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Phrasal verbs

break up to separate into smaller pieces: The ship broke up on the rocks. ​ to come to an end: Their marriage has broken up. ​to go away in different directions: The meeting broke up at eleven o'clock. ​to become very weak: He was breaking up under the strain. ​when a person who is talking on a mobile/cell phone breaks up, you can no longer hear them clearly because the signal has been interrupted
catch up (with somebody) to reach somebody who is ahead by going faster Go on ahead. I'll catch up with you. I'll catch you up. ​ to reach the same level or standard as somebody who was better or more advanced After missing a term through illness he had to work hard to catch up with the others.
cheer up | cheer somebody/something to become more cheerful; to make somebody/something more cheerful Oh, come on—cheer up! Give Mary a call; she needs cheering up. Bright curtains can cheer up a dull room.
come up with something [no passive] to find or produce an answer, a sum of money, etc. She came up with a new idea for increasing sales. How soon can you come up with the money?
cut back on to reduce something If we don't sell more we'll have to cut back production. to cut back on spending related noun cutback ​to make a bush, etc. smaller by cutting branches off synonym prune to cut back a rose bush See related entries: Gardening
end up to find yourself in a place or situation that you did not intend or expect to be in end up doing something I ended up doing all the work myself. + adv./prep. If you go on like this you'll end up in prison. + adj. If he carries on driving like that, he'll end up dead.
get in with (informal) to become friendly with somebody, especially in order to gain an advantage
hang around (informal) to wait or stay near a place, not doing very much You hang around here in case he comes, and I'll go on ahead.
help out to help somebody, especially in a difficult situation He's always willing to help out. When I bought the house, my sister helped me out with a loan.
jump at to accept an opportunity, offer, etc. with enthusiasm synonym leap at something
pay off ​(informal) (of a plan or an action, especially one that involves risk) to be successful and bring good results The gamble paid off.
run out if a supply of something runs out, it is used up or finished Time is running out for the trapped miners. ​ if an agreement or a document runs out, it becomes no longer valid synonym expire
settle in to move into a new home, job, etc. and start to feel comfortable there How are the kids settling into their new school? It’s not always easy for a new player to settle in.
take on to employ somebody to take on new staff She was taken on as a trainee. ​[no passive] to play against somebody in a game or contest; to fight against somebody to take somebody on at tennis The rebels took on the entire Roman army.
track down track somebody/something down ​to find somebody/something after searching in several different places synonym trace The police have so far failed to track down the attacker. I finally tracked the reference down in a book of quotations.
turn up to be found, especially by chance, after being lost Don't worry about the letter—I'm sure it'll turn up. ​ (of a person) to arrive We arranged to meet at 7.30, but she never turned up. ​(of an opportunity) to happen, especially by chance He's still hoping something (= for example, a job or a piece of luck) will turn up. related noun turn-up
Created by: marco-1955