U

uList of English Phrasal Verbs Beginning With ‘U’
Showing 1 Verbs, 1 Phrasal Verbs

Use (1)
Use up
– Finish or consume all of something

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O

oList of English Phrasal Verbs Beginning With ‘O’
Showing 5 Verbs, 6 Phrasal Verbs

Occur (1)
Occur to
– Enter one’s mind
Open (1)
Open up
– Start to talk freely about something
– Open a shop or business for the day
– Allow goods into a market
Opt (2)
Opt for
– Choose
Opt out
– Choose not to be part of something
Owe (1)
Owe to
– Be the reason for something
Own (1)
Own up
– Confess

Z

ZList of English Phrasal Verbs Beginning With ‘Z’
Showing 5 Verbs, 13 Phrasal Verbs

Zero (2)
Zero in on
– Direct or focus attention on
– Head for, move towards
Zero out
– Cut off funding for a project
– Reduce to zero, cancel, remove
Zip (3)
Zip around
– Move quickly
Zip by
– Pass quickly
Zip up
– Keep quiet
Zone (3)
Zone in
– Pay attention after not doing so
Zone in on
– Pay attention after not doing so
Zone out
– Dissociate yourself from a situation
Zonk (1)
Zonk out
– Fall asleep
Zoom (4)
Zoom in
– Focus more closely
Zoom in on
– Focus more closely
Zoom off
– Go somewhere quickly
Zoom out
– Focus less closely

Y

yList of English Phrasal Verbs Beginning With ‘Y’
Showing 3 Verbs, 3 Phrasal Verbs

Yack (1)
Yack on
– Talk continuously, especially if it is an annoying way
Yammer (1)
Yammer on
– Talk continuously, especially if it is an annoying way
Yield (1)
Yield to
– Surrender

X

xList of English Phrasal Verbs Beginning With ‘X’

W

wList of English Phrasal Verbs Beginning With ‘W’
Showing 30 Verbs, 71 Phrasal Verbs

Wade (3)
Wade in
– Start something or get involved, often without thinking or to forcefully
– Attack
Wade into
– Become embroiled or involved in a situation, without thinking or planning usually
Wade through
– Get to the end of something with difficulty
Wait (9)
Wait about
– Wait somewhere doing nothing
Wait around
– Wait somewhere doing nothing
Wait behind
– Stay somewhere after other people have left
Wait in
– Stay at home because someone is going to visit
Wait on
– Serve people in a restaurant
– Sell goods in a shop
– Provide someone with everything they need or want
– Wait for a result before being able to make a decision
Wait out
– Wait till something has finished, usually something unpleasant
Wait up
– Not go to bed because you are waiting
Wait up!
– Stop (imperative)
Wait upon
– Provide someone with what they require
– Wait for a result before being able to make a decision
Wake (1)
Wake up
– Stop sleeping
Walk (10)
Walk away from
– Leave something you don’t like
Walk away with
– Win easily
Walk in on
– Enter somewhere unexpectedly and see something
Walk into
– Get work without effort
– Be unaware of the presence of something and either enter it (a trap) or bump into it (an obstruction)
Walk off
– Go for a walk to reduce the effects of an illness or bad feeling
Walk off with
– Win easily
– Take something without permission or steal
Walk on
– Continue walking
Walk out
– Leave work because of a dispute with the management
– Leave a place angrily or because you are not satisfied
Walk out on
– Leave somebody angrily
Walk up
– Go to someone
Want (1)
Want out
– Want to leave a relationship or arrangement
Warm (1)
Warm up
– Do exercises before a sport
Wash (5)
Wash away
– When floods or waves completely remove a structure, building, etc.
Wash down
– Drink in order to swallow something solid
Wash out
– Rain so heavily that an event has to be cancelled
Wash over
– Suddenly experience a strong emotion
Wash up
– Clean everything used to prepare food and eat it
– When something in the sea or river is left on the shore or bank

Watch (3)
Watch out
– Be careful (imperative)
Watch out for
– Be careful of something
Watch over
– Keep an eye on something or someone to check that there’s no trouble
Water (1)
Water down
– Make something weaker and less effective
Wean (1)
Wean off
– Slowly stop a dependency on something
Wear (4)
Wear away
– Erode, remove gradually
Wear down
– Make something weaker
Wear off
– Stop having an effect
Wear out
– Use something until it stops working
Weed (1)
Weed out
– Remove, get rid of
Weigh (2)
Weigh in
– Have a certain weight (in sports like boxing)
– Enter an argument forcefully
Weigh up
– Assess

