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Phrasal Verbs
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Phrasal Verbs beginning with the letter "P"




  • pan out: to succeed

Because of the flu epidemic, out trip to Mexico didn’t pan out. We went to Vancouver Island instead.


  • pass away: to die

Tome didn’t show up for practice today. His grandfather just passed away.


  • pass out (1): to faint

The heat was so intense on the island that one of the contestants passed out.


  • pass out (2): to distribute

The teacher passed the exams out silently, and the students eagerly started writing.


  • pay back (1): to give borrowed money back

When will you pay me back the $20 I gave you three months ago?


  • pay back (2): to reciprocate a bad deed

Josh was so upset about the prank that he punched Jim in the nose. “I paid him back!” Josh yelled.


  • pay off: to pay all the money owed

Jane was finally able to pay her student loan off. It took her 10 years to pay it off.


  • perk up: to cheer up

Why don’t you visit your cousin in the hospital? I am sure it will perk her up.


  • pick out: to choose

The ceremony  is approaching fast. Have you picked out your dress yet? I picked mine out yesterday.


  • play down: to make something seem less important

David played down his injuries so that his wife would not worry too much. How long will he be able to play them down?


  • pick up (1): to lift

Can you please pick your clothes up form the floor and clean your room? The guests will be here within an hour.


  • pick up (2): to meet and give a ride

Don will pick you up at 7am in front of the house and drive you to the airport.


  • pick up (3): to buy

On your way home, could you please pick up some bread? I forgot to pick the bread up when I went grocery shopping.


  • pick up (4): to refresh

When I am sleepy, an apple always picks me up.


  • pick on: to bully

Older kids should never pick on younger ones. Instead the older students should assist the younger and more inexperienced ones.


  • pitch in: to help

When we were renovating the house, the neighbours pitched in so we finished everything faster.


  • print out: to print something out from a computer

Since I ran out of paper, I haven’t printed next week’s schedule out yet.


  • pull over: to drive to the side of the road

The trucker was driving too fast, so the police officer pulled him over and fined him.


  • put across: to communicate

The public speaker put the message across so clearly and effectively that he got a standing ovation from the audience.


  • put away (1): to return to its place

After I folded the dry clothes, I put them away in the bedroom closet.


  • put away (2): to imprison

The police captured and put the notorious gang member away.


  • put back: to place something where it was before

If you use the hairdryer, could you please put it back to the second shelf in the right cupboard?


  • put down (1): to kill a sick animal

Our cat had cancer and was in too much pain so the vet had to put her down.


  • put down (2): to insult

If John continues putting Margaret down, especially when everyone hears it, I am sure she will leave him.


  • put off: to postpone

We had to put the meeting off because too many people were ill with the flu.


  • put on (1): to wear

Put your shoes on and let’s go! We’ll be late!


  • put on (2): to perform

Cirque de Soleil put a great show on last night. We were lucky to get tickets in the last moment.


  • put on (3): to fool

You’re putting me on! It can’t possibly still snow in May!


  • put out: to extinguish

Many brave firefighters perished while putting the forest fires out last summer.


  • put through (1): to implement

All items on the agenda were discussed in the meeting. Later we also put them through successfully.


  • put through (2): to make a telephone connection

“The telephone lines were damaged in the earthquake so I cannot put you through.” informed the operator.


  • put up (1):t o build

The new building was put up in record time. Which company put it up?


  • put up (2): to accommodate

I’ll be able to put you up for two nights, but then you’ll have to book a hotel room.


  • put up with: to tolerate

Brian couldn’t put up with the cold any longer so he decided to move to Florida. Now he has to put up with the hurricanes.