Phrasal Verbs – B

Phrasal Verbs – B

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PHRASAL VERB
ENGLISH PHRASAL VERBS

PHRASAL VERBS – B

In this study, we have collected ” Phrasal Verbs ”  for you.

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Back away : Retreat or go backwards.
The crowd BACKED AWAY when the man pulled a knife.

Back down : Retract or withdraw your position or proposal in an argument.
She refused to BACK DOWN and was fired.

Back into : Enter a parking area in reverse gear.
He prefers to BACK his car INTO the garage.

Back off : Retreat.
The police told the protesters to BACK OFF.


Back out : Fail to keep an arrangement or promise.
He BACKED OUT two days before the holiday so we gave the ticket to his sister

 

Back out of : Fail to keep an agreement, arrangement.
She BACKED OUT OF the agreement at the last minute.

Back out of : Exit a parking area in reverse gear.

She BACKED the Rolls OUT OF its parking space.

 

Back up : Make a copy of computer data.
You should always BACK UP important files and documents so that you won’t lose all your work if something goes wrong with the hardware.

Back up : Support.
The rest of the staff BACKED her UP when she complained about working conditions.

Back up : Drive a vehicle backwards.
Tom BACKED UP without looking and ran over his laptop.

 

Bag out : Criticise.
Don’t bag out. BAG OUT Australian English.
Bail out : Save, rescue.
The government had to BAIL OUT the airline because it was losing so much money.

Bail out : Remove water from something that is flooded.
The boat was leaking so they had to
BAIL it OUT.

Bail out : Jump out of a plane because it is going to crash.
The pilot BAILED OUT when he saw that the engines had failed.

Bail out of : Pay a bond to release someone from jail.
I must BAIL my drunken brother OUT OF jail.

Bail out on : Stop supporting someone when they are in trouble.
Everybody BAILED OUT ON him when the scandal broke.

Bail up : Talk to someone and delay them.
I was late because he BAILED me UP on the phone and wouldn’t shut up.

Bail up : Rob someone at gunpoint.
He was BAILED UP by a couple of muggers as he came out of the bank.

Ball up : Confuse or make things complicated.
The new project has BALLED me UP– I have no idea what to do.

Ball up : Roll or form into a round shape.
He BALLED UP his napkin when he had finished eating.

Balls up : Spoil, ruin. He BALLSED the presentation UP.

Bang about : Move in a place making a lot of noise.

He’s BANGING ABOUT in the kitchen.

Bang around : Move in a place making a lot of noise.
I can hear him BANGING ABOUT upstairs.

 

Bang on : Talk at great length.
He BANGED ON for half an hour but no one was listening.

Bang on about : Keep talking about something.
He’s always BANGING ON ABOUT
football.

 

Bang out : Play a musical instrument loudly.
She BANGED the tune OUT on the piano.

 

Bang up : Put someone in prison.
The judge BANGED him UP for eight years.

Bang up : Damage badly. He BANGED his car UP last night.

 

Bank on : Count or rely on.
I’m BANKING ON your help; I can’t do it alone.
Bargain down : Persuade someone to drop the price of something they’re selling.
I BARGAINED her DOWN to half what she originally wanted.

 

Bargain for : Expect something to happen (usually negative).
I hadn’t BARGAINED FOR so many people coming.

 

Bargain on : Expect something to happen (usually negative).
I hadn’t BARGAINED ON him coming.

Barge in : Enter a place and interrupt.
He keeps BARGING IN and asking stupid questions when I’m trying to work.

 

Barge into : Enter a place and interrupt people rudely.
They BARGED INTO my office without knocking and started talking even though I was on the phone.

 

Bash about : Mistreat physically.
If you BASH your monitor ABOUT like that, it won’t last long.

Bash in : Break, damage or injure by hitting.
The burglars BASHED the door IN to enter the house.

 

Bash out : Write something quickly without much preparation.
I BASHED the essay OUT the night before I had to hand it in.

 

Bash up : Break, damage or hurt by hitting.
They BASHED him UP in the fight in the pub last week and he had to go to hospital.

