||Phrasal Verb Meaning
||To give something to everyone in a group.
||Please take a form and pass the others around.
||To offer something to everyone in a group.
||Please pass these drinks round.
||Grandpa passed away peacefully in his sleep.
||To move past.
||The small child watched open-mouthed the parade passing by.
|To move past someone and not be recognized.
||I passed by her without being noticed by her.
|To go past someone or something
||We often sat on the river bank and looked at the barges passing by.
||To hand something down from older people to younger ones.
||The centuries-old tradition still passes down from generation to generation.
||To regard something as true.
||His mother-in-law in mini-skirt could easily pass for a teenager.
||To falsely represent oneself as someone else.
||There is no reason for me to pass myself off as anyone else.
|To happen in a satisfactory way.
||The protest match against alleged vote rigging passed off peacefully.
|To deliberately cause someone to believe something that is not true or genuine.
||He was under investigation for passing off fakes as authentic documents.
||To infect someone.
||You passed your cough on to me. See, I’m coughing now.
|To let someone else bear the cost of something.
||The restaurant owners threatened to pass the proposed increase in the service tax on to the consumers.
||It’s exactly a year that he passed on.
|To pass something from one person to another
||He was not present, so no one passed on the message about the urgent meeting to him.
||To briefly lose consciousness.
||During a heavy drinking session, he suddenly passed out.
|To give out something.
||He passed out the application forms to those who put up their hands.
|To successfully compete a training, especially in the armed forces.
||She was the only woman who passed out from one of the top police colleges in the country.
||To be ignored or left out.
||Jane threatened to resign when she was passed over for promotion.
|To avoid mentioning something
||Certain facts were passed over, thus making the report misleading.
||His parents thought he should accept it as the opportunity to work overseas is too good to pass up.
|To refuse to accept.
||He passed up a chance for promotion out of fear of new responsibilities.
||To revenge oneself.
||I’ll pay him back one of these days for what he did to me.
|To repay someone.
||Can I now pay you back half of the amount I owe you?
||To be punished.
||Let’s hope he will pay dearly for his evil deeds.
||To put money into an account.
||I will pay this cheque in for you.
||To put money into an account.
||I will pay this cheque into your account.
||To bribe someone to keep quiet, especially about something that is illegal or dishonest.
||He wanted to pay me off substantially to keep quiet about something illegal he had done.
|To produce a good outcome.
||Our persistence really paid off as we got this thing done successfully.
|To make full settlement of one’s debt.
||We paid off the washing machine in four installments.
||To give out money.
||A huge sum of money was paid out to the jackpot winner.
||I don’t know how much I have to pay out to fix the leak in the roof.
||To make a payment although not readily or eagerly.
||I was told to pay up by Monday or had my car repossessed.
||To eat in small amounts, displaying no desire to satisfy one’s hunger or need for food.
||The patient picked at her breakfast.
||To shoot someone or something one by one from a distance.
||We picked the moving toy ducks off one by one at the fun fair, and won some prizes.
||To repeatedly choose the same person for unfair treatment.
||I don’t think she likes me; she’s always picking on me.
||To easily recognize someone in a group.
||Anyone of us can pick out Rose’s father from the crowd because he is exceptionally tall.
||To examine item by item, choosing the ones one wants.
||We picked over the apples before buying them.
||We picked the broken pieces up off the floor.
||As we walked along the beach, we picked up empty sea shelves.
|To take on passengers or goods.
||Finally, the bus arrived to pick up commuters.
|To get or bring back something from somewhere.
||The mechanic called to ask me to pick up my car.
||The father picked up some items of food from a grocer’s shop.
|To buy something cheaply.
||She picked up some discounted dresses in the sale.
|To learn through practice.
||We could pick up French more quickly when we lived in France.
|To detain someone.
||He was picked up as a suspect from his home by the police.
|To accept to pay, especially a restaurant bill for food and drinks.
||The kind uncle offered to pick up the tab.
|To catch an illness.
||He picked up an unknown disease while on an overseas holiday.
|To increase or improve.
||We waited until the wind picked up before setting sail.
||Sales are expected to pick up at the end of the year.
||One of the hounds had picked up the scent of a fox.
||To join in taking on a task or an activity.
||Bob pitched in to help complete the project before the deadline.
|To provide help or support.
||Some employers pitched in with financial help to get the training scheme going.
||To make physical or verbal attack against someone.
||He would pitch into anyone who commented that he was uncooperative.
||To turn up.
||By the time he pitched up, the evening was drawing to a close.
||To decide on something and arrange it in advance.
||She plans on allowing only invited guests at her party.
|To prepare for a future event.
||They had not planned on having such bad weather.
||To make thorough preparation.
||We have already planned out the schedule for a week’s outing to the seaside resort.
||To act so as to make it appear that you are cooperating when in fact you are not.
||He played along with her suggestion for the time being.
||To make small movements with something in the hand/s.
||He was playing around with a pencil when he talked to me.
|To enter into a casual sexual relationship with a woman
||She heard a rumour that her boss was playing around with his secretary.
||To play the role of someone.
||Some of the children love to play at cowboys and Red Indians.
||To replay something that has been recorded.
||She played back the tape-recorder to listen to her voice with a view to improving it.
||To minimize the true importance of something.
||The accused’s lawyers played down the seriousness of his offence.
||To play in a tie, the winner of which goes to the next stage of the competition.
||The two teams are playing off for a place in the Premier League.
|To give your support to a person or group to oppose another in a dispute so as to gain an advantage or benefit for yourself.
||The children are playing off one parent against the other.
||To exploit someone’s way of thinking or feeling in order to benefit oneself.
||He’s always playing on his friends’ generosity to get free treats.
||To give undue prominence to something.
||A pro-government newspaper played up the internal squabble of the main opposition party.
|play up to
||To please someone for their support.
||Many politicians are expert at playing up to the voters to gain their votes.
||To move something about with no useful purpose.
||He unconsciously played with his pen while talking to us.
||To inform someone of something.
||The leader pointed out the things we should and shouldn’t do while jungle trekking.
|To make someone notice a person.
||He pointed his teacher out to his parents.
||To reach a particular conclusion based on fact which is likely to be true.
||Available evidence points to pilot error as the cause of the crash.
||To draw attention to something.
||The report pointed up the definite weaknesses in the security arrangements.
||To consume food or drink quickly.
||David could easily polish off seven different types of fruit at one sitting.
||As expected, the underdog was polished off in straight sets.
||His family believed he was polished off by a hit man engaged by his ex-wife.
||To improve on a skill.
||We intend to polish up our English in order to know her better.
|To make smooth and shiny by rubbing
||You need to polish up your boots.