||Phrasal Verb Meaning
||To not leave a place after others have left.
||We like to stay behind in the office after five o’clock for a nice chat.
||To not go out of one’s house.
||I’m staying in tonight to finish some office work.
||To continue to do something, or be in a place after others have left.
||She failed her exam, and had to stay on at school for another year.
||To stay outdoors and not come home, or come home late.
||He sometimes stays out late for a drink with colleagues after work
|stay out of
||To not get oneself involved in something.
||I was told to stay out of their arguments and mind my own business.
||To not go to bed at the usual time.
||Tonight we are staying up to watch a football match on television.
||To leave one’s office or position.
||There were calls for him to step aside when his health began to fail.
||To resign from an important job or high position.
||The minister who was involved in a sex scandal was forced to step down.
||To offer one’s help or services.
||A third candidate has stepped forward in the leadership contest.
||To become involved in order to help.
||The leaders had to step in to resolve long-standing disputes between the two factions of the party.
||To go outside for a short time.
||I need to step out for some fresh air.
||The police are stepping up surveillance of the building used by a suspected criminal.
||To remain somewhere for some time.
||Let’s stick around until he arrives, then we will go for a meal.
||To continue doing something in spite of difficulty.
||We decided to stick at it until we completed the 5,000-piece jigsaw.
||To honour one’s promise, obligation, etc.
||You must stick by your promise to help us to get this done.
|To continue to support someone.
||The children promised to stick by their single mother through thick and thin.
||To protrude from something.
||He donned a party hat with a feather sticking out of it.
|To hold something out towards someone.
||She stuck out her tongue as requested by the doctor.
|To be easily noticeable.
||With his towering height, he certainly sticks out in a crowd.
|To tolerate something until the end
||If we just stick it out, I am sure we will find a way out.
||To do or use the same thing and not change to something else.
||Stick to the point, otherwise our meeting will never end.
|To honour one’s words.
||Every time you make a promise, you never stick to it.
||To be mutually loyal.
||They have always stuck together since their immigration here.
||To rob someone.
||A stranger tried to stick him up, but he fought him off.
|stick up for
||To support or defend.
||Will you stick up for me? There are too many of them.
||To continue with someone or something.
||I have stuck with the same barber for the past seven years.
||To make a brief visit to a place.
||Will you be stopping by the supermarket on your way home?
|To make a brief visit to someone.
||Jack stopped by Jill’s with a present to wish her a happy birthday.
||To visit a place briefly.
||He stopped in at a florist’s on his way to visit her.
|To stay in.
||She decided to stop in to do her laundry.
||To make a short visit to a place on the way to one’s destination.
||We stopped off in one of the coastal resorts for a day before leaving the country.
||To stay for a brief period before continuing one’s journey.
||They stopped over in Moscow for a night on the way to London.
||To make an attack in return for an attack made by the opposing side.
||The guerrillas struck back by killing two soldiers for a bomb attack the previous day.
||To hit someone hard.
||He struck the man down with a single blow of his iron rod.
|To kill or make someone unable to act in the normal way.
||He was struck down by polio at an early age.
||To remove from the official record, list, etc.
||He should be struck off the roll of solicitors.
||To discover or think of something, especially by chance.
||We struck on the idea of being freelance journalists while chatting in a train.
||To draw a line through something in a document to show it is not applicable.
||Her name was struck out as she had withdrawn from the competition.
|To start to do something independently.
||She left the quartet to strike out on her own.
||To begin a friendship or conversation with someone.
||He finally found the courage to strike up a conversation with her.
|To start to play.
||An expectant crowd gathered as the band was about to strike up.
||To be crowded with people.
||On weekends the zoo is swarmed with visitors.
|To be overrun with something.
||The carrion of an unknown animal was swarming with flies.
||To use a switch to turn off light, television, etc.
||She seldom switches off the computer when she has finished using it.
||To use a switch to turn on light, television, etc.
||Some cars have already switched on their lights before it gets dark.
||To replace a way of doing something with another.
||They are going to switch over to the new teaching method.
|To change from one television station, etc. to another.
||Why do you keep switching over to another channel?