 

Bawl out : Scold, shout at someone.
She BAWLED me OUT for coming home
drunk.
Bawl out : Scold.
She BAWLED Raj OUT for getting there
late.
Bawl out : Sing or shout unpleasantly loudly.
He BAWLED OUT our names at the top of his voice.

Be after : Try to find or get.
The police ARE AFTER him because of
the theft.
Be along : Arrive.
The next bus should BE ALONG in the next quarter of an hour or so.

Be away : Be elsewhere; on holiday, etc.. She’s AWAY on business for three weeks.

Be cut out for : Be suitable, have the necessary qualities.
She’s not CUT OUT FOR this kind of work.

Be cut up : Be upset.
She was very CUT UP about coming second as she thought she deserved to win.

 

Be down : Be depressed.
He’s BEEN DOWN since his partner left him.

 

Be down : Be reduced or less.
The firm’s profits ARE DOWN by ten percent this quarter.

Be down on : Have negative feelings toward someone.
After the argument, James is DOWN ON his boss.

Be down with : Be ill.
Gul is DOWN WITH some bug and is off work today.

 

Be fed up : Be bored, upset or sick of something.

I AM FED UP of his complaints.

 

Be in : Be at home or at work.
They ARE never IN; I always get their answerphone.
Be in : Be submitted, arrive.
The application form must BE IN by 3pm on Friday.

Be in on : Be involved in.
Susan was the only one who WASN’T IN ON the plan.

Be not on : Be unacceptable.

The way he’s behaving IS just NOT ON.

 

Be off : Be bad (of food).
This yoghurt must BE OFF; it smells foul.

 

Be off : Depart, leave.

I’m OFF home; it’s five o’clock.

 

Be on : Be functioning (of machines).

The computer IS ON.

 

Be on : Take place.
The show IS ON for the next three
months.
Be on : Take medication or drugs, especially when they affect the person badly.
He IS ON anti-depressants and has become very difficult to please.

 

Be on : Be at the top of one’s game, performing very well.
He IS really ON right now- three goals in five minutes!

Be on about : Mean, try to say.
I couldn’t understand what he WAS ON
ABOUT– it made no sense.
Be onto : Pursue, be aware of someone’s true nature.
He’s being very careful because he thinks the police ARE ONTO him.

Be out: Be absent from a place.

She IS OUT on a visit for the day.

 

Be out of : Have no more left.
We’re OUT OF coffee so I’ll have to go and get some.

Be out to : Attempt.
She IS OUT TO get him sacked because she hates him.

Be snowed under : Have too much work.
We’re completely SNOWED UNDER at work because it’s the end of the tax year.

Be taken aback : Be shocked or surprised.
I WAS TAKEN ABACK when I saw him because he’s lost all his hair.

 

Be taken with :  Like something.
I WAS very TAKEN WITH the performance- it was superb.

 

Be up : Be out of bed.

She’s not UP yet.

 

Be up : Have increased or risen.
The company’s profits ARE UP by fifteen percent.

 

Be up : When the time for something finishes or expires.

Time’s UP, please finish your drinks and
leave.

 

Be up for : Be enthusiastic about an upcoming event.
ARE you UP FOR the climb of Mt. Blanc?
Be up to : Be good enough.
He’s not UP TO the job; get someone else.

 

Be up to : Doing something naughty or wrong.

What are those kids UP TO?

 

Bear down on : Move towards.
She spotted him on the other side of the room and BORE DOWN ON him.

Bear on : Influence, affect.
The judge’s character may well BEAR ON the final decision.

 

Bear out : Confirm that something is correct.
Statistics BEAR OUT the government’s positions on the issue.

 

ENGLISH PHRASAL VERBS

Bear up : Resist pressure.
How are you BEARING UP under the strain?

Bear up under :  Cope with something difficult or stressful.
He’s BEARING UP UNDER the pressure.

 

Bear with : Be patient.
Please BEAR WITH me a moment while I finish this email.

 

Beat down : Strong sunshine.
The sun WAS really BEATING DOWN and we couldn’t stay outdoors.

 

Beat down : Get someone to lower the price of something.
I managed to BEAT him DOWN to fifty Euros.

