200 common phrasal verbs (1-50)

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  1. ask someone out

    Brian asked Judy out to dinner and a movie.
    invite on a date
  2. ask around

    I asked around but nobody has seen my wallet.
    ask many people the same question
  3. add up to something

    Your purchases add up to $205.32.
  4. back something up

    You'll have to back up your car so that I can get out.
  5. back someone up

    My wife backed me up over my decision to quit my job.
  6. blow up

    The racing car blew up after it crashed into the fence.
  7. blow something up

    We have to blow 50 balloons up for the party.
    add air
  8. break down

    Our car broke down at the side of the highway in the snowstorm.
    stop functioning (vehicle, machine)
  9. break down

    The woman broke down when the police told her that her son had died.
    get upset
  10. break something down

    Our teacher broke the final project down into three separate parts.
    divide into smaller parts
  11. break in

    Somebody broke in last night and stole our stereo.
    force entry to a building
  12. break into something

    The firemen had to break into the room to rescue the children.
    enter forcibly
  13. break something in

    I need to break these shoes in before we run next week.
    wear something a few times so that it doesn't look/feel new
  14. break in

    The TV station broke in to report the news of the president's death.
  15. break up

    My boyfriend and I broke up before I moved to America.
    end a relationship
  16. break up

    The kids just broke up as soon as the clown started talking.
    start laughing (informal)
  17. break out

    The prisoners broke out of jail when the guards weren't looking.
  18. break out in something

    I broke out in a rash after our camping trip.
    develop a skin condition
  19. bring someone down

    This sad music is bringing me down.
    make unhappy
  20. bring someone up

    My grandparents brought me up after my parents died.
    raise a child
  21. bring something up

    My mother walks out of the room when my father brings up sports.
    start talking about a subject
  22. bring something up

    He drank so much that he brought his
    dinner up in the toilet.
  23. call around

    We called around but we weren't
    able to find the car part we needed.
    phone many different places/people
  24. call someone back

    I called the company back but
    the offices were closed for the weekend.
    return a phone call
  25. call something off

    Jason called the wedding off because
    he wasn't in love with his fiancé.
  26. call on someone

    The professor called on me for
    question 1.
    ask for an answer or opinion
  27. call on someone

    We called on you last night but
    you weren't home.
    visit someone
  28. call someone up

    Give me your phone number and I will call you up when we are in town.
  29. calm down

    You are still mad. You need to calm down before you drive the car.
    relax after being angry
  30. not care for someone/something

    I don't care for his behaviour.
    not like (formal)
  31. catch up

    You'll have to run faster than that if you want
    to catch up with Marty.
    get to the same point as someone else
  32. check in

    We will get the hotel keys when we check in.
    arrive and register at a hotel or airport
  33. check out

    You have to check out of the hotel before 11:00 AM.
    leave a hotel
  34. Check someone/something out

    The company checks out all new employees.
    look at carefully, investigate
  35. check out someone/something

    Check out the crazy hair on that guy!
    look at (informal)
  36. cheer up

    She cheered up when she heard the good news.
    become happier
  37. cheer someone up

    I brought you some flowers to cheer you up.
    make happier
  38. chip in

    If everyone chips in we can get the kitchen painted by noon.
  39. clean something up

    Please clean up your bedroom before you go outside.
    tidy, clean
  40. come across something

    I came across these old photos when I was tidying the closet.
    find unexpectedly
  41. come apart

    The top and bottom come apart if you pull hard enough.
  42. come down with something

    My nephew came down with chicken pox this weekend.
    become sick
  43. come forward

    The woman came forward with her husband's finger prints.
    volunteer for a task or to give evidence
  44. come from somewhere

    The art of origami comes from Asia.
    originate in
  45. count on someone/something

    I am counting on you to make dinner while I am out.
    rely on
  46. cross something out

    Please cross out your old address and write your new one.
    draw a line through
  47. cut back on something

    My doctor wants me to cut back on sweets and fatty foods.
    consume less
  48. cut something down

    We had to cut the old tree in our yard down after the storm.
    make something fall to the ground
  49. cut in

    Your father cut in while I was dancing with your uncle.
  50. cut in

    The bus driver got angry when that car cut in.
    pull in too closely in front of another vehicle
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200 common phrasal verbs (1-50)
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