Phrasal verb is a phrase, consisting of a verb and either or both of proposition or adverb that has idiomatic meaning.

Phrasal verb has becomes one of the most use phrase by Students of which some don’t actually knows it’s meaning.

Phrasal verb is unavoidable in any english test such like joint admission be it from primary to teritial level example of such exams or test includes Joint Admission matriculating board(jamb), Senior secondary certificate examination and others foreign test.

Here, are examples of phrasal verbs and its meaning.


Go about – to start doing something in the right way (she doesn’t know how to go about the work)

Go for – to attack (the mad man went for him)

Go into – investigate or study throughly (the policemen went into the matter in a very great details).

Go on –  to continue (after the dance, the children went on with their work)

Go over – visit/to discuss ( we went over to see him)


Run across – meet by chance (she ran across her very best friend yesterday)

Run off – to make copies (please run off three stencil for the manager)

Run over – hit or crush ( the driver ran over the vulture).

Run through – to say what is to be done (she ran through all the arrangements for the ceremony)

Run to – about (the essay runs to ten pages)

Run down – to knock down and hurt/to say rude or unfair things about. (The goat was run down. please, don’t run down an innocent person).


Get along – manage (we can get along without their help)

Get at – reach (I can’t get at the knife)

Get away – escape (he got away from the prison)

Get back – return/receive ( when the you get back ?. Did you get back the books ?.)

Get behind – not meeting up (Mary get behind her work)

Get by – manage (I think we can get by without more money).


Bring up – To care for and train / to raise a subject for discussion Bring up your children in the fear of God. Bring up that topics)

Bring in – introduce (Bring in your ideas)

Bring down – to cause to fall ( the rule of dictatorship has been brought down)

Bring forward – to present a subject for discussion./to move to an earlier time or date.(bring forward the proposal tomorrow. Let us bring forward to second of January).

Bring about – to cause to fall (can you bring about some changes in the situation)

Back off – to become less aggressive particularly when he had appear to commit crime ( putting us in this situation amount nothing but disaster, so back off)


Put off – upset/postpone (Do not be put off by his appearance. Was the Thanksgiving Day put off again?)

Put through – link to a telephone (could you please put me through in room for job?)

Put up – Accomodate (can she put them up for the right?).


Take after – Resemble (She takes after her mother)

Take down – write down (Take down this instructions)

Take for – mistake for ( I took her for a doctor)

Take in – Decieved ( I was taken in by his pathetic story).

Take off – leave ( when is the take off time for the aeroplane)

Take on – Employ ( my brother has take on driver)

Take over – Replace ( she would soon take over from miss Ade)

Take to – like (they took to each other at once)


Turn down – resfuse ( she turn down the offer for employment)

Turn off – switch off (please switch off the lights)

Turn out – happen to/produce ( it turn out to be a nice wedding after all. That College turn out intelligent students)

Turn up – arrive ( John always turn up lates to lectures)

Turn away – send away ( she turn away the girl).


Stand by – ready to act/ support (you must stand by the sick boy. They stood by the president throughout the ordeal)

Stand for –Represent ( C.P.U Stand for central processing units)

Stand to – certain ( we stand to lose in this business)


Look out – be careful ( there’s an arm robber in the house. look out!)

Look on – to watch and do nothing ( the students look on while the teacher performed the experiment)

Look over – inspect ( the employer look over the boy before employing him)

Look up – check ( I have look up the meaning of that word dive times


Break down – spoil (our vehicle broke down yesterday).

Break into – enter by force ( Arm robbers broke into the bank yesterday)

Break off – stop ( they broke off the wedding arrangements)

Break out – start ( war has broke out between Russia and Ukraine)

Break up – End ( they have broken up their relationship)

Break away – separate ( Biafra broke away from Nigeria)


Come to – amount to ( your fees comes to fifty thousand per semester)

Come along – accompany ( is she coming along with us to the annual festival? )

Come across – meet by chance ( I came across Johnson last week)

Come by – to obtain (French novels are difficult to come by).

Come for – to get ( they have come for the car)

Come on – word of encouragement/begin(come on, eat the food. I have malaria coming on).

Come in – receive ( I have one thousand naira, coming in as my daily pay)


See about – think about ( I shall see about that business tomorrow)

See off – say good bye ( he is seeing her sister off)

See through – understand ( I could see through his lies)

See to – make sure it is completed ( I am going to see to the repair beds)


Set about – begin ( try to set about the work now)

Set apart – Only for ( this room is only set for nursing mothers)

Set aside – keep for a purpose ( I set aside evening one hour for morning prayers)

Set back – delay ( the late rains set back the planting of crops by many people)

Set in – start ( the rainy season has set in)

Set off – begin ( they have set off to the market very early)


Make up – invent/ woman’s cosmetics (we believe he made up the story. She is wearing a lot of make up)

Make off – run away ( he made off  with the Vicar’s daughter)

Make for – Go straight ( the mad dog made for the little boy)

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