Phrasal Verbs T - Z
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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Be careful, cautious.
With all this ice on the roads, watch out when you are driving.
Be responsible for safety, well-being of someone.
We need a new babysitter to watch over the children.
Dilute, add water to reduce strength of something.
This beer is terrible. I think someone has watered it down.
Use and damage something with constant use, exposure.
The wind has worn away the inscription on the stone.
Cause to become weaker, smaller, etc.
I have worn down these shoes totally. I need new ones.
Reduce the effects of something.
My headache isn't wearing off. I think I will take an aspirin.
Time to pass.
As the evening wore on, I got really tired.
The children really wore me out today. I am exhausted.
Count against in a decision.
His previous criminal conviction will weigh against him.
Cause a person to be tired, depressed, stressed.
All this new responsibility is really weighing down on me.
Contribute to a discussion, etc.
Everyone gave money to the cause. Even James weighed in with a hundred dollars.
Cause concern in someone's mind.
His illness weighed on my mind for nearly a year before he recovered.
Consider the advantages and disadvantages before deciding.
Don't take the job without weighing up everything.
The new witness's evidence didn't weigh much with the jury.
Pass time in a casual, lazy way.
I spent an hour by the canal just whiling the afternoon away.
His final argument won over the jury and the case was won.
Gain a person's friendship.
He won his mother-in-law round by buying her a new house.
Cause to slow down.
The party started to wind down at about two o'clock.
His behavior wound up the crowd and the police told him to calm down.
2. Cause a business to stop.
His company wound up last year due to bankruptcy.
3. Finish, end.
If you drive like that, you'll wind up in hospital.
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