Phrasal Verb T

tack on|Add something that wasn’t planned|They TACKED ON a new ending to the film when they found that test audiences didn’t like the original.|1

tack onto|Add or attach something that wasn’t planned to something|I TACKED a quick message ONTO the end of the letter after I’d printed it.|_

tag along|Accompany someone, especially if they haven’t specifically invited you|You’re off to the cinema; can we TAG ALONG?|1

tag on|Add an additional point to something written or spoken|He TAGGED ON a few comments after reading my report.|1

tag onto|Add an additional point to something written or spoken|He TAGGED his ideas ONTO the end of my report.|_

tag with|Add a keyword link or bookmark to a blog entry or webpage|The post was TAGGED WITH keywords.|_

tail away|Become silent or inaudible|His voice TAILED AWAY when he was speaking about what he’d done wrong.|_

tail back|Form a traffic jam|The traffic TAILED BACK for several miles after the accident.|_

tail off|Become silent or inaudible|The voices TAILED OFF when she entered.|_

take aback|Surprise or shock|The news of her death TOOK me ABACK.|1

take after|Look like, resemble|He TAKES AFTER his mother.|1

take apart|Take something to pieces|She TOOK the photocopier APART to see what had got stuck in it.|1

take aside|Get someone alone to talk to them|The teacher TOOK her ASIDE and said that she’d failed the exam.|_

take away|Remove|The police TOOK the protestors AWAY.|1

take back|Make someone nostalgic|That song always TAKES me BACK to when I was at university.|1

take down|Make notes or write down in full|The police TOOK DOWN his answers to their questions.|1

take in|Absorb information|The lecture was rather boring and I didn’t TAKE IN much of what the lecturer said.|1

take it|Accept criticism|He’s good at criticising others, but can’t TAKE IT himself.|_

take it out on|Abuse someone because you’re angry|Whenever things go wrong, he always shouts and TAKES IT OUT ON me, even if I had nothing to do with the problem.|_

take it upon yourself|Take responsibility, often without consulting other people|I TOOK IT UPON MYSELF to make sure he got up on time.|_

take off|Make great progress|The software house really TOOK OFF when they produced the latest version of their DTP package.|1

take on|Allow passengers on a ship or plane|The plane stopped at Zurich to TAKE ON some passengers.|1

take out|Borrow a library book|I TOOK OUT all the books I needed for my essay from the library.|1

take over|Assume control of a company or organisation|The bank was TAKEN OVER by a Hong Kong bank that needed to buy a bank to get into the British market.|1

take through|Explain something to someone|He TOOK me THROUGH the procedures before we started.|_

take to|Make a habit of something|He’s TAKEN TO wearing a baseball cap since his hair started thinning more noticeably.|1

take up|Fill or occupy time or space|An awful lot of my time at work is TAKEN UP with pointless bureaucracy nowadays.|1

talk around|Persuade|He TALKED them AROUND to accepting his point of view.|_

talk at|Talk to someone and not give them a chance to reply or listen to them|There’s no point trying to convince them- they’ll just TALK AT you until you give up.|_

talk back|Respond rudely to a person in authority|The teacher was cross because the pupil TALKED BACK to her.|_

talk down|Try to make something sound less important|The company CEO TALKED DOWN the recent fall in shares.|1

talk down to|Talk in a way to show your superiority not communicate|She’s a dreadful teacher and TALKS DOWN TO her students instead of teaching them.|_

talk into|Persuade someone to do something|She didn’t want to let me go, but I finally managed to TALK her INTO it.|1

talk out|Discuss a problem or issue to find a solution|They had a meeting to TALK OUT how people felt.|_

talk out of|Persuade someone not to do something|He was going to drive home after drinking half a bottle of wine, but his friends TALKED him OUT OF it.|1

talk over|Discuss|We TALKED OVER the problems in our relationship, but couldn’t sort things out.|1

talk round|Persuade|She TALKED them AROUND to accepting her point of view.|_

talk through|Guide someone through an issue|The teacher TALKED me THROUGH the test so I knew what to expect.|_

talk up|Make something appear more important or significant than it really is|The government are trying to TALK UP the effect of their policies.|_

talk yourself out|Talk until you have nothing left to say|He TALKED himself OUT after a couple of hours and calmed down.|_

tap for|Get money off someone|I TAPPED him FOR a loan.|_

tap into|Use or exploit a plentiful resource for your benefit|The company is hoping to TAP INTO the Chinese market.|_

