PHRASAL VERBS – G

 

In this list you will see the list of phrasal verbs beginning with -g

 

Gad about : Visit a lot of different places for pleasure.
I spent the afternoon GADDING ABOUT in the West End.

Gad around : Visit different places for pleasure.
I spent the afternoon GADDING AROUND looking for some books.

Gag for : Want something a lot. I’m GAGGING FOR a drink.

Gang up : Form a group against something or someone.
They GANGED UP to try to stop the new system.

 

Gang up against : Harass, bully (in a group).
They GANGED UP AGAINST me because I wouldn’t accept their ideas.

 

Gang up on : Harass, bully.
They GANGED UP ON him because of the way he spoke.

Gear to : Organise or arrange something for a particular purpose, audience, etc. (Often passive).
It’s not GEARED TO non-specialists.

Gear towards : Organise or arrange something for a particular purpose, audience, etc.
The project is GEARED TOWARDS older people.

 

Gear up : Get ready for a busy period. The shops are GEARING UP for the New Year sales.

Geek out : Talk at length about computing.
Henry always GEEKS OUT at parties and bores all the people who don’t know much about computers.

 

Get about : Visit many places.
I GET ABOUT a lot with my job- last years I visited eleven countries.

 

Get about : Become known.
It didn’t take long for the news to GET ABOUT- everyone’s talking about it.

 

Get about : Walk or visit places.
She can’t GET ABOUT much, but she is in her eighties.

Get about : Have personal or sexual relationships with many people.
She GETS ABOUT a bit; she’s always with some new guy.

 

Get above : Behave as if you are better or more important than others.
She’s been GETTING ABOVE HERSELF since she got promoted.(This
is normally used in progressive forms and
followed by a reflexive pronoun, though ‘get above your station’ is also used.)

 

Get across : Communicate successfully.
I just couldn’t GET my message ACROSS at the meeting.

 

Get across:  Go from one side to the other.
It’s impossible to GET ACROSS the road with all this traffic.

Get across : Move something from one side to the other.
How are we going to GET these bags ACROSS the river?

Get across to : Be convincing or make a good impression.
How can I GET ACROSS TO my audience?

 

Get after : Nag or exhort someone.
You should GET AFTER them to finish the work.

Phrasal verbs list - g
List of phrasal verbs – g

Get after : Chase.
GET AFTER her and give her the message before she leaves the building.

 

 

Get ahead : Progress.
Nowadays, you need IT skills if you want to GET AHEAD.

 

Get ahead of : Move in front of.
I work at home in the evening to GET AHEAD OF schedule.

 

Get along : Have a good relationship.
Why don’t you two GET ALONG? You’re always arguing.

 

Get along : Leave. It’s late; we must be GETTING ALONG.
Get along : Progess.
How’s the homework GETTING ALONG?

Get along in : Progress.
How are you GETTING ALONG IN the company.

 

Get along : Have a good relationship with someone. I don’t GET ALONG WITH my sister- we with have nothing in common.

Get along with : Deal with, handle.
How are you GETTING ALONG WITH the training course?

Get around : Become known.
It didn’t take long for the news to GET AROUND once it got into the newspapers.

 

Get around : Visit many different places.
He GETS AROUND a lot- he’s always flying somewhere different.

 

Get around : Walk or go to places.
He’s finding it hard to GET AROUND since the operation and spends most of his time at home.

 

Get around : Avoid a problem. It’ll be tricky, but we will find a way to GET AROUND the regulations.

 

Get around : Persuade, convince.
She didn’t want to accept my application because it was late, but I managed to GET AROUND her.

 

Get around : Have personal or sexual relationships with many people.
He GETS AROUND a bit; he’s always with some new girlfriend.

 

Get around to  : Finally manage to do something, make the effort to do something.
It always takes me ages to GET AROUND to replying to letters.

 

Get at : Criticise. His boss is always GETTING AT him for arriving late.

Get at : Mean.
What do you think she’s GETTING AT? I’ve no idea what she wants.

Get at : Be able to reach, find, access. It’s on the top shelf and I can’t GET AT it.
Get at : Use threats, payments, bribes, etc, to affect someone’s testimony or decision.
The gangsters GOT AT the jury, who found them not guilty of all charges despite the evidence presented in court.

 

Get away : Escape.
The robbers GOT AWAY in a stolen car, which the police later found abandoned.

Get away : Go on holiday or for a short break.
We love to GET AWAY from everything and relax in the country.

Get away : Move, leave somewhere.
He didn’t come because he was stuck at work and couldn’t GET AWAY.

 

Get away from : Go somewhere different or do something different.
Work’s getting on top of me; I need to GET AWAY FROM it.

 

Get away from : Start to talk about something that is not relevant to the discussion.
I think we’re GETTING AWAY FROM the point here- we need to concentrate on the main ideas.

 

Get away with : Not get caught, criticised or punished for doing something wrong.
Thieves GOT AWAY WITH two Picassos, which were never found.

 

Get away with : Achieve something, despite not doing it correctly or properly.
Do you think we could GET AWAY WITH using the cheaper product?

