Phrasal Verb L

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  • land in|Get someone into trouble|He LANDED ME IN it when he told them what I had done wrong.|_
  • land up in|Arrive, end a journey in a place, often without planning|We set out for Manchester, but LANDED UP IN Liverpool.|_
  • land with|Create a problem for someone|He LANDED ME WITH the job of proofreading the whole thing.|_
  • lap up|Appreciate something|He LAPPED UP their praise.|1
  • large it up|Have a good time when intoxicated|They were LARGING IT UP in the rave.|_
  • lark about|Behave in a silly way|The children made me angry because they were LARKING ABOUT.|1
  • lark around|Behave in a silly way|The students wouldn’t stop LARKING AROUND.|_
  • lark it up|Enjoy yourself noisily and exuberantly|After they won, they went to a bar to L ARK IT UP.|_
  • lash down|Fall heavily (rain)|The rain was LASHING DOWN all day and the roads were flooded.|_
  • lash into|Criticise someone strongly|He LASHED INTO them for messing thins up.|_
  • lash out|Suddenly become violent|He LASHED OUT and broke the man’s nose.|1
  • lash out against|Criticise something strongly|The press has LASHED OUT AGAINST the policy.|_
  • lash out at|Hit someone suddenly, usually without warning, or try to hit them|He LASHED OUT AT me when I laughed at him.|_
  • lash out on|Spend a lot of money buying something|I LASHED OUT a lot ON a new car.|_
  • latch on|Understand, often after a long time|They were lying, but it took her ages to LATCH ON.|1
  • latch on to|Understand something, often after a long time|The police didn’t LATCH ON TO what the crooks were doing for years.|_
  • latch onto|Connect to something|The gecko LATCHED ONTO the ceiling.|_
  • laugh off|Pretend something (an injury, news, etc.) isn’t important|He LAUGHED OFF the sprained finger but it obviously affected his golf game.|1
  • lay down|Establish rules or procedures|The rules of the sport were LAID DOWN early in the nineteenth century.|1
  • lay into|Criticise angrily|His partner LAID INTO him when he arrived two hours late..|1
  • lay off|Make an employee redundant|The hotel LAID OFF twenty staff because tourist numbers were down.|1
  • lay on|Organise, supply|They LAID ON a buffet lunch at the conference.|_
  • lay out|Spend money|They LAID OUT thousands of pounds on their wedding reception.|1
  • lead on|Falsely or cruelly raise hopes|She LED HIM ON about her desire to get married.|1
  • lead to|Result in|The investigation LED TO the arrest of a number of suspects.|_
  • leak out|Become public knowledge|The company’s plans to close the factory LEAKED OUT and they were very embarrassed.|1
  • lean on|Put pressure on someone to get them to do what you want|The government has denied LEANING ON the Attorney General to get his approval of the war.|1
  • leap at|Take an opportunity enthusiastically|He LEAPED AT the chance to visit.|_
  • leap on|Show interest in or try to use something to your advantage|They have LEAPT ON the bandwagon to increase sales.|_
  • leap out at|Be very noticeable|Her face LEAPT OUT AT me the second I saw the photo.|_
  • leap upon|Show interest in or try to use something to your advantage|They have LEAPT UPON a couple of errors in the document and want to invalidate the agreement.|_
  • leave on|Not turn off|LEAVE the TV ON; I want to hear the football results.|_
  • leave out|Not include|He was LEFT OUT of the side because he hasn’t been playing too well lately.|1
  • let down|Disappoint, fail to keep an arrangement|She failed to turn up and I felt badly LET DOWN.|1
  • let in|Allow someone to enter|The doorstaff didn’t LET him IN the nightclub because he was wearing jeans.|1
  • let in on|Tell someone a secret, inform them or allow them to participate|They LET me IN ON what they were planning.|_
  • let off|Not punish|The judge LET him OFF with a fine rather than a prison sentence since it was his first offence.|1
  • let on|Tell a secret|I didn’t mean to LET ON about the party; I just said it without thinking.|1
  • let out|Allow to leave or go out|The convict was LET OUT of prison after serving five years of an eight-year sentence.|1
  • level off|Stabilize the altitude of an airplane|The pilot LEVELED OFF at 5,000 meters.|1
  • level out|Stabilize the altitude of an airplane|The pilot LEVELED OUT at 5,000 meters.|_
  • level up|Acquire skills, points, etc, for a character in a computer game|You can LEVEL UP the hero in the game.|_
  • level with|Tell someone the truth, often when they had not known for some time|I LEVELLED WITH him about what happened that night.|_
  • lie around|Act in a lazy or unproductive way|Most days he would usually just LIE AROUND the house.|1
  • lie down|Rest|I’m going to LIE DOWN for a few minutes before we have to go out.|1
  • lie with|Have the right to make a decision|The decision about the contract LIES WITH the courts.|1
  • lift off|Leave the ground- rocket or spaceship|5-4-3-2-1- we have LIFT-OFF!|1
  • light out|Leave suddenly|When Zeke found out they were coming for him he LIT OUT for the border.|_
  • light up|Light or start smoking a cigarette|Asif LIT UP as soon as he got out of the building.|1
  • lighten up|Be less serious|I told them to LIGHTEN UP but they continued complaining about it.|1
  • limber up|Do some exercises to warm up before playing a sport or other physical activity|The team LIMBERED UP for a few minutes before the game started.|1
  • limber up for|Prepare for something that will require a great effort|They are LIMBERING UP FOR the end of the financial year.|_
  • line up|Arrange in a line|The police got them to LINE UP against the wall.|1
  • link up|Connect, join|The train LINKS UP the cities.|1
  • link up with|Connect with someone or contact them|We LINKED UP WITH the firm over the web.|_
