Phrasal verbs | Sunday Observer

Phrasal verbs

5 December, 2021

Phrasal verbs are an important feature of the English language. The meaning of a phrasal verb often bears no relation to the verb or the particle which is used with it. Many phrasal verbs have several different meanings.
Hide out (go to a secret place in order to escape from someone who is looking for you)
The murder suspect hid out in the forest when the police launched an island-wide search.
Hike up (increase the price of something suddenly)
Racketeers have hiked up the prices of vegetables.
Hinge on / upon (if one thing hinges on another, the former depends on the latter)
The murder case hinged upon the evidence of a child.
Hint at (suggest something in an indirect way)
What are you hinting at? Do you think that I have put on weight?
Hit back (criticise or attack someone who has criticised or attacked you)
The minister hit back at his critics who attacked his method of doing things.
Hit it off (to like each other and become friendly immediately)
Susi and Edward hit it off at once.
Hit on / upon (to have a good idea) I hit on the idea of giving the contract to ABC Company.
Hit out (to criticise someone or something strongly)
The doctors’ association hit out at the government for reducing their allowances.
Hit with (to shock someone by telling them something they never expected)
He hit the management with the news that he was leaving the company.
Hoard away (to put a supply of something in a safe place)
Jeff carefully hoarded away his earnings every month.
Hoard up (to collect a large amount of something)
Many businessmen hoarded up rice and sugar in order to sell them at exorbitant prices.
Hold against (to respect someone less because they have done something wrong)
You have certainly made a mistake but I won’t hold it against you.
Hold back (to prevent someone from moving forward)
The police held back the crowd by putting up roadblocks.
Hold down (to control the level of something)
Computer manufacturers are holding down their prices to boost sales.
Hold forth (to talk about a particular subject for a long time)
We sat quietly while Max held forth.
Hold off (prevent someone from attacking you)
A large number of strikers managed to hold off the police.
Hold on (to wait for a short time)
Hold on, I’ll be ready in a minute.
Hold on to (to hold someone or something firmly)
Hold on to the railings as the steps are slippery.