English Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal Verbs are idiomatic expressions, combining verbs and prepositions to make new verbs whose meaning is often not obvious from the dictionary definitions of the individual words. They are widely used in both written and spoken English, and new ones are formed all the time as they are a flexible way of creating new terms.

Phrasal Verb consists of a verb and a preposition or adverb that modifies or changes the meaning. Give up is such a verb that means stop doing something, which is very different from give. The word or words that modify a verb in this manner can also go under the name particle.

A reference page of
2,570 current English Phrasal Verbs (also called multi-word verbs) with definitions and examples is here.

Phrasal Verbs starting with G :

Gad about: Visit a lot of different places for pleasure

I spent the afternoon GADDING ABOUT in the West End.

Gad around: Visit different places for pleasure

I spent the afternoon GADDING AROUND looking for some books.

Gag for: Want something a lot

I'm GAGGING FOR a drink.

Gang up: Form a group against something or someone

They GANGED UP to try to stop the new system.

Gang up on: Harass, bully

They GANGED UP ON him because of the way he spoke.

Gear up: Get ready for a busy period

The shops are GEARING UP for the New Year sales.

Geek out: Talk at length about computing

Henry always GEEKS OUT at parties and bores all the people who don't know much about computers.

Get about:

Visit many places

I GET ABOUT a lot with my job- last years I visited eleven countries.

Become known

It didn't take long for the news to GET ABOUT- everyone's talking about it.

Walk or visit places

She can't GET ABOUT much, but she is in her eighties.

Have personal or sexual relationships with many people

She GETS ABOUT a bit; she's always with some new guy.

Get above: Behave as if you are better or more important than others

She's been GETTING ABOVE HERSELF since she got promoted. (This is normally used in progressive forms and followed by a reflexive pronoun, though 'get above your station' is also used.)

Get across:

Communicate successfully

I just couldn't GET my message ACROSS at the meeting.

Go from one side to the other

It's impossible to GET ACROSS the road with all this traffic.

Move something from one side to the other

How are we going to GET these bags ACROSS the river?

Get across to: Be convincing or make a good impression

How can I GET ACROSS TO my audience?

Get after:

Nag or exhort someone

You should GET AFTER them to finish the work.


GET AFTER her and give her the message before she leaves the building.

Get ahead: Progress

Nowadays, you need IT skills if you want to GET AHEAD.

Get ahead of: Move in front of

I work at home in the evening to GET AHEAD OF schedule.

Get along:

Have a good relationship

Why don't you two GET ALONG? You're always arguing.


It's late; we must be GETTING ALONG.


How's the homework GETTING ALONG?

Get along in: Progress

How are you GETTING ALONG IN the company?

Get along with:

Have a good relationship with someone

I don't GET ALONG WITH my sister- we have nothing in common.

Deal with, handle

How are you GETTING ALONG WITH the training course?

Get around:

Become known

It didn't take long for the news to GET AROUND once it got into the newspapers.

Visit many different places

He GETS AROUND a lot- he's always flying somewhere different.

Walk or go to places

He's finding it hard to GET AROUND since the operation and spends most of his time at home.

Avoid a problem

It'll be tricky, but we will find a way to GET AROUND the regulations.

Persuade, convince

She didn't want to accept my application because it was late, but I managed to GET AROUND her.

Have personal or sexual relationships with many people

He GETS AROUND a bit; he's always with some new girlfriend.

Get around to: Finally manage to do something, make the effort to do something

It always takes me ages to GET AROUND to replying to letters.

Get at:


His boss is always GETTING AT him for arriving late.


What do you think she's GETTING AT? I've no idea what she wants.

Be able to reach, find, access

It's on the top shelf and I can't GET AT it.

Use threats, payments, bribes, etc, to affect someone's testimony or decision

The gangsters GOT AT the jury, who found them not guilty of all charges despite the evidence presented in court.

Get away:


The robbers GOT AWAY in a stolen car, which the police later found abandoned.

Go on holiday or for a short break

We love to GET AWAY from everything and relax in the country.

Move, leave somewhere

He didn't come because he was stuck at work and couldn't GET AWAY.

Get away from:

Go somewhere different or do something different

Work's getting on top of me; I need to GET AWAY FROM it.

Start to talk about something that is not relevant to the discussion

I think we're GETTING AWAY FROM the point here- we need to concentrate on the main ideas.