While (1)
While away
– Spend time doing something because you have nothing better to do
Whip (3)
Whip out
– Remove quickly
Whip through
– Do something quickly
Whip up
– Make food quickly
– Mix liquid food quickly to make it thick and creamy
– Make people feel more strongly about something
Whisk (1)
Whisk away
– Take to another place quickly
White (1)

White out
– Use correction fluid to cover a mistake in a written text
Wig (1)
Wig out
– Become excited and lose control
Wiggle (2)
Wiggle out
– Avoid doing
Wiggle out of
– Avoid doing something
Wimp (1)
Wimp out
– Not be brave enough to do something

Wind (3)
Wind down
– Relax
– Slowly close a business or organization
Wind on
– Forward a film or tape to a certain point
Wind up
– Close a company because it’s unprofitable
– Tighten the spring in a watch or clock to make it work
– Irritate someone or increase their stress level, especially if done deliberately
Winkle (1)
Winkle out
– Find or get something that takes a great deal of effort
Wipe (1)
Wipe out
– Make someone very tired
– Kill all of a population, make extinct
Wire (1)
Wire up
– Make electrical connections
Wise (1)
Wise up
– Stop being stupid
Word (2)
Word up
– Give someone information, advice
Word up!
– A phrase that was used a greeting
Work (3)
Work off
– Exercise to remove stress or weight

Work on
– Improve or develop
Work out
– End nicely
– Find the answer or solution
Wrap (1)
Wrap up
– Cover in paper
– Dress warmly
– Finish
Wriggle (1)
Wriggle out of
– Avoid doing something in a way other people don’t like
Write (5)
Write down
– Make notes
Write in
– Send a letter to a TV station, etc.
Write off
– Destroy a car in an accident
Write out
– Write something completely
Write up
– Make complete written version

V

vList of English Phrasal Verbs Beginning With ‘V’
Showing 3 Verbs, 3 Phrasal Verbs

Vacuum (1)
Vacuum up
– Consume
Veg (1)
Veg out
– Relax, do nothing
Venture (1)
Venture forth
– Leave somewhere safe or comfortable

T

This video talks about (take phrasal verbs) t List of English Phrasal Verbs Beginning With ‘T’
Showing 35 Verbs, 126 Phrasal Verbs

Tack (2)
Tack on
– Add something that wasn’t planned
Tack onto
– Add or attach something that wasn’t planned to something
Tag (4)
Tag along
– Accompany someone, especially if they haven’t specifically invited you
Tag on
– Add an additional point to something written or spoken
Tag onto
– Add an additional point to something written or spoken
Tag with
– Add a keyword link or bookmark to a blog entry or webpage
Tail (3)
Tail away
– Become silent or inaudible
Tail back
– Form a traffic jam
Tail off
– Become silent or inaudible
– Decrease
Take (16)
Take after
– Look like, resemble
Take apart
– Take something to pieces
Take aside
– Get someone alone to talk to them
Take away
– Remove

Take back
– Make someone nostalgic
– Retract a statement, admit that something was wrong
Take down
– Make notes or write down in full
– Remove
Take in
– Absorb information
– Deceive
– Make clothes smaller
Take it
– Accept criticism
Take it out on
– Abuse someone because you’re angry
Take it upon yourself
– Take responsibility, often without consulting other people
Take off
– Make great progress
– Reduce the price of an item
– When a plane departs or leaves the ground
– Remove
Take on
– Allow passengers on a ship or plane
– Assume a responsibility
– Employ
Take out
– Borrow a library book
– Borrow money from a bank or other official lender
– Extract or remove
– Go out socially with someone, especially a date
– Obtain insurance
– Kill, murder
Take over
– Assume control of a company or organization
Take to
– Make a habit of something
Take up
– Fill or occupy time or space
– Make clothes shorter
Talk (8)
Talk back
– Respond rudely to a person in authority
Talk down
– Try to make something sound less important
Talk down to
– Talk in a way to show your superiority not communicate
Talk into
– Persuade someone to do something
Talk out of
– Persuade someone not to do something
Talk over
– Discuss
Talk through
– Guide someone through an issue
Talk up
– Make something appear more important or significant than it really is
Tap (5)
Tap for
– Get money off someone
Tap into
– Use or exploit a plentiful resource for your benefit
Tap off with
– Have sex with
Tap out
– Play a rhythm quietly
Tap up
– Approach a footballer illegally to get them to change teams
Tear (7)
Tear apart
– Disturb or upset greatly
Tear at
– Pull or try to pull something to pieces
Tear away
– Stop someone doing something unwillingly
– Remove a surface violently
Tear down
– Demolish
Tear into
– Criticize strongly or angrily
Tear off
– Remove part of a form or letter using your hands, not scissors
– Leave at high speed
– Remove with force
Tear up
– Rip into pieces
– Destroy
Tee (3)
Tee off
– Start or launch an event
– Place a golf ball on a short plastic or wooden stick before hitting it at the start of a hole.
– Annoy someone
Tee off on
– Criticize
Tee up
– Place a golf ball on a short plastic or wooden stick before hitting it at the start of a hole.
– Make preparations before starting or launching something
Tell (3)
Tell apart
– See a difference between two things
Tell off
– Chide; talk angrily to someone about something they’ve done wrong.
Tell on
– Report someone to an authority
Think (3)
Think over
– Consider something carefully
Think through
– Consider all the possibilities and outcomes of a situation
Think up
– Create or invent something, especially when lying
Throw (3)
Throw away
– Discard something when no longer needed
Throw out
– Get rid of
Throw up
– Vomit
Tick (4)
Tick away
– Pass (of time)
Tick by
– Pass (of time)

