||Phrasal Verb Meaning
||To return a telephone call.
||I have already called her ten times and she hasn’t called back.
||The students are calling for more books for the library.
||To telephone someone at a particular place.
||The manager called in to say he was on the way.
|To ask for someone’s help or services.
||They tried to settle the matter without calling in the police.
||To postpone or cancel.
||The couple called off their engagement by mutual consent.
||To make a brief visit.
||She must be hiding every time I called on her as she’s never in.
||To select, e.g. as a player.
||That was the first time he was called up to play for the team.
||To continue doing something.
||When heavy rain started falling, we carried on playing football.
||To do or complete something.
||She screamed at them when her instructions were not carried out to the letter.
||To extend beyond a place or time.
||Letting his problems at work carry over into his private life caused him to drink to excess.
||To become popular.
||He became popular when his new bawdy song caught on very fast.
||To reach same standard as others.
||Having been ill for the last few days, I now have got to catch up on my studying.
|catch up with
||To finally discover someone had done wrong and punish them.
||After all these years the law finally caught up with him.
||To remove dirt, rubbish, etc from a place.
||They have to clean out the attic before they move out.
||To make a place free from dirt, stains, rubbish, etc.
||The group of volunteers gathered to clean up the beach.
||To remove unwanted things or put them back to where they belong so that the place becomes tidy.
||The children quickly cleared away all their toys before mum reached home.
||To leave quickly.
||They cleared off from chatting in the canteen when the boss entered.
||To make a place tidy by getting rid of unwanted things.
||It’s time to clear your bedroom out; it’s cluttered up with piles of books and old magazines.
||To improve, especially weather.
||The weather cleared up and we went for a drive along the coast.
||To cease operation such as a business, shop, etc.
||The factory was forced to close down by falling demand for its products.
||To move in on a target and prevent its escape.
||The police are closing in on the gang’s hideout.
||To not allow access.
||Two lanes were closed off for roadwork.
||To dispose of something cheaply.
||The store is closing out a particular brand of shoes.
||To not open for the time during which something is being done.
||The supermarket is closed up for renovation.
||How did it come about that we didn’t meet when we’re both there at the same time?
||To meet or find by chance.
||I came across a bronze statue of a brontosaurus in an antique shop.
||To go somewhere with.
||I wanted to go to the cinema but my girlfriend refused to come along with me.
||To separate into pieces.
||My glasses came apart when I walked right into someone in the dark.
||To change one’s opinion.
||He came around after I showed him all the evidence.
||To rush threateningly at someone.
||I dreamed he came at me with a dagger and demanded, “Your money or your life?”
||To regain success after setback.
||He came back from five-nil down to level at seven-all.
||To be more important.
||She said her children would always come before her career.
||To cause conflict between two persons.
||He doesn’t allow anything, not even his wife, to come between him and his work.
||To find something that is difficult to get.
||Plum jobs are hard to come by these days.
||To travel south.
||They are coming down from Iceland this weekend.
|come down on
||Her parents really came down hard on her for playing truant.
|come down to
||To be the most important factor.
||When it comes down to her political beliefs, she is not prepared to compromise.
|come down with
||To suffer something infectious, though not serious.
||He just came down with a cold, so we have to postpone the trip.
||To arrive so as to get something or someone.
||You had better hide; they are coming for you.
||To volunteer to provide information.
||Despite the high reward offered, no one has come forward with any information.
||To have started from.
||He comes from a long line of actors.
||To be useful when needed.
||These small tools come in handy when we need them.
||To happen because of something.
||His persistent cough comes of smoking heavily.
||To take place or occur.
||Despite all our efforts, the social gathering did not come off very well.
||To become known.
||The truth of the matter will come out sooner or later.
|come out of
||To result from something
||The police combed the entire area for evidence, but nothing came out of it.
|come out with
||To say something that is unexpected.
||He came out with his own interpretation which is not entirely accurate.
||To make a casual visit.
||If you come over next week, we can do it together.
||To visit someone at home.
||I expected you to come round for the drinking session, but you didn’t.
||To regain consciousness.
||She came to about an hour after he was admitted to the hospital.
||To become clear or obvious.
||Her anger came through in her facial expression.
||To experience or suffer.
||The politician came under widespread criticism for what he proposed.
||To move towards.
||A stranger came up to me and asked for the way to the museum.
|come up against
||To deal with.
||In parliament, he had to come up against experienced opposition members.
|come up for
||To be dealt with in the future.
||The proposal will come up for revision next week.
|come up with
||To think of a plan for something.
||They intend to come up with a solution soon.
|To think of an idea.
||We welcome anybody who can come up with an alternative plan.
||To discover by chance.
||We came upon a headless corpse when we stepped into a disused mine.
|To find what one has been looking for.
||The police finally came upon the spot where the murder supposedly took place.
||To call out numbers in descending order to zero.
||We like to join in when they count down before the launch of a rocket.
||To include someone.
||If you are having a drinking session this evening, you can count me in.
||You can count on my help whenever you need it.
||To not include someone.
||If you are going on a shopping spree this weekend, count me out.
||To remove an item from a list by drawing a line through it.
||As you perform each task, cross it off the list.
||To draw a line through something that is written wrongly.
||When you make a mistake, cross it out.
||To take a shorter route than an alternative longer one.
||We’d better cut across the park and get home before it rains.
||To remove unwanted parts.
||We spend the whole afternoon cutting away the dead branches.
||Businesses are cutting back on staff to remain profitable.
||To reduce the quantity.
||You ought to cut down on the number of cigarettes you smoke.
||His annoying habit is to cut in whenever a conversation is going on.
|To suddenly drive into the space in front of another car.
||The stupid driver suddenly cut in right in front of us.
||To stop someone from continuing talking by interrupt them.
||He tried to explain but they cut him off and warned him not to be late again.
||To tell someone to stop doing something.
||Can you fellows cut it out? I’m trying to read.
||To cut into pieces.
||The murderer cut up the victim’s body into eight pieces.