Get away with:

Not get caught, criticised or punished for doing something wrong

Thieves GOT AWAY WITH two Picassos, which were never found.

Achieve something, despite not doing it correctly or properly

Do you think we could GET AWAY WITH using the cheaper product?

Get away! : An expression of disbelief

"I passed." "GET AWAY! You couldn't have passed."

Get back:


The train was held up so we didn't GET BACK home until midnight.

Return something

Don't lend him any money; you'll never GET it BACK.


He was rude and embarrassed me, but I'll GET him BACK.

Move away

The police told the crowd to GET BACK to allow the ambulance through.

Get back at: Take revenge

I'll GET BACK AT her for landing me in trouble.

Get back into:

Start doing something after stopping for some time

I am GETTING BACK INTO my Khmer lessons after the summer break.

Find a new enthusiasm for something

I lost interest for a while, but I'm GETTING BACK INTO it.

Get back to:

Respond to a contact

I'll GET BACK TO you as soon as I hear any news.

Respond when you know the answer

I don't know at the moment, but I will GET BACK TO you as soon as I have the information.

Start doing something again after an interruption

It took me ages to GET BACK TO sleep after the phone rang.

Get back together: Restart a relationship

We split up a few months ago but GOT BACK TOGETHER last week.

Get behind: Support

All the students GOT BEHIND the teacher.

Get behind with: Be late paying installments for something

If you GET BEHIND WITH mortgage payments, you might lose your home.

Get by:

Have just enough money to live on

They're finding it increasingly difficult to GET BY since their daughter was born.

Not be noticed (problems, errors, etc)

I had checked it, but there still were a few mistakes that didn't GET BY the editor.

Get by on: Manage on a certain amount of money

It's hard to GET BY ON my salary.

Get by with: Have enough of something to do the job

We should be able to GET BY WITH three PCs, but four would be better.

Get down:

Make someone depressed, unhappy, exhausted, etc.

The miserable weather in winter really GETS me DOWN.

Write, record

I couldn't GET DOWN everything he said.

Manage to swallow

The medicine tasted horrible and it was difficult to GET it DOWN.

Descend, leave a vehicle

The trained pulled in and we GOT DOWN.

Leave the table after eating

When they had finished dinner, the children asked if they could GET DOWN.


The doctor says I my GET my cholesterol levels DOWN.

Have an affair or sexual relations

They GOT DOWN at the party last week.

Get down on: Criticise

My mother used to GET DOWN ON us for not doing enough homework.

Get down to:

Start working seriously

I find it extremely difficult to GET DOWN TO doing any revision for examinations.

Enjoy something a lot

People were GETTING DOWN TO the concert.

Get in:

Arrange for someone to do a job in your home, workplace, etc

The air conditioning has broken down; we'll have to GET a technician IN to fix it.

Arrive (train, plane, etc.)

Her plane GETS IN at 2 AM our time.

Arrive home

She didn't GET IN till well after twelve o'clock because she'd been out for a few drinks with her mates.

Enter a car or taxi

The taxi pulled up and we GOT IN.

Buy or obtain supplies, like food

We need to GET some coffee IN; we're completely out.

Arrive at work, school, home

I GOT IN late today because the train broke down.

Enter a building or place

I borrowed her pass to GET IN.

Be elected

The government GOT IN with a very small majority.

Manage to say or do

I couldn't GET a word IN throughout the meeting.

Be admitted to a university, club, etc

He did badly in the entrance exam and didn't GET IN.

Bring inside a place

It's raining; I'd better GET the washing IN.

Submit, apply

We have to GET the forms IN by the end of this week.

Pay for drinks

He GOT the drinks IN.

Get in on: Become involved

The company tried to GET IN ON our market.

Get in with: Become friendly with, ingratiate with

I tried to GET IN WITH them as I thought it would help me at work.

Get into:

Become involved or interested

She's been GETTING INTO dance music recently.

Become involved in something bad or criminal

He GOT INTO drugs when he was at university.

Be accepted or admitted

She did well and GOT INTO Cambridge University.

Become or be accepted as a member

He GOT INTO the first team for football.

Start a habit or way of acting or behaving

It took me ages to GET INTO driving on the left.

Be small enough to wear something

I couldn't GET INTO the boots; they were too tight.


He GOT INTO me for doing it badly.

