Phrasal Verbs – H

In this list you will see the phrasal verbs beginning with – H

Hack around : Waste time.
I’ve been HACKING AROUND all morning because I can’t get down to doing any revision.

Hack into : Break into a computer system.
He HACKED INTO the government database and stole a lot of data.

Hack off : Annoy.
He HACKS me OFF with his endless complaining.


Hack up : Chop or cut into small pieces. They HACKED the table UP and burnt it.

Hack up : Expel by coughing.
I HACKED UP a lot of phlegm while I was ill.

Ham up : Perform or act in an excessive way to attract attention or amuse people.
He HAMMED the part UP to get the audience to laugh.

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Hammer away at: Work relentlessly.
She HAMMERED AWAY AT her PC all night and finished the project.


Hammer into : Repeat something over a period of time to make someone remember it.
He HAMMERED the rules INTO me.


Hammer out : Negotiate and reach an agreement.
They HAMMERED OUT their differences and got the contract signed.


Hand back : Return.
The police officer checked my licence, then HANDED it BACK.

Hand down : Pass on to the next generation.
The jewellery has been HANDED DOWN in my family for generations.

Hand down : Give a formal decision.
The court HANDED DOWN its ruling yesterday.

Hand in : Submit work for appraisal.
I HANDED my homework IN late as usual.


Hand on : Give to someone else. I HANDED the job ON to a colleague.

Hand on : Transmit knowledge to the next generation.

The secrets have been HANDED ON from generation to generation.


Hand out : Distribute.
The teacher HANDED OUT the worksheet to the class.


Hand over : Give.
The robbers told the clerk to HAND OVER all the money.


Hang about : Spend time somewhere not doing much.
They HANG ABOUT the station most of the day.


Hang about: Stop what you’re doing and pay attention to me.
HANG ABOUT! We’re not allowed to do this.


Hang around : Stay in a place.
They HANG AROUND the station most of the day.


Hang back : Not move forwards to avoid doing something.
When they raced towards the entrance, I HUNG BACK till it was less crowded.


Hang back from : Delay or avoid doing something.
They were HANGING BACK FROM making the final decision.


Hang in there : Persevere, not give up.
Were were doing badly, but we HUNG IN THERE till we finished.


Hang it up : Retire, quit. I’m getting too old for this- I’m going to HANG IT UP starting next month.


Hang on : Wait.
Could you HANG ON for a moment till she’s free.

Hang on : Hold tightly.
The driver told the passengers to HANG ON as the bus pulled off.


Hang onto : Keep.

I HUNG ONTO my old records even though I never played them.

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Hang out : Spend time socially.
He HANGS OUT in the pub The Monarch; he’s there most nights.


Hang out for : Wait or refuse to do something until you get what you want.
She’s HANGING OUT FOR a big raise.

Hang over : Worry or trouble.
I have a lot of financial problem HANGING OVER my head.


Hang together : Work together when things are difficult.
We have to HANG TOGETHER if we’re going to finish this project.


Hang up : End a phone call. I lost my temper and HUNG UP.
Hang up on : End a phone call with someone.
A telesales person called, so I said something rude and HUNG UP ON them.


Hang with : Spend time with.
He has been HANGING WITH them for a few months.


Hanker after : Want something a lot, especially if you shouldn’t want it or can’t have it.
I’m supposed to be on a diet and I can’t stop HANKERING AFTER some chocolate.


Hanker for : Want something a lot, especially if you shouldn’t want it or can’t have it.
I have always HANKERED FOR a softtop car.


Harp on : Talk repeatedly about something.
I was late twice last week and my boss keeps HARPING ON about it.


Hate on : Be jealous, abuse or have an active hatred of someone.
She HATES ON people who disagree with her ideas.


Have against : Dislike, disagree or hold a grudge
(Usually negative).
I HAVE nothing AGAINST their proposals.


Have around : Entertain someone in your home.
I HAD the neighbours AROUND for dinner last night.


Have down as : Think of someone or something in a particular way.
I HAD her DOWN AS a liberal, but I was very wrong.


Have in : Have a supply of something in a particular place.
Do we HAVE any beer IN?


Have in : Get someone to do some work. We HAD the decorators IN last week.
Have in : Entertain people in your home. We HAD them IN last night for dinner.

Have it away : Have sex with someone, especially casual sex.
She HAD IT AWAY with him last Friday.


