A phrasal verb is a verb followed by a preposition or an adverb; the combination creates a meaning different from the original verb.

deal with

  • Handle, take care of, address (problem, situation).
    “The manager is good at dealing with difficult customers.”

deck out

  • Dress; decorate.
    “The women were all decked out in beautiful dresses.”
    “The exhibition hall will be decked out in the colours of Europe.”

die down

  • Calm down, become less strong.
    “When the applause died down, she started to sing.”

dig into

  • Plunge your hands deep inside something, especially to look for something.
    “He dug into his pocket and found the key.”
  • Press hard into something.
    “The strap of her bag dug painfully into her shoulder.”
  • Start to do something.
    “It was time to dig into the work that had accumulated on her desk.”
  • Take from something.
    “Dad had to dig into his savings to repair the roof.”

dig up

  • Break up the soil/remove by digging.
    “Tom tried to dig up the tree by its roots.”
  • Discover or reveal information.
    “Some newspapers often try to dig up scandalous information.”

dish out

  • Distribute or give away a lot.
    “He spent the day dishing out invitations to tourists.”

dispense with

  • Decide to do without something. 
    “They’ve dispensed with the paper version so you’ll have to download it.”

do away with

  • Get rid of;  abolish.
    “Some people think it’s time to do away with the monarchy.”

do over

  • Clean or redecorate.
    “My parents will need to do over their living-room soon. The paintwork needs refreshing.”

do up

  • Fasten (a garment).
    “Good boy Charlie! You know how to do up your coat now!”

do without

  • Manage without.
    “The shops are closed so I’m afraid we’ll have to do without sugar.”

drag on

  • Last longer than expected.
    “We expected a short speech but it dragged on and on!”

drag out

  • Make something longer than necessary.
    “Let’s decide quickly and not drag out this discussion.”
  • Make someone reveal information that they are unwilling to give.
    “The police finally dragged out a confession from the suspect. “

draw back

  • Move backwards; retreat
    “The burglar drew back when he saw the big dog.”

draw down

  • Reduce in number or amount
    “The US intends to draw down its forces considerably.”

draw even

  • Equalize in a competition or race
    “The two horses drew even at the finish line.”

draw in

  • Become dark earlier or be shorter
    “The days are drawing in as we approach Christmas.”

draw in/up

  • Arrive and stop
    “A taxi drew in and the famous couple stepped out.”
    “A police car drew up beside him and he was asked to show identification.”

draw into

  • Get involved in something
    “I didn’t want to get drawn into their argument.”

draw on

  • Inhale
    “He drew on his cigarette before continuing to speak.”

draw on/upon

  • Use knowledge and information for a specific purpose
    “Amy drew upon her experience to prepare a lesson.”

draw out

  • Take money from your bank account
    “I need to draw out some money before we go to the market.”

draw out

  • Make a shy person more willing to speak or participate.
    “The teacher managed to draw out the shy child.”

draw out

  • Make something continue longer than necessary.
    “The chairman made a speech that was long and drawn out.”

draw up

  • Move something closer.
    “It’s warmer by the fire. Let me draw up a chair for you.”

draw up

  • Write (contract, agreement, document, plan).
    “An agreement was drawn up and signed by the two parties.”

draw (oneself) up

  • Bring oneself into an erect position
    “Jack drew himself up when his name was called”

dress up

  • Wear elegant clothes.
    “Do people dress up to go to the opera in your country?”
  • Disguise oneself.
    “You know how children love to dress up at Halloween. It’s part of the fun!”

drift apart

  • Become less and less close.
    “We were childhood friends but we drifted apart over the years.”

drift off

  • Gradually fall asleep.
    “Once he was on the train he sat back, closed his eyes and drifted off.

drive at

  • Insinuate;  be trying to say.  
    “I’m not sure I understand. What exactly are you driving at?”

drop behind

  • Fall into a position behind others.
    “Our sales have dropped behind those of our competitors.”

drop by/in

  • Pay a brief visit, usually on the way somewhere.
    “She promised to drop by one day for a cup of coffee.”
    “Jimmy sometimes drops in to see his grandparents on his way home from school.”

drop off

  • Deliver someone or something.
    “I’ll drop you off at the bus stop if you like. I’m going that way.”
  • Fall asleep.
    “Granddad often drops off in front of the television.”

drop out

  • Stop going to classes before finishing a course of study or the school year.
    “Emily decided to go to art school, then dropped out after the first term.”

drown out

  • Be louder in order to cover another sound.  
    “They turned up the music to drown out the noise of the children outside.”