Tick off
– Annoy
– Scold
– Put a mark on an item in a list when it has been dealt with
Tick over
– Continue working, but without improving
– Operate but without moving (engines)
Tide (1)
Tide over
– Use something carefully so as not to finish it
Tidy (1)
Tidy up
– Put things in the correct place in a room
Tie (5)
Tie back
– Fasten or secure so that it doesn’t obstruct
Tie down
– Secure something to prevent it moving
– Remove or restrict freedom
– Stop people (often police or military) going where they are needed
Tie in
– Agree, be connected or support
Tie in with
– Occur at the same time
Tie up
– Tie or fasten something securely
– Stop someone doing something
– Fasten
– Block a road, etc
Tighten (1)
Tighten up
– Make something more secure or function better
Tip (2)
Tip off
– Secretly inform the police or authorities

Tip over
– Spill, make something fall on its side
Tire (2)
Tire of
– Get bored of something
Tire out
– Make someone exhausted

Toddle (1)
Toddle off
– Leave, go home
Tone (1)
Tone down
– Make something sound more moderate
Tool (1)
Tool up
– Provide equipment
– Arm yourself or somebody
Top (3)
Top off
– Finish something in a special way
Top out
– Stop increasing, reach the highest point
Top up
– Refill something that isn’t empty yet
Touch (6)
Touch down
– Land (planes)
Touch for
– Borrow money
Touch off
– Cause a problem to occur
Touch on
– Mention
Touch up
– Improve the appearance of something
– Touch someone in a sexual way
Touch upon
– Mention
Toy (3)
Toy at
– Pretend to think about or think about in a casual way
Toy over
– Think about something

Toy with
– Not eat much of a meal
– Consider something, but not very seriously
– Move or play with something to occupy your hands
Track (1)
Track down
– Find after a long search
Trade (6)
Trade down
– Sell something and replace it with something cheaper
Trade in
– Exchange something old as part of the price of something new
– Leave your wife or husband to marry someone younger
Trade off
– Bargain, make a deal or compromise
– Accept something you don’t really want to get something you do want
Trade on
– Exploit, use something to your advantage
Trade up
– Buy larger or more expensive items
– Leave your wife or husband and marry someone better looking, richer, etc
Trade upon
– Exploit, use to your advantage

Trickle (1)
Trickle down
– Pass benefits from economic expansion through the economy to the less fortunate
Trip (2)
Trip over
– Fall
– Fall because you hit an obstacle
Trip up
– Make a mistake
Trot (1)
Trot out
– Make a statement (meant negatively)
Trump (1)
Trump up
– Charge or accuse someone falsely
Try (6)
Try back
– Phone back
Try for
– Make an attempt to get something
Try it on
– Provoke someone by being annoying or behaving badly
– Attempt to get something, usually by deceit, without great hopes of success
Try on
– Put clothes on to see if they fit
Try out
– Test
– Test something to see if you like it or want to buy it
Try out for
– Be tested for a sports team
Tuck (4)
Tuck away
– Put something in a safe place
– Eat a lot