Have it in for : Hold a grudge.
He has HAD IT IN FOR me since I beat him last year.


Have it off : Have sex. They HAD IT OFF after the party.

Have it out with : Discuss or argue an issue to improve a situation.
I’d been worried for ages, so I decided to HAVE IT OUT WITH them.


Have off : Take time off work.
I HAD a couple of days OFF last week to relax.


Have on : Be wearing. What did Jennie HAVE ON at the party?
Have on : Have an electronic device switched on. I HAVE my computer ON all the time.
Have on : Have an arrangement. I HAVE a lot of meetings ON next week.
Have on : Tease, deceive.
They said they’d failed, but they were HAVING me ON.
Have on : Be in possession at a particular time.
I HAVEN’T any money ON me, but I can get some from the ATM.
Have on :  Know something about someone that could harm them.
I HAVE a lot ON him because we used to work together.

Have over : Receive a guest. Shall we HAVE them OVER for dinner?
Have round : Entertain someone in your home. I HAD a few friends ROUND yesterday.
Have up : Make someone appear in court. They HAD him UP for armed robbery.

Head for : Move or travel towards.
It’s getting late- I’m HEADING FOR home.
Head off : Stop someone or force them to change direction.
The sheriff and his men HEADED the bandits OFF at the pass.

Head off : Prevent something bad happening.
The company made a better offer to HEAD OFF the moves for a strike.
Head off : Leave somewhere to go to another place.
After work, we all HEADED OFF to the pub.

Head out : Go out.
We’re HEADING OUT at seven, so don’t be late.
Head up : Be in charge.
He’s HEADING UP the steering committee.

Hear about : Get to know some information.
Have you HEARD ABOUT the company takeover?

Hear from : Receive a phone call, email, letter or other
communication from someone.
I haven’t HEARD FROM them since we left university.

Hear of : Know of something or someone’s existence.
I’ve HEARD OF the band, but don’t know their music.

Hear of : Receive news, updates or information about someone.
I have HEARD nothing OF them since they moved house.

Hear of : In the negative, this can mean that someone refuse to accept, allow or acknowledge something.
I said it would be a positive step, but she wouldn’t HEAR OF it.

Hear out : Listen to everything someone has to say.
I HEARD them OUT before I commented.
Heat up : Make food hot.
He HEATED the soup UP in the microwave.

Help out : Give assistance.
She really HELPED me OUT when I was going through my divorce.

Hide away : Put something in a place where it won’t be found.
They HID the money AWAY in secret bank accounts.


Hide away : Go or stay somewhere where you won’t be found or away from people.
I’m renting a cottage where I can HIDE AWAY for the summer.


Hide out : Go or stay somewhere to avoid being caught or found.
The police think he’s HIDING OUT in the woods.

Hinge on : Depend very much or completely.
Everything HINGES ON the results of the negotiations; if they go badly, we’ll be in real trouble.


Hinge on : Be an essential point for the development of a story.
The film HINGES ON his not being recognised when he’s in disguise.


Hinge upon : Depend very much or completely.
Everything HINGES UPON the results of the negotiations; if they go badly, we’ll be in real trouble.
Hit back : Attack or criticise.
The president HIT BACK at her critics in a speech last night.

Hit for:  Get someone to pay or donate money.
They HIT the sponsors FOR a lot of money.


Hit it off : Have a good relationship from the first time you meet a person.
We HIT IT OFF immediately and became firm friends.


Hit it off with : Like someone from the first time you meet
I HIT IT OFF WITH her immediately.


Hit on : Have an idea. I suddenly HIT ON the solution
Hit on : Talk to someone to try to attract them sexually.
She HIT ON him at the party and they went back to her house.

Hit on : Ask for money.
A beggar HIT ON me when I left the restaurant.

Hit out at : Respond angrily to criticism.
The government HIT OUT AT the media for their negativity.

Hit up : Inject drugs. She’s been HITTING UP for years.
Hit up : Ask someone for some money.
He always tries to HIT me UP for money when we meet.


Hit up on : Inject drugs.
He’s been HITTING UP ON heroin for years.

Hit upon : Have an idea. It took us ages to HIT UPON a solution.

Hit upon : Try to attract someone sexually. He tried to HIT UPON her at the pub.

Hit with : Surprise someone with some information or news.
He HIT me WITH the details of their demands.


Hive off : Separate part of a company or service, often by selling it.
They HIVED OFF the retail operations.


