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.
A 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 S :
Sag off: Not go to school or work, or leave early when you shouldn't
I was bored so I SAGGED OFF work early and went home.
Sail into: Criticize angrily
He SAILED INTO me for turning up an hour late.
Sail through: Pass easily, succeed
He SAILED THROUGH the final test.
Sally forth: Leave somewhere safe or comfortable
The townspeople SALLIED FORTH to fight the invading army.
Sally out: Leave somewhere safe or comfortable
Though it was pouring with rain, we SALLIED OUT to meet her.
Salt away: Save money
She's making a lot of money, but SALTS it AWAY rather than spending it.
Save on: Reduce or avoid consumption to cut costs
I use Skype to SAVE ON my phone bills.
For money for a particular purpose
He's SAVING UP to buy a car.
Collect or store something for future use
I'm SAVING UP the receipts to claim on them all at once.
Scare away: Frighten someone some much that they go away
The cat SCARED the birds AWAY.
Scare off: Make someone so frightened that he or she away
The vicious Doberman guard-dog SCARED the burglars AWAY.
Scout about: Look in different places for something
The company is SCOUTING ABOUT for new staff.
Scout around: Look in different places for something
We SCOUTED AROUND to find the best price.
Scout out: Search for something
The researcher spent months SCOUTING OUT the answer.
Scout round: Look in different places for something
I SCOUTED ROUND for a bargain.
Scout up: Try to find someone for a task or requirement
We'd better SCOUT UP a replacement for her.
Scrape along: Manage with little money
I've been SCRAPING ALONG on temporary work since I lost my job.
Scrape by: Just manage to pass something
I thought I was going to fail, but SCRAPED BY with 51%.
Scrape in: Just get enough to succeed, pass or be accepted
The government SCRAPED IN with 51% of the votes cast.
Scrape into: Be accepted somewhere, but only just
She got mediocre grades and just SCRAPED INTO university.
Scrape through: Pass a test but only just
I did no revision and only just SCRAPED THROUGH the final exams.
Scrape together: Manage to collect enough of something you need, usually money
I had to search my flat for money to SCRAPE TOGETHER what I needed.
Scrape up: Manage to collect enough of something you need, usually money
It took me ages to SCRAPE UP the money for the tickets.
Screen off: Separate a part of a room with something like a curtain, screen, etc.
We SCREENED OFF the area where we had the discussion from the rest of the meeting.
Applicants without the right qualifications were SCREENED OUT.
The sun cream SCREENS OUT UV light.
Stop noticing something
There are so many notices and signs that I have started SCREENING them OUT.
He spent the afternoon SCREWING AROUD and got nothing done.
Be sexually promiscuous
He SCREWED AROUND a lot at university.
Screw up: Do badly or fail
David SCREWED UP his oral exam but still managed to scrape a pass.
See about: Arrange, consider
I'll SEE ABOUT whether we can manage it.
Accompany someone into an office
Her secretary SAW me INTO her office.
Chase somebody or something away
A cat came into the back garden but the dog soon SAW it OFF.
Go to the airport, station, etc., to say goodbye to someone
I went to the station to SEE them OFF.
See out: Accompany a guest to your front door when they are leaving your house
Are you sure you're going? I'll get your coats and SEE you OUT.
Continue with something to the end
They had a lot of difficulties in implementing the project, but the team SAW it THROUGH successfully.
Realize someone is lying or being deceitful
The police quickly SAW THROUGH her disguise and arrested her.
See to: Deal with something
He SAW TO the arrangements and everything ran smoothly and efficiently.
Sell a business or part of it
They SOLD OFF their research subsidiary.
Sell something cheaply because you need the money or don't need it
She SOLD OFF her furniture before she emigrated.
We managed to SELL him ON the expansion plans.
Buy something then sell it to someone else
We buy them wholesale and SELL them ON to the public.
Have no more of something left because it has been bought
The tickets for the Primal Scream concert at the Brixton Academy SOLD OUT in a couple of hours.
Lose all artistic integrity in return for commercial success
Most bands SELL OUT when they sign to a major record label, and forget all their principles when pursuing chart success.
Sell up: Sell a house or business to move somewhere or do something different
We want to SELL UP and move to the country.
Send back: Return something
I SENT my food BACK because it was overcooked.