Tuck in
– Tidy the ends of items of clothing by placing them inside something
– Start eating enthusiastically
– Arrange the sheets, duvet or blankets to make someone, usually a child, comfortable in bed
Tuck into
– Start eating something
Tuck up
– Arrange the sheets, duvet or blankets to make someone, usually a child, comfortable in bed
Tune (4)
Tune in
– Watch or listen to a TV or radio show
Tune in to
– Watch or listen to a TV or radio programmed
Tune out
– Ignore, not pay attention
Tune up
– Improve the performance of a machine or engine
– Tune a musical instrument before playing
Turn (11)
Turn against
– Stop liking and start disliking
Turn away
– Not allow someone to enter a place
Turn down
– Reduce volume, temperature, etc.
– Reject an offer, invitation, etc.
Turn in
– Go to bed
Turn into
– Become
Turn off
– Stop a machine
Turn on
– Cause someone to feel attraction or pleasure
– Attack
Turn out
– Produce
– Produce an unexpected result
– Stop a light
– Attend
Turn over
– Give to the authorities
Turn to
– Try to get help
Turn up
– Increase volume, temperature, etc.
Type (1)
Type up
– Type a finished version

S

sList of English Phrasal Verbs Beginning With ‘S’
Showing 98 Verbs, 282 Phrasal Verbs

Sag (1)
Sag off
– Not go to school or work, or leave early when you shouldn’t
Sail (2)
Sail into
– Criticize angrily
Sail through
– Pass easily, succeed
Sally (2)
Sally forth
– Leave somewhere safe or comfortable
Sally out
– Leave somewhere safe or comfortable
Salt (1)
Salt away
– Save money
Save (2)
Save on
– Reduce or avoid consumption to cut costs
Save up
– For money for a particular purpose
– Collect or store something for future use

Scare (2)
Scare away
– Frighten someone some much that they go away
Scare off
– Make someone so frightened that he or she away
Scout (5)
Scout about
– Look in different places for something
Scout around
– Look in different places for something
Scout out
– Search for something
Scout round
– Look in different places for something
Scout up
– Try to find someone for a task or requirement
Scrape (7)
Scrape along
– Manage with little money
Scrape by
– Just manage to pass something
Scrape in
– Just get enough to succeed, pass or be accepted
Scrape into
– Be accepted somewhere, but only just
Scrape through
– Pass a test but only just
Scrape together
– Manage to collect enough of something you need, usually money
Scrape up
– Manage to collect enough of something you need, usually money
Screen (2)
Screen off
– Separate a part of a room with something like a curtain, screen, etc.
Screen out
– Exclude
– Block light
– Stop noticing something
Screw (2)
Screw around
– Waste time
– Be sexually promiscuous
Screw up
– Do badly or fail
See (6)
See about
– Arrange, consider
See into
– Accompany someone into an office
See off
– Chase somebody or something away
– Go to the airport, station, etc., to say goodbye to someone
See out
– Accompany a guest to your front door when they are leaving your house
See through
– Continue with something to the end
– Realize someone is lying or being deceitful
See to
– Deal with something
Sell (4)
Sell off
– Sell a business or part of it
– Sell something cheaply because you need the money or don’t need it
Sell on
– Convince someone
– Buy something then sell it to someone else
Sell out
– Have no more of something left because it has been bought
– Lose all artistic integrity in return for commercial success
Sell up
– Sell a house or business to move somewhere or do something different
Send (8)
Send back
– Return something
Send for
– Ask someone to come and help

Send in
– Order people into a place to handle a problem
– Write to get information
Send off
– Expel a sports player from a match
– Post a letter
Send off for
– Order something by post
Send out
– Send something to a lot of people
Send out for
– Order takeaway food by phone
Send up
– Imitate/impersonate for comic effect
Set (8)
Set about
– Start doing something
Set aside
– Overturn a court verdict or decision
Set back
– Cost
Set forth
– State or outline an opinion
– Start a journey
Set in
– Change season noticeably
Set off
– Explode a bomb
– Ring an alarm
– Start a journey
– Counterbalance a debt
Set out
– Display, show
– Start a journey
Set up
– Prepare equipment, software, etc., for use
– Start a company
Settle (5)
Settle down
– Start living a fixed and routine life
Settle for
– Accept whatever is available
Settle in
– Get used to
Settle on
– Agree
Settle up
– Pay a debt
Sex (1)
Sex up
– Change information to make it more attractive to the reader or listener
Shack (1)
Shack up
– Live with someone when you are in a relationship.
– Live somewhere temporarily
Shake (2)
Shake down
– Search
– Extort or cheat money from someone
Shake off
– Get rid of an illness
Shape (1)
Shape up
– Develop in a positive way
– Improve to reach an acceptable standard
Shave (1)
Shave off
– Shave completely
– Reduce by a small amount
Shell (1)
Shell out
– Spend money on something, especially when you think it’s too expensive

