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Phrasal Verbs – K

Keel over : Turn upside down.
The boat KEELED OVER in the storm and the crew drowned.

Keel over: Surrender, give in.
He was going to confront his boss, but KEELED OVER and didn’t mention the matter.

Keel over : Fall to the ground.
The drunk KEELED OVER when trying to leave the pub.

Keep around : Keep something near you.
I KEEP a dictionary AROUND when I’m doing my homework.

Keep at : Continue with something difficult.
She found the course hard but she KEPT AT it and completed it successfully.


Keep away : Don’t allow someone near something.
Medicines should always be KEPT AWAY from children.

Keep back : Maintain a safe distance.
The police told the crowd to KEEP BACK from the fire.

Keep down :  Not vomit.
The food was so horrible that I struggled to KEEP it DOWN.

Keep from : Control yourself, refrain. I couldn’t KEEP FROM arguing with her.

Keep in : Not allow someone out.
The teacher KEPT the students IN after school because they had misbehaved.

Keep off : Not talk about.
She KEPT OFF the subject of her divorce.


Keep off :  Not tread on something. KEEP OFF the grass in the park, please.

Keep on : Continue.
He KEPT ON trying and succeeded in the end.
Keep out : Not allow someone to enter.
The police KEPT the demonstrators OUT of the building.

Keep to : Stay within limits. Please KEEP TO the path.

Keep up : Not let someone go to bed.
My neighbours KEPT me UP till after 4 am with their loud music last night.

Keep up : Maintain a continuous action, persist.
First I phoned you and left a message that you should phone me; then you phoned and I was out, so you left a message; then…! How long can we KEEP this UP without ever speaking to each other directly?


Keep up at : Continue, not quit.
Learning a language is difficult, but if you KEEP UP AT it, you’ll succeed in the end.

Keep up with : Move at the same rate.
He walks too fast and it’s really hard to KEEP UP WITH him.


Keep up with: Stay up to date.
It’s hard to KEEP UPWITH all the latest improvements and breakthroughs in technology nowadays.

Key down : Relax, unwind. I need to KEY DOWN before I go to bed.

Key in : Enter numbers or information into a computer or electronic system.
It took me ages to KEY IN all the information into the database.


Key in on : Focus attention on, single out.
They KEYED IN ON the person they believed had done it.


Key on : Target, focus on (sport).
We will KEY ON the opposing team’s lack of skills on defense.

Key to : Plan things to fit or suit people or situations.
Promotions are KEYED TO people’s abilities.

Key up : Make someone excited or nervous. The noise got us KEYED UP.

Kick about : Discuss.
We KICKED the idea ABOUT at the meeting.

Kick around : Discuss. We KICKED the idea AROUND.

Kick around with : Spend time with.
I used to KICK AROUND WITH them, but haven’t seen them for a while.


Kick back : Pay someone illegally as part of the price.
I had to KICK ten percent BACK to the government official to get the contract.

Kick back : Resist.
They KICKED BACK when we suggested downsizing.


Kick back : Relax.
Rather than go out tonight, we plan to KICK BACK and watch television.


Kick down : Break something with your feet. The police KICKED the door DOWN.

Kick in . When a drug starts to take effect.
Her hayfever didn’t feel half as bad once he antihistamines had KICKED IN.


Kick in : Break something with your feet. They KICKED his head IN.
Kick in : Contribute money. I’ll KICK IN for some of the beer if you will buy the pizza.

Kick in : Start having an effect.
The budget cuts are starting to KICK IN and people are struggling.

Kick off : Start a game of football. The match KICKS OFF at three o’clock.

Kick off : Die.
He KICKED OFF last month when he had a massive heart attack.

Kick off : When trouble starts.
The fight KICKED OFF when he insulted the guy’s girlfriend.

Kick off.  Argue, protest and refuse to co-operate.
He started KICKING OFF big time when the police tried to arrest him.


Kick out : Expel.
The family KICKED the au pair OUT when they found out that she was planning to move to work for another household.

Kick up : Cause trouble or pain. My back KICKS UP when it gets cold.

Kill off : Reduce or exterminate a population by hunting, pollution, development, etc..
There used to be a lot of wolves around here, but most of them have been KILLED OFF.

Kip down : Sleep away from your home, often without planning to.
It’s too late to get the train, so can I KIP DOWN here tonight?

Kip down on : Sleep on something other than a bed.
There were so many of us that we had to KIP DOWN ON the floor.


Kiss off : Used to tell someone to go away.
He was bugging us, so we told him to KISS OFF.


Kiss off : Consider something to be unimportant or inferior.
He KISSED the criticism OFF.


Kiss up to : Try to get into someone’s favour.
He’s a creep and is always KISSING UP TO the director.