Get away : An expression of disbelief.
“I passed.”

“GET AWAY! You couldn’t have passed.”

 

Get back : Return.
The train was held up so we didn’t GET BACK home until midnight.

Get back : Return something.
Don’t lend him any money; you’ll never GET it BACK.
Get back : Revenge.
He was rude and embarrassed me, but I’ll GET him BACK.

 

Get back : Move away.
The police told the crowd to GET BACK to allow the ambulance through.

Get back at : Take revenge.
I’ll GET BACK AT her for landing me in trouble.

 

Get back into : Start doing something after stopping for some time.
I am GETTING BACK INTO my Khmer lessons after the summer break.

 

Get back into : Find a new enthusiasm for something.
I lost interest for a while, but I’m GETTING BACK INTO it.

Get back to : Respond to a contact.
I’ll GET BACK TO you as soon as I hear any news.

 

Get back to : Respond when you know the answer.
I don’t know at the moment, but I will GET BACK TO you as soon as I have the information.

 

Get back to : Start doing something again after an interruption.
It took me ages to GET BACK TO sleep after the phone rang.

 

Get back together : Restart a relationship.
We split up a few months ago but GOT BACK TOGETHER last week.

Get behind : Support.
All the students GOT BEHIND the teacher.

Get behind with : Be late paying instalments for something..
If you GET BEHIND WITH mortgage payments, you might lose your home.

Get by : Have just enough money to live on.
They’re finding it increasingly difficult to GET BY since their daughter was born.

Get by : Not be noticed (problems, errors, etc). I had checked it, but there still were a few mistakes that didn’t GET BY the editor.

 

Get by on : Manage on a certain amount of money. It’s hard to GET BY ON my salary.

Get by with : Have enough of something to do the job.
We should be able to GET BY WITH three PCs, but four would be better.

Get down : Make someone depressed, unhappy, exhausted, etc..
The miserable weather in winter really GETS me DOWN.

 

Get down : Write, record.
I couldn’t GET DOWN everything he said.

 

Get down : Manage to swallow.
The medicine tasted horrible and it was difficult to GET it DOWN.

Get down : Descend, leave a vehicle.
The trained pulled in and we GOT DOWN.

 

Get down : Leave the table after eating.
When they had finished dinner, the children asked if they could GET DOWN.

 

Get down : Reduce.
The doctor says I my GET my cholesterol levels DOWN.

 

Get down:  Have an affair or sexual relations. They GOT DOWN at the party last week.
Get down:  Criticise. My mother used to GET DOWN ON us on for not doing enough homework.

Get down to : Start working seriously.
I find it extremely difficult to GET DOWN TO doing any revision for examinations.

 

Get down to : Enjoy something a lot.
People were GETTING DOWN TO the concert.

Get in : Arrange for someone to do a job in your home, workplace, etc.
The air conditioning has broken down; we’ll have to GET a technician IN to fix it.

Get in : Arrive (train, plane, etc.). Her plane GETS IN at 2am our time.
Get in Arrive home.
She didn’t GET IN till well after twelve o’clock because she’d been out for a few drinks with her mates.

Get in : Enter a car or taxi. The taxi pulled up and we GOT IN.
Get in Buy or obtain supplies, like food.
We need to GET some coffee IN; we’re completely out.

 

Get in : Arrive at work, school, home.
I GOT IN late today because the train broke down.

Get in : Enter a building or place. I borrowed her pass to GET IN.
Get in : Be elected.
The government GOT IN with a very small majority.

 

Get in : Manage to say or do.
I couldn’t GET a word IN throughout the meeting.

Get in : Be admitted to a university, club, etc.
He did badly in the entrance exam and didn’t GET IN.

Get in : Bring inside a place.
It’s raining; I’d better GET the washing
IN.
Get in : Submit, apply.
We have to GET the forms IN by the end of this week.

Get in Pay for drinks. He GOT the drinks IN.
Get in on : Become involved.
The company tried to GET IN ON our market.

Get in with :Become friendly with, ingratiate with.
I tried to GET IN WITH them as I thought it would help me at work.

Get into : Become involved or interested.
She’s been GETTING INTO dance music recently.

Get into : Become involved in something bad or criminal.
He GOT INTO drugs when he was at university.

 

Get into : Be accepted or admitted.
She did well and GOT INTO Cambridge University.

Get into : Become or be accepted as a member. He GOT INTO the first team for football.
Get into : Start a habit or way of acting or behaving.
It took me ages to GET INTO driving on the left.
Get into : Be small enough to wear something.
I couldn’t GET INTO the boots; they were too tight.

Get into : Criticise. He GOT INTO me for doing it badly.

Get it : Be punished or scolded.
If you don’t stop that right now, you’ll really GET IT!

Get it off : Have sex. They GOT IT OFF at the party.
Get it off with :
Have sex with.
She GOT IT OFF WITH her friend’s husband.

 

Get it on : Become interested or excited.
The talk was dull and nobody GOT IT ON.
Get it on : Have sex. Did you two GET IT ON?
Get it on with : Have sex with. Did you GET IT ON WITH him?

