Phrasal verbs starting with B - wordscoach.com

Phrasal verbs starting with B

Bag out

Meaning: Criticise
Example: I saw her pull a bag out from under the seat.


Bail out

Meaning: rescue from financial difficulties or pay money to secure someone’s release
Example: The government can’t bail out every unprofitable state enterprise.


Bail out of

Meaning: Pay a bond to release someone from jail
Example: Reid was forced to bail out of the crippled aircraft.


Bail out on

Meaning: Stop supporting someone when they are in trouble
Example: Everybody bailed out on him when the scandal broke.


Bail up

Meaning: Talk to someone and delay them
Example: Come on, bail up!


Ball up

Meaning: Confuse or make things complicated
Example: She threw the ball up and caught it again.


Ball up

Meaning: Roll or form into a round shape
Example: The batsman smashed the ball up into the air.


Balls up

Meaning: Spoil, ruin
Example: Trust me to balls up the interview!


Bank on

Meaning: Count or rely on
Example: I wrote to my bank on 6th March.


Bargain down

Meaning: Persuade someone to drop the price of something they’re selling
Example: Don’t bargain down price, bargain up quantity.


Bargain for

Meaning: Expect something to happen (usually negative)
Example: I didn’t bargain for Jake being at the party.


Bargain on

Meaning: Expect something to happen (usually negative)
Example: I didn’t bargain on finding them here as well.


Barge in

Meaning: Enter a place and interrupt
Example: Sorry to barge in, but it’s an emergency.


Barge into

Meaning: Enter a place and interrupt people rudely
Example: Students tried to barge into the secretariat buildings.


Bash about

Meaning: Mistreat physically
Example: If you Bash your monitor about like that, it won’t last long.


Bash in

Meaning: Break, damage or injure by hitting
Example: The burglars bashed the door in to enter the house.


Bash out

Meaning: Write something quickly without much preparation
Example: Their ambitions are to bash out good grub with minimal fuss.


Bash up

Meaning: Break, damage or hurt by hitting
Example: They bashed him up in the fight in the pub last week and he had to go to hospital.


Bawl out

Meaning: Scold, shout at someone
Example: The captain bawled out an order to his soldiers.


Bawl out

Meaning: Sing or shout unpleasantly loudly
Example: The children bawled out the songs.


Beam up

Meaning: Teleport, transport
Example: Beam me up, Scottie.


Beat down

Meaning: Strong sunshine
Example: The sun beat down on our necks and backs.


Beat down

Meaning: Get someone to lower the price of something
Example: I managed to beat him down to fifty Euros.


Beat out

Meaning: Narrowly win in competition
Example: The marathon runner barely beat out his rival at the tape.


Beat up

Meaning: Attack violently
Example: Beat up the eggs before you add the flour.


Beaver away

Meaning: Work hard
Example: She beavered away at her complicated calculations.


Beaver away at

Meaning: Work hard doing something
Example: These young people beaver away at school.


Bed down

Meaning: Sleep somewhere less comfortable than normal
Example: You have my room and I’ll bed down in the living room.


Bed out

Meaning: Move a plant outside
Example: May is the time to bed out the geraniums.


Beef up

Meaning: Make something stronger or more solid
Example: The company has been trying to beef up its image.


Belong to

Meaning: Be a member
Example: They belong to the country club.


Belong to

Meaning: Be connected to a time, place, belief, thing, etc
Example: I’m just a sunflower, waiting for belong to me only sunshine.


Belong with

Meaning: Be in the correct or appropriate location with other items
Example: These papers belong with the others.


Belt out

Meaning: Sing something loudly
Example: The band was belting out all the old favourites.


Belt up

Meaning: Be quiet
Example: Don’t forget, belt up before you drive off.


Belt up

Meaning: Fasten your seatbelt
Example: I told the kids to belt uo before I started the car.


Bend down

Meaning: Lower the top half of your body
Example: She watched Ben bend down and examine the pipes beneath the sink.


Bend over

Meaning: Lower the top part of your body
Example: I had to bend over, parallel to the body, to get the nail file under the nails.


Bend over backwards

Meaning: Do a lot to try to help or please someone
Example: We bend over backwards to be fair to all the children.


Big up

Meaning: Exaggerate the importance
Example: I jab a finger forward and Lucker nods in big up and down sweeps.


Big up

Meaning: Increase the size of muscles by exercise
Example: I want to big up my bro on the mic.


