Phrasal verbs

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| Phrasal Verb |  Definition | Example |
. | act up | behave or function improperly | I think I need to take my car to the mechanic because it's acting up again. |   |
. | add * up + | calculate a sum | I added up the receipts and it totaled $135.46. |   |
. | add up | make sense | Her story doesn't add up. I think she is lying. |   |
. | add up to + | equal an amount | Thetotal expenses added up to $325.00.  |   |
. | ask * out + | invite on a date | I can't believe that Joe finally asked me out on a date! |   |
. | ask * over + | invite to one's home | Why don't we ask the Johnsons over for dinner? |   |
. | back * up + | give support | You need examples to back up your opinion.  |   |
. | back down | stop defending your opinion in a debate |Jane never backs down. She always wins arguments. |   |
. | back out | not keep (a promise, agreement,deal) | Sam backed out at the last second. |   |
. | back out of + | not keep (a promise, agreement, deal) | Sam backed out of the agreement at the last second. |   |
. | back up | move backwards, reverse | Could you back up a little so I can open this drawer. |   |
. | bawl * out | criticize, reprimand (inf.) | She bawled him out for arriving late. |   |
. | bear down on + | bite | The soldier had to bear down on the leather strap while the doctor removed a bullet from the soldier's arm. |   |
. | bear down on + | take strong measures against | The U.S.A. is bearing down on drug traffickers. |   |
. | bear on + | have to do with | This information maybear on this case. |   |
. | bear up | withstand | I didn't think he would bear up so well in that situation. |   |
. | bear up under + | withstand | How did he bear up under such extreme pressure. |   |
. | bear with + | be patient | Please bear with me while I fill out the paperwork. |   |
. | blow * up + | make explode;destroy using explosives | The terrorists blew the bridgeup. |   |
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. | blow in | visit unexpectedly (inf.) | My cousin blew in unexpectedly with his entire family. |   |
. | blow over | pass without creating a problem | All this negative publicity will blow over in a couple of weeks. |   |
. | blow up | explode | The bomb blew up before they could defuse it. |   |
. | blow up | suddenly become very angry |When Joan heard the news, she blew up and rushed out of the room. |   |
. | break * down + | analyze in detail | We need to break this problem down in order to solve. |   |
. | break * in + | wear or use something new until it is comfortable | I need to break these shoes in before I go hiking. |   |
. | break * off + | end something | Sally broke her engagement to John off. |   |. | break * up + | break into pieces | I broke the cracker up into pieces and put it in the soup. |   |
. | break * up + | disperse (a crowd), stop (a fight) | The police broke the demonstration up before it got out of control. |   |
. | break down | stop working properly | The truck broke down in the desert. |   |
. | break down | become mentally ill | She broke down after herhusband died. |   |
. | break in | interrupt | While we were discussing the situation, Terri broke in to give her opinion. |   |
. | break in | enter a place unlawfully | The burglar broke in between midnight and 3 AM. |   |
. | break in on + | interrupt (a conversation) | Jane broke in on the conversation and told us to get back to work. |   |
. | break into + | enter a houseunlawfully | The burglar broke into the house between midnight and 3 AM. |   |
. | break into + | interrupt (a conversation) | Jane broke into the conversation and told us what she knew. |   |
. | break out | appear violently | Violent protests broke out in response to the military coup. |   |
. | break out + | use something extravagant for celebration | He broke out the champagne...
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