Knock about : Beat someone.
He KNOCKED his brother ABOUT aftern they argued.

Knock around : Discuss casually.
We KNOCKED the idea AROUND a bit, but decided not to bother.

Knock back : Cost someone a lot of money.
Your holiday must have KNOCKED you BACK a bit.


Knock back : Finish a drink quickly, drink a lot of alcohol.
The pub was closing so we KNOCKED our drinks BACK and left.


Knock back . Shock.
It really KNOCKED me BACK when I heard they had been killed.

Knock down : Demolish.
They KNOCKED DOWN the old church and built a block of flats in its place.

Knock down : Hit and injure someone.
The car KNOCKED her DOWN and she broke her arm.


Knock it off: Stop doing something annoying.
The were making too much noise, so I told them to KNOCK IT OFF.

Knock off : Finish work for the day.
We KNOCKED OFF early on Friday to avoid the rush hour queues.
Knock off : Reduce the price of something.
They KNOCKED ten pounds OFF when I asked for a discount.

Knock off : Reduce the time required to do something.
The new road KNOCKS an hour OFF the journey.


Knock off : Steal. He KNOCKED it OFF and sold it.
Knock off Produce or create something quickly. I KNOCKED the essay OFF in an hour.


Knock out : Hit and make somebody unconscious.
The reigning middleweight champion KNOCKED OUT the challenger in the fourth round of the fight.

Knock out : Sell, distribute.
They’re KNOCKING hundreds OUT a day in the sales.

Knock together : Join houses that had been separate.
They KNOCKED TOGETHER two outbuilding and turned them into a home.


Knock up : Become or get someone pregnant..
She got KNOCKED UP when she was on holiday.


Knock up : Play a bit before a match to get ready.
The teams KNOCKED UP for a few minutes before the final.


Knock up : Produce or create something quickly.
They KNOCKED a model UP over the weekend.

Knuckle down : Make a great effort.
I’ve got my exams next week and I haven’t done much work, so I’d better KNUCKLE DOWN.

Knuckle under : Submit to authority.
The teacher made the students KNUCKLE UNDER and hand their projects in on time.


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Phrasal Verbs – P


Pack away :  Put something where it belongs.
I PACKED AWAY the suitcases in the loft after we had emptied them.

Pack in : Stop doing something. I’m trying to PACK IN smoking.

Pack in : End a relationship. She PACKED her boyfriend IN.

Pack in : Fill a venue. They really PACK them IN at the club- it was so crowded it was impossible to move.


Pack in :  Break down, stop working. The photocopier has PACKED IN again.

Pack it : in Stop doing something (used as an imperative).
The kids were making a fuss, so I told them to PACK IT IN.

Pack off : Send someone away.
His boss PACKED him OFF to a regional office.
Pack out Fill a venue. The stadium was PACKED OUT.

Pack up : Stop doing something. You should PACK UP smoking.

Pack up : Finish work.
We had nothing left to do, so we PACKED UP early.

Pack up : Break down, stop working.
My printer PACKED UP last night- I’ll have to get a new one.

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Phrasal Verbs – S


Saddle up : Put a saddle on and prepare an animal to ride.

She SADDLED UP the horse and rode off.


Saddle with : Give someone a task or responsibility that is difficult or hard work.
They SADDLED me WITH preparing the visit.


Sag off : Not go to school or work, or leave early when you shouldn’t.
I was bored so I SAGGED OFF work early and went home.


Sail into : Criticise angrily.
He SAILED INTO me for turning up an hour late.

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English Phrasal Verbs – W



Wade in : Start something or get involved, often without thinking or to forcefully.
He just WADED IN without listening to what anyone had to say.


Wade in : Attack.
The hooligans WADED IN when they saw fans from the other team.


Wade into : Become embroiled or involved in a situation, without thinking or planning
They WADED INTO the negotiations

Wade through : Get to the end of something with difficulty.
It took me ages to WADE THROUGH the book.


Wait about  : Wait somewhere doing nothing.
I WAITED ABOUT for an hour, but they didn’t come.


Wait around : Wait somewhere doing nothing.
They were just WAITING AROUND to see if anything was going to happen.


Wait behind : Stay somewhere after other people have left.
I WAITED BEHIND to ask the lecturer a question.

Wait in : Stay at home because someone is going to visit.
I WAITED IN for the guy to fix the TV.




Wait on : Serve people in a restaurant.
They have two people WAITING ON each table.


Wait on : Sell goods in a shop.
He WAITS ON customers in an electronics store.

Wait on : Provide someone with everything they need or want.
He has a butler who WAITS ON him.

Wait on : Wait for a result before being able to make a decision.
They’re WAITING ON the results of the vote before taking a final decision.


