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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