Phrasal Verbs S
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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Send someone to prison.
The judge sent him down for ten years.
1. Send a letter.
He sent off his application form for the job.
2. Say goodbye to someone at a station, airport.
All his friends went to the port to send him off.
Send letters to new address.
The letters will be sent on to you at your new house.
Ridicule someone, something.
The comedian sent up the President and made everyone laugh.
Begin a job, task.
They set about cleaning the house with great enthusiasm.
The wedding set me back a huge amount of money.
2. Cause delay, problems.
The weather set the building work back by two days.
Use something to help you set a watch.
I always set my watch by Channel 2 news.
Allow passenger to leave vehicle.
The driver set me down just outside the house.
Become established, likely to last a long time.
The snow has really set in now. We can't leave till tomorrow.
1. Cause to explode.
The earthquake set off the old bomb.
2. Leave on a journey.
We have to set off tomorrow very early.
3. To make something more attractive by comparison.
Your dress really sets off your hair.
They carefully set up the experiment.
2. Start a business.
This company was set up in 1955.
Free self from something.
Thanks to all that vitamin C, he shook off his cold in just a day.
1. Disturb or shock someone.
The car crash really shook him up.
2. Get a person to perform, behave better.
Stopping all his privileges will shake him up a bit.
Draw attention to self to impress people.
She often showed off about all her jewelry.
To be visible under a cover.
That black bra shows through your blouse too much!
1. (Informal) Arrive.
He showed up drunk and two hours late!
You showed me up at that dinner last night.
Stop production, working.
That factory shut down nearly five years ago.
Stop a supply of gas, water, etc.
Shut off the gas, otherwise it may explode.
You need to shut out all memories of that accident.
Can you shut your sister up. I can't hear the news.
Sign paper which gives possessions away.
He signed all his old cars over to his brother.
End a letter, TV program saying goodbye.
I would like to sign off by wishing you a wonderful evening.
Join something by signing a paper.
He has signed up to the army.
Choose someone for special attention.
I was singled out for praise in front of the rest of the school.