Get it together :
Control things in your life to achieve your aims.
If I don’t GET IT TOGETHER, I will never reach my targets.

 

Get it together  : Begin a relationship.
They only GET IT TOGETHER at the very end of the film.

Get it up : Become aroused (of a man).
He couldn’t GET IT UP and felt very embarrassed.

Get off : Escape punishment.
He GOT OFF on a technicality and left the court a free man.

Get off : Leave a bus, train, etc..
We GOT OFF the bus and walked to my house.
Get off : Finish, leave work. I like to GET OFF early on Fridays.
Get off : Start a journey.
We need to GET OFF early to avoid the rush hour traffic.

 

Get off : Help a baby or child sleep.
I can’t GET the kids OFF because of the noise from next door.

Get off : Orgasm, have sex. We GOT OFF last night.
Get off : Manage to fire a gun.
She GOT OFF a few shots before she was arrested.

Get off:  Stop talking on the phone.
Let me know when he GETS OFF the phone as I need to make a call.

Get off : Write or send letters, messages, etc.
I GOT three emails OFF before the meeting.

 

Get off : Say or write something funny.
She GOT OFF some jokes at the start of her presentation.

Get off it : A way of expressing disbelief, or telling someone that they’re wrong or have an incorrect opinion.
I knew he was lying so I told him to GET OFF IT.

 

Get off on  : Enjoy a drug.
He GETS OFF ON crystal meth every night.

 

Get off on:  Become excited by. She GETS OFF ON her power over us.
Get off with: Have casual sex with. He GOT OFF WITH her at the party.

Get off: Don’t touch, leave alone.
If he bothers you, just tell him where to GET OFF.

Get on : Continue doing something.
The teacher asked the pupils to GET ON with some work quietly as she had to leave the classroom.

Get on : Enter a bus, train, plane, etc..
We GOT ON the train at Plymouth and went up to London.

Get on : Make progress, deal with something with a reasonable degree of success.
How are you GETTING ON with your Spanish lessons?

Get on : Have a good relationship. We have always GOT ON well.
Get on Become old, age.
He’s GETTING ON now and doesn’t work so hard.
Get on : Be late or near an arranged time. I must get home now; it’s GETTING ON.

Get on : Wear, fit.
I have put so much weight on that I couldn’t GET my old suits ON.

Get on : Leave.
I must be GETTING ON; I have other things to do this evening.

Get on at : Criticise unfairly.
He’s always GETTING ON AT me when I haven’t done anything wrong.

Get on for : Be near a time. It’s GETTING ON FOR midnight.
Get on to : Start to suspect.
It took the authorities a long time to GET ON TO the gang.

Get on with : Have a good relationship. Fortunately, I GET ON WITH my boss.
Get on with : Continue or start doing something. She told us to GET ON WITH our work.
Get onto : Start discussing a topic.
We didn’t GET ONTO the third item on the agenda.
Get onto : Be elected, appointed. He didn’t GET ONTO the committee.
Get onto : Appear on the radio or TV.
He GOT ONTO every major channel after the accident.
Get onto : Contact someone because you need or want them to do something.
We’d better GET ONTO someone to fix this.
Get onto : Enter a plane, train, etc.
She GOT ONTO the plane just before it took off.

Get out : Leave the house to visit place and socialise.
She doesn’t GET OUT much now she has her baby.
Get out : Become known when people want it to remain secret.
The truth GOT OUT despite the injunction on reporting the case.
Get out : Leave a place, escape.
The dog GOT OUT because I left the door open.

Get out : Remove something from where it is stored
to use it.
I GOT the car OUT so that we could load up the suitcases.

Get out  :Remove dirt or something unwanted.
I spilled some red wine on my carpet and can’t GET the stains OUT.
Get out : Publish, make available for the public to see or buy.
We have to GET the report OUT by the end of the month.

 

Get out : Say what you want when it is difficult.
He was so upset he couldn’t GET the words OUT.

Get out of : Avoid doing something you dislike.
I said I wasn’t feeling well and GOT OUT OF the extra work.

Get out of : Leave a car, van, etc..
We GOT OUT OF the taxi and paid the driver.

Get out of : Stop a regular activity or habit.
If you GET OUT OF a routine, it can be hard to start again.

Get out of : Make someone confess or tell the truth.
The police couldn’t GET any information OUT OF him.

Get out of : Make someone give something to you.
Did you GET a refund OUT OF the travel agency?

Get out of : Derive pleasure or benefit from something.
She’s GETTING a lot OUT OF her university course.

Get out of : Help someone avoid doing something.
I GOT him OUT OF having to work at the weekend.

Get out : Expression of disbelief. ‘I got 100% on the test.”Get out!’

Get over : Recover from something, feel better.
It took me ages to GET OVER the bout of flu.

Get over : Solve, find a solution.
It took us a long time to GET OVER the problems with the computer system.

Get over : Communicate, make people understand.
He makes jokes to help GET his message OVER.