Ship (3)
Ship
– Send goods to a place
Ship off
– Send someone away, often because of a problem
Ship out
– Leave a place
Shoot (5)
Shoot away
– Leave somewhere quickly
Shoot back
– Return quickly
Shoot off
– Leave promptly and quickly
Shoot out
– Go out for a short time

Shoot up
– Increase quickly
– Take illicit drugs intravenously.
– Damage with gun-shots
– Increase quickly, grow
Shop (1)
Shop around
– Look around for the best price, quality, etc.
Short (1)
Short out
– Short circuit
Show (8)
Show around
– Take someone to a place to show them certain parts
Show in
– Take someone into an office or other room

Show off
– Behave in a way so as to attract attention
– Display something you are proud of
– Make the qualities of another thing more apparent
Show out
– Take someone to out of a room or building
Show over
– Take someone around a site
Show round
– Take someone to a place to show them certain parts
Show through
– When a feeling can be seen despite attempts to conceal it
Show up
– Attend something or arrive somewhere
– Become clear or apparent
– Make someone feel embarrassed or ashamed
Shrug (1)
Shrug off
– Disregard something, not consider it important or harmful
Shut (8)
Shut away
– Imprison or remove someone’s freedom
Shut down
– Close a business, shop, etc.
– Turn a computer off
Shut in
– Prevent someone from leaving
Shut off
– Close, prevent access
Shut out
– Exclude
Shut out of
– Exclude someone from an activity, etc
Shut up
– Stop talking or making noise
– Close for a period of time
Shut yourself away
– Withdraw from company

Shy (1)
Shy away from
– Avoid doing something because you lack confidence
Side (1)
Side with
– Support someone
Sift (1)
Sift through
– Examine a lot of things carefully
Sign (11)
Sign away
– Give away legal or property rights
Sign for
– Write a signature on behalf on someone
Sign in
– Register in a hotel
– Open a computer program that requires a name and password
– Write your name when entering a place
Sign into
– Open a particular computer program that requires a name and password
Sign off
– End a message
– Close a claim for unemployment benefit
– Stop doing something to leave
– Give someone a letter to be away from work
Sign on
– Open a claim for unemployment benefit
– Agree to participate
– Start broadcasting
– Employ
Sign on with
– Sign a document joining or agreeing to something
Sign out
– Close a computer program that requires a name and password
– Sign something to show you have borrowed something
Sign out of
– Close a particular computer program that requires a name and password

Sign up
– Give your name to do something
– Subscribe
Sign with
– Make a contract with
Simmer (1)
Simmer down
– Become calmer, make less noise
Sink (1)
Sink in
– Slowly come to be understood
Sit (14)
Sit about
– Sit and do nothing, especially when you should be working
Sit around
– Sit idly, doing nothing
Sit back
– Wait for something to happen without making any effort
– Relax in a chair
Sit by
– Not try to stop something
Sit down
– Help someone to sit
Sit for
– Pose for an artist or photographer
– Look after children while their parents are out
Sit in
– Occupy a building to protest about something
Sit in for
– Take on someone’s responsibilities while they are absent
Sit in on
– Attend as an observer
Sit on
– Be on a committee
– To handle somebody firmly who behaves impertinently, conceitedly
– Hold information back or keep it secret
Sit out
– Not take part
Sit over
– Eat or drink slowly
Sit through
– Stay till the end of something dull
Sit with
– Reconcile different positions
Size (1)
Size up
– Assess a situation or person carefully.
– Make something bigger or produce bigger products
Skive (1)
Skive off
– Avoid doing work or other duty
Slack (1)
Slack off
– Reduce one’s effort, perform with less enthusiasm and energy
Slag (1)
Slag off
– Criticize heavily
Sleep (4)
Sleep off
– Sleep in order to recover from excess alcohol, drugs, etc.
Sleep on
– Think about something
Sleep over
– Spend the night at someone else’s house
Sleep through
– Not wake up
Slip (2)
Slip out
– Leave discreetly
Slip up
– Make an error

