Phrasal Verbs C - F
This is the phrasal verb reference section. Here there are definitions and examples for hundreds of phrasal verbs found in English.
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That hotel specializes in catering for business people on short trips.
Switch from one thing to another.
I changed over from high tar to low tar cigarettes.
Swap places with someone.
I prefer that seat by the window. Would you mind changing round?
Talk to someone of opposite sex to win attention.
Don't disturb John. He is chatting up that girl from his work he has been interested in all month.
Arrive and register at a place.
You should check in for an international flight at least an hour before departure.
Control, examine, confirm something.
Go and check on the baby. I don't think she is sleeping yet.
1. Leave a place and pay the bill.
We have to check out of the hotel early tomorrow as we have to be at the airport at 8am.
2. (inform.)Look at.
Wow, check out the wheels on that sports car!
I'm going to the stadium to cheer on my son's soccer team.
1. Cause to feel happier.
I wanted to cheer Jane up as she looked so miserable when I saw her.
2. Become happier.
Jane cheered up when two of her friends came to visit her.
Consider, think over carefully.
It's such a difficult decision to make that we should chew it over for a few day.
Chicken Out Of
Fail to do something because of fear.
When he saw the size of the other boy, Fred chickened out of the fight.
Chip Away At
The opposition party is chipping away at the government's support.
Everyone chipped in something to the fund to build a new roof for the church.
Hold tears, emotion back. Prevent from being seen.
He was very emotional when the family dog died, but he choked back the tears because he didn't want to upset the children any more.
Clean Someone Out Of Something
To win, take all money from someone.
I played poker with Brad yesterday evening and I cleaned him out completely.
1. Win a lot of money.
Let's go to Vegas and clean up!!
2. Fight crime in a city.
The tough new major promised to clean up the town.
Go away, leave.
I told him to clear off. I didn't want to see him then.
Escape, leave town.
When the police arrived, the gangsters had cleared out of town.
Solve a mystery, problem.
Scientists hope to one day be able to clear up the whole 'UFO' question.
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