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PHRASAL VERBS FROM A TO Z


come from


When you come from a place, you were born there or lived there previously. For example,

James comes from Africa, so he's used to hot weather.


When you come from a family or a social situation, your past experience helps to explain your present attitudes and behavior. For example,

Nick had a difficult childhood. He came from a broken home.


When something comes from a source, that is where it originated. For example,

The word "Bonjour" comes from a French word.
The police officer heard a strange sound coming from the bedroom.


figure ... out


When you figure out something, such as the answer to a question, the solution to a problem, or why a person is a certain way or acts a certain way, you think about and succeed in under­standing it. For example,
Lola's so sensitive all the time. I can't figure her out.


give ... back


When you return something to someone, you give it back. For example,
Can I use your phone? I'll give it back after sending a text to my friend.


look for


When you look for things or people, you try to find them. For example,
We looked for you after the game, but we didn't see you.


put... on


When you place something on or apply something to your body, you put it on. For example,
She puts on her new dress before going to the party.

When you place something on or apply something to another surface, you put it on. For example,
The teacher puts the notebooks on the desks.

When you attach or affix something to another thing, you put it on. For example,
Ted put a new poster on the wall last night

When you put on weight, you gain weight. For example,

She's putting on a lot of weight because of eating too much in the evening.


When you organize or perform something for other people's entertainment, such as a play or a concert, you put it on. For example,
The club put on a show to raise money for the party.

When you put people on, you kid or tease them. For example,
You won the competition? You're putting me on!

Something done with the intention of fooling or deceiving people is a put-on. For example,
He didn't really win the competition. It was all a big put-on to impress his girlfriend.


run into


When you are driving and hit another vehicle or something near the road, such as a tree or a telephone pole, you run into it. For example,
Bill was driving too fast, and he ran into an electric pole.

When you meet people unexpectedly or unintentionally, you run into them. Bump into is the same as run into. For example,
I ran into Annie and her husband at the cinema last week.
 
When you unexpectedly encounter difficulties or problems, you run into them. For example,
The new president ran into one problem after another at the office today.

When the total of something grows to a large amount or number, it runs into that amount or number. For example,
If you fixed everything on that old tractor that needs fixing, it would run into thousands of pounds.


show up


When you appear somewhere, you show up. Turn up is similar to show up. For example,
We were supposed to meet our new teacher for breakfast, but she hasn't shown up yet.

When something appears or becomes visible, it shows up. For example,

It's hard to photograph eagles because they fly fast and high.