Jen’s English Tip’s – Phrasal verbs
Here are some common phrasal verbs in English.
When something screws up somebody, it confuses or hurts them or does not work.
Scratch out or Eke out
To scratch out is to make a living with great difficulty.
To seal off an area is to block it to prevent entry to it.
To set off is to start a journey. It can also mean to set off (explode) a bomb
To shake something off is to get rid of it.
To spruce up is to smarten up ones clothing or redecorate something.
To splash out is to spend a lot of money on something One can splash out on a holiday.
To stick around is to stay in the same place for a long time.
To dish out is to give something (usually criticism) in large amounts.
To spew something out is to produce a lot of it.
To spark something off is to make it happen. They had an accident which sparked off a fight.
To shoot off is to leave in a hurry. It is also to boast (shoot off ones mouth).
To mug up is to study hard.
Stand by (somebody)
To stand by someone is to support them when they need you.
Stand (somebody) up
To stand somebody up is to arrange to meet somebody and not go. My date stood me up.
Stand in for
To stand in for somebody is to do their job temporarily.
When something stands out, it becomes clearly noticeable.
To stand down is to resign or stop. The army was told to stand down and stop fighting.
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