Phrasal verbs | Sunday Observer

Phrasal verbs

27 November, 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.

Track down (to find someone or something after searching for them)

The police finally managed to track down the main suspect hiding in a garage.

Trade down (to sell something and buy something that is cheaper)

The old couple wants to trade down to a smaller house.

Trade in (to give something as part of the payment for something else)

I traded in my old television for a new one.

Trade off (to accept something that you do not want in order to have something else that you want)

Some companies trade off lower prices against restricted choice.

Trade on (to use a personal quality for your advantage) Good-looking salespeople trade on their attractiveness to a great extent.

Trade up (to sell something and buy one that is more expensive)

The Browns are going to trade up to a bigger house.

Traffic in (to buy and sell illegal goods)

Two suspects have been charged with trafficking in illegal drugs.

Train on (to aim something in the direction of someone or something)

Machine guns were trained on the protestors.

Train up (to teach somebody a particular skill or subject)

More nurses need to be trained up to meet the growing demand.

Traipse around (to walk to many places slowly and unwillingly because you are tired)

The stranger was traipsing around the city for many hours.

Treat to (to buy something for someone else or yourself)

I am going to treat myself to a new T-shirt.

Trick out of (to take something away from someone by deceiving them)

Thelma was tricked out of her inheritance by her brothers.

Trifle with (to treat someone or something as if they are not important)

The new minister is not a man to be trifled with.

Trigger off (to make something suddenly start)

The tax reforms will trigger off violent demonstrations.

Trip up (to fall because you have hit your foot against something while walking)

The child tripped up on the edge of the mat.

Triumph over (to defeat something or someone when it is very difficult)

We believe that good will always triumph over evil.

Trot off (if someone trots off, they go somewhere)

Ben trotted off to the market to buy vegetables.

Truss up (to tie a person or an animal very tightly so that they cannot escape)

The suspect was trussed up and handed over to the police.

Trust in (to believe in someone or something completely) Christians trust in God.

Try for (to try to get something that you want)

I am going to try for the job advertised in the Sunday Observer.

Try on (to put on a piece of clothing to find out whether it fits you)

The salesman asked me to try on the blue shirt.

Try out (to put something in order to find out if it works)

They are trying out a new method of transmitting telegrams.

Tuck away (to put something in a safe place)

I kept her letter tucked away in a drawer.

Tuck in (to push the loose end of a piece of clothing in something)

You can tuck in the shirt in or wear it out.

Tuck into (to start eating)

I was about to tuck into some food when you phoned.

Tuck up (to move your legs or feet underneath your body so that you can sit on them)

Brenda sat with her legs tucked up underneath her.

Tug at (to give something a quick strong pull)

The child kept on tugging at his mother’s sari.

Tumble down (if a building tumbles down, it falls to the ground)

The old building tumbled down during the heavy rain.

Tumble over (to fall to the ground)

Rosanne lost her balance and tumbled over.

Tune in (to turn on the radio or television in order to listen to or watch a programme)

Tune in tomorrow at the same time for another interesting episode.

Tune up (musicians tune up their instruments before performing)

The musicians took a long time to tune up their instruments.