Slob (2)
Slob about
– Be lazy, do nothing
Slob around
– Be lazy, do nothing
Slope (1)
Slope off
– Leave somewhere without letting others know
Slough (1)
Slough off
– Get rid of, dispose
– Lose or shed outer layers of skin
Slow (2)
Slow down
– Reduce speed
– Become less active
Slow up
– Slow the progress of something
Smack (1)
Smack of
– Appear to have a negative quality
Smash (3)
Smash down
– Demolish or break something down
Smash in
– Break something by hitting it repeatedly
Smash up
– Destroy, break into many pieces
Snap (4)
Snap off
– Break a piece off something

Snap out of
– Control negative emotions
Snap to it!
– Do something quickly
Snap up
– Get, acquire or buy something quickly
Sniff (3)
Sniff around
– Look around to see how good something is or to try to find something better
Sniff at
– Disapprove or be scornful
Sniff out
– Find something be smell (usually for dogs)
– Find out information, especially when people don’t want anyone to know
Snuff (1)
Snuff out
– Extinguish a small flame by covering it
– Kill
– End something suddenly
Sober (1)
Sober up
– Stop showing the effects of alcohol or drugs
Soldier (1)
Soldier on
– Continue even when things get difficult
Sort (1)
Sort out
– Resolve a problem
Sound (2)
Sound off
– To express your opinions forcefully
Sound out
– Check what someone thinks about an issue, idea, etc.
Spark (2)
Spark off
– Cause something, usually unpleasant, to happen
Spark up
– Light a cigarette or joint
Speak (2)
Speak out
– Talk openly and freely
Speak up
– Talk more loudly
Spell (1)
Spell out
– Explain something in great detail
Spew (2)
Spew out
– Expel, throw out
Spew up
– Vomit
Spin (2)
Spin off
– Produce an unexpected additional benefit
– Form a separate company from part of an existing one
– Create a TV show using characters from a popular show

Spin out
– Lose control (vehicle)
– Make something last as long as possible
Spit (2)
Spit it out
– An informal way of telling someone to say something they are unwilling to say
Spit out
– Say something angrily
Split (1)
Split up
– Divide into groups
– Finish a relationship
Spoil (1)
Spoil for
– Really want something
Spruce (1)
Spruce up
– To smarten, make something neat and tidy
Spur (1)
Spur on
– Encourage someone to continue
Square (6)
Square away
– Finish or sort something out
Square off
– Confront someone or prepare to fight them
Square off against
– Confront someone or prepare to fight them
Square up
– Pay back a debt
– Confront someone or prepare to fight them
Square up to
– Accept responsibility or guilt

Square with
– Match, conform to
– Check with someone that something is OK
Squeeze (1)
Squeeze up
– Get more people into a space than normal or comfortable

Stack (2)
Stack up
– Put things in a pile
– Accumulate
– Increase, accumulate something
– Be logical, make sense
– Build up the number of planes waiting to land at an airport
Stack up against
– Be as good as something
Staff (1)
Staff up
– Employ someone for something specific
Stamp (1)
Stamp out
– Get rid of something
Stand (12)
Stand about
– Spend time in a place waiting or doing nothing or very little
Stand around
– Spend time in a place waiting or doing nothing or very little
Stand aside
– Leave a position so that someone else can take it
Stand back
– Keep a distance from something
– Try to understand something by taking a different perspective
Stand by
– Support someone
– Be ready and waiting for something to happen

Stand down
– Leave a job or position so that someone else can take it
– Finish being asked questions in a court
Stand for
– Accept or tolerate behavior
– The words represented by certain initials
Stand in for
– Substitute someone temporarily
Stand out
– Be extraordinary and different
Stand up
– Move from a sitting or lying down to a vertical position
– Fail to keep an appointment
Stand up for
– Defend, support
Stand up to
– Keep your principles when challenged by an authority
– Resist damage
Start (9)
Start off
– Make something start
– Begin life, a career or existence
– Begin a journey
– Make someone laugh
Start off on
– Help someone to start a piece or work or activity
Start on
– Begin to use or consume
– Criticize angrily
Start on at
– Criticize or nag
Start out
– Begin a journey
Start out as
– Begin life, existence or a career
Start out to
– Intend, plan
Start over
– Begin something again
Start up
– Open a business
– Begin, especially sounds
– When an engine starts working
– Make an engine work
– Sit or stand upright because someone has surprised you
Stash (1)
Stash away
– Store or hide something in a safe place