 

Beat out : Narrowly win in competition.
The marathon runner barely BEAT OUT his rival at the tape.

 

Beat up : Attack violently.
The mugger BEAT him UP and stole his wallet.

 

Beaver away : Work hard.
She’s BEAVERING AWAY before her exams.

PHRASAL VERBS SENTENCES
PHRASAL VERBS EXAMPLES

Beaver away at : Work hard doing something.
I have to BEAVER AWAY AT it or else I will fail the course.

 

Bed down: Sleep somewhere less comfortable than normal.
We had to BED DOWN on the floor for the night.

 

Bed down : Become established or successful over time.
The new government has found it hard to BED DOWN and become accepted.

 

Bed out : Move a plant outside.
I BEDDED the plants OUT when the weather warmed up.

 

Beef up : Make something stronger or more solid.
The company BEEFED UP their case when they saw that the public wouldn’t accept their first explanation of the accident.

 

Belong to : Be a member.

He BELONGS TO a secret society.

 

Belong to : Be connected to a time, place, belief, thing, etc.
Their ideas BELONG TO the nineteenth century and seem old-fashioned now.

Belong with : Be in the correct or appropriate location with other items.
Does this disc BELONG WITH those on the shelf?
Belt out : Sing something loudly.
They BELTED OUT the national anthems before the game.

Belt up : Be quiet.
She told the students to BELT UP because they were making so much noise.

Belt up : Fasten your seatbelt.
I told the kids to BELT UP before I started the car.

 

Bend down : Lower the top half of your body.

I BENT DOWN to pick it up off the floor.

 

Bend over : Lower the top part of your body.

I BENT OVER to do my shoes up.

 

Bend over backwards : Do a lot to try to help or please someone.
I BENT OVER BACKWARDS for them and they didn’t even thank me.

 

Big up : Exaggerate the importance.

He BIGS himself UP all the time.

Big up : Increase the size of muscles by exercise.
They work out a lot to BIG themselves UP.

 

Bitch up : Spoil or ruin something.

I BITCHED UP the interview.

 

Black out:  Fall unconscious.
He BLACKED OUT and collapsed on the floor.

Black out:  Lose light.
Everything BLACKED OUT when the power supply failed.

 

Blank out : Censor text so that words cannot be read.
The email addresses were BLANKED OUT in the documents shown to the court.

Blank out : Have a temporary memory failure.
I was so nervous in the interview that I just BLANKED OUT and couldn’t answer their questions properly.

 

Blare out : A loud sound or music.
The music was BLARING OUT and I couldn’t get to sleep.

 

Blast off : Leave the ground- spaceship or rocket.
The space shuttle BLASTED OFF on schedule yesterday.

Blaze away : Fire a gun repeatedly.
The shooters BLAZED AWAY at the pheasants.

 

Bleed out : Cause sufficient blood loss to result in death.
They BLED OUT their calves.

Bliss out : Be extremely relaxed and happy.

I BLISSED OUT on the beach all week.

 

Block in : Park a car and obstruct another car.
I couldn’t drive here this morning because someone had BLOCKED me IN.

Block in : Shade or fill in.
He BLOCKED IN the events in his calendar.

Block off : Obstruct an exit to prevent people from
leaving.
The police BLOCKED OFF the road after the murder.

 

Block out  : Stop light from entering or leaving.
The trees BLOCK the sun OUT most of the day.

 

Block out :  Try not think about or feel something because it is upsetting or painful.
It was so unpleasant that I try to BLOCK it OUT– otherwise, I’d just be angry all the time.

 

Block up : Fill a space so that nothing can pass.
The pipe’s BLOCKED UP and no water
gets through.
Blow away : Kill.
He grabbed a gun and BLEW the police officer AWAY.

Blow away : Beat rivals or competitors by a large margin.
Their new product has BLOWN all the others AWAY.

 

Blow away :  Impress greatly. Her first novel BLEW me AWAY.

Blow away : When the wind moves something from a place.
The flag BLEW AWAY in the storm; we’ll have to buy a new one.

 

Blow down : When the wind forces something to fall.

A tree was BLOWN DOWN in the storm.