Get it: Be punished or scolded

If you don't stop that right now, you'll really GET IT!

Get it off: Have sex

They GOT IT OFF at the party.

Get it off with: Have sex with

She GOT IT OFF WITH her friend's husband.

Get it on:

Become interested or excited

The talk was dull and nobody GOT IT ON.

Have sex

Did you two GET IT ON?

Get it on with: Have sex with

Did you GET IT ON WITH him?

Get it together:

Control things in your life to achieve your aims

If I don't GET IT TOGETHER, I will never reach my targets.

Begin a relationship

They only GET IT TOGETHER at the very end of the film.

Get it up: Become aroused (of a man)

He couldn't GET IT UP and felt very embarrassed.

Get off:

Escape punishment

He GOT OFF on a technicality and left the court a free man.

Leave a bus, train, etc.

We GOT OFF the bus and walked to my house.

Finish, leave work

I like to GET OFF early on Fridays.

Start a journey

We need to GET OFF early to avoid the rush hour traffic.

Help a baby or child sleep

I can't GET the kids OFF because of the noise from next door.

Orgasm, have sex

We GOT OFF last night.

Manage to fire a gun

She GOT OFF a few shots before she was arrested.

Stop talking on the phone

Let me know when he GETS OFF the phone as I need to make a call.

Write or send letters, messages, etc

I GOT three emails OFF before the meeting.

Say or write something funny

She GOT OFF some jokes at the start of her presentation.

Get off it: A way of expressing disbelief

I knew he was lying so I told him to GET OFF IT.

Get off on:

Enjoy a drug

He GETS OFF ON crystal moth every night.

Become excited by

She GETS OFF ON her power over us.

Get off with: Have casual sex with

He GOT OFF WITH her at the party.

Get off! : Don't touch, leave alone

If he bothers you, just tell him where to GET OFF.

Get on:

Continue doing something

The teacher asked the pupils to GET ON with some work quietly as she had to leave the classroom.

Enter a bus, train, plane, etc.

We GOT ON the train at Plymouth and went up to London.

Make progress, deal with something with a reasonable degree of success

How are you GETTING ON with your Spanish lessons?

Have a good relationship

We have always GOT ON well.

Become old, age

He's GETTING ON now and doesn't work so hard.

Be late or near an arranged time

I must get home now; it's GETTING ON.

Wear, fit

I have put so much weight on that I couldn't GET my old suits ON.


I must be GETTING ON; I have other things to do this evening.

Get on at: Criticise unfairly

He's always GETTING ON AT me when I haven't done anything wrong.

Get on for: Be near a time

It's GETTING ON FOR midnight.

Get on to: Start to suspect

It took the authorities a long time to GET ON TO the gang.

Get on with:

Have a good relationship

Fortunately, I GET ON WITH my boss.

Continue or start doing something

She told us to GET ON WITH our work.

Get onto:

Start discussing a topic

We didn't GET ONTO the third item on the agenda.

Be elected, appointed

He didn't GET ONTO the committee.

Appear on the radio or TV

He GOT ONTO every major channel after the accident.

Contact someone because you need or want them to do something

We'd better GET ONTO someone to fix this.

Enter a plane, train, etc

She GOT ONTO the plane just before it took off.

Get out:

Leave the house to visit place and socialize

She doesn't GET OUT much now she has her baby.

Become known when people want it to remain secret

The truth GOT OUT despite the injunction on reporting the case.

Leave a place, escape

The dog GOT OUT because I left the door open.

Remove something from where it is stored to use it

I GOT the car OUT so that we could load up the suitcases.

Remove dirt or something unwanted

I spilled some red wine on my carpet and can't GET the stains OUT.

Publish, make available for the public to see or buy

We have to GET the report OUT by the end of the month.

Say what you want when it is difficult

He was so upset he couldn't GET the words OUT.

Get out of:

Avoid doing something you dislike

I said I wasn't feeling well and GOT OUT OF the extra work.

Leave a car, van, etc.

We GOT OUT OF the taxi and paid the driver.

Stop a regular activity or habit

If you GET OUT OF a routine, it can be hard to start again.

Make someone confess or tell the truth

The police couldn't GET any information OUT OF him.

Make someone give something to you

Did you GET a refund OUT OF the travel agency?

Derive pleasure or benefit from something

She's GETTING a lot OUT OF her university course.