Stay (7)
Stay away
– Not come
Stay away from
– Avoid, not come
Stay in
– Not go out
Stay on
– Remain longer than anticipated
Stay out
– Not go home
Stay over
– Stay overnight
Stay up
– Not go to bed
Steer (1)
Steer clear of
– Avoid
Stem (1)
Stem from
– Originate, be caused by
Step (9)
Step aside
– Leave a job or position so that someone else can take over
Step back
– Look at something from a different perspective
Step down
– Leave a job or position so that someone can take over
– Reduce
Step forward
– Offer help
Step in
– Get involved by interrupting something
Step on it
– An imperative used to tell someone to go faster, especially when driving
Step out
– Leave a place for a very short time

Step to
– Confront
– Chat, talk to
Step up
– Increase
Stick (12)
Stick around
– Stay in a place for some time
Stick at
– Continue doing something despite difficulties
Stick by
– Support someone when they are having difficulties
– Support a plan, opinion or decision
Stick down
– Write something quickly or without thinking about it
– Join surfaces with glue
Stick it to
– Criticize someone
– Treat someone badly or unfairly
Stick out
– Be easily noticed
– Extend part of your body
– Continue doing something difficult or unpleasant
Stick out for
– Demand a salary raise
Stick to
– Not change
– Restrict or limit and not change
Stick together
– Support each other
Stick up
– Stand on end
– Rob using weapons
Stick up for
– Support or defend
Stick with
– Not change something
– Stay near someone
– Not be forgotten
– Continue with something difficult or unpleasant

Stir (1)
Stir up
– Make trouble for someone else
Stitch (1)
Stitch up
– Sew something so that it is closed
– Finalize a deal
– Cheat someone or make them look guilty when they aren’t
Stop (9)
Stop around
– Visit someone for a short time.
Stop back
– Return somewhere
Stop behind
– Stay somewhere when other people leave
Stop by
– Visit somewhere briefly or quickly
Stop in
– Stay at home
– Visit briefly
Stop off
– Break a journey
Stop out
– Be out late, especially when you are expected home
Stop over
– Stay somewhere when on a journey
Stop up
– Stay up late
– Fill or block something
Storm (2)
Storm off
– Leave a place angrily
Storm out
– Leave a place angrily

Stow (1)
Stow away
– Hide in a vehicle to travel without people knowing
– Store something in a safe place
Straighten (2)
Straighten out
– Make something straight
– Deal with a problem
– Make clear and resolve
– Improve someone’s behavior
Straighten up
– Stand straight
– Tidy
Strike (7)
Strike back
– Attack, take action against someone who has hurt you
Strike down
– Kill
– Make someone ill
– Disallow a law, decision, etc
Strike off
– Remove someone’s professional license to practice
Strike on
– Have a good idea
Strike out
– Start doing something new and different
– Cross writing out
Strike up
– Start (conversation, relationship)
– Start performing music
Strike upon
– Have a good idea
String (4)
String along
– Deceive someone for a long time
String out
– Make something last as long as possible
String together
– Put words together into a coherent text
String up
– Hang somebody
Stub (1)
Stub out
– Extinguish a cigarette
Stuff (1)
Stuff up
– Make a mistake, do badly, spoil
Stumble (2)
Stumble across
– Find something accidentally
Stumble upon
– Find something accidentally
Stump (1)
Stump up
– Pay for something
Suck (3)
Suck in
– Become involved in something unpleasant
Suck into
– Become involved in something unpleasant
Suck up to
– Ingratiate yourself with someone
Sum (1)
Sum up
– Summaries
Summon (1)
Summon up
– Get the energy or courage to do something

Suss (1)
Suss out
– Come to understand
Swan (4)
Swan about
– Move in a dramatic or affected manner
Swan around
– Move in a dramatic or affected manner
Swan in
– Enter in a dramatic or attention-seeking manner
Swan off
– Leave somewhere in a defiant or pompous manner
Swear (2)
Swear by
– Have great confidence in
Swear down
– Promise that something is true
Sweep (1)
Sweep through
– Pass easily, succeed
Swing (4)
Swing around
– Change your opinion quickly
Swing at
– Try to hit
Swing by
– Visit a person or place on your way somewhere
Swing round
– Change your opinion quickly
– Turn around quickly
Siphon (1)
Siphon off
– Take business, support or votes from someone
– Divert money illegally