Send for: Ask someone to come and help
I had to SEND FOR a plumber because the radiator was leaking.
Order people into a place to handle a problem
The police were SENT IN to quell the riot as the protesters had started burning cars and wrecking shops.
Write to get information
If you want to enter the competition, you have to SEND IN for an entry form.
Expel a sports player from a match
The football striker was SENT OFF for arguing with the referee's decision.
Post a letter
I must SEND this letter OFF today otherwise it won't get there in time.
Send off for: Order something by post
I SENT OFF FOR some jeans that I liked in the catalogue.
Send out: Send something to a lot of people
They SENT OUT a mail shot to all their existing customers.
Send out for: Order takeaway food by phone
We couldn't be bothered to cook, so we SENT OUT FOR a pizza.
Imitate/impersonate for comic effect
The mischievous schoolboy was standing at the front of the class, SENDING the teacher UP, when the teacher opened the door behind him.
Set about: Start doing something
We SET ABOUT the cleaning and got it done before lunchtime.
Set aside: Overturn a court verdict or decision
The Appeal Court SET ASIDE the guilty verdict because the evidence was unsatisfactory and declared her not guilty.
Set back: Cost
The car repairs SET me BACK eight hundred pounds.
State or outline an opinion
He SET FORTH his ideas in his autobiography.
Start a journey
We SET FORTH at daybreak for the summit of the mountain.
Set in: Change season noticeably
Winter has SET IN; it's started snowing.
Explode a bomb
Terrorists SET OFF a car bomb in the city centre last night. Fortunately, no-one was hurt or killed.
Ring an alarm
The smoke SET the fire alarm OFF.
Start a journey
We SET OFF for work at seven-thirty.
Counterbalance a debt
The company SET OFF its overseas debts against it profits at home.
The figures are SET OUT in the council's annual report.
Start a journey
The explorers SET OUT for the South Pole yesterday morning.
Prepare equipment, software, etc., for use
The technician SET UP the computer network perfectly.
Start a company
They SET UP a dot com company, floated it a couple of years later on the Stock Exchange and made an absolute fortune.
Settle down: Start living a fixed and routine life
After years of partying and drinking, she finally got married and SETTLED DOWN.
Settle for: Accept whatever is available
We were upset not to win and had to SETTLE FOR the second prize.
Settle in: Get used to
It took him a while to SETTLE IN when he moved to Japan.
Settle on: Agree
They couldn't agree at first on a name for their daughter, but finally SETTLED ON Alice.
Settle up: Pay a debt
Let's SETTLE UP for the dinner the other night.
Sex up: Change information to make it more attractive to the reader or listener
The government denied that they had SEXED UP the report to make the front page.
Live with someone when you are in a relationship.
They SHACKED UP a few months after they started going out.
Live somewhere temporarily
We had to SHACK UP with friends while our house was being decorated.
The police SHOOK the house DOWN looking for drugs.
Extort or cheat money from someone
He SHOOK the guy DOWN with some story about needing the money for an operation.
Shake off: Get rid of an illness
It took me ages to SHAKE OFF the cough.
Develop in a positive way
Things are SHAPING UP at work- everything's going well again.
Improve to reach an acceptable standard
If they don't start SHAPING UP, they're going to lose their jobs.
He has SHAVED OFF his moustache and looks much younger.
Reduce by a small amount
He SHAVED a few thousand OFF the budget for the year.
Shell out: Spend money on something, especially when you think it's too expensive
I had to SHELL OUT a hundred pounds on the dinner.
Ship off: Send someone away, often because of a problem
He was causing a lot of trouble, so they SHIPPED him OFF to another branch.
Ship out: Leave a place
If you've finished your work, I'm ready to SHIP OUT.
Shoot away: Leave somewhere quickly
He SHOT AWAY as soon as the bell rang for the end of the lesson.
Shoot back: Return quickly
I'm SHOOTING BACK home to pick up some things I forgot to bring with me.
Shoot off: Leave promptly and quickly
I'll have to SHOOT OFF as soon as the lesson finishes, otherwise I'll miss my train.
Shoot out: Go out for a short time
I'm SHOOTING OUT to the shops for a paper.
The share prices of internet companies have been SHOOTING UP lately.
Take (illicit) drugs intravenously
The heroin-user would SHOOT UP in shop doorways.