Wait out : Wait till something has finished, usually something unpleasant.
We’ll have to WAIT OUT this uncertainty.


Wait up : Not go to bed because you are waiting.
I was worried and WAITED UP until they got home safe and sound.


Wait up: Stop (imperative).

Wait up! I need to talk to you.
Wait upon : Provide someone with what they require.
They used to have servants WAITING UPON them.

Wait upon : Wait for a result before being able to make a decision.
They must WAIT UPON the outcome of the match before they know who they’ll be playing.


Wake up : Stop sleeping.

I WOKE UP at half past six this morning.

Walk away from : Leave something you don’t like.
You can’t just WALK AWAY FROM your problems.


Walk away with : Win easily.
She WALKED AWAY WITH the first prize.


Walk back from : Retract a statement.
They declined to WALK BACK FROM their comments despite the controversy.


Walk in on : Enter somewhere unexpectedly and see something.
He WALKED IN ON them planning to sack him.


Walk into : Get work without effort.
He WALKED INTO a great job straight after university.


Walk into : Be unaware of the presence of something and either enter it (a trap) or bump into it (an obstruction)
You WALKED INTO that one [You became victim to a trap I set] WALKED INTO : a door and broke my nose.


Walk off : Go for a walk to reduce the effects of an illness or bad feeling.
I tried to WALK OFF my hangover.


Walk off with : Win easily.

He WALKED OFF WITH the award.

Walk off with : Take something without permission or
Someone WALKED OFF WITH my umbrella so I got soaked.


Walk on : Continue walking.
I saw the accident but just WALKED ON as I didn’t want to have to give a statement.


Walk out  : Leave work because of a dispute with the management.
The workers WALKED OUT because the felt that safety wasn’t being handled correctly.


Walk out :  Leave a place angrily or because you are not satisfied.
The film was a bore so I WALKED OUT halfway through.


Walk out on : Leave somebody angrily.

He WALKED OUT ON his wife last year.


Walk through :  Explain or demonstrate something carefully to someone.
He WALKED me THROUGH the procedures.


Walk up : Go to someone.
A man WALKED UP and asked me the time.




Waltz through : Pass or succeed easily.
She WALTZED THROUGH the tests and got the highest score.


Wander off : Leave a place, usually without telling other people.
She WANDERED OFF and got lost in the crowd.


Wander off : Stop paying attention.
The lecture was boring and my mind WANDERED OFF after ten minutes.


Want out : Want to leave a relationship or arrangement.
Jackie wasn’t happy with her marriage and WANTED OUT.


Warm up : Do exercises before a sport.
The team WARMED UP half an hour before the volleyball match.

Wash away  : When floods or waves completely remove a structure, building, etc..
The ice cream stall on the beach was WASHED AWAY in the storm last night.

Wash down : Drink in order to swallow something solid.
I WASHED the antibiotics DOWN with a glass of water.


Wash out : Rain so heavily that an event has to be cancelled.
The rain WASHED OUT the championship final.


Wash over : Suddenly experience a strong emotion.
He felt numb as grief WASHED OVER him.


Wash up : Clean everything used to prepare food and eat it.
The children WASHED UP after lunch.


Wash up : When something in the sea or river is left on the shore or bank.
After the crash, several bodies WASHED UP on the beach.


Wash up : Wash face and hands.
Be sure you and the kids WASH UP before dinner.


Waste away : Become very thin and weak, usually due to illness.
He WASTED AWAY as the cancer got worse.


Watch out : Be careful (imperative). Watch out- there’s ice on the road.

Watch out for : Be careful of something.
WATCH OUT FOR bats in the caves; many have rabies.


Watch over : Keep an eye on something or someone to

The lecturer WATCHED OVER the check that there’s no trouble. students as they did the experiment.

Water down : Make something weaker and less effective.
The Freedom of Information Act was WATERED DOWN by the Government and didn’t give ordinary people much access to official data files

Wave aside : Ignore or refuse to consider what someone says.
They WAVED ASIDE our objections and carried on with the plan.


Wave down : Make a hand signal to stop a vehicle.
They WAVED the van DOWN and got a lift after the accident.


Wave off :  Go to a place where someone is leaving to wave goodbye.
We WAVED her OFF at the station.


Wave on : Make a hand signal to tell someone to keep moving.
The accident was bad, but the police WAVED us ON.

Wean off : Slowly stop a dependency on something.
We will have to WEAN him OFF his obsession.


Wear away : Erode, remove gradually.
The lawn has been WORN AWAY by people walking across it and it’s just bare soil now with hardly a blade of grass.


Wear down : Make something weaker.
The stress of my job is WEARING me DOWN.


