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Phrasal Verbs
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Phrasal Verbs beginning with the letter "C"



  • call on: to ask

Cynthia always calls on you when she needs help; she trusts you.


  • call off: to cancel

There is nothing worse than calling a wedding off in the last moment.


  • call up: to telephone

Can I call you up later today and chat about your latest trip?


  • calm down:  to relax

Maria was very nervous but calmed down once she passed the driving test.


  • care for (1): to want

Do you care for coffee or tea after lunch?


  • care for (2): to take care of

Maggie cared for her ill grandmother for more than three years before Maggie’s sister took over.


  • carry on: to continue

Carry on,” the teacher said when she entered the classroom, and the students continued checking their homework.


  • catch on (1): to become popular

Being bald and wearing tattoos have caught on fairly quickly in many countries.


  • catch on (2): to learn

Children catch on very quickly when they learn languages.


  • catch up (with): to follow/reach

“You can go ahead,” insisted Andrea. “I’ll catch up with you later.”


  • check in: to register at a hotel or inn

I can check in later. The hotel desk is open until 10 PM. 


  • check out (of): to leave a hotel or inn

We will need to check out of the hotel before noon, so we will still have time to go for a swim.


  • cheer on: to support

Hockey fans always cheer their teams on loudly on sports nights.


  • cheer up: to help someone feel better

When Lily is depressed, her brother cheers her up with jokes and cartoons.


  • chicken out: to give up

Vivian chickened out in the last moment when Sam asked her to go bungee jumping.


  • chip in: to contribute

When we celebrate a birthday in the office, everyone chips in at least $5.


  • clean up: to tidy up

Students should always clean up after themselves at the end of the class.


  • come across: to find

I came across a very rare 16th century book while browsing the bookstores in old Berlin.


  • come along (1): to progress

How is your new project coming along?


  • come along (2): to appear

When Anna came along after class, Johnny became very quiet.


  • come around: to change one’s opinion

When will you come around and finally agree with me?


  • come by: to obtain

I came by many second hand sweaters since my older sister got rid of them very fast.


  • come down (with): to become sick

Every winter, I came down with the flu.


  • come into: to acquire

George came into a fortune when his parents suddenly died.


  • come on: to reflect

Stacey comes on as a tough person, but in fact, she is very sensitive.


  • come on: to become available

The hot water came on very late last night since the plumber was fixing the pipes all day.


  • come out: to become known

The beauty queen’s past came out during a routine reference check.


  • come over: to visit causally

Why don’t you come over after the game and have lunch with us?


  • come through: to do what is expected

William came through only after Wanda begged him for three days to get the tickets for the game.


  • come to: to total

Our charges came to an even number after we added the taxes and the extra commission.


  • come up: to be mentioned

The topic of marriage never came up during the lovely couple’s conversations.


  • come up with: to think of/invent

Mary always comes up with very creative ideas.


  • come upon: to discover by accident

While cleaning the attic, I came upon a very rare and beautiful pearl necklace.


  • count on: to depend on

I have always counted on my brother sine he helped me and kept his promise no matter what.


  • crank up: to increase

Crank up the volume on the radio so that I can also hear the speech!”


  • cross out: to eliminate

I crossed out all the typing mistakes in the document.


  • cut down on: to reduce

Since gas is so expensive, Sheila decided to cut down on driving and walk instead.