An A to Z of Phrasal Verbs Using UP


Phrasal verbs using UP

An A to Z of phrasal verbs using UP

Today we are going to look at Everyday English usage by looking at an A to Z of Phrasal Verbs Using UP.   Native English speakers use phrasal verbs a lot, and there are a huge number of phrasal verbs. Just to show just how common they are, I have below a list of phrasal verbs for UP, one for each letter of the alphabet except X. Many of phrasal verbs have more than one meaning, and there are more than one phrasal verb for UP for many of the letters, and even the example I’ve given can have more than one meaning, so this is just a sample:)

You may never learn all phrasal verbs, so how do you work out the meaning of a phrasal verb when you come across one? The key is to look at the context it is used in. The context may be the sentence, the paragraph, the subject, or even the body language of the user. 

Take a look at the list and think of how many other phrasal verbs with UP you can think of:) I’d love to see your list:)

A Add-upMeaning: to seem reasonable or likely: He told the Police what happened but the Police didn’t think his story added-up.
BButton-upMeaning: to do up the button: Button-up your coat as it is cold outside.
CCut-upMeaning: to upset someone emotionally He was pretty cut-up after he lost his job.
DDo-upMeaning: to fasten something. Do-up your shoes.
EEat-upMeaning: to eat all of something. Eat-up your vegetables.
FFix-upMeaning: to repair. I had to fix-up the old house.
GGet-upMeaning: to stand up. Get-up off the couch.
HHeat-upMeaning: to make something hot again. I will heat-up the soup for dinner.
IInvite-upMeaning: to ask somebody to come into your home, especially after you have been somewhere together. He invited his friends up to his apartment.
JJump-upMeaning: to stand up quickly and unexpectedly. She jumped-up to answer the door bell.
KKick-upMeaning: to complain very angrily about someone or something. He kicked-up badly until he got a full refund.
LLight-upMeaning: to look happy. Her face lit-up when she saw the puppy.
MMove-upMeaning: To increase your position in a job club, etc. He was determined to move-up the in the company.
NNext-upMeaning: Something happening next. So next-up on TV tonight is a murder mystery.
OOpen-upMeaning: to open a locked door, container, or building. She opens-up the store every morning.
PPut-upMeaning: To raise something, increase the price of something or put something in a higher position. The local supermarket has put-up the price of bread again.
QQueue-upMeaning: To join a line of people waiting for their turn to do something.. We had to queue-up for tickets.
RRough-upMeaning: To hit and hurt (someone) He was roughed-up by a bully at school.
SShut-upMeaning: If someone shuts up or if someone shuts them up, they stop talking. Will you please just shut-up. ( impolite)
TTotal-upMeaning: find the total number or total amount of something by adding. The teachers totalled-up your marks in the test.
UUse-upMeaning: to finish a supply of something: Don’t use-up all the bread – we need some for breakfast.
VVote-upMeaning: to show that you like or agree with something on the internet by clicking on a symbol such as an arrow. My post was voted-up.
WWise-upMeaning: to realize the truth about a bad situation. Wise-up, Susan – He’s cheating on you!
YYield-upMeaning: to show or produce something that was hidden or difficult to find. New research has yielded-up some surprising discoveries.
ZZip-upMeaning: to fasten something with a zipper. It’s cold. Zip-up your jacket.

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