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a combination of a lexical verb and one or two particles having the same form as prepositions or adverbs, employed as a single verb. The term is sometimes reserved for combinations in which the particle may follow the object of the verb and is not fronted with a WH- relative object.

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Preposition to be used after 'beg'

Following are three sentences, each one different from the other in their syntax of preposition . Which one of them is correct? I beg a loan of him. I beg a loan from him. I beg for a loan from him. ...
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What is the meaning of the phrasal verb "put out" in this sentence?

He put out food for the birds. For me it means that you just give food to the birds in your garden say, but I am not sure. In Cambridge Dictionary there is a meaning of "producing something in ...
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What's the phrasal verb "take up" mean in "...a shot that interrupts the main action of a film or television program to take up a related subject"

This is a definition for the headword "cutaway" from the Merriam-Webster dictionary: : a shot that interrupts the main action of a film or television program to take up a related subject or ...
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I don't understand the use of the word "on"

West Broadway took him to the base of the World Trade Center and on into the lobby of one of the towers, where he made his thirteenth call of the day to Virginia Stillman. The trilogy of New York ...
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What does "walk down the road" mean? [duplicate]

What do people mean by I was walking down the street And does it have the same meaning as I was walking on the street
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"Step up to your role" and "take over"

Does "step up to one's role" mean the same as "take over" in the following sentence :Ahmed is retiring and Anjali is stepping up to his role.
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"She nods for him to open the box full of butter biscuits"

(From A Terrible Kindness by Jo Browning Wroe, Part II Cambridge Choir, chapter 17) William sits as she reaches into her bag and pulls out a Tupperware box. . . Through the plastic, he recognises his ...
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"You'll set me off"

(From A Terrible Kindness by Jo Browning Wroe, Part II Cambridge Choir, chapter 12 September 1957) (The boy chorister saying goodbye to his mum) 'I'm so proud of you,' Evelyn (his mum) is saying, ...
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What is the American equivalent of the British phrase "get on for" in the sense of move toward a specific time?

Can you please tell me what is the American equivalents of the British phrase get on for in the sense of move toward a specific time? For example: It's getting on for two weeks since I moved to the ...
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Are they going to put/hold off the wedding till May?

I am trying to translate a dialogue into English. Which is idiomatic: 1. — Are they going to put off the wedding till May? — Yes, they couldn't get it organized any earlier. 2. — Are they going to ...
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What does "Spin away" mean?

I was reading High Fidelity by Nick Hornby when I came across this: "What sort of time, after all, could make a thirteen-year-old boy spin away from a girl and toward a playground," I can't ...
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Is it correct to say "I signed my daughter up for first grade"?

In Oxford dictionary, we have this sign up (for something) ​to arrange to do a course of study by adding your name to the list of people doing it You can sign up online for language classes. Say, my ...
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What does "let go" mean in "lets her hearing aid go"?

This context comes from the movie "Fight Club" (1999). "A foot of concrete is important when your next-door neighbor lets her hearing aid go and has to watch game shows at full volume. ...
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How do you make modifiers from phrasal verbs?

Here's a Javadoc /** * Attempts to extract an {@link Authentication} object from a passed in {@code ServerWebExchange} * * @param exchange {@code ServerWebExchange} that may contain ...
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Is it possible to use "look down on" in a phrase without meaning disdain?

Is it possible to use "look down on" in a phrase, without meaning disdain? Example: (if I'm standing on the moon) Can I use "look down on Earth", to describe a physical act of ...
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What does "run down leads" mean?

I stumbled on a post on a different forum by a native speaker who was explaining what the phrase "run down leads" mean in police work. The problem is that when I googled the phrase the ...
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Many people died but some got out alive

In a video game that I'm playing called "Oblivion" I stumbled upon a village in which some kind of demon named Daedra set a fire to its resident's houses. One of them says: "Many people ...
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How to know why some transitive phrasal verbs cannot be split

What is the reason that some transitive phrasal verbs with adverb particles cannot be split? Examples: 'My brother looks after my mother.' Likewise, come across, count on, and such are other ...
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One soon gave out his last breath [closed]

This context comes from the book "The Wager" by David Grann. It's the beginning of the book in which a group of emanciated survivors found onboard a small drifting boat is described: "...
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It should be coming up here [duplicate]

In the TV show "The Leftovers" a family bough a house at an auction. The circumstances surrounding this purchase resulted in them no knowing what the house really looks like or where exactly ...
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It should be coming up here

In the TV show "The Leftovers" a family bough a house at an auction. The circumstances surrounding this purchase resulted in them no knowing what the house really looks like or where exactly ...
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We could set up there

This context comes from the TV show "The Leftovers". It's a scene in which two men talk about a plan to kill wild dogs who are a danger to the town they live in. A: So I found another pack. ...
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Phrase "breeding up" in Animal Farm [closed]

I am reading George Orwell's Animal Farm and here I don't understand what the meaning of breeding up is here. You cows that I see before me, how many thousands of gallons of milk have you given ...
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"They got up with the land" - sailor's parlance?

(From The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne, Chapter XXIII, passage 371, published 1892) “Now, boys,” he said, after a pull at the hot coffee, “we're done with this Currency Lass, ...
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"He was drinking from leaves." VS "He was drinking off of leaves." | Why "...off of...."? [duplicate]

"It rained so much over the time that he was away. He was just drinking off of leaves." Lost dog found (see:1:08-1:13) I understand the dog was drinking rainwater from the leaves. So, why ...
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Verb followed by 3 prepositions: ".......looking out across through their eyes ...... | Is this a slip of tongue or something else?

