stop showing off.
sit down Please, sit down.
sit by We shouldn’t sit by and do nothing, we should help.
sleep in I slept in this morning.
slow down Slow down you are driving too fast.
snap off The handle just snapped off the door.
sober up He’ll have a bad headache when he sobers up.
splash out on Let’s go crazy and splash out on new clothes.
speak up Speak up, please. I can hardly hear you.
stand up for You should stand up for what you believe in.
start up We started up a new business together last summer.
stay in Let’s stay in tonight and not go out.
steer clear off We should steer clear of the motorway as there is a big traffic jam.
step down My boss has stepped down from his job. His assistant is now in charge.
stick together We must stick together otherwise we will get lost.
stop by Please stop by when you are in London.
stop off We’ll stopped off in Liverpool on our way to Glasgow for a short rest.
storm out of  He stormed out the room, shouting and yelling.
straighten out We have to straighten this mess out.
strip down The mechanic stripped down the bike engine.
stretcher off The injured player was stretchered off.
sum up This report sums up the benefits of the plan.
swear by I swear by these pills as a great cure for headaches
switch off Could you switch the light off, please?
switch on Could you switch the light on, please?
T
take away The waiter took away our empty plates.
take off The doctor told me to take off my clothes.
take in Are you taking this in? I will be asking questions later.
talk back to Don’t talk back to me. Do as you are told.
talk round She can always talk her dad round to get her way.
tear up She tore the letter up.
tell off The teacher told him off.
tell on I’m going to tell the teacher on you.
think over Let’s think it over before we do anything.
think through Let me think this through before I make a decision.
think of I was thinking of you when I bought this present.
think up I need to think something up quickly.
throw out Throw out any toys which are broken
tidy away Please tidy your books away.
trick into He tried to trick me into doing his chores.
try out Let’s try out the new restaurant in town.
turn around We turned around and went back the way we came.
turn down He turned down the job offer.
turn in I’m going to turn in now and get some sleep.
turn off Turn off the lights before you go to bed.
turn on Turn on the television there is a good film on.
turn up Don’t worry something always turns up.
U
use up We used up all our money in the first week of the holiday.
W
wait up for Don’t wait up for me. I will be back very late.
wake up Wake up or you will be late for school.
walk into I was looking at my phone and I walked into a lamp post.
watch out Watch out! There is a child running across the road.
wear off The pain killers are being to wear off. I can feel the pain.
wiggle out of Don’t try and wiggle out of doing the washing up.
work on You need to work on your English grammar.
wrap up Wrap up the presents well.
write down I wrote down everything the teacher said in the lesson.
Y
yell out The pain made me yell out.
Z
zip up I had better zip up my jacket.
zoom off He zoomed off without telling me where he was going.

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