Phrasal verbs | Sunday Observer

Phrasal verbs

23 January, 2022

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.
Kick up (to complain and show that you are angry about something)
Many people kicked up a fuss about the poor service in the hotel.
Kill off (to make it impossible to exist) The government has effectively killed off the local coir industry by allowing cheap imports.
Kneel down (to lower your body by bending your knees on the ground)
We knelt down to worship the Buddha image.
Knit together (to join together firmly)
Broken bones take time to knit together.
Knock around (to spend time relaxing and doing very little)
Sam spent most of his time knocking around the house.
Knock down (to hit someone with a vehicle and injure or kill them)
A child was knocked down by a speeding motorist.
Knock off (to produce something quickly and easily)
The author knocked off a novel in a couple of weeks.
Knock out (to make someone unconscious)
The boxer was knocked out by a punch in the first round.
Knock over (to hit something or someone accidentally, so that they fall to the ground)
A big-made man nearly knocked me over.
Knock up (prepare a meal quickly using what is available)
James knocked up a quick snack before I left.
Know of (to have heard of someone or something but unable to give any information)
I know of Ben but I have never met him.
Knuckle down (to start to study hard) I knuckled down to serious studies during the vacation.
Kowtow to (to be eager to please or obey someone in authority)
Although I need a promotion I am not prepared to kowtow to people higher up in the company.
Lace into (to attack or criticise someone or something) Bhadra laced into everything I did.
Lace up (to fasten shoes by tying the laces)
The boy laced up his boots tightly.
Lace with (to give a piece of writing a particular quality)
Bob’s writing is laced with unhappy events. Ladle out (to serve food)
I saw grandmother ladling out the soup into bowls.
Lag behind (to move so slowly when you are with a group of people)
I was so tired that I lagged behind.
Land in (to be in a difficult situation)
George has landed in trouble once again.
Land up (to finally be in a particular place)
I do not know where he will land up in the future.
Lap up (to enjoy something)
We walked around the park and lapped up the atmosphere.