Phrasal Verbs P - R
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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Telephone someone again.
Jon is not here at the moment, can you ring back later?
End a phone call.
He sounded so depressed that when he rang off, I went round to see him.
Telephone a lot of people, shops, businesses, etc.
To get the best price, it's best to ring round as many companies as possible.
I will ring you up after you get home.
(Informal) Cheat someone.
He ripped me off selling those tickets for twenty dollars. They were worth about five!
Move back, remove.
Seeing my old school friends last week really rolled back the years.
Years just roll by when you are in prison doing nothing.
Arrive at regular intervals.
Requests for that new song are just rolling in.
To hope to come soon, to arrive quickly.
Roll on summer! Then we can have a nice holiday!
I waited for you for two hours and then you roll up without even an apology.
Search for in a very active way.
My sister is rooting about in her wardrobe looking for that dress she wore for the wedding last summer.
Get rid of a bad thing.
The conservative party needs to root out the extremists that ruin its image.
Force something humiliating, embarrassing to be remembered.
Don't rub in the fact that he doesn't have a job!
To be less bright, amazing, etc.
The new boss's initial friendliness has begun to rub off.
Rub Off On
Have an influence on someone, something else.
Don't socialize with Gary. His dishonesty is starting to rub off on you.
Erase, cancel out.
That's not correct what you have written. Rub it out.
Rub Someone Up (the wrong way)
To irritate, annoy somebody.
Your brother really rubs me up the wrong way. I can't stand him.
To declare as impossible.
In the current economic climate, we have to rule out any pay rises.
To meet by chance.
If you run across Giles, say hello, won't you?
He ran away from three orphanages when a child.
Run Back Over
To discuss again.
Let's run back over the plan again so everyone is clear about what is involved.
To be late, behind schedule.
The new roof is running behind schedule by about two weeks.
1. Hit someone with a vehicle.
Be careful! You almost knocked that woman over.
2. Find after a long search.
I finally ran her down in Donegal.
3. Say unkind things about a person.
Your wife is always running her sister down.
Contest an election.
The senator decided to run for President.
Begin using a machine slowly at the start.
Make sure you run in that car for at least two weeks.
1. Time to pass quickly.
Time is running on, let's finish up now.
2. Use as a source of energy.
This calculator runs on solar energy.
1. Come to a finish, an end.
Our time has run out. We must conclude here.
2. Finish supplies of something.
We have run out of petrol. Walk to the nearest filling station.
He ran out on his two kids.
1. Go over a piece of work again.
I don't understand very well. Run through it again.
2. Play a piece of music.
Run through it without the drums.
Adds up to.
The bill for all of that runs to over a thousand dollars.
Cause to accumulate.
She ran up a huge phone bill ringing her boyfriend in Peru.