Help someone avoid doing something

I GOT him OUT OF having to work at the weekend.

Get out! : Expression of disbelief

'I got 100% on the test.' 'Get out!'

Get over:

Recover from something, feel better

It took me ages to GET OVER the bout of flu.

Solve, find a solution

It took us a long time to GET OVER the problems with the computer system.

Communicate, make people understand

He makes jokes to help GET his message OVER.

Be shocked or surprised that something if real or true

I couldn't GET OVER how much weight he had put on.

Get to the other side

We couldn't GET OVER the river because of the floods.

Come somewhere

He said he needed help and ask me to GET OVER as soon as I could.

Get over with: Do something unpleasant that has to be done rather than delaying it any more

I GOT the test OVER WITH rather than have to worry about it any longer.

Get round:

Become known

I don't want this to GET ROUND, so please keep it to yourself.

Find a solution

We're nearly ready, but there are few little problems we have to GET ROUND before we finish.

Get round (around) to: Finally manage to do something

It always takes me ages to GET ROUND to writing letters. (In American English 'around' is used)

Get round (or around) : Persuade someone

She didn't want to let me do it, but I succeeded in GETTING ROUND her. (In American English 'around' is used)

Get through:


I tried calling her mobile phone, but I couldn't GET THROUGH.


He GETS THROUGH two bottles of wine a day.


I'm going to take some work home because I haven't managed to GET THROUGH it all today.


Call me when you GET THROUGH.

Succeed in an exam or test

My car didn't GET THROUGH its inspection.

Help someone or something succeed or pass a test or exam

My teacher GOT me THROUGH the exam.

Endure or deal with a difficult experience

We will have to be careful with our money to GET THROUGH the month.

Be accepted or passed (laws, proposals, etc)

If the proposal GETS THROUGH, it'll make things much better for us.

Manage to pass

The water GOT THROUGH the roof and damaged the carpets.


The message didn't GET THROUGH.

Get through to:

Make someone understand

I explained it carefully, but I just couldn't GET THROUGH TO him.

Contact, especially by phone

I rang but couldn't GET THROUGH TO her.

Reach a stage in a competition

If they win, they'll GET THROUGH TO the quarter finals.

Get to:

Annoy, irritate

Don't let her GET TO you; she's just in a bad mood.


When I GET TO it, I'll look at the matter carefully.

Start discussing a topic

We asked him to GET TO the point, but he just waffled away.

Get together: Meet socially

We GOT TOGETHER in the pub for a drink.

Get up:

Get out of bed

I GET UP at seven o'clock on weekdays, but lie in till noon at the weekend.


They GOT UP a list of two hundred people who were opposed to the local council's plans.

Get up to: Do something wrong or naughty

The children are always GETTING UP TO some trouble or other.

Give away:

Entrust your daughter to her husband through the marriage ceremony

He GAVE his daughter AWAY and told the groom to look after her.

Tell a secret, often unintentionally

She didn't GIVE anything AWAY about the party so it came as a complete surprise to me.

Distribute something for free

In this issue of the magazine, they are giving away a free DVD.

Give without asking for or expecting payment

He decided to GIVE his new album AWAY in a magazine.

Give an advantage to your opponent in a sport by making a mistake, playing badly, etc

They GAVE AWAY two goals in the first half.

Give an unwanted baby to people to bring up

She had to GIVE her baby AWAY as she couldn't afford to bring it up.

Betray, report to authorities

The gang GAVE him AWAY to the police.

Give a weight advantage to an opponent in boxing

He is GIVING AWAY thirty pounds to the challenger.

Give back:

Return something you've borrowed

I GAVE the money BACK that she'd lent to me.

Return something that someone has lost

Nothing could GIVE me BACK the way I felt before the scandal.

Give in:

Stop doing something because it's too hard or requires too much energy

I couldn't finish the crossword puzzle and had to GIVE IN and look at the answers.

Submit homework, etc.

The projects have to be GIVEN IN three weeks before we break up for the end of term.

Surrender, accept defeat

They GAVE IN when the police surrounded the building.

Offer or submit for judgment, approval

They GAVE IN their complaint to the court.

Give in to:

Agree to something you don't like

The government says it will not GIVE IN TO terrorists.

Allow a feeling or desire to control you


entually, I GAVE IN TO my anger and screamed at them.