tap off with|Have sex with|He TAPPED OFF WITH someone at the party on Saturday.|_

tap out|Play a rhythm quietly|He TAPPED OUT the tune with his pencil while he was thinking.|1

tap up|Approach a footballer illegally to get them to change teams|Chelsea were accused of TAPPING him UP even though he was under contract.|_

taper off|Gradually become smaller or weaker until stopping|Her speech TAPERED OFF when the interruptions started.|1

team up|Work with someone or a group to achieve something|They TEAMED UP to publicise the issue.|1

tear apart|Disturb or upset greatly|People were TORN APART when news of the train crash came through.|1

tear at|Pull or try to pull something to pieces|The fighters TORE AT each other.|_

tear away|Stop someone doing something unwillingly|I had to TEAR him AWAY from the office for dinner.|1

tear down|Demolish|The estate was TORN DOWN so that they could develop the land into luxury flats.|1

tear into|Criticise strongly or angrily|She TORE INTO me for losing it.|1

tear off|Remove part of a form or letter using your hands, not scissors|She TORE the slip OFF the bottom of the form and sent it with her cheque.|1

tear out|Depart rapidly|The sheriff TORE OUT after the escaping criminals.|_

tear up|Rip into pieces|He TORE the fax UP and threw the bits of paper in the bin.|1

tee off|Start or launch an event|The new project will TEE OFF next month.|1

tee off on|Criticise|She TEED OFF ON me about the work I gave her.|_

tee up|Place a golf ball on a short plastic or wooden stick before hitting it at the start of a hole.|She TEED UP two strokes ahead at the last hole.|1

tell apart|See a difference between two things|They’re identical twins so I cannot TELL them APART.|1

tell off|Chide; talk angrily to someone about something they’ve done wrong.|His fiancée TOLD him OFF for arriving nearly an hour late.|1

tell on|Report someone to an authority|The pupil TOLD ON the others for cheating and the teacher failed them.|1

tense up|Become nervous, tense or unable to relax|She TENSED UP when the police walked in.|1

text out|Cancel an appointment by sending a text message|I was feeling too tired to go and TEXTED OUT.|_

think over|Consider something carefully|I’ve THOUGHT it OVER and have made up my mind; I’m going to take the job in Leeds.|1

think through|Consider all the possibilities and outcomes of a situation|The plan fell through because they hadn’t THOUGHT it THROUGH properly.|_

think up|Create or invent something, especially when lying|I’d better THINK UP a good reason for handing the work in late.|1

thrash out|Discuss for a long time until an agreement is reached|It took them ages to THRASH OUT the text for the closing statement.|1

throw away|Discard something when no longer needed|I THREW the alarm clock AWAY because it had stopped working.|1

throw in|Join, accompany|May I THROW IN with you? My companions left me behind.|1

throw off|Remove item of clothing quickly|I THREW OFF my shoes and flopped on the settee.|1

throw on|Put clothes on quickly|I THREW ON a jacket and rushed outside.|_

throw out|Get rid of|I THREW OUT all my old clothes to make some space in my wardrobe.|1

throw over|End a relationship with someone|She THREW me OVER last year.|_

throw together|Make or arrange quickly|I THREW a quick dinner TOGETHER before we left.|1

throw up|Vomit|The prawns she ate at lunch made her THROW UP and she had to go home early.|1

throw yourself at|Make it clear you are sexually attracted to someone|He THREW HIMSELF AT her but she wasn’t interested.|_

throw yourself into|Do something enthusiastically or energetically|She THREW herself INTO the project.|_

tick along|Make reasonable progress without any serious problems|Things are TICKING ALONG at work while the director’s away.|_

tick away|Pass (of time)|The last few seconds TICKED AWAY and the team couldn’t come back.|_

tick by|Pass (of time)|The seconds TICKED BY and the team failed to score.|_

tick off|Annoy|She really TICKS me OFF when she doesn’t reply to my emails.|1

tick over|Continue working, but without improving|The company TICKED OVER while she was away on holiday.|1

tickle up|Improve a document|I paid a company to TICKLE UP my CV before I applied.|_

tide over|Use something carefully so as not to finish it|This £50 will have to TIDE me OVER until I get paid.|1

tidy up|Put things in the correct place in a room|I TIDIED UP my bedroom because it was a complete mess.|1

