Phrasal Verbs A - B
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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Treat something as unimportant.
The boss brushed aside my reservations and continued with the plan.
Treat someone rudely, ignore.
I wanted to make peace with him, but he just brushed me off.
Brush Up On
You need to brush up on your French if you plan to live there for six months.
Begin working, studying more seriously than before.
If you don't buckle down, you'll fail the exam. You have been warned!
Include in a whole plan.
When we made the contract, we built in a clause about maximum liability.
Take advantage of a good start.
The team failed to build on their great start and lost the championship.
1. Increase in quantity.
The traffic built up until no-one was moving at all.
2. Increase in strength.
Drinking a lot of milk will build you up.
3. Develop and strengthen.
She is building up a good reputation among other estate agents.
Meet by chance.
I bumped into Hawkins yesterday. I haven't seen him for years.
To get her inheritance, he decide to bump her off.
Increase prices, usually suddenly, often unfairly.
During the strike, dishonest manufacturers bumped up all their prices.
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