Give it to: Criticize harshly or punish someone for something

They really GAVE IT TO me for forgetting to turn up.

Give it up for: Applaud

Please GIVE IT UP FOR our next guest.

Give it up to:Applaud

Please GIVE IT UP TO our next guest.

Give of:Contribute without expecting anything in return, usually time or money

He GIVES OF his free time to help the club.

Give off:

Emit pollution or something else unpleasant

The police stopped the van because it was GIVING OFF a lot of black smoke.

Behave in a way that makes people think of you in a certain way

She GIVES OFF an air of nobility.


The company is GIVING OFF all over the country.

Follow or take one of 2 or more branches (instructions, in machine code) in writing a computer program (using system software for a programming language)

A particular application of a processing code can be GIVEN OFF while requiring minimal run-time support.

Give onto:Open into a place, for a door or window

The French windows GIVE ONTO the lawn.

Give out:


Somebody was GIVING leaflets OUT in front of the underground station.

Stop working, through age or overuse

I'd been having trouble with my laptop and it finally GAVE OUT at the weekend.

Have no more of a supply

The water GAVE OUT after a week in the desert.

Make public

They GAVE the names of the winners OUT last night.


The factory GIVES OUT a lot of fumes.

End or finish somewhere

The path GIVES OUT halfway around the lake.

Make a sound or noise

She GAVE OUT a moan.

Read the wordings of a hymn or psalm aloud for congregational singing

He GAVE OUT the psalm.

Give over:

Stop doing something bad or annoying

They were making a lot of noise so I told them to GIVE OVER.

Entrust, pass on responsibility

We've GIVEN the premises OVER to the new company.

Stop an activity

The police told the rioters to GIVE OVER.

Give over to:

Dedicate, devote

He GAVE himself OVER TO finding his son.

Transfer responsibility

After her death, they GAVE control of the estate OVER TO her niece.

Give over! :An expression of disbelief

They've doubled your salary- GIVE OVER!

Give up:

Stop doing something that has been a habit

I GAVE UP taking sugar in tea and coffee to lose weight.

Stop being friendly, end relationships

She GAVE UP all her school friends when she went to university.

Stop doing something

I have GIVEN UP trying to help them.

Surrender, stop trying

I can't think of the answer; I GIVE UP.

Sacrifice or dedicate time, etc, to something

I GAVE UP all my free time to the project.

Allow someone to sit in your chair, take your place, etc

I GAVE UP my seat to a pregnant woman.

Allow or give away a run while pitching (baseball)

He has GIVEN UP 14 earned runs in 14 innings.

Give up on:

Lose faith in or stop believing in something or someone

I GAVE UP ON them when I heard what they were saying about me behind my back.

Stop feeling hope

I have GIVEN UP ON them; they never do what they promise.

Give up to:Denounce, report to authorities

He GAVE his accomplices UP TO the police.

Give way:

Stop to allow vehicles to pass

You must GIVE WAY at this junction.

Collapse, break

The dam GAVE WAY when the floods rose.

Give way to:

Yield, surrender, retreat

Don't GIVE WAY TO your worst fears about this.

Relinquish position or ascendancy

Night GIVES WAY TO day.

Be replaced by something better, cheaper, more modern, etc

Cottage industries GAVE WAY TO the big companies.

Allow a vehicle to pass in front

You must GIVE WAY TO oncoming traffic.

Surrender to strong emotions

He GAVE WAY TO his anger and started screaming at them.

Give yourself up:Surrender to the police or authorities

The gang GAVE THEMSELVES UP last night.

Give yourself up to:Dedicate time, energy, etc, to something

He GAVE himself UP TO his job.

Gloss over: Try to minimize the importance of something

The Minister tried to GLOSS OVER the report that was critical of her department.

Gnaw at:

Trouble, worry or annoy someone

I know it was wrong and guilt has GNAWED AT me ever since I did it.

Harm gradually

The government's dishonesty has GNAWED AT people's trust in politicians.

Gnaw away at: Harm gradually

Their behavior GNAWED AWAY AT our trust in them.

Go about:

Deal with something

How should I GO ABOUT telling her the bad news?


A rumor is GOING ABOUT involving the Attorney General.

Go across: Move to another side or place

He WENT ACROSS to the opposition.

Go after: Chase, try to get

The cat WENT AFTER the pigeon, but it flew away.

