In this lesson, you will learn 5 English phrasal verbs you must know. These English idioms are used by native English speakers and will help you speak English more fluently.
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ENGLISH PHRASAL VERB #1
English Phrasal Verb: Back off
Meaning: “To step away in order to avoid conflict from someone or something”
- I will back off and let you handle the new students ok? They are too much of a hassle.
- You’re really annoying me right now, and I don’t want to fight, so please, just back off!
- Yo, you need to back off! I don’t know you like that.
ENGLISH PHRASAL VERB #2
English Phrasal Verb: Blow up
Meaning: “To get so angry you create a scene or outburst”
- My boss totally blew up on Tina today. I wonder what happened.
- As a mom, it’s hard to practice patience sometimes when all you want to do is blow up on them.
- Please don’t blow up, but I broke your Rolex.
ENGLISH PHRASAL VERB #3
English Phrasal Verb: Break in
Meaning: “To make new clothing/shoes comfortable by wearing them”
- I need to break in these new Adidas.
- My son always complains when he needs to break in his new shoes.
- Before our hike, we need to break in our new boots.
ENGLISH PHRASAL VERB #4
English Phrasal Verb: Break up
Meaning: “To end a relationship”
- I need to break up with my boyfriend because he was always up to no good.
- Sophia was upset because her boyfriend broke up with her.
- I’m going to break up with my boyfriend of ten years because he’s leading me down a bad path.
ENGLISH PHRASAL VERB #5
English Phrasal Verb: Bring back
Meaning: “To make someone remember something or think about it again”
- Watching the new movie “Parasite” brought back memories from when I lived in Korea.
- Being back in my hometown is bringing back memories from my childhood.
- I don’t want to bring back bad memories, but you need to give the police a detailed account of what happened.