Phrasal Verbs C - F
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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To distribute food, clothes, money - especially to the poor.
Every winter, the local government doles out hot soup and blankets to the homeless.
Be used for two purposes.
We put the bed in the lounge and it doubles as a sofa.
Go back on original path.
We realized we had lost the money so we doubled back to look for it.
Begin laughing a lot.
When she saw what her husband was wearing, she doubled up in laughter.
Continue for a long time, longer than you would like.
The German opera dragged on for four and a half hours. How boring!!
Make something last longer than necessary.
He drags out meetings because he loves to feel important.
Mention something to someone, usually an embarrassing story, situation.
He humiliated Eric by dragging up that old story about him and his wife.
Move in front of someone.
The winning car began to draw ahead with only 5 kilometers left of the race.
1. Attract something away from something else.
We drew off the security guards and robbed the money truck.
2. Remove liquid.
The doctors drew off the excess blood before beginning the operation.
Use something as a source for inspiration.
I drew on my experience as a teacher when I had my first child.
1. Make a person less reserved.
Teachers are good at drawing out shy children.
2. Make something last longer than necessary.
I don't want to draw out this argument. Let's agree to disagree!
3. Take something out (esp. money from a bank)
He drew out a thousand dollars to buy the car.
1. Come near and stop (esp. vehicles)
The bus drew up and we all got on.
2. Prepare a report, set of rules, list.
I drew up a list of possible guests for the wedding.
Think of an amazing plan, excuse.
He arrives late every day and always manages to dream up something that the boss believes.
Criticise, discipline someone with angry words or in a humiliating way.
He dressed down his secretary about making personal calls at work.
Put on formal, smart clothes for a special occasion.
I love dressing up for weddings and similar events.
To mean when speaking.
He uses such complicated language that I never understand what he's driving at!
Force someone, something to leave.
He left home at 15, driven off by his violent father he claims.
Become less gradually.
Opposition to the Euro is dropping away in Britain. (this is sarcasm!)
Pay a call on someone, visit for a short time.
Drop by if you are in the area. I would love to see you.
1. Same as Drop Away.
2. Fall asleep.
My father always drops off in front of the TV.
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