notes: phrasal verb list C
This situation calls
for urgent action before it's
The job calls for a great
deal of tact as you'll be dealing with the public at all times.
You've been promoted to manager? This calls for champagne.
The shareholders are calling for a
change in management because of last year's bad results.
call something off
We had to call
off the meeting because the
manager was on a trip.
No one told me you'd called it off.
I came all the way from Barcelona!
call (someone) up
call something up (on
to look for and open
I tried to call you up to
tell you about the meeting, but your mobile was switched off.
It's difficult to get any work done because people are calling
up all day.
I called up the document and
added the new paragraphs.
When I tried to call the
file up it wasn't there. I must have
deleted it by mistake.
carry on (doing
carry on (with
Please don't let me interrupt you. Carry
on as if I wasn't here.
The fire alarm is always ringing. Now people ignore it and carry
I'll be out of the office this afternoon, so you can just carry
on with whatever you were doing this morning.
carry something out
to complete or perform
The job was carried
out by an outside consultancy firm.
We're carrying out a survey at
the moment to see which of our products is the most popular.
catch up (with
to reach the same standard
catch up (on
(to reach the required standard)
to do work you should already have finished
You all know much more than I do
about computers, but I haven't got time to study. I'll never catch
You've already finished two reports today. I'll have to stay late to catch
up with you.
I'm afraid there was no one to cover you when you were off sick last week,
so you've got a lot of work to
catch up on.
I'll just have a sandwich at my desk so I can catch
up on the backlog.
change over (to
to change to a new system or position
over to the euro at the beginning
Your computer's got the program I need. We'll have to change
I'm on a late shift this week, but we change over next
We'll have to change over to
a new computer system soon because the old system is overloaded.
Everything seemed to be cheaper
before the changeover to the euro.
We had nothing but problems with the computers for a couple of months after
to admit you were wrong
He had to climb
down after his colleagues proved him wrong.
The others had a much stronger argument, and in the end he climbed
down and admitted they were right.
First he said we couldn't have
a pay rise, but then when we threatened to go on strike he said he'd
negotiate. It was a complete climb-down.
close (something) down
to close permanently
If we don't improve production
we'll have to close down the
When the supermarket opened, the grocer's shop on the corner closed
The factory close-down made
a lot of people unemployed.
to be published or made public
When the annual report came
out, there was a sudden rush to sell shares.
News of the merger came out last week. Now everyone's
worried about losing their jobs.
to be mentioned
Did anything interesting come
up in the meeting?
The idea of moving the company out of the city came
up in the meeting.
A new vacancy has come up because one of the
managers has retired.
come up against something
to meet or face
up against all sorts of discrimination when
you work for a big company.
We came up against a number
of problems when we tried to open a branch in France.
come up with something
to think of
The manager's secretary came
up with a really good idea in
We've been trying to find a solution to the problem for a long time now,
but we still haven't come up with anything.
crack down (on
to act more strictly
Staff have been told they can't
send personal emails from work. Management will be cracking
down in future.
If we want to save money we should begin by cracking
down on personal phone calls made from
to appear or happen unexpectedly
up, so I won't be able to come to the meeting.
If any problems crop up while I'm on holiday,
just ask one of the other managers.
cross something/someone off (a
cross something out
to draw a line through
OK, I've phoned those two clients,
so they can be
The sales manager will be in London next week and can't come to the meeting,
so you can cross him off.
Yes or No. Cross out whichever
That's not how you spell it. Cross it out and
write it again.
cut back (on)
If sales continue to fall, we'll
have to cut back production until
We were spending far too much money on entertaining clients, but we've managed
to cut back.
They need to cut back on
their investment programme.
cut down (on
to reduce consumption
I'm still smoking too much. I've
tried to cut down, but it's impossible.
If we cut down on photocopies we
won't need to buy so much toner.
cut someone off
disconnect a phone call
I was just talking to someone in
the sales department, but I was cut
I pressed the wrong button on the switchboard and cut him off.
He'll phone back in a minute
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Phrasal verbs A-B: account for --> brush
Phrasal verbs D-F: deal with --> fit
Phrasal verbs G: get across --> go
Phrasal verbs H-L: hand out --> look
Phrasal verbs M-P: make out --> put
Phrasal verbs R-S: reckon on --> sum
Phrasal verbs T-Z: take down --> work
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