Get over : Be shocked or surprised that something if real or true.
I couldn’t GET OVER how much weight he had put on.

Get over : Get to the other side.
We couldn’t GET OVER the river because of the floods.

Get over : Come somewhere.
He said he needed help and ask me to GET OVER as soon as I could.

Get over with : Do something unpleasant that has to be done rather than delaying it any more.
I GOT the test OVER WITH rather than have to worry about it any longer.

Get round : Become known.
I don’t want this to GET ROUND, so please keep it to yourself.

 

Get round : Find a solution.
We’re nearly ready, but there are few little problems we have to GET ROUND before we finish.

 

Get round (around) to : Finally manage to do something.
It always takes me ages to GET ROUND to writing letters. (In American English ‘around’ is used)

Get round (or around) : Persuade someone.
She didn’t want to let me do it, but I succeeded in GETTING ROUND her. (In American English ‘around’ is used)

 

Get through : Contact.
I tried calling her mobile phone, but I couldn’t GET THROUGH.

Get through : Consume.
He GETS THROUGH two bottles of wine a day.

Get through : Finish.
I’m going to take some work home because I haven’t managed to GET THROUGH it all today.

Get through : Succeed in an exam or test.
My car didn’t GET THROUGH its inspection.

Get through :Help someone or something succeed or pass a test or exam.
My teacher GOT me THROUGH the exam.

Get through :Endure or deal with a difficult experience.
We will have to be careful with our money to GET THROUGH the month.

Get through : Be accepted or passed (laws, proposals, etc).
If the proposal GETS THROUGH, it’ll make things much better for us.

Get through : Manage to pass.
The water GOT THROUGH the roof and damaged the carpets.

Get through : Arrive. The message didn’t GET THROUGH.

Get through to : Make someone understand.
I explained it carefully, but I just couldn’t GET THROUGH TO him.

Get through to : Contact, especially by phone.
I rang but couldn’t GET THROUGH TO her.

 

Get through to : Reach a stage in a competition.
If they win, they’ll GET THROUGH TO the quarter finals.

Get to : Annoy, irritate.
Don’t let her GET TO you; she’s just in a bad mood.

Get to :Arrive.
When I GET TO it, I’ll look at the matter carefully.

Get to : Start discussing a topic.
We asked him to GET TO the point, but he just waffled away.

Get to : Have the opportunity to do something. Last June I GOT TO visit Stonehenge.

Get together : Meet socially.
We GOT TOGETHER in the pub for a drink.

Get up : Get out of bed.
I GET UP at seven o’clock on weekdays, but lie in till noon at the weekend.

 

Get up : Organise.
They GOT UP a list of two hundred people who were opposed to the local council’s plans.
Get up to : Do something wrong or naughty.
The children are always GETTING UP TO some trouble or other.

 

Ghost away : Remove someone secretly of discreetly.
They GHOSTED him AWAY to a secret location before he could be arrested.

Gin up : Boost, increase or exaggerate.
The candidates tried to GIN UP support at the straw poll by transporting their supporters for free.

 

Ginger up : Make more lively.
They tried to GINGER UP the party to stop people leaving.

Give away : Entrust your daughter to her husband through the marriage ceremony.
He GAVE his daughter AWAY and told the groom to look after her.

 

Give away : Tell a secret, often unintentionally.
She didn’t GIVE anything AWAY about the party so it came as a complete surprise to me.

 

Give away : Distribute something for free.
In this issue of the magazine, they are giving away a free DVD.

Give away : Give without asking for or expecting payment.
He decided to GIVE his new album AWAY in a magazine.

 

Give away : Give an advantage to your opponent in a sport by making a mistake, playing badly, They GAVE AWAY two goals in the first half. etc.
Give away : Give an unwanted baby to people to bring up.
She had to GIVE her baby AWAY as she couldn’t afford to bring it up.

 

Give away : Betray, report to authorities. The gang GAVE him AWAY to the police.

Give away : Give a weight advantage to an opponent in boxing.
He is GIVING AWAY thirty pounds to the challenger.

 

Give back:  Return something you’ve borrowed.
I GAVE the money BACK that she’d lent to me.

Give back : Return something that someone has lost.

Nothing could GIVE me BACK the way I felt before the scandal.

 

Give in : Stop doing something because it’s too hard or requires too much energy.
I couldn’t finish the crossword puzzle and had to GIVE IN and look at the answers.

 

Give in : Submit homework, etc..
The projects have to be GIVEN IN three weeks before we break up for the end of term.
Give in : Surrender, accept defeat.
They GAVE IN when the police surrounded the building.

 

Give in : Offer or submit for judgement, approval.
They GAVE IN their complaint to the court.

Give in to : Agree to something you don’t like.
The government says it will not GIVE IN TO terrorists.

Give in to : Allow a feeling or desire to control you.
Eventually, I GAVE IN TO my anger and screamed at them.

Give it to : Criticise harshly or punish someone for something.
They really GAVE IT TO me for forgetting to turn up.

Give it up for : Applaud. Please GIVE IT UP FOR our next guest.