 

Blow in : Arrive, sometimes suddenly or
unexpectedly.
He BLEW IN from Toronto early this morning.

 

Blow off : Not keep an appointment.
We were going to meet last night, but she BLEW me OFF at the last minute.

 

Blow off : Ignore, not do something.

I BLEW the homework OFF and did badly.

 

Blow off : Expel gas from the anus.

He BLEW OFF in front of everybody.

 

Blow out : Extinguish candles, matches, etc..
She BLEW the candles OUT on her birthday cake.

 

Blow out : Defeat decisively.
The Broncos BLEW OUT the Raiders 55-0.

 

Blow over : When a scandal gets forgotten.
The scandal BLEW OVER within a fortnight when the press found someone else to attack.

 

Blow up : Explode.
The bomb BLEW UP without any warning.

 

Blow up : Inflate.
The pressure was low, so I BLEW the tyre UP.

 

Blow up : Enlarge (e.g., photograph)..
BLOW UP that photo so we can see his face.

 

Blow up : The beginning of a storm.
A storm BLEW UP while we were out
walking.
Blow up : Lose your temper, become angry.
They BLEW UP when they heard what I had done wrong.

 

Blurt out : Say something quickly without thinking, especially if you shouldn’t.
I was really angry when he BLURTED OUT the secret.

 

Board out : Arrange for pets to stay somewhere while you’re away.
We BOARD our dog OUT with friends when we go abroad.

 

Board up : Cover windows or doors with wood, metal, etc..
They BOARDED UP all the windows to stop people getting into the empty houses.

 

Bog down : Slow make progress.
Yasini got BOGGED DOWN in his research and didn’t finish the project in time.

 

Bog in : Eat enthusiastically.
We were starving and BOGGED IN when the food was served.

 

Bog into : Eat something enthusiastically.

They BOGGED INTO the lunch.

Bog off : Get lost.
He lost his temper and told her to BOG OFF.

 

Boil down : Simplify, reduce to the essentials.
The report’s so long, I BOILED it DOWN into a two-page summary.

 

Boil down to : Amount to.
It all BOILS DOWN TO money at the end of the day.

 

Boil over : When a hot liquid spills out of a container.
I left the milk on the cooker and it BOILED OVER.

 

Boil over : When people lose their tempers and things get nasty.
The tension had been building up and it BOILED OVER in the meeting.

 

Boil up : Feel a negative emotion strongly.
The anger BOILED UP in me when I saw what they had done.

 

Boil up : Cook or heat something to boiling point.
I BOILED UP some water for a cup of coffee.

 

Bolster up : Give support, reinforce, strengthen.
We were all scared but she BOLSTERED UP our courage.

 

Bone up :  Study hard for a reason.

I will have to BONE UP to get a good result.

 

 

Bone up on : Study hard for a goal or reason.
I need to BONE UP ON my French grammar for the test.

 

Book in : Make a reservation in advance.

I’ll BOOK us IN at the Intercontinental.
Book in : Check in at a hotel.
WE took a taxi from the airport to the hotel and BOOKED IN.

 

Book into : Make a reservation in advance.
I’ve BOOKED us INTO a hotel in the centre of town for three nights.

 

Book into : Check in at a hotel.
We BOOKED INTO the first hotel we could find.

 

Book out : Leave a place in a hurry.
I don’t like the look of the people arriving- let’s BOOK OUT.

 

Book up : Reserve.
The flight’s fully BOOKED UP; I’ll have to go the following day.

 

Boot up : Start a computer.
He BOOTED UP the computer and started work.

 

Border on : Be located next to a place.

Portugal BORDERS ON Spain.

 

Border on : Be very nearly something.
What he did was BORDERING ON betrayal.

 

Boss about : Use excessive authority to control people.

She BOSSES everyone ABOUT.

 

Boss around : Use excessive authority to control people. He BOSSES everyone AROUND.

 

Botch up : Ruin or spoil something.
I BOTCHED UP the whole project and it had to be cancelled.

 

Bottle away : Store up.

He kept his feelings BOTTLED AWAY.

