phrasal verbs | English with a Twist

Break into: Enter a building or car by using force, in order to steal something

  • Someone broke into my car and stole my briefcase.

Tip off: Warn somebody about something that is going to happen, especially something illegal

  • They were arrested after the police were tipped off about the sale.

Stake out: Watch a place secretly, especially for signs of illegal activity

  • The police have been staking out the warehouse for the past two weeks

Bring in: Bring somebody to a police station in order to ask them questions or arrest them

  • The suspects were brought in for questioning.

Lock up :Put someone in prison

  • Criminals should be locked up.

Fear for :to be worried about somebody/something

  • He feared for his mother, who was alone on the farm.

Run away from:Try to avoid dealing with a difficult or unpleasant situation.

  • You can’t keep running away from the problem.

Scare off: To make a person or animal so scared that they go away. 

  •  My father installed an alarm system to scare off burglars.

Believe in :To be sure something or somebody exists. 

  • My children still believe in witches and ghosts.

Pass out: To become unconscious, faint.

  • She is so scared of mice, she passed out the other day when she saw one in the kitchen.

Come by : Visit

  • I’ll COME BY after work and see if you need any help.

Come about : Happen, occur

  • The meeting CAME ABOUT because both sides were sick of fighting.

Come apart : Break into pieces

  • It CAME APART when I tried to lift it off the floor and I had to glue it back together.

Come round : Become conscious, wake up from anaesthetic

  • She CAME ROUND and learned that the operation had been a complete success.

Come up with : Think of a solution, excuse, etc.

  • Nobody could COME UP WITH a satisfactory explanation for the accident.

Lay off: to dismiss , fire or sack employees from their jobs

  • They had to lay off workers.

Knock off: to end the work day

  • We knock off early on Fridays.

Carry out: to perform work, to do a job

  • The renovation was carried out by a local contractor.

Take over: to take or accept control of something; or when one company is merged with or absorbed into another company

  • Big corporate companies are taking over smaller family enterprises.

Burn out: to become exhausted from work

  • I’m burnt out after studying for the exams.

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