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Phrasal verbs

في الخميس سبتمبر 20, 2012 8:48 pm


Phrasal verbs


Back away


means


Move backwards, in fear or dislike


EX: i


When he saw the dog, he backed away





Back down


means


Withdraw, concede defeat


EX: i


Local authorities backed down on their plans to demolish the building




Back up


means


Give support or encouragement


EX: i


If I tell the boss we've got too much work, will you back me up?


Or means


Make a copy of (file, program, etc


EX: i


It is recommended to back up all files in a secure location





Black out


means


Faint, lose consciousness


EX: i


When he fell off the horse he blacked out





Block off


means


Separate using a barrier


EX: i


The area was blocked off during the demonstration




Blow up


means


Explode


EX: i


The terrorists said the bomb would blow up at 9 o'clock


Or means


Be destroyed by an explosion


EX: i


The car blew up but luckily there was nobody in it



Boil down to


means


Be summarized as


EX: i


The problem boils down to a lack of money





Break down


means


Go out of order, cease to function


EX: i


John's car broke down so he had to take the bus


Or means


Lose control of one's emotions


EX: i


The parents broke down when they heard the bad news






Break into


means


Enter by force


EX: i


Burglars broke into the house around midnight





Break out


means


Start suddenly


EX: i


Rioting broke out as a result of the strike





Break out of


means


Escape from a place by force


EX: i


. Three prisoners broke out of jail





Break up


means


Come to an end (marriage, relationship)i


EX: i


After her marriage broke up, Emma went to live in London





Bring up


means


Raise (a child)i


EX: i


She stopped working in order to bring up her children





Brush up on


means


Improve, refresh one's knowledge of something


EX: i


Mary had to brush up on her Spanish before going to South America



Bump into


means


Meet by accident or unexpectedly


EX: i


Pedro bumped into his English teacher at the supermarket





Burn out


means


Stop (something) working


EX: i



The fuse has burnt out


Or means


. Become exhausted from over-working


EX: i


Tom will burn himself out if he doesn't slow down





Butt in


means


Interrupt impolitely


EX: i


It's rude to butt in on a conversation like that! I









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