Give it up to : Applaud. Please GIVE IT UP TO our next guest.

Give of : Contribute without expecting anything in return, usually time or money.

He GIVE OF his free time to help the club.

 

Give off : Emit pollution or something else unpleasant.
The police stopped the van because it was GIVING OFF a lot of black smoke.

 

Give off : Behave in a way that makes people think of you in a certain way.
She GIVES OFF an air of nobility.

Give off : Expand.

The company is GIVING OFF all over the country.

Give off : Follow or take one of 2 or more branches (instructions, in machine code) in writing a computer program (using system software for a programming language).
A particular application of a processing code can be GIVEN OFF while requiring minimal run-time support.

 

Give onto : Open into a place, for a door or window.
The French windows GIVE ONTO the lawn.

Give out : Distribute.
Somebody was GIVING leaflets OUT in front of the underground station.

 

Give out : Stop working, through age or overuse.
I’d been having trouble with my laptop and it finally GAVE OUT at the weekend.

Give out : Have no more of a supply.
The water GAVE OUT after a week in the desert.

Give out : Make public.
They GAVE the names of the winners OUT last night.

Give out : Emit. The factory GIVES OUT a lot of fumes.
Give out : End or finish somewhere.
The path GIVES OUT halfway around the lake.

 

Give out : Make a sound or noise. She GAVE OUT a moan.

Give out : Read the wordings of a hymn or psalm aloud for congregational singing.
He GAVE OUT the psalm.

Give over : Stop doing something bad or annoying.
They were making a lot of noise so I told them to GIVE OVER.

Give over : Entrust, pass on responsibility.
We’ve GIVEN the premises OVER to the new company.

Give over : Stop an activity.
The police told the rioters to GIVE OVER.

Give over to : Dedicate, devote.
He GAVE himself OVER TO finding his son.

Give over to : Transfer responsibility.
After her death, they GAVE control of the estate OVER TO her niece.

Give over : An expression of disbelief.
They’ve doubled your salary- GIVE OVER!

Give up : Stop doing something that has been a
habit.
I GAVE UP taking sugar in tea and coffee to lose weight.

 

Give up : Stop being friendly, end relationships.
She GAVE UP all her school friends when she went to university.

Give up : Stop doing something. I have GIVEN UP trying to help them.

Give up : Surrender, stop trying. I can’t think of the answer; I GIVE UP.

Give up : Sacrifice or dedicate time, etc, to something.
I GAVE UP all my free time to the project.

Give up : Allow someone to sit in your chair, take your place, etc.
I GAVE UP my seat to a pregnant woman.

Give up : Allow or give away a run while pitching (baseball).

He has GIVEN UP 14 earned runs in 14 innings.

Give up on : Lose faith in or stop believing in something or someone.
I GAVE UP ON them when I heard what they were saying about me behind my back.

Give up on : Stop feeling hope.
I have GIVEN UP ON them; they never do what they promise.

Give up to : Denounce, report to authorities.
He GAVE his accomplices UP TO the police.

Give way : Stop to allow vehicles to pass. You must GIVE WAY at this junction.

Give way : Collapse, break.
The dam GAVE WAY when the floods rose.

Give way to Yield, surrender, retreat.
Don’t GIVEWAY TO your worst fears about this.

Give way to : Relinquish position or ascendancy. Night GIVES WAY TO day.
Give way to : Be replaced by something better, cheaper, more modern, etc.

Cottage industries : GAVE WAY TO the big companies.

Give way to : Allow a vehicle to pass in front.
You must GIVE WAY TO oncoming traffic.

 

Give way to : Surrender to strong emotions.
He GAVE WAY TO his anger and started screaming at them.

Give yourself up : Surrender to the police or authorities.
The gang GAVE THEMSELVES UP last night.

Give yourself up to : Dedicate time, energy, etc, to something. He GAVE himself UP TO his job.

Gloss over : Try to minimise the importance of something.
The Minister tried to GLOSS OVER the report that was critical of her department.

Gnaw at : Trouble, worry or annoy someone.
I know it was wrong and guilt has GNAWED AT me ever since I did it.

Gnaw at : Harm gradually.
The government’s dishonesty has GNAWED AT people’s trust in politicians.

 

Gnaw away at : Harm gradually.
Their behaviour GNAWED AWAY AT our trust in them.

GO - Phrasal Verbs
Phrasal Verbs with GO

Go about : Deal with something.
How should I GO ABOUT telling her the bad news?

Go about : Circulate.
A rumour is GOING ABOUT involving the Attorney General.

Go across : Move to another side or place. He WENT ACROSS to the opposition.

Go after : Chase, try to get.
The cat WENT AFTER the pigeon, but it flew away.

 

Go against : Lose a decision or a verdict of a court.
If the decision GOES AGAINST me, I’ll go bankrupt.

Go ahead : Proceed.
The construction of the bypass WENT AHEAD despite the protests from environmentalists.

Go ahead with : Proceed.
We now intend to GO AHEAD WITH the
final stage of the project.