Bin off

Meaning: End a relationship
Example: Computer print-outs so big and heavy they’d wrenched the bin off its lamp-post.


Bitch up

Meaning: Spoil or ruin something
Example: I bitched up the interview.


Black out

Meaning: Lose light
Example: Everything blacked out when the power supply failed.


Blank out

Meaning: Censor text so that words cannot be read
Example: The email addresses were blanked out in the documents shown to the court.


Blank out

Meaning: Have a temporary memory failure
Example: I was trying to blank out previous situations from my mind.


Blare out

Meaning: A loud sound or music
Example: The music was blaring out and I couldn’t get to sleep.


Blast off

Meaning: Leave the ground- spaceship or rocket
Example: The space shuttle had been scheduled to blast off at 04:38.


Blaze away

Meaning: Fire a gun repeatedly
Example: The students kept blazing away about the travel.


Bleed out

Meaning: Cause sufficient blood loss to result in death
Example: They bled out their calves.


Bliss out

Meaning: Be extremely relaxed and happy
Example: I like to go off on my own – to sit back and bliss out in a darkened move theater.


Block in

Meaning: Park a car and obstruct another car
Example: There was a block in the pipe and the water couldn’t flow away.


Block off

Meaning: Obstruct an exit to prevent people from leaving
Example: Call me that again and I’ll knock your block off!


Block out

Meaning: Stop light from entering or leaving
Example: The buildings block out the street lighting.


Block up

Meaning: Fill a space so that nothing can pass
Example: A block up the street I found a parking lot.


Blurt out

Meaning: Say something quickly without thinking, especially if you shouldn’t
Example: He blurted out the bad news before I could stop him.


Board out

Meaning: Arrange for pets to stay somewhere while you’re away
Example: The lifeguard boat offered to tow his board out through the pounding break.


Board up

Meaning: Cover windows or doors with wood, metal, etc.
Example: A Puzzle game, the purpose is to board up all the lights lit!


Bog down

Meaning: Slow make progress
Example: The attack would bog down sooner or later.


Bog in

Meaning: Eat enthusiastically
Example: The boy went to the table to bog in.


Bog into

Meaning: Eat something enthusiastically
Example: They bogged into the lunch.


Bog off!

Meaning: Get lost
Example: Bog off! Get out of our country!


Boil down

Meaning: Simplify, reduce to the essentials
Example: The issues boil down to money and prestige.


Boil down

Meaning: Heat something to reduce its volume
Example: Spinach tends to boil down a lot.


Boil down to

Meaning: Amount to
Example: Most of the crimes may boil down to a question of money.


Boil over

Meaning: When a hot liquid spills out of a container
Example: The situation was then about to boil over.


Boil up

Meaning: Feel a negative emotion strongly
Example: Trouble is boiling up in the university.


Bolster up

Meaning: Give support, reinforce, strengthen
Example: The government borrowed money to bolster up the economy.


Bone up

Meaning: Study hard for a reason
Example: I have to bone up on criminal law for a test next week.


Bone up on

Meaning: Study hard for a goal or reason
Example: I need to bone up on my English.


Book in

Meaning: Make a reservation in advance
Example: The librarian entered a new book in the catalogue.


Book into

Meaning: Make a reservation in advance
Example: The speaker worked his new book into his talk.


Book out

Meaning: Leave a place in a hurry
Example: I got this very interesting book out of the library.


Book up

Meaning: Reserve
Example: The boy folded a book up in paper.


Boot up

Meaning: Start a computer
Example: When you boot up, a menu will appear on the screen.


Border on

Meaning: Be located next to a place
Example: This very careful attitude to money can sometimes border on meanness.


Boss about

Meaning: Use excessive authority to control people
Example: I started to get all this hassle from my boss about increasing productivity.


Boss around

Meaning: Use excessive authority to control people
Example: I’m the boss around here, and don’t you forget it!


Botch up

Meaning: Ruin or spoil something
Example: The builders really botched up our patio.


Bottle away

Meaning: Store up
Example: More agile, and much stronger than I, Kip got the bottle away from me after the briefest tussle.


Bottle out

Meaning: Lack courage to do something
Example: The baby sitter washes the bottle out properly every day.


Bottle up

Meaning: Not express your feelings
Example: They will expect you to bottle up your inner uncertainty, whatever it is about.