Go against: Lose a decision or a verdict of a court

If the decision GOES AGAINST me, I'll go bankrupt.

Go ahead: Proceed

The construction of the bypass WENT AHEAD despite the protests from environmentalists.

Go ahead with: Proceed

We now intend to GO AHEAD WITH the final stage of the project.

Go along with: Accept a decision or suggestion

I didn't really agree, but I WENT ALONG WITH the decision because I was in the minority.

Go around:


A rumor is GOING AROUND about the Attorney General.

Be or have enough of something

There aren't enough jobs to GO AROUND for the numbers of people graduating nowadays.


I WENT AROUND for dinner at their house.

Go at: Attack or approach something with vigor

She WENT AT her dinner like she hadn't eaten for days.

Go away: Leave a place or disappear

This drug should make the pain GO AWAY.

Go back: Have a long history

He and I GO BACK a long way- we were at school together.

Go back on: Break a promise

The government has GONE BACK ON their promise not to raise taxes.

Go before: Precede

We can’t ignore what has GONE BEFORE and pretend that everything has been OK.

Go below: Leave the top deck of a ship

The captain told the passengers to GO BELOW when the storm started.

Go by:

The passing of time

Ten years WENT BY before we saw each other again.

Trust or depend on for correct information

Don't GO BY my watch; it's usually a bit slow.

Pay a short visit, call

Nobody was at home when I WENT BY yesterday.

Go down:

Decrease, get smaller

The price of scanners has GONE DOWN recently.


The Titanic WENT DOWN after it hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage.


The sun WENT DOWN at seven o'clock.

Be sent to prison

He WENT DOWN for ten years for armed robbery.

Become recorded as or known as

It WENT DOWN as the worst day in the history of the company.

Be eaten or swallowed

The medicine WENT DOWN easily.

Fall to the ground

The boxer WENT DOWN in the second round.

Happen, take place

The police thought that a big crime was GOING DOWN that night.

Stop working, especially computers

The computer system WENT DOWN for an hour last night.

Become dimmer

The lights WENT DOWN and the audience stopped talking.

Be received by people, in terms of their reaction

My joke WENT DOWN very badly.

Go down on: Perform oral sex


Go down to: Be defeated

Chelsea WENT DOWN TO Arsenal in a thrilling game.

Go down with:

Fall ill

She WENT DOWN WITH a virus.

Find acceptance

Do you think the scheme will GO DOWN WITH the farmers in the area?

Go for:


The neighbor’s dog WENT FOR the postman and bit him.

Be attracted to

She tends to GO FOR guys like him.

Choose, select

I'll GO FOR the soup of the day, followed by the duck.

Try to get

The player WENT FOR the ball but missed.

Have something favorable

The play didn't have much GOING FOR IT and we left halfway through.

Pass for or serve as

It's a couch that also GOES FOR a bed.

Go forth:

Leave a place

He WENT FORTH and found a wife in another city.

Travel abroad, leave a place

They WENT FORTH to spread the word of the new religion.

Go forward:

Move clocks ahead

The clocks MOVE FORWARD an hour on Sunday.


The top three teams GO FORWARD to the next round.

Go in:

Go to hospital for treatment, surgery, etc.

He WENT IN for a triple bypass operation two days ago.


The cable GOES IN here.

Disappear, become obscured by a cloud

The sun has GONE IN.


The troops WENT IN at dawn.

Go in for:

Enter a competition or sit an exam

He WENT IN FOR the photography prize, but didn't win.

Support, advocate

I don't GO IN FOR the claims being made about blogging.

Like, have an interest in

He GOES IN FOR classical music.

Make a career choice

Have you thought about GOING IN FOR teaching?

Go in with:

Form a union or alliance

They're going to GO IN WITH the Social Democrats.

Join, enter

Ask the other to GO IN WITH them on the plan.

Go into:

Discuss in some detail

They refused to GO INTO exactly what was wrong.

Enter a profession, hospital, trade, market

She WENT INTO banking after she'd finished university.

Begin a speech or description

He WENT INTO a long attack on the way press had handled the issue.

Be dedicated or devoted

A lot of time and effort WENT INTO this book.

Be contained in a larger number

Five GOES INTO sixty 12 times.

Go it:

Behave in a reckless way

Shouting at the boss like that is GOING IT.

