Fun phrasal verbs!

The English language is riddled with fun phrasal verbs that if literally translated into your language would likely make no sense. In today’s post, we are going to explore some of the most fun phrasal verbs in English and what they mean. Then you will have to opportunity to put your knowledge to the test to see if you can remember the meanings of these strange sayings!

Beef up:

  • Beef up is a fun way of saying to become muscular. For example, if I am trying to gain muscle mass I may say that I am trying to “beef up”.

 

Wipe out:

  • Wipe out means to completely get rid of or ruin something maybe even to the point of extinction. For example, I could say that a certain species of plant was totally wiped out in an area due to construction. Meaning all of that species is gone.
  • Funnily enough you can also use the word to mean that you fell! You can say, I was running when I totally wiped out. This means I fell really hard while I was running.

 

Clam up:

  • To clam up is to become so nervous to the point that you are unable to speak. It has a similar meaning to the word “tongue tied”. However, we would say I was tongue tied, where as for clam up we would say simply I clammed up. Here is an example: I was so nervous around my new teacher I totally clammed up and couldn’t tell her any of the answers to our assignment.

 

To scarf down:

  • To scarf down means to eat food really quickly. For example you could say: I have no time to eat my breakfast this morning, I am going to scarf down some oatmeal and head out the door! Or, he must have been so hungry because he really scarfed down his dinner!

 

To chicken out:

  • To chicken out means to be scared of something to the point of not doing it. Here is an example: I was thinking of jumping into the lake, but I got scared and chickened out.

 

To butt in:

  • To butt in means to interrupt when speaking. It can be used politely when you want to make a point but feel as though you are interrupting. Here are some examples of the two usages:
    • Sorry to butt in, but I think this is not a good idea.

Don’t butt in, this conversation is none of your business!

 

Fun phrasal verbs quiz

Okay, now for the following examples try and fill in the blanks with the correct phrasal verbs!

Phrasal Verbs with ‘Get’ Quiz

Two things that many English learners find difficult are phrasal verbs and the verb ‘to get’. So we thought we would help you out and combine the two! Here we introduce phrasal verbs that use ‘get’. Take a look at the verbs and their meaning first and then try our quiz!

The following definitions are not the only ones for these verbs, sometimes there’s more than one! But here are the most popular ones to get you started.

Get across– To communicate an idea successfully

Get along– To have a good relationship/ friendship with someone

Get by– To be able to live, despite difficulty

Get down– To feel sad or depressed

Get rid of– To eliminate, discard or throw something away

Get through– To survive a difficult period

Phrasal Verbs with Get

Select the correct verb to fill the gap

Adapted from 19 English Phrasal Verbs With Get | OTUK (onlineteachersuk.com)

 

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13 Essential Phrasal Verbs to Boost your Vocabulary!

Phrasal verbs can be a difficult topic. So many different combinations and meanings can be hard to remember! Don’t worry though, with time it will become second nature to use them in conversation. This blog post, inspired by our ‘App Tank’ lesson, will give you a hand (help you) with some of the most important ones.

If you’d like to find out (discover, learn) more about this topic, read on to see some example sentences and jot down (write down) some notes. You may have come across (found, encountered) some of these phrasal verbs before, but it’s important to use them well if you want to stand out (appear different) as an exceptional English speaker!

Look into: research more

I don’t know enough about the topic, I need to look into it more

Keep track: follow, show interest

Even though I live in Italy, I keep track of the news from the UK.

Turn into: become

Since he started exercising more, he has turned into a much healthier and happier person.

Come up with: invent, create

Sometimes it’s difficult to come up with original ideas!

Sneak away: escape, leave

I don’t want to go to the meeting today. Maybe I can sneak away from the office after lunch!

Let somebody know: Inform a person

I should let my manager know that I saw my colleague taking things from the office, but I don’t want to cause a problem!

Carry out: Finish an activity

The building work was carried out by a local company

Deal with: Take action with

Tomorrow I will call the broadband company and ask them to deal with the problem with our internet connection.

Try our latest phrasal verb quiz below, dealing with the following verbs:

  • Give a hand: help someone
  • Look into: research more
  • Keep track: follow, show interest
  • Turn into: become
  • Come up with: invent, create
  • Come across: find or encounter
  • Sneak away: escape, leave
  • Stand out: appear different
  • Find out: discover, learn
  • Jot down: write down
  • Let somebody know: Inform a person
  • Carry out: Finish an activity
  • Deal with: Take action with

13 Essential Phrasal Verbs

Choose the right phrasal verb

 

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