Most people, when they think about themselves, have this experience or this very powerful phenomena that they exist inside their heads, sort of looking out across through their eyes, controlling their ...
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The workers balloted for a strike

The workers balloted for a strike. Does thhis sentence mean The workers — balloted to decide on whether to go on a strike or not, balloted and the result was to go on a strike (approved of a strike)...
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What is the phrasal verbs to use when a tube is suddenly not plug anymore? [closed]

In a context where a tube connected to a device, suddenly the tube is not connected anymore for some reason. What is the correct phrasal verb to use? "the tube just came off" or "the ...
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Is "help (to) do sth for sb" right?

I am a English learner. When I had English class, my teacher told me a phrase. help (to) do sth for sb I felt very confused about this phrase. Because there is a verb that has a verb phrase as an ...
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Can a phrase like "being honest" be considered a verb?

If I have a sentence like "I was talking with her", "talking" is clearly the verb, right? If I construct a similar sentence, "I was being honest with her", is "being ...
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Meaning of 'make out' in " . . . you didn't, somehow, make out to give us the thing straight"

(From The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne, Chapter XVIII, published 1892) Passage 281 I was but a little way down the street, when I was arrested by the sound of some one running,...
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You're to stake your pile on Speedy

(From The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne, Chapter XVI, published 1892) Passage 253 “That is all very proper, Mr. Dodd; there is no wish to coerce you, believe me,” said Fowler; “...
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Difference between using in and up north

Difference between using in and up: I live in London, but my relatives live up north, in Manchester This sentence can also be written as: I live in London, but my relatives live in north, in ...
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Phrasal verb and the position of the object

I was told that the first sentence is usual but the second one would be hardly said. He got his memory back thanks to the album. He got back his memory thanks to the album. And I think both are OK ...
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Is "fade apart" an idiomatic phrase for saying "die", "dying" or similar? [closed]

I apologize for any confusion earlier. It seems like you're looking for alternatives to "die" in phrasal form that ends with "apart." While this is a somewhat uncommon request and ...
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. . . we'll make that island to-morrow afternoon, and have the lee of it to lie under, if we can't make out to run in

(From The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne, Chapter XII, published 1892) From these signs, I gathered that all was not exactly for the best; and I would have given a good handful ...
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What is the meaning of "lying over under all plain sail"?

(From The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne, Chapter XI (last sentences), published 1892) Or was it really the eye, and not rather the heart, that identified that shadow in the ...
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Run Into vs run onto [closed]

Why is the phrase run into and not run onto ?When you run onto someone you dont go inside his body(LOL).In is for anything with interior structure,at is for specific locations in time or in space and ...
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Why some phrasal verbs can be conjugated [closed]

Why examples 2,3,6 can use conjugated phrasal verb but example 4 not use conjugated verb? I had had chocolates dry up in races before. I had had chocolates dried up in races before. I had had ...
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Phrasal verbs 101

Many phrasal verbs make the language more aurally pleasent for example: "Hear me out!".The verb "hear" means "listen" but it doesnt sound well if you say "Hear me&...
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What do you take "put out" to mean in this context?

What do you take "put out" to mean in the following context? We had no sooner arrived at the address than I had other things to think of. “Mr. Dickson? He's gone,” said the landlady. Where ...
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What do you take "to put up something for you" to mean in this context?

Then there's another thing. I had hoped you might have peddled that opium through the islands, which is safer and more profitable. But with this three-month limit, you must make tracks for Honolulu ...
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Must phrasal verbs be idiomatic in order to be "real" phrasal verbs

What about phrasal verbs like sit down or go up as when you say, "the man goes up the mountain" or the imperative "Sit down", I wouldn't consider this phrasals as metaphors neither ...
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'Rescuers had to wade waist-deep in floodwater.' Why not 'Rescuers had to wade in waist-deep floodwater.'?

Oxford's Collocations dictionary - 10th edition - for Android mobile app (licensed). wade verb ADVERB | PREPOSITION | PHRASES ADVERB slowly ashore The men waded ashore. across, back, out ...
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Why does work out mean physical work or physical training?

How does the physical training meaning relates to the "finding a solution meaning" using the particle out? What's the perspective?
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hold back from the suffering of the world

a. I have two questions about the phrasal verb 'hold back'. "You can hold back from the suffering of the world, you have free permission to do so, and it is in accordance with your nature, but ...
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Start the day off strong [closed]

I do understand the meaning of "Start the day off strong", but I don't understand what this expression consists of, if I can put it like that. Is it the phrasal verb "start off"? ...
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What does the phrase 'doubtful revelation' mean?

In this following context, how should I take the phrase 'doubtful revelation'? Does it mean teaching or information? And what does the verbal phrase 'found on' mean? Does it mean 'stem from'? ...
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What's the meaning of "Making demands on someone" in the following context?

She (Julie) spent her time doing little more than taking care of him (Mark) and the children. Now her sister was getting divorced and would doubtless be making demands on her too. Does it mean that ...
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Is there a difference between "get to the dining room." AND "get over to the dining room"?

This is from a british tv show, where 3 students from state and private schools swap schools for a short time. School swap (see:10:25-10:32) They should get up, get showered, and get over to the ...
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