Hold against : Have a grudge against someone, or little respect.
He was very rude, but I won’t HOLD it AGAINST him.


Hold back : Not show emotion.

It was really hard to HOLD BACK the tears.

Hold back : Prevent something moving forwards or progressing.

Lack of funding : HELD the project BACK.

Hold back : Not disclose information or make it public.

The government HELD BACK the findings of the report for fear of alienating voters.



Hold back from : Not allow yourself to do something.
I had to HOLD BACK FROM losing my temper with them.


Hold down : Keep a job.
He’s so unreliable that he can never HOLD DOWN a job for more than a couple of months.


Hold down : Stop someone or something from moving.
It took four of us to HOLD him DOWN and stop the fight.


Hold forth : State your opinions about something, especially when talking for a long time and boringly.
The manager HELD FORTH on the topic for about twenty minutes.


Hold off : When bad weather doesn’t appear. The rain HELD OFF until we’d got back home.

Hold off : Stop someone from attacking or beating you.

Chelsea couldn’t HOLD their opponents OFF and lost the game.
Hold on : Wait.
Could you HOLD ON for a minute; she’ll be free in a moment.


Hold on : To hold tightly. We HELD ON as the bus started to move.
Hold on to : Hold tightly.
I HELD ON TO my luggage while I was waiting fr the taxi so that it didn’t get stolen.


Hold onto : Keep as long as possible.
It tried to HOLD ONTO my cash during the holiday so I could buy some duty free stuff on the way back.


Hold onto : Hold tightly.
The mother HELD ONTO her daughter’s hand to keep together in the crowd.


Hold out : Resist. When the enemy attacked, they HELD OUT for six weeks.
Hold out : Hold in front of you.
I HELD OUT my hand when she walked in.


Hold out against : Try to reject.
The staff are HOLDING OUT AGAINST the plans to reduce the workforce.


Hold out for : Wait for something better or refuse something now for something better in the future.
We are HOLDING OUT FOR a much better deal than the one offered.


Hold out on : Not pay someone or give them information.
He’s been HOLDING OUT ON me for weeks and I really need the money.


Hold over : Delay.
The meeting has been HELD OVER till Friday.


Hold over : To continue something for longer than planned.
It has been so successful that they have HELD it OVER for another fortnight.

Hold together : Not break up.
The society managed to HOLD TOGETHER despite the crisis.

Hold up : Delay when travelling.
I was HELD UP by the terrible traffic and arrived half an hour late for my appointment.


Hold up : Rob with violence or threats thereof.
Two armed men HELD UP the bank in High Street this morning and got away with £75,000.


Hold with : Accept (usually negative). I don’t HOLD WITH their plans.

Hole up : Hide to avoid detection or an unpleasant situation.
They HOLED UP in a remote cottage while the police were searching for them.


Home in on : Target.
The government is HOMING IN ON benefit fraud.


Hone in on : Target, focus.
The company HONED IN ON its rival and tried to take it over.(Some consider this verb to be wrong and that is confused with ‘home in on.)
Hook into : Persuade someone to do something they She HOOKED them INTO coming after don’t want to do. all.


Hook up : Meet someone. We HOOKED UP at the conference.
Hook up to : Connect to a machine.
He’s HOOKED UP TO a ventilator in the hospital.

Hoon around : Act in a dangerous or reckless way, especially when driving fast.
He was HOONING AROUND in his new car last night and the police pulled him.


Horse around : Not be serious.
The class were HORSING AROUND when the teacher came in and told them to sit down.

Hose down : Use a hose to wet, clean or wash something.
They HOSED the patio DOWN.

Hose down : Invest heavily in or throw a lot of money at something.
They have HOSED DOWN an obscure start-up up with capital.


Hound out : Force someone out of a place, job, position, etc..
The press HOUNDED the minister OUT after the scandal broke.

Hover : around Move about a place.
She was HOVERING AROUND to see what we were talking about.


Hunker down: Settle in a place as comfortably as possible to stay there.
The troops HUNKERED DOWN in the building.


Hunt down : Search for someone to punish or kill them. The police HUNTED the killer DOWN.
Hunt out : Search until you find something.
It took me ages to HUNT OUT the photos.

Hunt up : Search for and manage to find something.
He HUNTED UP a copy the book in the British library.

Hush up : Try to keep something bad from becoming widely known.
The company tried to HUSH UP the scandal, but it still got into the newspapers.


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