English Phrasal Verbs
the combination creates a meaning different from the original verb.
Below you will find a list of phrasal verbs in alphabetical order
with their meaning and an example of use.
Phrasal verbs - Alphabetical List - B
|back away||Move backwards, in fear or dislike||When he saw the dog, he backed away.|
|back down||Withdraw; concede defeat.||Local authorities backed down on their plans to demolish the cinema.|
|back off||Retreat, abandon an intention.||The thugs backed off when they saw the police.|
|back out||Withdraw from an agreement.||We made a deal. You can't back out now!|
1) Give support or
2) make a copy of (file, program...)
|1) If I
tell the boss
we've got too much
will you back me up?
2) It is recommended to back up all files.
1) Pay money to secure
2) Rescue from financial difficulties
he was arrested, his family
to bail him out.
2) The government bailed out the bank.
|band together||Unite in a group.||Consumers banded together to protest against the measures.|
|bank on||Base your hopes on something/someone.||Don't forget the date. I'm banking on your help.|
|bargain for||Expect; be prepared for.||The interview was more difficult than he had bargained for.|
|bear out||Confirm||The other witnesses will bear out my testimony.|
|bear with||Be patient.||Please bear with me please while I finish my explanation.|
|beef up||Improve or make more substantial||He beefed up his presentation with diagrams and statistics.|
|black out||Faint; lose consciousness||When he fell off the horse, he blacked out.|
|block off||Separate using a barrier.||The area was blocked off during the demonstration.|
2) Be destroyed by an explosion.
terrorists said the bomb
up at 9 o'clock.
2) The car blew up but luckily there was
nobody in it.
|boil down to||Be summarized as||The problem boils down to a lack of money.|
|boot up||Start a computer by loading an operating system or program.||Just give me a few minutes to boot up the computer.|
|break away||Escape from captivity.||The
horses were enclosed in a
a few of them managed to break away.
|break away from||Leave and become independent||He
broke away from the organisation and
set up his own agency.
1) Go out of order,
2) Lose control of one's emotions.
John's car broke
down on the way to
2) The parents broke down when they
heard the bad news.
|break (sth) down||Divide in smaller or simpler parts.||The lesson will be easier to learn if you break it down into small sections.|
|break free||Detach from a physical hold.||He broke free from his attacker's grasp.|
|break in/into||Enter by force in order to steal something.||1) I saw
a man outside trying to
2) The burglars broke into the house
|break in on||Interrupt unexpectedly||An operator suddenly broke in on our telephone conversation.|
1) Stop, discontinue
2) Stop speaking
was decided to break
relations with that country.
2) She broke off in the middle of a
|break out||Start suddenly and spread quickly||Rioting broke out as a result of the strike.|
|break out of||Escape from a place by force.||Three prisoners broke out of jail.|
|break through||Force a way through something||The car broke through the barrier.|
|break up||Come to an end (marriage, relationship...)||After her marriage broke up, Emma went to live in London.|
|break up||Separate into small pieces.||Jack had to use a fork to break up the soil.|
Discontinue something or
do something in a different way.
|He broke with tradition and invented new methods.|
|bring about||Cause something to happen||The arrival of electricity in rural areas brought about a huge change.|
|bring off||Succeed in doing something difficult||
You pretended to be a
journalist and he believed
I never thought you'd bring that off!
Raise (a child).
2) Mention something.
stopped working in order to
2) His friends knew he had lost his job but
they decided not to bring up the subject.
|brush up on||Improve, refresh one's knowledge of something.||Mary decided to brush up on her Spanish before going to South-America.|
|bump into||Meet by accident or unexpectedly.||Pedro bumped into his English teacher at the supermarket.|
1) Stop (something) working
2) Become exhausted from overworking
fuse has burnt out.
2) Tom will burn himself out if he doesn't
|butt in (on)||Interrupt impolitely.||It's rude to butt in on a conversation.|
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