ENGLISH PHRASAL VERBS – L
Land in : Get someone into trouble.
He LANDED ME IN it when he told them what I had done wrong.
Land up in : Arrive, end a journey in a place, often without planning.
We set out for Manchester, but LANDED UP IN Liverpool.
Land with : Create a problem for someone.
He LANDED ME WITH the job of proofreading the whole thing.
Lap up : Appreciate something. He LAPPED UP their praise.
Large it up : Have a good time when intoxicated. They were LARGING IT UP in the rave.
Lark about : Behave in a silly way.
The children made me angry because they were LARKING ABOUT.
Lark around : Behave in a silly way.
The students wouldn’t stop LARKING AROUND.
Lark it up : Enjoy yourself noisily and exuberantly.
After they won, they went to a bar to LARK IT UP.
Lash down : Fall heavily (rain).
The rain was LASHING DOWN all day and the roads were flooded.
Lash down : Secure something with ropes or cords.
We LASHED the tarpaulin DOWN to stop the wind blowing it away.
Lash into : Criticise someone strongly.
He LASHED INTO them for messing thins up.
Lash out : Suddenly become violent. He LASHED OUT and broke the man’s nose.
Lash out : React angrily.
He LASHES OUT when things don’t go his way.
Lash out : Spend a lot of money on luxuries. I LASHED OUT in the sales last week.
Lash out against : Criticise something strongly.
The press has LASHED OUT AGAINST the policy.
Lash out at : Hit someone suddenly, usually without warning, or try to hit them.
He LASHED OUT AT me when I laughed at him.
Lash out at : Criticise someone or shout at them.
She LASHED OUT AT her colleagues when she was sacked.
Lash out on : Spend a lot of money buying something. I LASHED OUT a lot ON a new car.
Latch on : Understand, often after a long time.
They were lying, but it took her ages to LATCH ON.
Latch on to : Understand something, often after a long time.
The police didn’t LATCH ON TO what the crooks were doing for years.
Latch onto : Connect to something. The gecko LATCHED ONTO the ceiling.
Latch onto: Decide or realise that something is good or profitable.
Oil companies have LATCHED ONTO environmental ideas.
Laugh off : Pretend something (an injury, news, etc.) isn’t important.
He LAUGHED OFF the sprained finger but it obviously affected his golf game.
Lay down : Establish rules or procedures.
The rules of the sport were LAID DOWN early in the nineteenth century.
Lay down : Kill, murder.
He got LAID DOWN in a turf war about supplying drugs.
Lay into : Criticise angrily.
His partner LAID INTO him when he arrived two hours late..
Lay off : Make an employee redundant.
The hotel LAID OFF twenty staff because tourist numbers were down.
Lay on : Organise, supply.
They LAID ON a buffet lunch at the conference.
Lay out : Spend money.
They LAID OUT thousands of pounds on their wedding reception.
Lead on : Falsely or cruelly raise hopes.
She LED HIM ON about her desire to get married.
Lead to : Result in.
The investigation LED TO the arrest of a number of suspects.
Leak out : Become public knowledge.
The company’s plans to close the factory LEAKED OUT and they were very embarrassed.
Lean on : Put pressure on someone to get them to do what you want.
The government has denied LEANING ON the Attorney General to get his approval of the war.
Leap at : Take an opportunity enthusiastically. He LEAPED AT the chance to visit.
Leap on : Show interest in or try to use something to your advantage.
They have LEAPT ON the bandwagon to increase sales.
Leap out at : Be very noticeable. Her face LEAPT OUT AT me the second I saw the photo.
Leap upon :Show interest in or try to use something to your advantage.
They have LEAPT UPON a couple of errors in the document and want to invalidate the agreement.
Leave on : Not turn off.
LEAVE the TV ON; I want to hear the football results.
Leave out : Not include.
He was LEFT OUT of the side because he hasn’t been playing too well lately.
Let down : Disappoint, fail to keep an arrangement.
She failed to turn up and I felt badly LET DOWN.
Let down : Make clothes longer.
He’s grown so much, we’ll have to LET his trousers DOWN.
Let in : Allow someone to enter.
The doorstaff didn’t LET him IN the nightclub because he was wearing jeans.
Let off : Not punish.
The judge LET him OFF with a fine rather than a prison sentence since it was his first offence.
Let on : Tell a secret.
