Phrasal Verbs, English Grammar
THE LIST of PHRASAL VERBS WHICH BEGIN WITH B:
move backwards in fear or dislike
When he saw the dog, he backed away.
Local authorities backed down on their plans to demolish the building.
give support or encouragement
If I tell the boss we've got too much work, will you back me up?
make a copy of (file, program, etc.)
It is recommended to back up all files in a secure location.
pay money to secure someone's release
When he was arrested, his family refused to bail him out.
rescue from financial difficulties
The government bailed out the bank.
base your hopes on someone/something
Don't forget the date. I'm banking on your help.
make more substantial
He beefed up his presentation with diagrams and statistics.
When he fell off the horse he blacked out.
separate using a barrier
The area was blocked off during the demonstration.
The terrorists said the bomb would blow up at 9 o'clock.
be destroyed by an explosion
The car blew up but luckily there was nobody in it.
boil down to
be summarized as
The problem boils down to a lack of money.
start a computer by loading an operating system or program.
Just give my a few minutes to boot up the computer.
escape from captivity
A few horses broke away from the paddock.
go out of order
cease to function
John's car broke down so he had to take the bus.
lose control of one's emotions
The parents broke down when they heard the bad news.
enter by force
Burglars broke into the house around midnight.
Rioting broke out as a result of the strike.
break out of
escape from a place by force
Three prisoners broke out of jail.
come to an end (marriage, relationship)
After her marriage broke up, Emma went to live in London.
raise (a child)
She stopped working in order to bring up her children.
brush up on
refresh one's knowledge of something
Mary had to brush up on her Spanish before going to South America.
meet by accident or unexpectedly
Pedro bumped into his English teacher at the supermarket.
stop (something) working
The fuse has burnt out.
become exhausted from over-working
Tom will burn himself out if he doesn't slow down.
butt in (on something)
It's rude to butt in on a conversation like that!
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