tie back|Fasten or secure so that it doesn’t obstruct|She TIED her hair BACK before playing tennis.|_

tie down|Secure something to prevent it moving|They TIED him DOWN to stop him escaping.|1

tie in|Agree, be connected or support|The theory TIES IN with what the police have been saying.|1

tie in with|Occur at the same time|The publication TIES IN WITH the twentieth anniversary of the incident.|_

tie up|Tie or fasten something securely|They TIED UP the hostages so that they couldn’t escape.|1

tighten up|Make something more secure or function better|They’re TIGHTENING UP security for the president’s visit.|1

time out|End or close because of a time limit|The program TIMED OUT before I could reply.|1

tip off|Secretly inform the police or authorities|The police arrested the drug dealer after someone TIPPED them OFF.|1

tip over|Spill, make something fall on its side|I TIPPED my coffee OVER and ruined my keyboard.|1

tire of|Get bored of something|She soon TIRED OF the course and dropped out.|_

tire out|Make someone exhausted|Working so much TIRES me OUT.|1

toddle off|Leave, go home|It’s geting late, so I’m going to TODDLE OFF home.|_

tone down|Make something sound more moderate|The Minister tried to TONE DOWN what she had said when the press started attacking her.|1

tone in with|Combine in a pleasing way|The blue TONES IN WITH your jacket.|_

tone up|Make stronger or firmer|The exercises will TONE UP your stomach muscles.|1

tool up|Provide equipment|The company spent a lot on TOOLING the factory UP.|_

tootle off|Leave, depart|It’s getting late, so we’re going to TOOTLE OFF home.|_

top off|Finish something in a special way|He complained for an hour and to TOP it OFF started shouting his head off.|1

top out|Stop increasing, reach the highest point|The temperature TOPPED OUT at forty degrees yesterday.|1

top up|Refill something that isn’t empty yet|Shall I TOP UP your drink while I’m pouring myself one?|_

toss about|Discuss something freely and openly, but not very seriously|WE TOSSED ideas ABOUT before the negotiations.|_

toss around|Discuss something freely and openly, but not very seriously|We TOSSED their plan AROUND a bit and then rejected it.|_

toss aside|Discard, throw away|They TOSSED the proposal ASIDE.|_

toss back|Drink quickly|I TOSSED BACK my beer and left.|1

toss down|Drink quickly|I TOSSED a couple of drinks DOWN before they arrived.|_

toss for|Make a decision by throwing a coin and seeing which side lands face up|We TOSSED FOR who would start.|_

toss off|Write something quickly and carelessly|I TOSSED OFF the essay the night before I had to hand it in.|1

toss up|Decide something by throwing a coin and seeing which side lands face up.|We TOSSED UP to see who would kick off.|_

touch down|Land (planes)|The plane TOUCHED DOWN at Narita airport an hour late.|1

touch for|Borrow money|I TOUCHED him FOR some cash as I’d forgotten my cards.|_

touch off|Cause a problem to occur|The government’s decision TOUCHED OFF riots in the capital.|1

touch on|Mention|The talk TOUCHED ON the issue, but didn’t give any new information.|1

touch up|Improve the appearance of something|I couldn’t be bothered to redecorate, so I just TOUCHED UP the bits that needed painting the most.|1

touch upon|Mention|They didn’t TOUCH UPON the subject because of the controversy.|_

toughen up|Make stronger|Her time in office will TOUGHEN her UP.|_

tow away|Remove a vehicle, especially if parked illegally|I parked in a no-parking zone and they TOWED my car AWAY.|_

toy around with|Treat or deal with something without taking it seriously|They TOYED AROUND WITH our complaint and pretty much ignored us.|_

toy at|Pretend to think about or think about in a casual way|She TOYED AT getting them to help her but then did it alone.|_

toy over|Think about something|I TOYED OVER the idea for a while, but decided not to go ahead with it.|_

toy with|Not eat much of a meal|It was horrible, so I just TOYED WITH the food.|1

track down|Find after a long search|It took me ages to TRACK them DOWN in the crowd at the football game.|1

trade down|Sell something and replace it with something cheaper|Their house it too large now that their children have left home, so they’re going to TRADE DOWN to something smaller.|_

trade in|Exchange something old as part of the price of something new|She TRADED IN her old car for the new model.|1

trade off|Bargain, make a deal or compromise|A longer working week was TRADED OFF for a pay rise.|_