Move or drive very fast

After the traffic jam, he really WENT IT to make up time.

Go it alone: Do something without help

He prefers to GO IT ALONE rather then working with the team.

Go off:

Explode (bomb), start ringing (alarm)

The fire alarm WENT OFF because someone was smoking in the toilets.

Go bad

The milk WENT OFF because I forgot to put it in the fridge.

Start to dislike

I WENT OFF her when she lied to me.

Leave a place

Please don't GO OFF until we have sorted this out.

Take place, follow a plan or pattern

The party WENT OFF well.

Stop working (electric/electronic equipment)

The lights GO OFF automatically when the office is empty.

Go off with:

Elope, run away with someone

She WENT OFF WITH her friend's husband.


He WENT OFF WITH my credit cards.

Go on:


He WENT ON and ON talking and I was so bored.


There are loads of people out in the street; what's GOING ON?

Start doing or taking something

She WENT ON the pill when she met him.

Be guided

The investigators have no clues to GO ON.

Be nearly a certain period of time

It's GOING ON ten years since we met.


They asked me how the project was GOING ON.

Spend money

Most of my salary GOES ON my mortgage repayments.

Start working (electric/electronic equipment)

The alarm GOES ON when you close the front door.

Go on about: Talk too much

He's always GOING ON ABOUT his kids.

Go on at: Pester; try to make someone do something by repeatedly asking or suggesting

He WENT ON AT his parents until they bought him the game.

Go on to: Proceed

We had dinner and WENT ON TO a few bars.

Go on with: Continue doing

Please GO ON WITH your work.

Go on! : A way of encouraging someone

GO ON! Apply for the job.

Go out:

Stop burning, be extinguished

The candle WENT OUT and left us in darkness.

Leave a place

He WENT OUT last night.

Go on strike

The workers WENT OUT for more money.

Become unfashionable

That sort of tie WENT OUT last year.

Move backwards, of a tide

The tide GOES OUT in the evening.

Be eliminated in a competition

England WENT OUT in the second round.

Be transmitted

The item WENT OUT on the news yesterday.

Be sent

The newsletter WENT OUT last night.


I didn't GO OUT to offend them.

Go out for: Become a candidate, apply for something

She WENT OUT FOR a place on the team.

Go out to: Feel sympathy with someone

Our condolences GO OUT TO all the families who have lost people in this tragic accident.

Go out with: Have a relationship with

He's been GOING OUT WITH his girlfriend for around six months now.

Go over:

Look at something, revise

We WENT OVER our notes before the exam.


I hadn't seen her for a while, so I WENT OVER on Friday night.

Be approved or accepted

My plans WENT OVER well.

Repeat or explain

Could you GO OVER that point again, please?


I WENT OVER the living room with the vacuum cleaner before they arrived.

Go over to:

Go on a journey

I'm GOING OVER TO Hong Kong next month.

Become converted

She WENT OVER TO Islam when she was living in the Middle East.

Change to something different

I used to drink beer but I have GONE OVER TO wine.

Go past: Pass without stopping

She WENT PAST me without saying hello.

Go round:

Be or have enough of something

There aren't enough jobs to GO ROUND for the numbers of people graduating nowadays.


There's a nasty rumor GOING ROUND about them.


I WENT ROUND last night to see them.

Go through:


You wouldn't believe what I WENT THROUGH when I was ill!

Read again

I WENT THROUGH my notes before the exam.

Examine, search

I WENT THROUGH my desk looking for the letter.

Do something in a certain way or following certain procedures

You must GO THROUGH the proper channels to get the approval.


He WENT THROUGH his ideas twice but I couldn't really understand them.

Be approved formally or sanctioned

My divorce WENT THROUGH last week.


They said I could GO THROUGH the exam room.

Consume or spend

We WENT THROUGH a fortune on our holiday.

Perform or carry something out

I WENT THROUGH my work in a daze after I heard the news.

Go through with: Do or complete something you've agreed to

He did promise, but I doubt that he'll GO THROUGH WITH it.

Go together: Harmonize or be compatible

Drinking and driving don't GO TOGETHER.

Go towards: Contribute

The money WENT TOWARDS my university fees.

Go under:

Go bankrupt

Many small shops are GOING UNDER because they cannot compete with the supermarkets.

Lose consciousness

She WENT UNDER a few minutes after they administered the anesthetic.