Damage with gun-shots
The gangsters SHOT UP the pub.
Increase quickly, grow
Johnny has SHOT UP since I last saw him.
Shop around: Look around for the best price, quality, etc.
If you SHOP AROUND, you can find some real bargains for air tickets.
Show around: Take someone to a place to show them certain parts
The estate agent SHOWED us AROUND the house but we didn't like it much.
Show in: Take someone into an office or other room
The secretary SHOWED me IN to speak to the manager.
Behave in a way so as to attract attention
The children were SHOWING OFF and irritated me.
Display something you are proud of
He wanted to SHOW OFF his new sound system.
Make the qualities of another thing more apparent
The shirt really SHOWED OFF his new tie.
Show out: Take someone to out of a room or building
Her secretary SHOWED me OUT after the interview.
Show over: Take someone around a site
He SHOWED us OVER the scene of the accident.
Show round: Take someone to a place to show them certain parts
The guide SHOWED them ROUND the historic part of the city.
Show through: When a feeling can be seen despite attempts to conceal it
His anger SHOWED THROUGH despite his smile.
Attend something or arrive somewhere
Very few SHOWED UP at the meeting.
Become clear or apparent
The downturn in sales SHOWED UP in the company's accounts.
Make someone feel embarrassed or ashamed
He SHOWED us UP when he arrived drunk and started arguing.
Shrug off: Disregard something, not consider it important or harmful
He SHRUGGED OFF the criticism and carried on the same way.
Shut away: Imprison or remove someone's freedom
Many people have been SHUT AWAY in psychiatric hospitals for disagreeing with the government.
Close a business, shop, etc.
The shop SHUT DOWN when the out-of-town supermarket opened.
Turn a computer off
You should close all programs before you SHUT a computer DOWN.
Shut in: Prevent someone from leaving
I SHUT the cat IN until it was time to go to the vet.
Shut off: Close, prevent access
They SHUT the water OFF while they did the repairs.
Shut out: Exclude
You have to SHUT your feelings OUT to deal with it.
Shut out of: Exclude someone from an activity, etc
He's been SHUT OUT OF the discussions.
Stop talking or making noise
He told us to SHUT UP and start working.
Close for a period of time
They SHUT the shop UP for a fortnight while they were on holiday.
Shut yourself away: Withdraw from company
She's SHUT herself AWAY to revise for her exams.
Shy away from: Avoid doing something because you lack confidence
Many learners SHY AWAY FROM using phrasal verbs.
Side with: Support someone
The lecturer SIDED WITH her students and got sacked for her pains.
Sift through: Examine a lot of things carefully
We had to SIFT THROUGH thousands of files before we found what we were looking for.
Sign away: Give away legal or property rights
He SIGNED AWAY his rights to compensation when he signed the contract.
Sign for: Write a signature on behalf on someone
My boss was out for the day, so I SIGNED her letters FOR her.
Register in a hotel
We SIGNED IN and went straight to bed.
Open a computer program that requires a name and password
I SIGNED IN and started chatting online.
Write your name when entering a place
You have to SIGN IN before you can enter the club.
Sign into: Open a particular computer program that requires a name and password
I SIGN INTO MSN Messenger automatically when I boot up.
End a message
I'll SIGN OFF now, but will write again next week.
Close a claim for unemployment benefit
I SIGNED OFF when I got my new job.
Stop doing something to leave
I'm SIGNING OFF now and going home- I'm shattered.
Give someone a letter to be away from work
My doctor SIGNED me OFF for a month with back problems.
Open a claim for unemployment benefit
I had to SIGN ON when I lost my job.
Agree to participate
I've SIGNED ON to help at the village fete.
He SIGNS ON the same way every show.
We've SIGNED ON two new teachers.
Sign on with: Sign a document joining or agreeing to something
He's SIGNED ON WITH Manchester United for the next three years.
Close a computer program that requires a name and password
I SIGNED OUT and then shut the computer down.
Sign something to show you have borrowed something
Could you SIGN those books OUT, please?
Sign out of: Close a particular computer program that requires a name and password
I SIGNED OUT OF MSN Messenger and shut the computer down.
Give your name to do something
I've SIGNED UP as a volunteer.
I SIGNED UP for their newsletter.