  • listen out for|Listen for a particular noise or sound|They put their coats on and LISTENED OUT FOR the minicab.|_
  • listen up|Pay attention (often used as a command)|LISTEN UP, men! Here are your new assignments.|_
  • live by|Follow a belief system to guide your behaviour|He tries hard to LIVE BY the Bible.|_
  • live down|Stop being embarrassed about something|If I fail the test and everyone else passes, I’ll never be able to LIVE it DOWN.|1
  • live for|Believe something is extremely important|He LIVES FOR football.|_
  • live in|Live in the place where you work or study.|The university has a residential halls where students can LIVE IN.|1
  • live it up|Have a good time by spending a lot of money|She’s been LIVING IT UP like crazy since she won the lottery.|1
  • live off|Use money earned|They find it hard to LIVE OFF the money they make.|_
  • live on|Use money for basic necessities|They have to LIVE ON $200 a week.|1
  • live out|Stay somewhere until you die|She LIVED OUT her final years in a nursing home.|1
  • live through|Experience different times|It was hard to LIVE THROUGH the recession, but we managed it.|_
  • live together|Have a relationship and live in the same place without marrying|We LIVED TOGETHER for a few years before we got married.|1
  • live up to|Meet expectations or standards|The concert didn’t LIVE UP TO my expectations.|1
  • live with|Accept something unpleasant|It’s hard to LIVE WITH the pain of a serious illness.|1
  • liven up|Make something more interesting or exciting|Their arrival LIVENED things UP.|1
  • load down|Burden|I was LOADED DOWN with all the stuff I had to take there.|1
  • load up|Take illegal drugs|He’s been LOADING UP for years.|1
  • load up on|Consume a lot of something for a particular purpose|The athletes LOADED UP ON carbohydrates before the race.|_
  • lock away|Lock in a safe place|He LOCKED the gun AWAY in a drawer.|1
  • lock down|Make very secure|If you lock down your computer properly, it is very difficult for people to access it.|_
  • lock in|Lock a place to stop someone leaving|They LOCKED him IN the room until he had calmed down.|1
  • lock onto|Find a target and head for it|The missile LOCKED ONTO the plane and blew it out of the sky.|_
  • lock out|Close a workplace to stop workers entering|The management LOCKED the staff OUT because they had turned down the pay offer.|1
  • lock up|Close all doors, windows, etc.|She LOCKED UP after everyone had left and went home.|1
  • lock yourself away|Go somewhere away from people to study or work|I LOCK MYSELF AWAY for a few weeks before exams.|_
  • log in|Enter a restricted area on a computer system|I had forgotten my password and couldn’t LOG IN.|1
  • log into|Enter a restricted area of a computer system|I LOGGED INTO the staff intranet to check my email.|_
  • log off|Exit a computer system|When she’d finished working on the spreadsheet, she LOGGED OFF and left the office.|1
  • log on|Enter a computer system|He entered his password for the college intranet and LOGGED ON.|1
  • log out|Exit a computer system|Danny closed the programs and LOGGED OUT when it was time to go home.|1
  • look after|Take care|Their auntie LOOKED AFTER them while their mother was in hospital.|1
  • look back|Think about the past|Old people often LOOK BACK on over their lives.|1
  • look down on|Have a low opinion of|He LOOKS DOWN ON his colleagues because he thinks he’s better than they are.|1
  • look for|Try to find|I’ve been LOOKING FOR all their hidden files, but I can’t find them anywhere.|1
  • look forward to|Wait for or anticipate something pleasant|I’m LOOKING FORWARD TO meeting you.|_
  • look in|Make a quick visit|I’ll LOOK IN on my way home.|_
  • look in on|Visit briefly to see if everything’s all right|I’m going to LOOK IN ON grannie on the way home tonight as she’s been a bit unwell recently.|_
  • look into|Research, investigate|We’ll LOOK INTO the problem and come back to you when we have the information.|1
  • look on|Watch something like a crime without helping|The crowd just LOOKED ON as the old lady was mugged.|1
  • look on as|Consider, regard|I LOOK ON her AS a close friend.|_
  • look out|Be careful|LOOK OUT; you’re going to drop that!|1
  • look out for|Take care of someone, make sure someone is cared for|She LOOKED OUT FOR her sister when she started school.|_
  • look over|Inspect|They came to LOOK the house OVER with a view to buying it.|_
  • look round|Inspect a house|We LOOKED ROUND the house and decided that we didn’t like it enough to buy it.|_
  • look through|Read quickly|I LOOKED THROUGH the article.|_
  • look to|Expect, hope|The company is LOOKING TO increase its sales in Asia.|1
  • look up|Consult a reference work (dictionary, phonebook, etc.) for a specific piece of information.|I didn’t know the correct spelling so I had to LOOK it UP in the dictionary.|1
  • look up to|Respect|She’s LOOKS UP TO her mother.|1
  • look upon as|Consider, regard|I LOOK UPON him AS a close friend.|_
  • loosen up|Become more relaxed or comfortable|He was very shy at first but has LOOSENED UP and is more talkative now.|1
  • lord it over|Behave in a superior manner|She loves to LORD IT OVER her employees.|1
  • lose out|Be at a disadvantage|Many people LOST OUT when the new regulations were enforced.|_
  • lose out on|Not gain or have something advantageous|Because I left the company, I LOST OUT ON my bonus.|_
  • lose out to|Be less successful|People without IT skills often LOSE OUT TO those with the skills.|_
  • luck into|Get something by chance|We LUCKED INTO getting the answer.|1
  • luck out|Be very lucky|I really LUCKED OUT when I met my partner.|1
  • lust after|Be attracted sexually|He secretly LUSTS AFTER his friend’s wife.|1

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