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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Withdraw, admit a mistake.
The politician was forced to climb down when the papers printed the photos.
Close In On
The army closed in on the beleaguered town.
Close a shop, office, business.
Come to the check-out now please. We are closing up.
The investigation will look for answers about how the accident came about.
1. Find by accident, by chance.
I came across our old typewriter when I was up in the attic today.
2. Be understood in a certain way in speech or writing.
When she talks on the phone, she comes across as being very unfriendly.
A farmer came by as we were having our picnic.
Come Down With
Become ill with.
I came down with the flu twice last winter.
Came In For
To be the subject of criticism, praise, etc
After the divorce, her ex-husband came in for a lot of criticism.
They came into a fortune when their rich uncle died.
Happen as a result, consequence.
If you argue with your boss, no good will come of it!
1. Take place.
Our planned trip didn't come off. We couldn't afford it.
2. Happen with success.
The performance didn't come off very well. The sound and the costumes were terrible.
1. Be published
Her first novel came out in 1991.
2. Workers strike.
If the 'Yes' vote wins, everyone will come out on strike on Monday.
3. Secret becomes known.
If this comes out in the public eye, it will very embarrassing.
1. Regain consciousness.
He came round when someone threw water at him.
2. Agree eventually.
She came round to the idea when she saw there was little alternative.
Survive a difficult situation.
She came through her illness thanks to the wonderful doctors.
Be mentioned, spoken about.
The issue of the company's finances comes up at every board meeting.
Come Up Against
With it snowing so hard, they came up against the problem of how to travel.
Come Up With
I need to come up with $50 by 6 o'clock tonight.
Become less enthusiastic, excited.
When he heard he had won the lottery, he couldn't cool down for a week.
Write what is written/spoken elsewhere.
Copy down this address and then sent the letter there.
Write exactly what is written elsewhere.
Copy out the poem and then return the book to the library.
To be considered a disadvantage.
He was very well qualified for the job, but in the end, his age counted against him.
To be considered as.
I count John among my best friends.
To be of importance.
His ten years of experience in this job will count for a lot when they decide who to promote.
To include a person.
If you are planning a trip to the theater tonight, count me in.
Rely, depend on.
Please don't tell me you're ill! I was counting on you to babysit the children tonight.
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