I didn’t mean to LET ON about the party; I just said it without thinking.
Let out : Allow to leave or go out.
The convict was LET OUT of prison after serving five years of an eight-year sentence.
Let out : Make a sound.
He LET OUT a huge sigh of relief when he heard the results.
Let out : Make clothes bigger.
I’ve put on so much weight that I’m going to have to LET my suits OUT.
Level off : Stabilize the altitude of an airplane.
The pilot LEVELED OFF at 5,000 meters.
Level out : Stabilize the altitude of an airplane.
The pilot LEVELED OUT at 5,000 meters.
Lie around : Act in a lazy or unproductive way.
Most days he would usually just LIE AROUND the house.
Lie down : Rest.
I’m going to LIE DOWN for a few minutes before we have to go out.
Lie with : Have the right to make a decision.
The decision about the contract LIES WITH the courts.
Lift off : Leave the ground- rocket or spaceship. 5-4-3-2-1- we have LIFT-OFF!
Light out : Leave suddenly.
When Zeke found out they were coming for him he LIT OUT for the border.
Light up : Light or start smoking a cigarette.
Asif LIT UP as soon as he got out of the building.
Light up : Illuminate.
They LIGHT UP the streets at Christmas time.
Lighten up : Be less serious.
I told them to LIGHTEN UP but they continued complaining about it.
Limber up : Do some exercises to warm up before playing a sport or other physical activity.
The team LIMBERED UP for a few minutes before the game started.
Limber up for : Prepare for something that will require a great effort.
They are LIMBERING UP FOR the end of the financial year.
Line up : Arrange in a line.
The police got them to LINE UP against the wall.
Line up : Arrange something in a line.
He LINED the bottles UP against the wall.
Line up : Arrange events for someone.
We have LINED UP a lot of meetings for them.
Link up : Connect, join. The train LINKS UP the cities.
Link up with : Connect with someone or contact them.
We LINKED UP WITH the firm over the web.
Listen out for : Listen for a particular noise or sound.
They put their coats on and LISTENED OUT FOR the minicab.
Listen up : Pay attention (often used as a command).
LISTEN UP, men! Here are your new assignments.
Live by : Follow a belief system to guide your behaviour.
He tries hard to LIVE BY the Bible.
Live down : Stop being embarrassed about something.
If I fail the test and everyone else passes, I’ll never be able to LIVE it DOWN.
Live for : Believe something is extremely important. He LIVES FOR football.
Live in: Live in the place where you work or study..
The university has a residential halls where students can LIVE IN.
Live it up : Have a good time by spending a lot of money.
She’s been LIVING IT UP like crazy since she won the lottery.
Live off : Use money earned.
They find it hard to LIVE OFF the money they make.
Live off : Be financially supported. He’s 40 and he still LIVES OFF his parents.
Live on : Use money for basic necessities. They have to LIVE ON $200 a week.
Live on : Not be forgotten.
He’s been dead for many years, but his name LIVES ON.
Live out : Stay somewhere until you die.
She LIVED OUT her final years in a nursing home.
Live out : Fulfill an ambition or fantasy.
Many parents try to LIVE OUT their dreams through their children.
Live out : Not live at the place where you study or work.
In my final year at university I LIVED OUT with some friends in a flat we rented.
Live through : Experience different times.
It was hard to LIVE THROUGH the recession, but we managed it.
Live together : Have a relationship and live in the same place without marrying.
We LIVED TOGETHER for a few years before we got married.
Live up to : Meet expectations or standards.
The concert didn’t LIVE UP TO my expectations.
Live with : Accept something unpleasant.
It’s hard to LIVE WITH the pain of a serious illness.
Live with : Have a relationship and live in the same place without marrying.
I LIVED WITH her for a couple of years before the relationship went sour.
Load down : Burden.
I was LOADED DOWN with all the stuff I had to take there.
Load up : Take illegal drugs. He’s been LOADING UP for years.
Load up : Fill a machine or vehicle.
We LOADED the car UP and left for our holiday.
Load up on : Consume a lot of something for a particular purpose.
The athletes LOADED UP ON carbohydrates before the race.
Lock away : Lock in a safe place. He LOCKED the gun AWAY in a drawer.
Lock away : Put someone in prison or a mental hospital for a very long time.
They LOCKED him AWAY for life after the murders.