Sign with: Make a contract with
She's SIGNED WITH EMI for the next few years.
Simmer down: Become calmer, make less noise
He told them to SIMMER DOWN because they were disturbing the class next door.
Sink in: Slowly come to be understood
The truth finally SANK IN about her death when it was broadcast on TV.
Sit about: Sit and do nothing, especially when you should be working
We spent the afternoon SITTING ABOUT chatting instead of doing any work.
Sit around: Sit idly, doing nothing
They just SAT AROUND while the others did all the work.
Wait for something to happen without making any effort
We SAT BACK and waited for them to make the first mistake.
Relax in a chair
I SAT BACK and enjoyed the show.
Sit by: Not try to stop something
I can't SIT BY while they are punished wrongly.
Sit down: Help someone to sit
The nurse SAT me DOWN in a chair.
Pose for an artist or photographer
The Queen SAT FOR another official portrait.
Look after children while their parents are out
She SITS FOR her neighbors when they go out.
Sit in: Occupy a building to protest about something
The students SAT IN the Library as a protest against the increase in tuition fees.
Sit in for: Take on someone's responsibilities while they are absent
Her deputy's SITTING IN FOR her while she's away.
Sit in on: Attend as an observer
She SAT IN ON the meeting and took notes but said nothing.
Be on a committee
She's SAT ON the finance committee from the beginning.
To handle somebody firmly who behaves impertinently, conceitedly
If his girlfriend finds out, she'll get mad and SIT ON him.
Hold information back or keep it secret
The government has been SITTING ON the report because it was so critical.
Sit out: Not take part
I had to SIT the game OUT because I was ill.
Sit over: Eat or drink slowly
WE SAT OVER dinner discussing the plans.
Sit through: Stay till the end of something dull
I was bored and wanted to leave halfway through, but we SAT THROUGH the film.
Sit with: Reconcile different positions
It's hard to see how their new plan SITS WITH the promises they made.
Assess a situation or person carefully
The door staff SIZED UP everyone entering the club.
Make something bigger or produce bigger products
Soft drinks manufacturers have SIZED UP their products in recent years.
Skive off: Avoid doing work or other duty
I pretended I was ill and SKIVED OFF on Monday.
Slack off: Reduce one's effort; perform with less enthusiasm and energy
Students usually begin the term well, and then SLACK OFF near the end of the semester.
Slag off: Criticize heavily
The concert was terrible and all the papers SLAGGED the band OFF.
Sleep off: Sleep in order to recover from excess alcohol, drugs, etc.
She went to bed TO SLEEP OFF the effects of the tequila.
Sleep on: Think about something
My boss said she'd have to SLEEP ON it when I asked her for a raise.
Sleep over: Spend the night at someone else's house
The au pair made tea for the friends who were SLEEPING OVER.
Sleep through: Not wake up
I SLEPT THROUGH the storm even though the wind blew some slates off the roof.
Slip out: Leave discreetly
The party was really dull so we SLIPPED OUT and went to the pub instead.
Slip up: Make an error
The waitress SLIPPED UP and didn't bring us what we had ordered.
Slob about: Be lazy, do nothing
I SLOBBED ABOUT all day as I couldn't be bothered to do any work.
Slob around: Be lazy, do nothing
I spent the day SLOBBING AROUND at home.
Slope off: Leave somewhere without letting others know
The lecture sounded really boring, so I SLOPED OFF and went to the pub.
The car SLOWED DOWN when they saw the police.
Become less active
It is important to slow down, rest, and eat sensibly.
Slow up: Slow the progress of something
The negotiations were SLOWED UP by the arguments.
Smack of: Appear to have a negative quality
The government's decision SMACKS OF hypocrisy.
Smash down: Demolish or break something down
The police SMASHED the door DOWN to get into the house.
Smash in: Break something by hitting it repeatedly
He SMASHED the windscreen IN.
Smash up: Destroy, break into many pieces
The burglars SMASHED UP the office as there was no money to steal.
Snap off: Break a piece off something
He SNAPPED OFF a bit of chocolate from the bar and gave it to me.
Snap out of: Control negative emotions
I was feeling depressed and knew I had to SNAP OUT OF it.
Snap to it! : Do something quickly
He had taken ages so I told him to SNAP TO IT and get it finished.
