notes: phrasal verb list T-Z
take something down
to note information
You'll need to take
down everything we say in the
meeting, enter it on the computer, then print it out and give everyone
OK, I'll take down all
your details and then your complaint can be passed to the relevant
take something on
to assume responsibility
Your secretary can take
on the extra work until we
find a permanent replacement.
I don't really want to be promoted because I don't want to take
on the extra responsibility.
We'll need to take on extra
staff over the summer to cover the people on holiday.
take something out
to obtain a legal or official document
The company can take
out a short-term loan to pay
for the new computer system, and then pay it back with the money
saved by reducing the number of staff.
We took out extra insurance to
cover possible losses caused by computer viruses.
take something over
to gain control
take over from someone
The shop was taken
over by one of its competitors.
We took the company over in
1996, and since then we have doubled profits.
We need to recruit a new secretary to take over from yours while
she's on maternity leave.
touch on something
I'd like to touch
on a number of subjects in
The manager didn't touch on the
subject of staff reductions in the meeting with the union rep.
turn something down
to refuse, reject
I'm afraid your
application has been turned down again.
I'd love to accept your offer of a job, but I'll have to turn it down because
I'm happy with my present company.
It's so hot in this office! Can't we turn the
turn (something) out
turn out to
turn out that
to end as
Once we get the new machinery installed,
the factory will be able to turn out twice
the number of cars it produces today.
Your plan for cutting costs turned out to
be very successful, so we've decided to give you a bonus.
It turned out that the
new manager went to school with the director, but they hadn't seen each other
for 20 years.
to leave in protest
The factory staff walked
out when they heard that the union representative had been
disciplined for attending a meeting.
If you walk out now you won't have the opportunity
to come back!
weigh something up
We'll have to weigh the
situation up very carefully before we take any
I weighed up all the pros
and cons before I decided to leave the old job and take the new one.
wind (something) down
to reduce business
The business has been winding
down ever since the director left it to his brother.
When production was relocated to Manchester, the London
branch was gradually wound
work something out
to solve a problem
to be all right in the end
Can you give me a hand? I can't work this
calculation out at all.
I've read the instructions, but I still can't work
out how this program works.
Don't worry. It'll all work out OK.
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Phrasal verbs A-B: account for --> brush
Phrasal verbs C: call for --> cut
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
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