 

Go along with :
Accept a decision or suggestion.
I didn’t really agree, but I WENT ALONG WITH the decision because I was in the minority.

 

Go along with : Accompany.
I plan to GO ALONG WITH them as far as Los Angeles.

Go around : Circulate.
A rumour is GOING AROUND about the Attorney General.

Go around : Be or have enough of something.
There aren’t enough jobs to GO AROUND for the numbers of people graduating nowadays.

Go around  : Visit.
I WENT AROUND for dinner at their house.

Go at : Attack or approach something with vigour.
She WENT AT her dinner like she hadn’t eaten for days.

 

Go away : Leave a place or disappear.
This drug should make the pain GO AWAY.

Go back : Have a long history.
He and I GO BACK a long way- we were at school together.

 

Go back : Return to, start doing something again.
We WENT BACK to work after the break.
Go back on : Break a promise.
The government have GONE BACK ON their promise not to raise taxes.

Go before : Precede.
We can´t ignore what has GONE BEFORE and pretend that everything has been OK.

 

Go below : Leave the top deck of a ship.
The captain told the passengers to GO BELOW when the storm started.

Go by : The passing of time.
Ten years WENT BY before we saw each other again.

Go by : Trust or depend on for correct information.
Don’t GO BY my watch; it’s usually a bit slow.

Go by : Pay a short visit, call.
Nobody was at home when I WENT BY yesterday.

 

Go down : Decrease, get smaller.
The price of scanners has GONE DOWN recently.

Go down : Sink.
The Titanic WENT DOWN after it hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage.

Go down : Sunset. The sun WENT DOWN at seven o’clock.

Go down : Be sent to to prison.
He WENT DOWN for ten years for armed robbery.

Go down : Become recorded as or known as.
It WENT DOWN as the worst day in the history of the company.

Go down : Be eaten or swallowed. The medicine WENT DOWN easily.
Go down : Fall to the ground.
The boxer WENT DOWN in the second round.
Go down : Happen, take place.
The police thought that a big crime was GOING DOWN that night.
Go down : Stop working, especially computers.
The computer system WENT DOWN for an hour last night.
Go down : Become dimmer.
The lights WENT DOWN and the audience stopped talking.

 

Go down : Be received by people, in terms of their reaction.
My joke WENT DOWN very badly.

Go down on : Perform oral sex. He WENT DOWN ON her.
Go down to : Be defeated.
Chelsea WENT DOWN TO Arsenal in a thrilling game.

Go down with : Fall ill. She WENT DOWN WITH a virus.

Go down with : Find acceptance.
Do you think the scheme will GO DOWN WITH the farmers in the area?

Go for : Attack.
The neighbour’s dog WENT FOR the postman and bit him.

Go for : Be attracted to. She tends to GO FOR guys like him.
Go for : Choose, select.
I’ll GO FOR the soup of the day, followed by the duck.

Go for : Try to get.
The player WENT FOR the ball but missed.

Go for : Have something favourable.
The play didn’t have much GOING FOR IT and we left halfway through.

Go for : Pass for or serve as. It’s a couch that also GOES FOR a bed.
Go for it : Be assertive and ready to initiate action.(Related to the meaning ‘attack’).
He was not always successful, but whatever he tried to do he would always GO FOR IT.

Go forth : Leave a place.
He WENT FORTH and found a wife in another city.

Go forth : Travel abroad, leave a place.
They WENT FORTH to spread the word of the new religion.

Go forward Move clocks ahead.
The clocks MOVE FORWARD an hour on Sunday.

Go forward : Progress.
The top three teams GO FORWARD to the next round.

Go in : Go to hospital for treatment, surgery, etc..
He WENT IN for a triple bypass operation two days ago.

Go in : Fit. The cable GOES IN here.
Go in : Disappear, become obscured by a cloud. The sun has GONE IN.
Go in : Attack. The troops WENT IN at dawn.
Go in for:  Enter a competition or sit an exam.
He WENT IN FOR the photography prize, but didn’t win.

Go in for : Support, advocate.
I don’t GO IN FOR the claims being made about blogging.
Go in for : Like, have an interest in. He GOES IN FOR classical music.
Go in for : Make a career choice.
Have you thought about GOING IN FOR teaching?

Go in with : Form a union or alliance.
They’re going to GO IN WITH the Social Democrats.

Go in with : Join, enter.
Ask the other to GO IN WITH them on the plan

Go into : Discuss in some detail.
They refused to GO INTO exactly what was wrong.

Go into : Enter a profession, hospital, trade, market.
She WENT INTO banking after she’d finished university.

 

Go into : Begin a speech or description.
He WENT INTO a long attack on the way press had handled the issue.

Go into : Be dedicated or devoted. A lot of time and effort WENT INTO this book.

Go into : Be contained in a larger number. Five GOES INTO sixty 12 times
Go it : Behave in a reckless way.
Shouting at the boss like that is GOING IT.

 

Go it : Move or drive very fast.
After the traffic jam, he really WENT IT to make up time.