Snap up: Get, acquire or buy something quickly
Collectors SNAPPED UP every copy the day it was released.
Sniff around: Look around to see how good something is or to try to find something better
I SNIFFED AROUND to see if I could find a better deal.
Sniff at: Disapprove or be scornful
A job opportunity like that is not to be SNIFFED AT.
Find something be smell (usually for dogs)
Customs use dogs to SNIFF OUT illegal drugs being smuggled in.
Find out information, especially when people don't want anyone to know
Our rivals are trying to SNIFF OUT our plans for expansion.
Sober up: Stop showing the effects of alcohol or drugs
Keith SOBERED UP a bit when we left the pub and walked home.
Soldier on: Continue even when things get difficult
Life got hard for my dog when he went blind, but he just SOLDIERED ON and never complained.
Sort out: Resolve a problem
Has the firm SORTED OUT its tax problems yet?
Sound off: To express your opinions forcefully
He SOUNDED OFF about the quality of the food.
Sound out: Check what someone thinks about an issue, idea, etc.
You should SOUND her OUT to get her opinion before you go ahead with the plan.
Spark off: Cause something, usually unpleasant, to happen
The riot was SPARKED OFF by the police raid on the club.
Spark up: Light a cigarette or joint
They SPARKED UP in a no smoking area.
Speak out: Talk openly and freely
People are afraid to SPEAK OUT in oppressive political regimes.
Speak up: Talk more loudly
They couldn't hear the speaker and asked him to SPEAK UP a bit.
Spell out: Explain something in great detail
He won't understand you unless you SPELL everything OUT for him.
Spit it out: An informal way of telling someone to say something they are unwilling to say
Hurry up, SPIT IT OUT! I can't wait all day for the truth.
Spit out: Say something angrily
He SPAT her name OUT when he saw her arrive.
Divide into groups
Hurry up, SPIT IT OUT! I can't wait all day for the truth.
Finish a relationship
He SPAT her name OUT when he saw her arrive.
Spoil for: Really want something
He's been SPOILING FOR an argument all day.
Spur on: Encourage someone to continue
The thought of the bonus SPURRED her ON to complete the work on time.
Square away: Finish or sort something out
There are few things I have to SQUARE AWAY before I can leave.
Square off: Confront someone or prepare to fight them
The two drunks SQUARED OFF and the barman had to intervene before a fight broke out.
Square off against: Confront someone or prepare to fight them
They SQUARED OFF AGAINST the police when they arrived.
Pay back a debt
Can I SQUARE UP with you for last night?
Confront someone or prepare to fight them
The companies are SQUARING UP for a fight.
Square up to: Accept responsibility or guilt
They need to SQUARE UP TO what they did wrong if we are to make any progress.
Match; conform to
What he said doesn't SQUARE WITH what the others said.
Check with someone that something is OK
I'll have to CHECK that WITH my boss before I can confirm it.
Squeeze up: Get more people into a space than normal or comfortable
Four of us had to SQUEEZE UP in the back of the car.
Put things in a pile
I STACKED UP the boxes.
Work STACKED UP while I was away on holiday.
Increase, accumulate something
I've been STACKING UP a lot of air miles.
Be logical, make sense
The budget figures don't STACK UP.
Build up the number of planes waiting to land at an airport
Planes were STACKING UP while the airport was closed after the bomb threat.
Stack up against: Be as good as something
The new model doesn't STACK UP AGAINST the old one.
Staff up: Employ someone for something specific
They haven't STAFFED the project UP yet.
Stamp out: Get rid of something
The government has started a campaign to STAMP OUT drugs in schools.
Stand about: Spend time in a place waiting or doing nothing or very little
We STOOD ABOUT drinking coffee before the lecture.
Stand around: Spend time in a place waiting or doing nothing or very little
We STOOD AROUND for an hour waiting for them to turn up.
Stand aside: Leave a position so that someone else can take it
The prime minister should STAND ASIDE and let a new leader head the party.
Keep a distance from something
We STOOD BACK while he lit the firework.
Try to understand something by taking a different perspective
We need to STAND BACK and look at the problem differently.
He STOOD BY her throughout the trial as he believed her to be innocent.
Be ready and waiting for something to happen
The emergency services were STANDING BY waiting for the plane to land.
