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

hand back

  • Return.
    “She read the article and then handed it back.

hand down

  • Pass on (by tradition, inheritance…).
    “My clothes were handed down to me by my older sister.”

hand in

  • Submit (report, homework).
    “All application forms must be handed in before the end of the month.”

hand out

  • Distribute.
    “Samples will be handed out at the end of the demonstration.”

hand over

  • Give to someone in authority.
    “The boy was forced to hand over the mobile phone he had stolen.”

hang back

  • Be reluctant to do something.
    “All the children rushed towards the clown except one boy who hung back.”

hang on

  • Wait.
    Hang on a minute. I’m nearly ready.”

hang on to

  • Keep a hold on something.
    “Be careful. Hang on to that rope and you’ll be ok.

hang out

  • Spend time in a particular place or with a group of friends.
    “Where does Danny hang out these days?”
    “Who does he hang out with?”

hang up

  • End a telephone conversation.
    “Please don’t hang up. I haven’t finished yet.

head off

  • Start to go somewhere.
    “The group of tourists headed off to the train station.”

head for

  • Go towards or move in a certain direction.
    “We all started to shout because the boat was heading for the rocks.”

hit at

  • Aim a blow at something.
    The customer hit at the wasp with a newspaper.”

hit back

  • Retaliate; reply to an attack.
    “When he was attacked, the boy hit back with all his strength.”

hit on/upon

  • Find unexpectedly or by inspiration.
    “As she watched the news she hit upon an idea for her new collection.”

hold off

  • Delay something until a later time.
    “Could you hold off your decision until after the meeting?

hold on

  • Wait for a short time.
    Hold on a moment please. I’ll put you through to Mr. Brown.”
  • Grip tightly.
    “She held on to the railing as she crossed the bridge.”

hold up

  • Show as a example.
    “The teacher held up the diagram for all to see.”

hook up

  • Fasten (a garment).
    “Can you help me to hook up my dress? It’s a bit complicated.”

hook up (with)

  • Link broadcasting facilities.
    “Many networks are hooked up by satellite.”

hurry up

  • Be quick; act speedily.
    “Come on Harry. Hurry up! We’re going to miss the bus!