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 D
|deal with||Handle, take care of, address (problem, situation)||The manager is good at dealing with difficult customers.|
|deck out (in/with)||Dress; decorate||1) The
women were all
decked out in beautiful
2) The exhibition hall will be decked out in the
colours of Europe.
|die down||Calm down, become less strong.||When the applause died down, she started to sing.|
1) Try to find deep inside
2) Start to do something.
3) Take from something.
his pocket and found a coin.
2) It was time to dig into the work that had
accumulated on her desk.
3) Dad had to dig into his savings to repair the
1) Break up the soil/remove
2) Discover or reveal information.
tried to dig up
the tree by its
2) Some newspapers often try to dig up
|dish out||Distribute or give away a lot.||He spent the day dishing out invitations to tourists.|
|dispense with||Decide to do without something.||I'm
afraid you'll have to
They've dispensed with the paper version.
|do away with||Get rid of; abolish.||Some people think it's time to do away with the monarchy.|
|do over||Clean or redecorate.||My parents will need to do over their living-room soon. The paintwork needs refreshing.|
|do up||Fasten (a garment)||Good boy Alex! You know how to do up your coat now!|
|do without||Manage without.||The
shops are closed so we'll
do without sugar.
|drag on||Last longer than expected.||We expected a short speech but it dragged on and on!|
1) Make something longer
2) Make someone reveal or give information unwillingly.
Let's decide now and not
2) The police finally dragged out a confession
from the suspect.
|draw up||Write (contract, agreement, document).||An agreement as drawn up and signed by the two parties.|
1) Wear elegant clothes.
2) Disguise oneself.
people dress up
to go to the opera in your
2) Children love to dress up at Halloween.
|drift apart||Become less and less close.||We were childhood friends but we drifted apart over the years.|
|drift off||Gradually fall asleep.||He sat back, closed his eyes and drifted off.|
|drive at||Insinuate; be trying to say.||What exactly are you driving at?|
|drop behind||Fall into a position behind others.||Our sales have dropped behind those of our competitors.|
|drop in||Visit, usually on the way somewhere.||I sometimes drop in to see my grandparents on my way home from school.|
1) Deliver someone or
2) Fall asleep.
off at the bus stop
if you like.
2) Granddad often drops off in front of the TV.
|drop out||Leave school without finishing.||She decided to go to art school, then dropped out after the first term.|
|drown out||Be louder in order to cover another sound.||She turned up the music to drown out the noise of the children outside.|
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