Lock down : Make very secure.
If you lock down your computer properly, it is very difficult for people to access it.
Lock in : Lock a place to stop someone leaving.
They LOCKED him IN the room until he had calmed down.
Lock in : Commit someone in such a way that they cannot leave.
They are LOCKED IN now that they have paid their subscription.
Lock onto : Find a target and head for it.
The missile LOCKED ONTO the plane and blew it out of the sky.
Lock out : Close a workplace to stop workers entering.
The management LOCKED the staff OUT because they had turned down the pay offer.
Lock out : Lock a place to stop someone getting in. I lost my key and LOCKED myself OUT.
Lock up : Close all doors, windows, etc..
She LOCKED UP after everyone had left and went home.
Lock up : Lock something in a safe place. I LOCKED my money UP in the safe.
Lock up : Put in prison or a mental hospital. They LOCKED him UP for burglary.
Lock yourself away : Go somewhere away from people to study or work.
I LOCK MYSELF AWAY for a few weeks before exams.
Log in : Enter a restricted area on a computer system.
I had forgotten my password and couldn’t LOG IN.
Log into : Enter a restricted area of a computer system.
I LOGGED INTO the staff intranet to check my email.
Log off : Exit a computer system.
When she’d finished working on the spreadsheet, she LOGGED OFF and left the office.
Log on : Enter a computer system.
He entered his password for the college intranet and LOGGED ON.
Log out : Exit a computer system.
Danny closed the programs and LOGGED OUT when it was time to go home.
Look after : Take care.
Their auntie LOOKED AFTER them while their mother was in hospital.
Look back : Think about the past. Old people often LOOK BACK on over their lives.
Look down on : Have a low opinion of.
He LOOKS DOWN ON his colleagues because he thinks he’s better than they are.
Look for : Try to find.
I’ve been LOOKING FOR all their hidden files, but I can’t find them
Look forward to : Wait for or anticipate something pleasant.
I’m LOOKING FORWARD TO meeting you.
Look in : Make a quick visit. I’ll LOOK IN on my way home.
Look in on : Visit briefly to see if everything’s all right.
I’m going to LOOK IN ON grannie on the way home tonight as she’s been a bit unwell recently.
Look into : Research, investigate.
We’ll LOOK INTO the problem and come back to you when we have the information.
Look on : Watch something like a crime without helping.
The crowd just LOOKED ON as the old lady was mugged.
Look on as : Consider, regard. I LOOK ON her AS a close friend.
Look out : Be careful. LOOK OUT; you’re going to drop that!
Look out for : Take care of someone, make sure someone is cared for.
She LOOKED OUT FOR her sister when she started school.
Look out for : Keep alert and try to see.
We we told to LOOK OUT FOR any suspicious behaviour.
Look over : Inspect.
They came to LOOK the house OVER with a view to buying it.
Look round : Inspect a house.
We LOOKED ROUND the house and decided that we didn’t like it enough to buy it.
Look through : Read quickly. I LOOKED THROUGH the article.
Look to : Expect, hope.
The company is LOOKING TO increase its sales in Asia.
Look up : Consult a reference work (dictionary, phonebook, etc.) for a specific piece of information..
I didn’t know the correct spelling so I had to LOOK it UP in the dictionary.
Look up : Improve. The economy is LOOKING UP.
Look up : Find, trace an old friend.
I LOOKED him UP when I went back to Cambridge.
Look up to : Respect. She’s LOOKS UP TO her mother.
Look upon as : Consider, regard. I LOOK UPON him AS a close friend.
Loosen up : Become more relaxed or comfortable.
He was very shy at first but has LOOSENED UP and is more talkative now.
Lord it over : Behave in a superior manner. She loves to LORD IT OVER her employees.
Lose out : Be at a disadvantage.
Many people LOST OUT when the new regulations were enforced.
Lose out on : Not gain or have something advantageous.
Because I left the company, I LOST OUT ON my bonus.
Lose out to : Be less successful.
People without IT skills often LOSE OUT TO those with the skills.
Luck into : Get something by chance. We LUCKED INTO getting the answer.
Luck out : Be very lucky.
I really LUCKED OUT when I met my partner.
Lust after : Be attracted sexually. He secretly LUSTS AFTER his friend’s wife.
Lust after : Want something very much. He LUSTS AFTER a Rolex.