Phrasal Verbs P - R
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(Informal) Eat greedily.
Don't pig out on the pizza! There are three other people arriving later.
To be less noisy.
Pipe down Steve! I'm trying to work here.
To speak, sing more loudly.
What's the answer Brian. Pipe up! I can't hear you!
1. Pretend to be something.
The boys are playing at soldiers.
2. Do an activity, especially in a foolish way.
What are you playing at Jenkins, get on with your work!
Treat something as less important than it really is.
He tries to play down his importance to this company.
1. Continue playing.
Despite the heavy rain, the two tennis players played on.
2. Take advantage of something.
He played on her fear of flying to sell her an insurance policy.
1. Be naughty, mess around.
The children have been playing up all day.
2. (Informal) Produce pain, work badly.
The TV is playing up again. I can't get Channel 2!
3. Treat something as more important than it really is.
Don't play up how ill you are. Go to work!
(Informal) Continue working hard at something.
Keep plugging away and we may finish before the evening.
I would like to point out the finer details of this painting.
I went to New Zealand to try and polish up my English.
(Informal) Finish a meal quickly.
He polished off the chicken stew in just a few minutes.
Visit someone for a short time.
I popped in to see Marge yesterday.
Leave the house for a short time.
I am just popping out to get some sugar from the shops.
Spring up quickly.
As the holiday approached, a few problems began to pop up.
Keep going, work with added determination.
Let's press ahead even without the boss's approval.
Demand action on something.
Many parents are pressing for tighter gun control laws.
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