A phrasal verb is a verb followed by a preposition or an adverb; the combination creates a meaning different from the original verb.
- Finish a product ( so that there’s none left).
“What a nuisance! The kids have used up all the toothpaste. “
veer away from
- Avoid, stay away from.
“I veer away from hypochondriacs if I can.”
- Express confidence in, or guarantee something.
“You can give the keys to Andy. I can vouch for him. “
- Stop sleeping.
“Wake up! It’s eight o’clock!”
- Keep away or repel (something dangerous or unpleasant).
“I take plenty of vitamin C in winter to ward off colds.”
- Reheat something.
“She didn’t have time to cook so she warmed up some left-over soup.”
- Make more lively or more relaxed.
“He told a few jokes to warm up the atmosphere.”
- Wash the dishes after a meal.
“Who’s going to help me wash up?”
- Be carried onto the land or shore.
“Items from the boat were washed up on the beach.”
- Be careful.
“Watch out! There’s a car coming.”
- Dilute or make weaker by adding water.
“If you water down the medicine it will be easier to take.”
- Make less severe.
“He watered down his remarks so as not to offend anyone.”
- Disappear after use or over time.
“The words printed on the cover had worn away.”
- Make someone feel weary or tired.
“Kim is exhausted. The baby’s constant crying is wearing her down.“
- Gradually disappear.
“The effect of the painkiller began to wear off.”
- Become unusable.
“During the trip Julie wore out her shoes sightseeing.
- Become very tired
“At the end of the every day Julie was worn out.“
- Prepare quickly.
“I can whip up something to eat if you’re hungry.”
- Finish or put an end to something.
“Before winding up his speech he thanked everyone for their presence.”
“Larry decided to wind up his business and retire.”
- Arrive finally in a place.
“After a long drive we finally wound up in a village with a spectacular view.”
- Clean (board, table).
“The teacher asked one of the children to wipe off the board.”
- Eat greedily and quickly.
“The boys wolfed down the whole cake in no time!”
- Do physical exercise.
“Tanya works out twice a week at the gym club.”
- Find a solution or calculate something.
“It’s going to be expensive but I haven’t worked out the exact cost yet.”
“A good walk will work up an appetite.”
- Cover; enclose.
“She’s busy right now. She’s wrapping up her Christmas presents.”
- Complete (a task, a discussion).
“The salesman hoped to wrap up a few deals at the end of the demonstration.”
- Reply to a letter.
“Lucy and Steve sent me an invitation and I wrote back to accept it.”
- Note something on a piece of paper.
“Richard wrote down the address of the hotel.”