The ship WENT UNDER in a heavy storm.

Go up:

Rise or climb

The price of petrol has GONE UP sharply because of the increase in duty in the Government's budget.


We WENT UP and asked them for some information about the courses.

Be built

Skyscrapers are GOING UP everywhere in the city centre.

Be heard

A huge cheer WENT UP when the president arrived.

Be promoted

The top three teams GO UP at the end of the season.

Go up to:


She WENT UP TO him and asked him if he wanted a drink.

Attend a university

She WENT UP TO Cambridge after she finished secondary school.


The book only GOES UP TO the start of the Second World War.

Go with:

Combine nicely

Does this tie GO WITH my shirt?


A lot of benefits GO WITH the job.

Accept, agree to

We're GOING WITH our original plan in the end.

Date, have a relationship with

She's been GOING WITH him since she was at university.

Go without:

Not have

I had to GO WITHOUT lunch today because I didn't have any time.

Cope without having something

They're not coming, so we'll have to GO WITHOUT their help.

Goof around: Fool around, not be serious

We spent the weekend GOOFING AROUND.

Goof off: Avoid or leave work

We GOOFED OFF for the afternoon to watch the match.

Goof up: Mess, spoil

They GOOFED UP our plans.

Grass on: Report someone to a person in authority

He GRASSED ON us and got us into a lot of trouble.

Grass up: Report someone to a person in authority

She didn't to GRASS them UP, even though they'd been bullying her badly.

Grey out: Disable a function in a computer program, leaving it visible but not working

They GREYED OUT the print button to stop people using it. (In American English, 'gray' would be used.)

Grind away: Keep working at something

Although I hated it, I GROUND AWAY until I had finished.

Grind down: Reduce or destroy someone's enthusiasm

Their negativity GRINDS me DOWN.

Grind into: Press or twist something hard into something else

She GROUND her cigarette INTO the ashtray.

Grind on:

Proceed relentlessly

The war GROUND ON for years.

Talk endlessly

He was still GRINDING ON about football when we left.

Grind out: Produce something with great difficulty

I find it very hard to GRIND OUT an original essay every week.

Grind up: Reduce to small pieces

She GROUND the beans UP and made some coffee.

Grow apart: Become distant; stop having a close relationship because time, distance, interests, etc, have changed

We used to be good friends at school but have since GROWN APART.

Grow away from: Become less friendly with

I have GROWN AWAY FROM many of the people I grew up with.

Grow back: Grow again

Nails GROW BACK quickly after you cut them.

Grow from: Result from a process

A lot GREW FROM the peace talks.

Grow into:

Grow to fit large clothes

The jacket's a bit big, but she'll GROW INTO it.

Mature or change into

She's has GROWN INTO a lovely person.

Develop or change over time to fit something

It may seem difficult at first, but you will GROW INTO the job.

Grow on:

Like something that you didn't like at first

The painting has GROWN ON me; I used to eat it.

Have a greater influence or degree of acceptance

The plans sounded strange at first, but they have GROWN ON me.

Become gradually more evident

A feeling of distrust of them GREW ON me.

Grow out: Let hair, etc, with dyes, perms grow to get rid of the style

I'm letting the perm GROW OUT.

Grow out of:

Grow too large for clothes

He GREW OUT OF those shoes in no time at all.

Lose interest as you grow older or become more mature

He was obsessed with computer games but the he GREW OUT OF them.

Result or develop from

The idea for the film GREW OUT OF an accident that happened to the director.

Grow to: Eventually do something

We GREW TO like the neighborhood.

Grow together: Gradually become attached, united or close

We GREW TOGETHER while we were working on the same project.

Grow up:

Mature, become adult

He GREW UP in the West Country.

Arise, emerge

The industry GREW UP very quickly.

Develop in a place or for a reason (city, town, etc)

The town GREW UP as a trading post.

Rear a child

She GREW me UP to be polite at all times.

Grow up on: Do or have something when you are a child

We GREW UP ON cartoons.

Grow upon:

Like something that you didn't like at first

The book started slowly and was a bit dull, but it has GROWN UPON me.

Have a greater influence or degree of acceptance

As we got nearer the date of the meeting, their idea GREW UPON me.

Become gradually more evident

A feeling of distrust of them GREW UPON me.

Gun for: Try to destroy an opponent

He's GUNNING FOR his rivals at work.

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