Wear off : Stop having an effect.
The anaesthetic WORE OFF and my tooth started hurting.


Wear out : Use something until it stops working.
She played the video so many times that she WORE the tape OUT.


Weed out : Remove, get rid of.
The company WEEDED OUT the unsuccessful sales reps.


Weigh down on : Burden with responsibilities, duties, etc.
The requirements of her new job WEIGHED DOWN ON her.


Weigh in : Have a certain weight (in sports like boxing).
The champion WEIGHED IN at 120 kilos.


Weigh in : Enter an argument forcefully.
He disliked the plan and WEIGHED IN with some heavy criticism.


Weigh in on : Enter an argument or discussion to express a strongly felt idea.
She WEIGHED IN ON their immigration policies.


Weigh on : Make someone consider carefully.
The issues raised WEIGHED ON her mind.


Weigh out : Measure a certain amount of something by weight.
Could you WEIGH OUT 200 grammes of that for me?


Weigh up : Assess.
They WEIGHED the pros and cons UP carefully before deciding.


Weird out : Disturb, cause concern or worry.
The way he spoke was WEIRDING me OUT.
Well up : Feel tears starting.
I felt tears WELLING UP when I heard the news.


Well up : Feel an emotion strongly.
Anger WELLED UP inside us when we saw what they had done.


Well up : Experience an emotion or feeling, start to

Tears WELLED UP when I heard they cry had died.



Wheel around : Turn quickly and face in the opposite direction.
When he heard the whistle, he WHEELED AROUND to see what was happening.


Wheel out  : Use something like an explanation that has been used many times before and has lost its impact.
They WHEELED OUT the same old excuses last time this happened.


Wheel round : Turn quickly and face in the opposite direction.
She WHEELED ROUND when he told her to stop.


While away : Spend time doing something because you have nothing better to do.
We WHILED a couple of hours AWAY playing computer games.


Whip into : Enter rapidly (as for a brief errand).
Ben WHIPPED INTO the convenience store for a bag of crisps.


Whip out : Remove quickly.
The police officer WHIPPED OUT her radio and called for back-up.


Whip out of : Exit rapidly.
Lola WHIPPED OUT OF a side street without looking and broadsided a police car.


Whip through : Do something quickly.



Whip up : Make food quickly.
We got back late and WHIPPED UP dinner.


Whip up : Mix liquid food quickly to make it thick and creamy.
I WHIPPED UP the egg whites.


Whip up : Make people feel more strongly about something.
The boss tried to WHIP UP some support for her new policies.


Whisk away : Take to another place quickly.
The police WHISKED the minister AWAY when the trouble started.


White out : Use correction fluid to cover a mistake in a written text.
Could you pass the Tippex? I need to WHITE this mistake OUT.


Wig out : Become excited and lose control.
He WIGGED OUT when he heard that he had failed.


Wiggle out : Avoid doing.
He was supposed to be in charge but tried to WIGGLE OUT.


Wiggle out of : Avoid doing something.
I WIGGLED OUT OF having to work late.


Wimp out : Not be brave enough to do something.
I was going to have the hottest curry on the menu, but I WIMPED OUT and had a mild lamb Korma instead.


Wind down : Relax.
I’m going to WIND DOWN in the country this weekend and do nothing.


Wind down : Slowly close a business or organisation.
They WOUND the committee DOWN after the inquiry.


Wind on : Forward a film or tape to a certain point.
He WOUND the video ON to show us the scene.


Wind up : Close a company because it’s unprofitable.
The company was WOUND UP when the creditors demanded payment.
Wind up : Tighten the spring in a watch or clock to make it work.
I forgot to WIND UP my alarm clock and overslept.


Wind up : Irritate someone or increase their stress level, especially if done deliberately.
The children are really WINDING me UP



Winkle out : Find or get something that takes a great deal of effort.
It took me a while to WINKLE the truth OUT of him.


Wipe out :  Make someone very tired.
Revising for the exam last night WIPED me OUT.


Wipe out : Kill all of a population, make extinct.
A meteor crashing into the planet WIPED the dinosaurs OUT.


Wire up : Make electrical connections.
She WIRED her new stereo system UP as soon as she got home.


Wise up : Stop being stupid.
His supervisor told him to WISE UP and start following the rules or else he’d lose his job.


Word up : Give someone information, advice.
The solicitor WORDED her UP client before the police interview, so they go very little out of him.
Word up: A phrase that was used a greeting.

‘Word up! You OK?’


Work off : Exercise to remove stress or weight.
She goes to the gym to WORK OFF her anger.


Work on : Improve or develop.
Scientists are WORKING ON genetically modified crops and foods.


Work out : End nicely.
Things were going wrong for them but fortunately it all WORKED OUT in the end.

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