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rList of English Phrasal Verbs Beginning With ‘R’
Showing 27 Verbs, 77 Phrasal Verb
Rack (1)
Rack up
– Acquire a lot of something
Rain (1)
Rain down on
– Fall in large numbers
Rake (2)
Rake it in
– Make a lot of money
Rake up
– Bring something back to people’s attention
Ramp (1)
Ramp up
– Increase price, speed or power of something
Rat (3)
Rat on
– Inform authorities about someone’s wrongdoings
– Fail to keep a promise
Rat out
– Inform the authorities about someone
Rat through
– Look for something hurriedly
Ratchet (1)
Ratchet up
– Increase
Rattle (1)
Rattle off
– Quote figures rapidly
Reach (3)
Reach out
– Stretch your arm to get something
Reach out for
– Try to achieve something difficult
Reach out to
– Ask for help
– Offer help
– Try to communicate and establish good relations with people
Read (3)
Read off
– Read a list aloud for someone to write down
Read out
– Read aloud rather than silently
Read up on
– Research
Reckon (1)
Reckon on
– The minimum expected
Reel (3)
Reel in
– Catch a fish on a line and pull the line to land
– Attract people, especially customers, to get them to do what you want them to
Reel off
– Quote statistics or facts rapidly
– Score a lot of points or win a lot of games one after the other
Reel out
– Unwind
Rein (1)
Rein in
– Control someone or something to stop them causing more trouble
Ride (4)
Ride off
– Go away on a bike, horse, etc
Ride on
– Depend on
Ride out
– Survive a difficult time
Ride up
– Move higher on the body (of clothes)
Ring (3)
Ring back
– Return a phone call
Ring off
– Finish a phone conversation
Ring up
– Telephone
Rip (1)
Rip off
– Charge excessively or obtain money unfairly
Roll (7)
Roll back
– Retreat
– Reduce or remove
Roll in
– Arrive somewhere, especially if late
– Arrive in large numbers, for military vehicles
Roll on
– When something continues to happen
Roll on!
– Said when you can’t wait for something nice in the future
Roll out
– Launch or introduce a new product, initiative, etc.
Roll up
– To appear in large numbers for an event
Roll up!
– An imperative used to attract people to a public event
Romp (2)
Romp in
– Win easily
Romp through
– Do something easily or quickly
Room (1)
Room in
– To keep a mother and baby together after the birth
Root (5)
Root about
– Look in a place to try to find something
Root around
– Look in a place to try to find something
Root for
– Support
Root out
– Look for and find
– Find the source of a problem and remove it
Root up
– Dig a plant out of the ground
Rope (1)
Rope in
– Get somebody to help
Rough (1)
Rough up
– Assault
Round (1)
Round off
– Finish something in a satisfactory manner
Row (1)
Row back
– Retreat from a position
Rub (8)
Rub along
– Have a reasonably good relationship
Rub down
– Dry or clean something with a cloth
– Massage or rub someone to help them relax
Rub in
– Apply a substance like cream or ointment and rub it until it is absorbed
Rub it in
– Emphasize how bad a situation is to make someone feel worse
Rub off on
– Pass a quality or characteristic to people
Rub out
– Delete ink or pencil with an eraser
– Kill
Rub up against
– Touch someone in a sensual or sexual way
Rub up on
– Revise
Rule (1)
Rule out
– Exclude a possibility
Run (19)
Run across
– Meet or find accidentally
Run after
– Chase, pursue
– Try to become romantically involved with someone
Run against
– Oppose, make difficulties
Run along
– Go away, leave (often as an imperative)
Run away
– Escape from people chasing you
– Leave home because of problems with other family members or to elope
Run down
– Hit a pedestrian with a vehicle
– Lose energy or power
– Criticize, disparage
– Find the source or origin of something
Run for
– Campaign for a position
Run in
– Arrest, take to police station for questioning
– Drive a new car carefully in order not to damage the engine
– Pay a casual visit
– Insert
Run into
– Cost
– Meet by accident
Run off
– Make photocopies
Run on
– Be powered by
Run out of
– Have none left
Run over
– Explain quickly
– Hit with a vehicle
– Exceed a time limit
Run through
– Practice a dramatic work like a play quickly
– Stab or wound deeply with a knife, sword, etc.
Run to
– Go to someone for help
– Include in things you like
– Have enough money to buy something, often negative
Run up
– Move quickly to where someone is
– Hoist, raise a flag
– Do or make something very quickly
– Spend a lot of money on credit
Run up against
– Encounter problems, often unexpected
Run up on
– Approach someone without their knowing
Run with
– Keep company, normally bad

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