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 English Phrasal Verbs 


A phrasal verb is a verb followed by a preposition or an adverb; the combination creates a meaning different from the original verb.

Alphabetical lists of commonly-used phrasal verbs in English.

 Alphabetical List - G 


  • get about/around
    • Move from place to place.
      "It's not easy to get around the city without a map."

    • Spread, circulate.
      "News of their separation soon got about."

  • get along (with)
    • Be on good terms; work well with.
      "I must say I get along (well) with my mother-in-law.

  • get at
    • Imply; insinuate.
      "I don't understand. What exactly are you trying to get at?

  • get away
    • Escape.
      "According to the news report, the robbers got away in a black car."

  • get by (on)
    • Manage to cope or have enough to survive.
      " It's difficult to get by on a low salary."

  • get down to
    • Start to actually do something. 
      "That's enough chatting. It's time to get down to some serious work!"

  • get into
    • Enter a place.
      "How did the burglar get in?"

  • get off
    • Leave (bus, train, plane).
      "Your best option would be to get off the bus at Trafalgar Square."

    • Leave work (at the end of the day).
      "I'll pick you up after work. What time do you get off ?"

    • Remove something (clothes, stains).
      "I don't know how I'm going to get this stain off my dress!"

  • get off with
    • Receive almost no punishment.
      "He was lucky. He got off with a small fine."

  • get on
    • Board (bus, train, plane).
      "You can pay when you get on the bus."

  • get on with
    • Continue to do something ; make progress.
      "Be quiet and get on with your homework."

  • get on (well) with
    • Have a good relationship with.
      "Do you get on well with your colleagues?"

  • get out
    • Spend some free time out of the house.
      "Her husband is very ill so she doesn't get out much."

    • Leave or go away.
      "We don't want you here. Get out!"

  • get out of
    • Leave a place.
      "The window was closed. How did he get out of the house?"

    • Avoid doing something.
      "Some husbands manage to get out of doing any housework."

    • Receive; learn; gain from something.
      "What are you hoping to get out of the seminar?"

  • get over
    • Recover from (illness, disappointment).
      "Charlie had the 'flu but he got over it."

  • get rid of
    • Eliminate.
      "It's difficult to get rid of old habits."



  • get round/around (to)
    • Finally do something.
      "He finally got round to tidying the garage."

  • get together
    • Meet each other.
      "Let's get together for lunch one day next week."

  • get up
    • Rise; leave bed.
      "Tony usually gets up at 7 o'clock."

  • give away
    • Give something free of charrge.
      "The artist gave away most of his paintings."

    • Reveal something.
      "The names of the witnesses will not be given away."

  • give back
    • Return something to its owner.
      "He promised to give back the book he borrowed."

  • give in
    • accept defeat; surrender
      "The authorities refused to give in to the demands of the population."

  • give over!
    • Stop doing something irritating
      "Give over complaining! It doesn't help at all!"

  • give up
    • Stop doing something.
      "Sarah gave up smoking five years ago."

    • Admit defeat; capitulate.
      "Have you found the answer? No, I give up."

  • gloss over
    • Treat something briefly (make it seem unimportant).
      "The director glossed over the recent drop in sales."

  • go after
    • Pursue (an object or a goal). 
      "She went after her dream and is now an actress."

  • go along (with)
    • Agree with; accept. 
      "Alex tends to go along with anything his wife says."

  • go away
    • Leave a place.
      We decided to go away for a few days. 

    • Disappear; fade.
      "I've washed it twice but the stain still hasn't gone away."

  • go back
    • Return.
      "Children go back to school after the holidays."

  • go by
    • Pass.
      "A bus went by without stopping."
      "Time goes by so quickly!"

  • go down
    • Decrease, reduce.
      "The price of property has gone down a bit."

  • go down with
    • Become ill with an infectious disease.
      "The match will be difficult . Half of the team has gone down with the flu."

  • go for
    • Try to gain or attain.
      "He trained hard and went for the gold medal."



  • go in
    • Enter.
      "There's a nice restaurant. Let's go in and book a table for tonight."

  • go into
    • Go inside.
      "Go into the bakery and see if they sell croissants."

  • go in for
    • Have something as an interest or hobby.
      "She doesn't really go in for sports."

  • go off
    • Explode.
      "A bomb went off in a crowded restaurant"

    • Ring or make a loud noise.
      "The alarm clock was set to go off at 6 a.m."

    • Stop working
      "The heating has gone off. It's freezing!"

    • No longer be good to eat or drink.
      "The milk has gone off. Don't drink it."

    • No longer like or enjoy.
      "My grandmother has gone off crosswords."

  • go on
    • Continue.
      "Sorry for interrupting. Please go on."

  • go out
    • Leave one's home to attend a social event.
      "Many young people go out a lot."

  • go (out) with
    • Have someone as a boyfriend/girlfriend.
      "Is Julie going (out) with Tom?"

  • go over
    • Review.
      "Please go over your answers before handing in your test."

  • go through
    • Experience  or undergo something.
      "Pete went through a lot of pain after the accident."

    • Examine or study carefully.
      "I need time to go through the contract before I sign it."

  • go through with
    • Proceed with something difficult.
      "Bill and Amy finally went through with the divorce."

  • go up
    • Increase, rise.
      "According to the news report the price of petrol is likely to go up."

  • go together/with
    • Match; look good or combine well with
      "The curtains don't go with the carpet."
      "The curtains and carpet don't go together."

  • go without
    • Abstain from something; not have something.
      "I had to go without lunch to finish the report."
      "Camels can go without water for many days."

  • grow up
    • Spend one's childhood; become an adult.  
      "He grew up in a small village."
      "Don't be so childish. You need to grow up!"

More Phrasal Verbs: 

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Please note that British English spelling is used on this website.