Go it alone : Do something without help.
He prefers to GO IT ALONE rather then working with the team.
Go off : Explode (bomb), start ringing (alarm).
The fire alarm WENT OFF because someone was smoking in the toilets.

 

Go off:  Go bad.
The milk WENT OFF because I forgot to put it in the fridge.

Go off : Start to dislike. I WENT OFF her when she lied to me.
Go off : Leave a place.
Please don’t GO OFF until we have sorted this out.

 

Go off : Take place, follow a plan or pattern. The party WENT OFF well.
Go off : Stop working (electric/electronic equipment).

The lights GO OFF automatically when the office is empty.

Go off with : Elope, run away with someone.
She WENT OFF WITH her friend’s husband.

 

Go off with : Steal. He WENT OFF WITH my credit cards.
Go on : Continue.
He WENT ON and ON talking and I was so bored.

Go on : Happen.
There are loads of people out in the street; what’s GOING ON?
Go on Start doing or taking something.
She WENT ON the pill when she met him.

Go on : Be guided.
The investigators have no clues to GO ON.
Go on : Be nearly a certain period of time. It’s GOING ON ten years since we met.
Go on : Progress.
They asked me how the project was GOING ON.

Go on : Spend money.
Most of my salary GOES ON my mortgage repayments.

Go on : Start working (electric/electronic equipment).
The alarm GOES ON when you close the front door.

Go on about : Talk too much.
He’s always GOING ON ABOUT his kids.

Go on at : Pester, try to make someone do something by repeatedly asking or suggesting.
He WENT ON AT his parents until they bought him the game.

Go on to : Proceed.
We had dinner and WENT ON TO a few bars.

 

Go on with : Continue doing. Please GO ON WITH your work.
Go one:  A way of encouraging someone. GO ON, apply for the job.
Go out : Stop burning, be extinguished. The candle WENT OUT and left us in darkness.
Go out:  Leave a place. He WENT OUT last night.
Go out : Go on strike.
The workers WENT OUT for more money.
Go out : Become infashionable. That sort of tie WENT OUT last year.
Go out : Move backwards, of a tide. The tide GOES OUT in the evening.
Go out : Be eliminated in a competition.
England WENT OUT in the second round.
Go out : Be transmitted.
The item WENT OUT on the news yesterday.
Go out : Be sent. The newsletter WENT OUT last night.
Go out : Intend. I didn’t GO OUT to offend them.
Go out for : Become a candidate, apply for something.
She WENT OUT FOR a place on the team.
Go out to : Feel sympathy with someone.
Our condolences GO OUT TO all the families who have lost people in this tragic accident.
Go out with : Have a relationship with.
He’s been GOING OUT WITH his girlfriend for around six months now.
Go over : Look at something, revise.
We WENT OVER our notes before the exam.

Go over : Visit.
I hadn’t seen her for a while, so I WENT OVER on Friday night.
Go over : Be approved or accepted. My plans WENT OVER well.
Go over : Repeat or explain.
Could you GO OVER that point again, please?
Go over : Clean.
I WENT OVER the living room with the vacuum cleaner before they arrived.

Go over to : Go on a journey.
I’m GOING OVER TO Hong Kong next month.
Go over to : Become converted.
She WENT OVER TO Islam when she was living in the Middle East.
Go over to : Change to something different.
I used to drink beer but I have GONE OVER TO wine.

 

Go past : Pass without stopping.
She WENT PAST me without saying hello.
Go round : Be or have enough of something.
There aren’t enough jobs to GO ROUND for the numbers of people graduating nowadays.

Go round : Circulate.
There’s a nasty rumour GOING ROUND about them.
Go round : Visit. I WENT ROUND last night to see them.
Go through:  Experience.
You wouldn’t believe what I WENT THROUGH when I was ill!
Go through:  Read again.
I WENT THROUGH my notes before the exam.

Go through : Examine, search.
I WENT THROUGH my desk looking for the letter.
Go through : Do something in a certain way or following certain procedures.
You must GO THROUGH the proper channels to get the approval.

 

Go through :  Explain.
He WENT THROUGH his ideas twice but I couldn’t really understand them.

Go through : Be approved formally or sanctioned.
My divorce WENT THROUGH last week.

Go through :Enter.
They said I could GO THROUGH the exam room.
Go through : Consume or spend.
We WENT THROUGH a fortune on our holiday.

Go through : Perform or carry something out.
I WENT THROUGH my work in a daze after I heard the news.

Go through with : Do or complete something you’ve agreed to.
He did promise, but I doubt that he’ll GO THROUGH WITH it.

Go to : Allocate money.
About half of my income GOES TO pay the mortgage.
Go together :  Harmonize or be compatible.
Drinking and driving don’t GO TOGETHER.

 

Go towards : Contibute.
The money WENT TOWARDS my university fees.
Go under : Go bankrupt.
Many small shops are GOING UNDER because they cannot compete with the supermarkets.

 

Go under : Lose consciousness.
She WENT UNDER a few minutes after they administered the anaesthetic.

Go under : Sink.
The ship WENT UNDER in a heavy storm.

