Phrasal verbs | Sunday Observer

Phrasal verbs

2 May, 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.
Change around (to move objects such as furniture into different positions)
We are going to change the furniture around to give the house a new look.
Change over (to stop using one thing and start using something else)
You can change over from gas central heater to electric.
Change over (if two people change over, each one starts doing what the other was doing)
If you are tired of painting the walls, let’s change over.
Chase off (to run after in a threatening way)
The watcher came out of the house to chase off the children plucking mangoes.
Check into (to get more information about something to discover the facts)
The police did not bother to check into the suspect’s background.
Check off (to look at each item on a list to make sure that everything is OK)
A teacher checked off the children’s names on a list before starting the journey.
Check out (to examine something to get more information)
Can you check out the rattling noise in my car?
Chew up (to damage or destroy something)
My washing machine has chewed up my clothes.
Chill out (to relax completely)
Sit down and chill out!
Chime in (to say something suddenly in a conversation)
“I agree with you,” Nora chimed in.
Chip away at (to gradually make something less effective)
His criticism chipped away at my self-confidence.
Choke back (to force yourself not to show your feelings)
“My child died in an accident,” she said choking back the tears.
Choke down (to eat or drink something with difficulty)
The patient managed to choke down the food given to him.
Choke up (to become unable to speak because you are about to cry)
I can’t speak about my mother without choking up.
Chop down (to cut through a tree so that it will fall to the ground)
I wanted to chop the mango tree down because it was too close to the house.
Chop up (to cut something into small pieces)
Can you chop up the onions?