 

Bottle out : Lack courage to do something.
She was going to tell her boss exactly what she thought, but BOTTLED OUT in the end.

 

Bottle up : Not express your feelings.
She BOTTLED UP her feelings even though she was furious with them and kept quiet.

 

Bottom out : Pass the lowest point and start rising.
The recession BOTTOMED OUT and the economy is recovering well.

 

Bounce into : Force someone.
They have BOUNCED the government INTO calling an early election.

 

Bounce back : Recover.
The economy is BOUNCING BACK from the recession.

 

Bounce off : Test ideas.
They BOUNCED ideas OFF each other in a brainstorming session.

 

Bowl out : Hit someone’s wicket in cricket with the
ball.
He BOWLED the player OUT first ball.

 

Bowl over : Surprise someone greatly.

I was BOWLED OVER by the news.

 

Bowl over : Knock someone to the ground.
He was BOWLED OVER by the crowd rushing out.

 

Box in : Prevent something from moving, especially vehicles.
I was BOXED IN by the bus and couldn’t change lane.
Box up : Pack things in boxes to move them.
At the end of term, I BOXED my books UP and sent them home.

 

Brace up : Feel more confident or optimistic about something.
You should BRACE UP and stop worrying.

 

Branch out : Move into a different area of business, etc..
The supermarkets have BRANCHED OUT into banking.

 

Break away : Leave an organisation, usually to form a new one.

The SDP BROKE AWAY from the Labour Party.

 

Break down  : End negotiations unsuccessfully.
The talks between management and the unions BROKE DOWN acrimoniously.

 

Break down : Start crying. He BROKE DOWN in tears.
Break down : Stop working.
My car’s BROKEN DOWN, so I came by
taxi.
Break down : Remove a barrier or obstacle.
He had to BREAK DOWN their opposition to his ideas.

 

Break in : Go into a building to steal something.
The burglars BROKE IN and stole the TV and video.

 

Break in : Interrupt something.
I’m sorry to BREAK IN on your conversation, but there’s a problem.

 

Break in : Train a horse to be ridden. It took ages to BREAK the horse IN.

Break in : Carefully use new products until they are fully functional..
I must watch my speed until I BREAK IN my new Volvo.

 

Break off : Break a piece from something.
She BROKE OFF a square of chocolate and gave it to her dog.

 

Break off : End a relationship.
She BROKE OFF their engagement when she found out that he’d been unfaithful.

 

Break out : Start (war, conflict).
They’re worried that war will BREAK
OUT.
Break out in : Sweat heavily, develop skin sores or irritation..
The measles caused me to BREAK OUT IN a rash.

 

Break out of : Escape.
Three dangerous Category A prisoners BROKE OUT OF Wandsworth Prison last night.

 

Break through : Pass a barrier or obstacle.
The crowd BROKE THROUGH the police barriers and attacked the hunters.

 

Break up : Break into many pieces.
The plate BROKE UP when he dropped it on the floor.

 

Break up  : Close an educational institution for the holidays.
Schools BREAK UP at the end of June for the summer holidays.

 

Break up : Finish a relationship.
They had been going out for a couple of years before they BROKE UP.

 

Break up : Become inaudible over the telephone because of interference.
You’re BREAKING UP; I’ll call you back in a minute and see if we get a better connection.

 

Breeze along : Move easily and quickly.
The film BREEZES ALONG for the first hour, then becomes rather dull and slow.

 

Breeze in : Enter a place quickly. He BREEZED IN and started shouting at us.

 

Breeze into : Enter a place quickly.
He BREEZED INTO the room and switched the TV on.

 

Breeze through :  Pass easily, succeed.

She BREEZED THROUGH her exams.

 

Brick in : Close or fill a space with bricks.

We BRICKED IN the side window.

 

Brick up : Close or fill a space with bricks.

We BRICKED the back entrance UP.

 

Brighten up :  Improve (weather).
The day started cloudy but BRIGHTENED UP in the afternoon.

Brighten up : Become happier.
He BRIGHTENED UP when he heard the news.

 

Brighten up : Make something more attractive or pleasant.
We tried to BRIGHTEN the place UP by painting it.