 

Go up : Rise or climb.
The price of petrol has GONE UP sharply because of the increase in duty in the Government’s budget.

Go up : Approach.
We WENT UP and asked them for some information about the courses.

Go up : Be built.
Skyscrapers are GOING UP everywhere in the city centre.

Go up : Be heard.
A huge cheer WENT UP when the president arrived.

Go up : Be promoted.
The top three teams GO UP at the end of the season.
Go up to : Approach.
She WENT UP TO him and asked him if he wanted a drink.

Go up to : Attend a university.
She WENT UP TO Cambridge after she finished secondary school.

Go up to : Reach.
The book only GOES UP TO the start of the Second World War.
Go with : Combine nicely. Does this tie GO WITH my shirt?

Go with : Accompany. A lot of benefits GO WITH the job.
Go with : Accept, agree to.
We’re GOING WITH our original plan in the end.
Go with : Date, have a relationship with.
She’s been GOING WITH him since she was at university.
Go without : Not have.
I had to GO WITHOUT lunch today because I didn’t have any time.

 

Go without : Cope without having something.
They’re not coming, so we’ll have to GO WITHOUT their help.

GO PHRASAL VERBS
Phrasal Verbs with GO

Goof around : Fool around, not be serious.
We spent the weekend GOOFING AROUND.

Goof off : Avoid or leave work.
We GOOFED OFF for the afternoon to watch the match.
Goof up : Mess, spoil. They GOOFED UP our plans.
Grasp at : Try to take hold of something quickly. He GRASPED AT the rail when he fell.
Grasp at : Take an opportunity without hesitation.
They GRASPED AT the chance to speak to her.

Grass on : Report someone to a person in authority.
He GRASSED ON us and got us into a lot of trouble.

Grass up : Report someone to a person in authority.
She didn’t to GRASS them UP, even though they’d been bullying her badly.

Grey out : Disable a function in a computer program, leaving it visible but not working.
They GREYED OUT the print button to stop people using it.(In American English, ‘gray’ would be used.)

Grind away : Keep working at something.
Although I hated it, I GROUND AWAY until I had finished.

Grind down : Reduce or destroy someone’s enthusiasm. Their negativity GRINDS me DOWN
Grind into : Press or twist something hard into something else.

She GROUND her cigarette INTO the ashtray.
Grind on : Proceed relentlessly. The war GROUND ON for years.

Grind on : Talk endlessly.
He was still GRINDING ON about football when we left.

Grind out : Produce something with great difficulty.
I find it very hard to GRIND OUT an original essay every week.

Grind up : Reduce to small pieces.
She GROUND the beans UP and made some coffee.

Grow apart : Become distant, stop having a close relationship because time, distance, interests, etc, have changed.
We used to be good friends at school but have since GROWN APART.

 

Grow away from : Become less friendly with.
I have GROWN AWAY FROM many of the people I grew up with.

Grow back : Grow again.
Nails GROW BACK quickly after you cut them.

Grow from : Result from a process. A lot GREW FROM the peace talks.
Grow into : Grow to fit large clothes.
The jacket’s a bit big, but she’ll GROW INTO it.

Grow into : Mature or change into.
She’s has GROWN INTO a lovely person.

Grow into : Develop or change over time to fit something.
It may seem difficult at first, but you will GROW INTO the job.

Grow on : Like something that you didn’t like at first.
The painting has GROWN ON me; I used to ate it.

Grow on : Have a greater influence or degree of acceptance.
The plans sounded strange at first, but they have GROWN ON me.

Grow on : Become gradually more evident.
A feeling of distrust of them GREW ON me.

Grow out : Let hair, etc, with dyes, perms grow to get rid of the style.
I’m letting the perm GROW OUT.

Grow out of : Grow too large for clothes.
He GREW OUT OF those shoes in no time at all.

Grow out of : Lose interest as you grow older or become more mature.
He was obsessed with computer games but the he GREW OUT OF them.

 

Grow out of  :Result or develop from.
The idea for the film GREW OUT OF an accident that happened to the director.

Grow to : Eventually do something. We GREW TO like the neighbourhood.
Grow together : Gradually become attached, united or close.
We GREW TOGETHER while we were working on the same project.

Grow up : Mature, become adult. He GREW UP in the West Country.
Grow up : Arise, emerge. The industry GREW UP very quickly.
Grow up:  Develop in a place or for a reason (city, town, etc).

The town GREW UP as a trading post.
Grow up on: Do or have something when you are a child.
We GREW UP ON cartoons.

Grow upon : Like something that you didn’t like at first.
The book started slowly and was a bit dull, but it has GROWN UPON me.

 

Grow upon : Have a greater influence or degree of acceptance.
As we got nearer the date of the meeting, their idea GREW UPON me.

Grow upon:  Become gradually more evident.
A feeling of distrust of them GREW UPON me.

Gun for : Try to destroy an opponent. He’s GUNNING FOR his rivals at work.
Gussy up:  Dress smartly or improve the appearance of something.
They spent a fortune GUSSYING UP the house.

Phrasal Verbs beginning with go
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