Leave a job or position so that someone else can take it
The minister announced her intention to STAND DOWN at the next election.
Finish being asked questions in a court
The judge told the witness to STAND DOWN after the questioning.
Accept or tolerate behavior
I'm not going to STAND FOR their rudeness any longer.
The words represented by certain initials
'WHAT do the letters BBC STAND FOR? ‘‘British Broadcasting Corporation.'
Stand in for: Substitute someone temporarily
She had to STAND IN FOR the editor while he was on holiday.
Stand out: Be extraordinary and different
She STOOD OUT from the crowd in selection and was offered the job.
Move from a sitting or lying down to a vertical position
Everybody STOOD UP when the judge entered the court.
Fail to keep an appointment
He agreed to meet me last night, but he STOOD me UP.
Stand up for: Defend, support
He's the kind of manager who will always STAND UP FOR his staff.
Stand up to:
Keep your principles when challenged by an authority
She STOOD UP TO the police when they tried to corrupt her.
This coat will STAND UP TO the roughest weather conditions.
Make something start
They STARTED OFF the meeting with an attack on our performance.
Begin life, a career or existence
She STARTED OFF as a receptionist and ended up as the CEO.
Begin a journey
We STARTED OFF early because we knew the journey would take all day.
Make someone laugh
I was trying to be serious, but their comment STARTED me OFF.
Start off on: Help someone to start a piece or work or activity
I STARTED her OFF ON the project then left her to finish it.
Begin to use or consume
It's time to START ON that bottle of wine.
The manager was furious and STARTED ON her staff for not trying hard enough.
Start on at: Criticise or nag
He STARTED ON AT me for being late.
Start out: Begin a journey
We STARTED OUT early in the morning.
Start out as: Begin life, existence or a career
What had STARTED OUT AS a protest quickly turned into a full-blown rebellion?
Start out to: Intend, plan
I didn't START OUT TO become the boss- it just happened.
Start over: Begin something again
It's a mess- I think we should just START OVER.
Open a business
The firm STARTED UP on a shoestring budget.
Begin, especially sounds
There was a pause, and then the noise STARTED UP again.
When an engine starts working
The car STARTED UP first time.
Make an engine work
I STARTED the car UP.
Sit or stand upright because someone has surprised you
He STARTED UP when I entered the room and tried to hide what he was doing.
Stash away: Store or hide something in a safe place
I STASHED some money AWAY behind some books.
Stay away: Not come
He said he didn't like them coming and wanted them to STAY AWAY.
Stay away from: Avoid, not come
He told them to STAY AWAY FROM him.
Stay in: Not go out
I'm going to STAY IN and chill tonight; I can't be bothered to go out.
Stay on: Remain longer than anticipated
She STAYED ON after she graduated to do a Master's degree.
Stay out: Not go home
We STAYED OUT all night.
Stay over: Stay overnight
I STAYED OVER at a friend's house last night because of the train strike.
Stay up: Not go to bed
The children STAYED UP until way past their bedtime.
Steer clear of: Avoid
He's trying to STEER CLEAR OF his lecturer because he hasn't finished his assignment yet.
Stem from: Originate, be caused by
The trouble STEMS FROM their refusal to discuss the matter.
Step aside: Leave a job or position so that someone else can take over
Everyone thinks that the prime minister should STEP ASIDE so that someone new can lead the party into the election.
Step back: Look at something from a different perspective
We should STEP BACK and try to see how our customers will view the scheme.
Leave a job or position so that someone can take over
The CEO STEPPED DOWN after the share price dropped.
Production is being STEPPED DOWN because demand has dropped.
Step forward: Offer help
When I had the accident, a lot of people STEPPED FORWARD to help me.
Step in: Get involved by interrupting something
I had to STEP IN when they started fighting.
Step on it: An imperative used to tell someone to go faster, especially when driving
I told the taxi driver to STEP ON IT as I was late for the meeting.
Step out: Leave a place for a very short time
They've STEPPED OUT for a cigarette.
Don't STEP TO those guys; they'll kill you.
Chat, talk to
He tried to STEP TO her in the bar.
Step up: Increase
The police have STEPPED UP the pressure on beggars working the Underground.
Stick around: Stay in a place for some time
He's late, but I'll STICK AROUND for another few minutes before I leave.