 

Bring about : Make something happen.
The changes to the law were BROUGHT ABOUT by the government because so many people were ignoring the old one.

 

Bring along : Bring someone or something to certain place.
You can BRING your friends ALONG if you like.

 

Bring along : Help someone improve.
Her coach has BROUGHT her ALONG a lot in the last six months.

 

Bring around : Persuade or convince someone.
It took me ages to BRING him AROUND to my point of view.

 

Bring around  : Bring something with you when you visit.
He BROUGHT some books AROUND when he came last night.

 

Bring around : Get someone talking about something.
He didn’t want to discuss the details, but I managed to BRING him AROUND and he told me everything.

 

Bring back : Cause someone to remember.
Visiting my old school BROUGHT BACK memories of when I was a pupil there.

 

Bring back : Return.
He took the calculator home yesterday and hasn’t BROUGHT it BACK yet.

 

Bring down : Make a government fall.
The vote of no-confidence BROUGHT the government DOWN.

 

Bring down : Make something cheaper.
The improvements in technology have BROUGHT the prices of computers DOWN considerably in recent months.

 

Bring forth : Produce something, make it known or visible.
The prosecution BROUGHT FORTH a lot of evidence against him.

 

Bring forth : Produce.
She BROUGHT FORTH a surprising result.

 

Bring forth  : Make something happen.
The report has BROUGHT FORTH a lot of criticism of the policy.

 

Bring forth : Remove something from where it is kept or hidden.
She BROUGHT FORTH the diary and showed it to us.

 

Bring forward : Make something happen earlier than originally planned.
The meeting has been BROUGHT FORWARD to this Friday instead of next week because some people couldn’t make it then.

 

Bring in Earn: The job BRINGS IN two thousand dollars a month.

Bring off : Succeed with something difficult.
No one thought she’d manage to do it, but she BROUGHT it OFF in the end.

 

Bring on : Cause something to happen or speed up the process.
Getting wet in the rain yesterday BROUGHT ON my cold.

 

Bring on : Make something appear.

BRING ON the dancers!

 

Bring out : Release or publish.
The band are BRINGING OUT a new CD in the autumn.

 

Bring out : Elicit a response.

Suzie BRINGS OUT the best in him.

 

Bring out in :  Cause a health problem or reaction.
It was the lobster that BROUGHT me OUT in this rash all over my body.

Bring round : Make someone wake up from unconsciousness or an anaesthetic.
The doctors BROUGHT him ROUND a few hours after the operation.

Bring up : Mention.
They didn’t BRING the subject UP at the meeting.

 

Bring up : Raise a child.

My parents BROUGHT me UP strictly.

 

Bring up : Be officially charged with a crime.
He was BROUGHT UP on charges of public intoxication.

 

Bring Up  : Mention.
They didn’t BRING the subject UP at the meeting.

 

Bring Up : Raise a child. My parents BROUGHT me UP strictly.
Bring Up : Be officially charged with a crime.
He was BROUGHT UP on charges of public intoxication.

 

Brush off : Ignore, pay little attention.
The minister BRUSHED OFF the criticism.

 

Brush up : Improve a skill quickly.
She took a two-week course to BRUSH UP her Spanish before she went travelling around South and Central America.
Bubble over : Become very excited.
She BUBBLED OVER with joy when she heard her exam results.

 

Buck up:  Hurry  (either transitive or reflexive).

BUCK UP – the taxi’s waiting.’
Buck up : Smarten up, improve.

You had better BUCK your ideas UP, or you’ll fail the course.

 

Bucket down : Rain heavily.
Take an umbrella; it’s BUCKETING DOWN.

 

Buckle down : Start working hard, apply yourself.
We had to BUCKLE DOWN and study for the exam.

 

Buckle under : Accept something under pressure, against your will.
They didn’t like the ideas, but had to BUCKLE UNDER or face the sack.

 

Buckle up : Fasten a seatbelt.
We were told to BUCKLE UP before take-off.

 

Budge up : Move to make space for someone.
We had to BUDGE UP to let the fourth person in the back of the car.

