notes: phrasal verb list D-F
deal with something/someone
to take action on something
to be responsible for
to have as its subject
to do business with
We should deal
with the staff problems now
before they get too serious.
The computer maintenance team can deal with any
type of emergency.
The report deals with the
introduction of new technology.
This company has many years of experience in dealing
with customers from abroad.
We have been dealing with a
number of multinationals ever since we opened our office in London.
do away with something
We've finally done
away with the manual system for
The profit margin has been much higher ever since the company did
away with its labour intensive production system.
to continue slowly and boringly
The meeting dragged
on for hours and we still didn't come to a decision.
The chairman's speech seemed to drag on for
ever. I had difficulty staying awake.
drag something out
to prolong unnecessarily
The presentation should only last
two hours, but they want me to drag it out for
It's usually a four-day course, but I can drag it out with
some practice sessions if you like.
draw something up
If you decide to buy the company,
we can draw up a
contract within seven days.
We'll have to draw up a
list of all the people who might want to attend the conference.
end up as
end up somewhere
end up doing
to eventually become
to eventually find oneself/itself
She started in the company as a
secretary. Who would have thought she would end
up as the managing director?
The plane was diverted because of fog, so we ended
up in Barcelona instead of Valencia.
That temporary secretary is completely useless! He made so many mistakes
in the report that I ended up doing
face up to something
to accept a situation and take action
You have to face
up to the fact that things
have changed since you opened the company. You need to modernise.
We argued for hours, but he finally faced up to the
problem and he's going to call a meeting to discuss it next week.
Sales have fallen
off ever since we introduced the new packaging. Nobody likes
The number of people coming into the office has fallen
off since we set up the website.
to not succeed
The plans we had to relocate the
company fell through because we couldn't
get planning permission.
We've put so much effort into this project that I'll be very annoyed if it falls
fill something in
fill in (for
to substitute for someone at work
fill someone in (on
to give information about
in the application form and
return it to us as soon as possible.
You have to fill in all
the boxes marked with an asterisk, otherwise the computer rejects
Our usual receptionist is on maternity leave at the moment, but one of the
secretaries is filling in for
I don't usually do this job. I'm just filling in.
Come into my office and I'll fill you in on
everything that happened in the meeting.
Have you heard the news? Come down to the bar and I'll fill you in.
find (something) out
find out (about
Did you know that the sales manager
is being replaced? I've only just found out.
You've got the number of his private line? How did you find that out?
I've been trying to get it for months.
He found out about the
redundancy plans from the union representative.
fit in (with
to work well with others in a group
to complement or be in harmony with
fit something/someone in
to have/find enough time
The new designer fits
in really well. The team has done some excellent work since
I think we'll have to terminate his contract because he doesn't
fit in with the other people in the office.
No, I don't want to expand abroad. That doesn't fit
in with the plans I have for the company.
Well, I'm busy on Monday and Tuesday, but I could fit you in on
Wednesday morning at about 11 o'clock.
Everyone's got lots of work, but we've got to fit the
meeting in before the end of the week.
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Phrasal verbs C: call for --> cut
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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