Category Archives: Phrasal Verbs

phrasal verbs that use out

This post looks at some of the phrasal verbs that use out.


back out (of something) = to say you will do something then decide you will not do it:

“Our company was going to open a new factory in Leeds but they backed out at the last minute because the owner thought it would be too expensive.”

break out = escape:

“They broke out of prison last week and the police have been looking for them ever since.”

bring out = make more noticeable:

“That dress really brings out your green eyes.”

check out = leave a hotel after paying and returning your room key:

“We need to check out straight after breakfast or we will miss our train.”

check something out = investigate, visit or look at something:

‘Have you checked out that new Italian restaurant yet.  It’s great!”

cut out = eliminate:

“He’s cut out alcohol and he’s lost a lot of weight.”

find out = discover:

“Did you ever find out why your computer stopped working?”

eat out = eat in a restaurant:

“Do you fancy eating out tonight?”

hand out = distribute:

“The teacher handed out the homework to the class.”

fill out = complete a form:

“You need to fill out all the sections on this form.”

make out = see well:

“I can’t make out what is written on this paper.  Where are my reading glasses?”

pass out = faint:

“I feel terrible.  I think I’m going to pass out from the heat in here.”

put out = inconvenience someone:

“Thank you for offering to feed the cat while I’m on holiday. Are you sure I’m not putting you out?”

stand out = be easily noticeable:

“His singing stood out during the show.  He was easily the best singer there!”

take out = withdraw money:

“I need to take some cash out of the machine on my way to the restaurant.”

work out (1) = calculate:

“We’ve worked out how much everything will cost.”

work out (2) = resolve:

“Everything worked out in the end.”

work out (3) = understand:

“He couldn’t work out why I wanted to move to the countryside.  I told him that I didn’t really like the city.”

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Business Phrasal Verbs: Learn English Vocabulary

Business Phrasal Verbs

This post looks at phrasal verbs, in particular, business phrasal verbs.  A phrasal verb is a phrase describing a usually single worded verb in more than one word.  They can be made using a verb and an adverb or a proposition, or both.

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Phrasal verbs are not usually used in formal, academic writing or business contracts. 


Phrasal Verbs




Branch out

Expand a business (often into a different area of trade/business)



Our range of sports equipment is selling well. We thought we might branch out into sportswear. 



Back up

Make a copy of files etc on a computer



Don’t forget to back everything up before you leave tonight.



Call back

Return a telephone call


I’m afraid she’s in a meeting.  Can I ask her to call you back?



Call off

Cancel or stop something from happening



We need to call off tomorrow’s trip to Head Office. The boss is ill.



Carry on



I don’t think we can carry on with our plans to buy the new factory.



Carry out

Do something (especially something you said you would do)



We can’t stop now.  We need to carry out the plans to build a new office. 


Come up with




Think of (usually an idea, plan or suggestion)


Can anyone come up with an idea for the Christmas party this year?


Deal with

Meet or talk to someone (usually as part of your job)



I had to deal with some very difficult clients today.  I’m exhausted.



Fill out/in

Complete a form


He needs to fill out an application form.



Hold on



Can you hold on, please, I need to get my diary.



Lay off

To make someone redundant


The company is losing money. I hope they don’t have to lay anybody off.




Note down

Make a note of something/write something down



I forgot to take a note of his name and address.


Run out of

To use/finish/sell all of something



We’ve run out of envelopes. Can you order some, please?


Set up

Formally establish a new company, business or system



He set up his own business five years ago. I think he is a website designer.




Set up (2)



Organise an event or activity that is going to happen



Can you set up a meeting with the directors for next Monday?



Take on





We have taken on six new members of staff in the last four months.



Take over



Take control of


Our company has been taken over by a big American corporation.



Take up



Occupy/fill time


I hope I haven’t taken up too much of your time!



Weigh up



Have you weighed up all the possibilities?

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Classroom and learning phrasal verbs

Classroom and learning phrasal verbs

Phrasal verbs about the classroom and learning

 (by guest: Lizzie Gregory)


This post looks at phrasal verbs used to talk about activities in the classroom and learning.  classroom and learning phrasal verbsAt the end is a quiz activity to test your skills.




Phrasal verb

Classroom and Learning


Sentence example


Work out



To learn


Work out how to use the laptop


Cross out



To erase


Cross out your name


Hand in



To submit


Hand in your homework


Look up



To search


Look up that word in the dictionary


Turn down


To lower the volume


Turn down the video, please



Turn up


To raise the volume


Turn up the video, please


Set up



To arrange/organise/make

something ready to use



Set up the hall for assembly


Throw away




Throw away your rubbish


Put off




The homework will be put off until tomorrow


Make up




Make up a poem


Sign up




Sign up to this course


Use up


Use completely


Don’t use up all of the glue


Read over




Read over your homework


Find out




Find out how to use the calculator


Classroom and learning phrasal verbs activity:

 Fill in the sentences below with the correct phrasal verb from the table above


1) For her English homework, Mary had to _____ a story about life on Mars

2) John was asked to_____ the classroom for a meeting

3) Students should always _____their work to check for mistakes

4) My science teacher wants me to _____ why the sea is blue

5) _____ any mistakes

6) I need to _____ my geography homework

7) The teacher told me not to _____ all the glue

8) The teacher wanted to _____ the homework

9) We must _____ our rubbish at the end of class

10) I must _____ for my new course



Classroom and learning phrasal verbs: answers

1)  Make up

2) Set up

3) Read over

4) Find out

5) Cross out

6) Hand in

7) Use up

8) Put off

9) Throw away

10) Sign up