notes: phrasal verb list H-L
hand something out
Can you hand
out the brochures to everyone
who attends the presentation, please?
Wouldn't it be better to hand them out afterwards?
People might not concentrate on what we're saying otherwise.
The hand-outs need
to be photocopied.
Stop asking me for money! If you want a hand-out,
ask someone rich!
hand something over
to give to someone else
When the managing director retired,
she handed over the
running of the company to her son.
Responsibility will be handed
over to you at the end of the financial year.
The official handover took
place at the Shareholders' Annual Meeting.
hang on (and hold
hang on to something
to keep in your possession
Hang on a
minute. I've just got to make a phone call.
Can you hang on while I check for you, or would
you like me to ring you back?
Do we really need to hang on to these
old files? They're all on computer now.
You should hang on to those
old typewriters - they're really useful for completing forms.
hit on something
to think of
on a brilliant idea for the
new advertising campaign!
I think you've hit on something
very important there.
hold on (see hang
hold something up
Sorry I'm late. I was held
up by my last appointment.
We can hold the process up till
the end of the week, but we'll need to have everything ready for Monday.
The leaflets aren't ready yet.
There's been a hold-up at the printer's.
keep someone on
to not dismiss from work
When the factory closed, the
only person kept on was the
I realise we'll have to lose a lot of the staff, but the
minimim number we need to keep on is
key something in
to type into the computer
All the new
data needs to be keyed in.
Make sure you take a break from time to time so you don't strain
The figures don't tally. Someone must have keyed the
information in wrongly.
lay someone off
to dismiss from work
We're going to have to lay
off some staff until we get
some more orders.
It's seasonal work, so he generally gets laid
off at the end of October.
There's not much money around because
of all the lay-offs at the factory.
to become known
News of the redundancies has leaked
out, and now the union representatives want to have a meeting
Well, I don't know how that leaked out, but
it was only discussed by the Board of Directors yesterday.
look down on someone
to consider inferior
down on everyone else because
he's the only one in the department who went to Oxford.
He's not the right person to be in charge of customer services because he looks
down on anyone who hasn't got the same
accent as he has.
to anticipate with pleasure
I look forward
to hearing from you.
I'm looking forward to the
weekend. At last I'll be able to have a good rest.
look into something
What about that problem with the
agency? Have you looked into it yet?
I apologise for the delay. We're looking into the
causes now, and hope to have everything back to normal by this afternoon.
look something up
to find information (when you know where it is)
We've got new orders worth £25,000.
Things are looking up at last!
Things must be looking up - we're getting a
Christmas bonus this year!
Can you look the phone number up for
I looked it up in
the dictionary, but it wasn't there. Maybe it's under a different spelling.
look up to someone
If the staff don't feel they can look
up to you, then you can't be
the right person for the job.
Everyone looked up to the
old manager because he always listened to what people had to say.
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Phrasal verbs C: call for --> cut
Phrasal verbs D-F: deal with --> fit
Phrasal verbs G: get across --> go
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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