The list of phrasal verbs beginning with i and j

Iron out : Remove small problems or irregularities.

The management team IRONED OUT the tax problems before they gave the project the OK.

Issue forth : Come out of a place.
New initiatives ISSUE FORTH from the government on a daily basis.

Jabber away : Talk fast or incomprehensibly.
They started JABBERING AWAY about file systems and lost me completely.

Jack around : Make trouble for someone, fail to keep promises.
Don’t listen to him- he always JACKS people AROUND.

Jack in : Quit, give up.
I JACKED my job IN because my boss refused to give me a raise.

Jack up : Raise a car to be able to do mechanical work.
We JACKED the car UP and changed the tyre.


Jack up : Increase sharply.
They have JACKED UP the price of oil this month.

Jam on : Apply or operate something forcefully.
Jack JAMMED ON the brakes when the rabbit ran in front of his car.

Jaw away : Talk just for the point of talking rather than having anything to say.
That shows that your interest is not in helping the student, but in JAWING AWAY.

Jazz up : Make something more interesting or attractive.
The show was getting stale so they JAZZED it UP with some new scenes.

Jerk around : Cause someone trouble, treat someone badly.
He was JERKING us AROUND and wouldn’t give us the facts.

Jerk around : Behave stupidly.
They were JERKING AROUND during the lecture.

Jerk off : Waste time doing unimportant things.
You should get your work done and stop  JERKING OFF.


Joke around : Be funny, or try to. He’s always JOKING AROUND in class.

Jot down : Make a quick note.
I JOTTED DOWN her number on a scrap of paper and I can’t find it now.


Juice up : Make something more exciting or perform better.
I need to buy some memory to JUICE my computer UP.

Jump at : Accept eagerly.
I’d JUMP AT the chance to go and live in Japan.

Jump in : Enter a conversation.
He JUMPED IN and told them exactly what he thought.

Jump off : Start quickly, often well. The IPO JUMPED OFF on the first day.

Jump on : Criticize, attack.
Everyone JUMPED ON me when I raised the issue.

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