Phrasal verbs | Sunday Observer

Phrasal verbs

12 June, 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.

Result in (to cause something to happen)
Covid 19 resulted in the deaths of a large number of people.
Rev up (To make a vehicle’s engine work faster)
Cyril revved up the engine and drove off.
Revel in (to enjoy a situation very much)
Susan revelled in her new found freedom.
Revenge on (to punish someone because they have hurt you)
The killing of his friend increased Roy’s desire to revenge on the murderer.
Revert to (to start talking about a subject that you were talking about before)
Why have you reverted to talking about the terrorist problem again?
Revolve around (if an activity revolves around something or someone that thing or person is the main reason for the activity)
Menaka’s life revolves around family members.
Rid of (to remove something or someone unpleasant from a place)
The new Prime Minister promised to rid the country of corruption.
Riddle with (to fill someone or something with holes or bullets by shooting them)
The robber’s body was riddled with bullets.
Ride on (if something important rides on something else, it depends on it)
Thousands of jobs will ride on the latest Government decision.
Ride out (if someone rides out of a difficult situation, they continue to survive during it)
The Government is confident that it can ride out the present situation.
Ride up (if a piece of clothing rides up, it gradually moves up exposing your body)
Didn’t you notice that your dress always rides up at the back?
Riffle through (to search quickly through papers)
The reporter riffled through his notes trying to find something important.
Ring back (to telephone someone for the second time)
I am a little busy at the moment, could you ring back later?
Ring in (to telephone someone at your place of work usually to inform why you are not coming or getting late)
Diana rang in to say that she’d be late.
Ring off (to end a telephone call by putting down the receiver)
She rang off after a few minutes.
Ring out (if a noise rings out, it can be heard loudly)
The temple bells rang out across the village.
Ring round (to telephone several people in order to find some information)
Ring round all the airlines and get me the cheapest flight to London.
Ring up (to telephone someone)
Whenever I ring up the police station, the number is engaged.
Rinse out (to put something you have washed in soapy water into clean water in order to get rid of the soap)
Rinse out all the clothes and leave them to dry.
Rip into (to criticise someone or something in an unkind way)
Literary critics have ripped into his latest novel.
Rip off (to cheat someone by making them pay too much money for something)
Some expensive restaurants try to rip their customers off.
Rip through (if something harmful rips through a place, it moves through it)
The bomb ripped through the building killing a number of people.
Rip up (to tear something into small pieces)
Rosanne ripped up all the letters sent by him.
Rise above (to not allow something bad that is happening to upset you)
A seasoned politician knows how to rise above personal considerations.
Rise up (if people rise up, they try to defeat their Government)
The Opposition Leader called on the people to rise up against the Government.
Roll about (to laugh a lot about something)
After listening to his funny stories, we started rolling about.
Roll back (to decrease the amount of power that a particular system has)
The Government’s new economic policy will roll back state ownership of corporations.
Roll in (if money rolls in, it arrives in large amounts)
When he made an electrically-operated trishaw, money started rolling in.
Roll into (if heavy vehicles roll into, a lot of them arrive)
When Russian armoured vehicles rolled into Ukraine, most people fled.
Roll on (if time or an event rolls on, it continues to happen)
The war in Ukraine rolls on with more and more casualties.
Roll out (to unfold something that is in a roll and put it flat on the ground)
The players rolled out the sheet for the tent and laid it on the ground.
Roll over (to turn from lying on one side of your body to the other side)
Emma rolled over and went back to sleep.
Roll up (to wrap something around itself to make the shape of a tube or ball)
The traveller rolled up his sleeping bag as soon as he got up.
Romp through (to do something quickly or easily)
Some students romp through their examinations even without much preparation.
Be rooted in (to be based on something)
Education should be rooted in our culture.
Root out (to get rid of something that causes problems)
We should root out corruption.