This is the list of phrasal verbs from English exercise book “Destination B1” – Malcolm Mann and Steve Taylore-Knowles published by MacMillan. Note that I create my own sentence from each phrasal verb.
- Add up to find the total of
I add up all the books, which I’ve bought from the bookstore, and give the bills to my mother to get reimbursement.
- Blow up to explode
His inventions have been blowing up for the last 3 months and make him rich abruptly.
- Break down to stop working (for a machine)
The sewing machine broke down yesterday, so that the supervisor must call someone to service the machine and fix the issues to fulfill demands before the due date.
- Break in(to) to enter illegally
My mother-in-law’s house was broken into by a stranger when the family was not there yesterday.
- Bring up to take care of a child until he or she becomes an adult
Since my grandmother didn’t have any children, she brought up my mother on her own.
- Build up to increase
The more you practice English the more you build up your skill.
- Call back to ring again on the phone
You sound busy, I’ll call you back later.
- Call off to cancel
The huge riot calls off the concert in the square.
- Calm down to become/make calmer
As the cat is frightened for seeing the catastrophe, it runs up and down everywhere and is difficult to calm down.
- Carry on to continue
I’ll never stop carrying on my journey to success.
- Catch up (with) to reach the same point/level as
The less smart students find great difficulties to catch up with their friends in the classroom.
- Cheer up to become/make happier
Because of living in the pole, Andrey cheers up like a crazy when he’s able to see the sun.
- Clear up to tidy
I always clear my room up before I go to work.
- Come across to find something by chance
Finally I come across some difficult words, which I’ve been searching for for a long time.
- Come back (from) to return (from)
The husband never comes back home early after work as he always visits his hidden girlfriend first.
- Come on to be quicker
Since my mother wakes up late, she must come on or she’ll miss the important meeting.
- Come out to be published
Tizziano Ferro, a popular Italian singer, came out with his big secret, which has been buried along his successful career.
- Cross out to draw a line through something written
The children must cross out to answer the exercises.
- Cut down (on) to do less of something (smoking, etc.)
Grandpa cuts down on the numbers of cigarettes he smokes to decrease the risk of cancer.
- Cut off to disconnect (phone, electricity, etc.)
My electricity is cut off since I haven’t paid the bill for 2 months.
- Cut off to completely remove by cutting
The mango has a lot of worms! I’ve to cut off some of its parts.
- Do up to button/zip up a piece of clothing
You’ve to do up your clothes since it’s getting colder.
- Eat out to eat at a restaurant
He never eats out since he only earns $100 every month; Furthermore he can’t afford to buy basic daily needs.
- Fall down to trip and fall
The woman fell down yesterday when she was trying to climb the mountain and hurt her vulnerable backbone.
- Fall out (with) to have an argument with someone and stop being friends
It’s such a pity that I fell out with my best friend and now we stop communicating.
- Fill in to add information in the spaces on a form, etc.
You ought to fill this form in or you’ll miss the class.
- Fill up to make something completely full
My cat fills his stomach up with a lot of expensive cat food.
- Find out to discover information, etc.
It’s very difficult to find out the street since I’m not familiar with the area.