Buff up : Clear, clean or make something shine.
The silver candlestick looked lovely after I BUFFED it UP.

 

Buff up : Improve.
After the scandal, the politician tried to BUFF UP his public image.

 

Buff up on : Improve your knowledge quickly.
I BUFFED UP ON my grammar before the test.

 

Bug off : Go away.
I told her to bug off because she was annoying me.

 

Bug out  : Open your eyes wide in surprise.

He BUGGED OUT when she turned up.

 

Bug out : Leave somewhere in a hurry.
They BUGGED OUT when the police arrived.

 

Build up : Develop a company.

She BUILT the business UP from nothing into a market leader in less than a decade.

 

Build up : Increase.
Tension has been BUILDING UP ever since the government passed the unpopular law.

 

Bulk out : Make something bigger or thicker.
I BULKED the essay OUT with a few quotes to reach the number of word required.

 

Bulk up : Gain weight, develop bigger muscles.
He’s BULKED UP a lot since he got those steroids.

 

Bump into : Meet by chance.
I BUMPED INTO Helen on the underground the other day.

 

Bump off : Kill.
The drug dealer was BUMPED OFF by a rival gang.

 

Bump up : Increase.
They BUMP UP the prices in the high season.

 

Bundle off : Send someone somewhere. He BUNDLED the kids OFF to bed.

Bundle out : Expel.
The barman BUNDLED the drunk OUT because he was annoying the other customers.

 

 

Bundle up : Put on warm clothing.
We BUNDLED UP before going out as it was snowing.

 

Bundle up : Wrap or tie things together.
I BUNDLED UP my newspapers and dropped them in the recycling bin.

 

Bunk off : Not go to school when you should.
I used to BUNK OFF school and go into town.

 

Buoy up : Make someone feel more positive.
After so much criticism, the positive review BUOYED him UP.

 

Buoy up : Keep afloat.
The lifejacket BUOYED me UP till the boat arrived.

Burn down : Burn completely.

 

They had to completely rebuild the museum after the old one BURNED DOWN.

Burn off Remove by burning or similar process. I BURN OFF a lot of calories in the gym.

Burn out : Lose enthusiasm and energy to continue in a demanding job.
Jennie BURNT OUT after ten years working as a futures broker and went to live in the country.

 

Burn up : Destroy completely by fire.
All his possessions were BURNED UP in the fire.

 

Burn up : Drive at high speed.
The bank robbers BURNED UP the roads but were soon captured.

 

Burn up : To be or cause to be highly annoyed.
His undeserved win in the election really BURNS me UP.

 

Burst into : Catch fire very quickly.
The car BURST INTO flames and the driver died as he didn’t have time to get out.

 

Burst into : Laugh, cry or clap loudly.
She BURST INTO laughter when she heard the joke.

 

Bust up : End a relationship, usually angrily or after arguing.
They BUST UP after a row last night.

 

Butt in : Interrupt.
I hope you don’t mind me BUTTING IN on your conversation, but I couldn’t help hearing what you said…

 

Butt out : Not be involved in other people’s business.
This is none of your business, so just BUTT OUT!

 

Butter up : Praise or flatter someone excessively.
I tried BUTTERING my tutor UP but she still wouldn’t let me hand it in late.

 

Buy in : Force a CD or record into the charts by buying lots of copies.

Joe Meek’s last hit, ‘Singin’ the Blues’, was probably BOUGHT IN at number 40, but failed to go any higher.

 

Buy into : Accept an idea.
I never BOUGHT INTO the idea of a federalist Euopean Union.

 

Buy off : Pay someone to stop them causing trouble.
He BOUGHT the newspaper OFF by placing a lot of adverts.

 

Buy out : Buy somebody’s share in a company.
His business partners BOUGHT him OUT to get rid of him.

 

Buy up : Buy all of something.
We BOUGHT UP all the shop had before the price went up.

 

Buzz around : Move quickly around a place.
Reporters were BUZZING AROUND the scene of the accident.

 

Buzz off : Leave somewhere.
I’m BUZZING OFF now- I have to meet some people.

 

Buzz off: Go away (imperative).
He told them to BUZZ OFF because they were annoying him.

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