Phrasal verbs | Sunday Observer

Phrasal verbs

11 April, 2021

Phrasal verbs are an important feature of the English language. The meaning of a phrasal verb often bears no relation to the meaning of either the verb or the particle which is used with it. Many phrasal verbs have several different meanings.
Bustle about / around (To move around in a busy way, doing a lot of different things)
I could hear my wife bustling around in the kitchen making dinner.
Butt in (to rudely add a remark to someone else’s conversation)
He kept butting in all the way through the chief guest’s speech.
Butter up (to be very nice to someone so that they will do what you want them to do)
Enough of your compliments! I know you’re trying to butter me up.
Button up (to fasten a piece of clothing by putting buttons through holes)
Come on Ravi, button up your coat.
Buy into (to buy a part of a company)
Daniel is trying to buy into the newspaper business.
Buy off (to pay someone money so that they do not cause you any trouble)
Strike leaders were bought off with a pay increase.
Buy up (to quickly buy a lot of something) Property developers have bought up most of the lands in my area.
Buzz about / around (to move around a place quickly)
Reporters were buzzing around the place to get the full story.
Buzz off (to leave a place)
I’m going to buzz off now as I have a lot of things to do at home.
Buzz off (always an order)
I’m busy now, just buzz off!
Call back (to telephone someone who rang you earlier)
He is not in. Can you call back later?
Call for (deserve a particular action)So you’re getting married. This calls for a celebration!
Call in (to visit a person or place for a short time)
I’ll call in on my way home.
Call off (to decide that a planned event will not take place)
The exhibition has been called off.
Call out (to say something in a loud voice)
Someone called out my name.
Call over (to visit someone for a short time)
I’ll call over in the evening.
Calm down (to stop feeling upset)
Calm down! Everything will be OK.
Capitalize on (to use a situation to achieve something good for yourself)
The Opposition is trying to capitalize on the Government’s lack of popularity.
Carry away (to get excited about something and lose control over what you say or do)
He got a bit carried away when he met the beauty queen on the plane.