trade on|Exploit, use something to your advantage|He TRADES ON their insecurity to get his way.|_

trade up|Buy larger or more expensive items|British wine drinkers have TRADED UP over the last few years from cheap plonk to expensive wines.|_

trade upon|Exploit, use to your advantage|They TRADE UPON their reputation to scare rivals.|_

train up|Teach someone the specific skills they will need to carry out a job or task|I have been TRAINING my new assistant UP.|_

trickle down|Pass benefits from economic expansion through the economy to the less fortunate|Despite the economic boom, few benefits have TRICKLED DOWN to the poor.|_

trickle up|When financial benefits given to poor people or small businesses pass on to the wealthy|The government grants to the poor are TRICKLING UP to the big banks.|_

trigger off|Make someone angry|Their remarks TRIGGERED him OFF and he started shouting at them.|1

trip out|Be under the influence of psychoactive drugs|After taking the LSD he TRIPPED OUT for hours.|1

trip over|Fall|I TRIPPED OVER and hurt my knee.|_

trip up|Make a mistake|I TRIPPED UP in the interview when they asked me about what I could offer the company.|1

trot off|Leave|The meeting was over so I TROTTED OFF.|_

trot off to|Go somewhere|I TROTTED OFF TO see the dentist.|_

trot out|Make a statement (meant negatively)|The spokeswoman TROTTED OUT the same old unconvincing excuses.|1

trudge through|Do something slowly, with difficulty, unwillingly or considerable effort|I TRUDGED THROUGH the papers last night.|_

trump up|Charge or accuse someone falsely|The police TRUMPED UP the charges against him and he ended up in prison though he hadn’t done it.|1

try back|Phone back|I called but they weren’t in, so I’ll TRY BACK later.|_

try for|Make an attempt to get something|I’m going to TRY FOR the job.|1

try it on|Provoke someone by being annoying or behaving badly|The children were TRYING IT ON all night until I lost my temper.|_

try on|Put clothes on to see if they fit|I TRIED the jacket ON before I bought it.|1

try out|Test|Scientists are TRYING OUT a new drug in the fight against the disease.|1

try out for|Be tested for a sports team|He TRIED OUT FOR the baseball team.|_

tuck away|Put something in a safe place|I TUCKED the money AWAY in my drawer.|1

tuck in|Tidy the ends of items of clothing by placing them inside something|I forgot to TUCK my shirt IN.|1

tuck into|Start eating something|I was starving and TUCKED INTO the food.|_

tuck up|Arrange the sheets, duvet or blankets to make someone, usually a child, comfortable in bed|She TUCKED her children UP in bed and switched the lights off.|_

tune in|Watch or listen to a TV or radio show|Be sure to TUNE IN next week for the next episode.|1

tune in to|Watch or listen to a TV or radio programme|Make sure you TUNE IN TO next week’s show.|_

tune out|Ignore, not pay attention|I TUNED him OUT because he was talking such rubbish.|_

tune up|Improve the performance of a machine or engine|He’s TUNED his car UP for the race.|1

turf out|Force someone to leave|Management TURFED him OUT last week.|1

turn against|Stop liking and start disliking|The public TURNED AGAINST the government when they became arrogant and ceased to listen.|_

turn around|Make something successful or profitable that has been doing badly|They are hoping to TURN the company AROUND with the launch of the new products.|1

turn away|Not allow someone to enter a place|The doorman TURNED him AWAY from the nightclub because he was wearing trainers.|1

turn down|Reduce volume, temperature, etc.|The room was too hot, so she TURNED the heating DOWN.|1

turn in|Go to bed|I TURNED IN at half past eleven because I had an early start the next morning.|1

turn into|Become|Tadpoles TURN INTO frogs.|_

turn off|Stop a machine|I TURNED the TV OFF and went to bed.|1

turn on|Cause someone to feel attraction or pleasure|He really TURNS me ON.|1

turn out|Produce|The factory TURNS OUT three thousand units a day.|1

turn over|Give to the authorities|The court ordered the company to TURN OVER their financial records.|1

turn to|Try to get help|She had nobody to TURN TO when her husband died.|1

turn up|Appear|She didn’t TURN UP for class today.|1

type in|Enter computer data or text|He TYPED the text IN and printed it off.|_

type out|Write a full or finished version of a text on a computer|She TYPED her essay OUT and handed it in a the last minute.|_

type up|Type a finished version|She TYPED UP her lecture notes and printed them out.|_

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