Bottom out

Meaning: Pass the lowest point and start rising
Example: The bad news knocked the bottom out of market prices.


Bounce into

Meaning: Force someone
Example: They have Bounced the government into calling an early election.


Bounce back

Meaning: Recover
Example: The personal savings rate has already started to bounce back, and is sure to rise further this year.


Bounce off

Meaning: Test ideas
Example: Sound waves bounce off objects in their path.


Bow down to

Meaning: Show respect
Example: Never bow down to any idols.


Bow out

Meaning: Leave, quit
Example: Jack had to bow out as a contender.


Bow to

Meaning: Accept something, usually unwillingly
Example: The government had to bow to public pressure.


Bowl out

Meaning: Hit someone’s wicket in cricket with the ball
Example: The gaunt young inmate fished his bowl out from under his cot.


Bowl over

Meaning: Surprise someone greatly
Example: The mummy wore bead necklaces and had a gold bowl over her face.


Box in

Meaning: Prevent something from moving, especially vehicles
Example: There is a safety deposit box in every room of the hotel.


Box up

Meaning: Pack things in boxes to move them
Example: Tip the box up and empty it.


Brace up

Meaning: Feel more confident or optimistic about something
Example: Interest rates were raised to brace up the sagging dollar.


Branch out

Meaning: Move into a different area of business, etc.
Example: The bookshop has decided to branch out into selling various records and tapes.


Breed out

Meaning: Remove a character trait by controlling reproduction
Example: When I am breed out, infuse me with the light of the Holy spirit.


Breeze along

Meaning: Move easily and quickly
Example: The film Breezes along for the first hour, then becomes rather dull and slow.


Breeze in

Meaning: Enter a place quickly
Example: When he saw us, the master just breezed in and smiled.


Breeze into

Meaning: Enter a place quickly
Example: Moreover, blue and white sofa cover, pillowslip table cloth blow a fresh breeze into your room.


Breeze through

Meaning: Pass easily, succeed
Example: He breezed through the exam.


Brick in

Meaning: Close or fill a space with bricks
Example: The fireplace had been bricked in some years before.


Brick up

Meaning: Close or fill a space with bricks
Example: He murdered his wife, and bricked up her body in the kitchen.


Brighten up

Meaning: Improve (weather)
Example: Fresh flowers will brighten up any room in the house.


Brim over

Meaning: Be too full and overflow
Example: The cup is brimming over with wine.


Brim with

Meaning: Be full of something
Example: The flowerbeds brim with a mixture of lilies and roses.


Brush off

Meaning: Ignore, pay little attention
Example: Don’t worry about the mud – it’ll brush off easily when it’s dry.


Brush up

Meaning: Improve a skill quickly
Example: I need to brush up my computer skills.


Bubble over

Meaning: Become very excited
Example: The pupils were bubbling over with excitement.


Bubble under

Meaning: Be likely to be popular or successful in the near future
Example: The band’s single is Bubbling under and may hit the charts soon.


Bubble with

Meaning: Form a support group with people when contact is restricted
Example: Solar advocates bubble with the possibilities.


Buck up

Meaning: Smarten up, improve
Example: Buck up! We’ll be late.


Bucket down

Meaning: Rain heavily
Example: As soon as we were inside, the rain began to bucket down.


Buckle down

Meaning: Start working hard, apply yourself
Example: He tried to buckle down to some work/study.


Buckle under

Meaning: Accept something under pressure, against your will
Example: The steel frames began to buckle under the strain.


Buckle up

Meaning: Fasten a seatbelt
Example: Please buckle up now; we’re about to land.


Budge up

Meaning: Move to make space for someone
Example: Budge up a bit! I’d like to sit down too.


Buff up

Meaning: Clear, clean or make something shine
Example: Buff up the paintwork with a soft cloth.


Buff up on

Meaning: Improve your knowledge quickly
Example: I Buffed up on my grammar before the test.


Bug off!

Meaning: Go away
Example: Bug off! You’re annoying me.


Bug out

Meaning: Open your eyes wide in surprise
Example: A sewer system make your eyes bug out.


Build around

Meaning: Develop something on the basis of something else
Example: The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.


Build in

Meaning: Incorporate something from the beginning
Example: The new town wants to build in that area.


Build into

Meaning: Incorporate something from the beginning
Example: The relevant cost to quickly build into economics is the cost of prevention.


Build on

Meaning: Use something good to achieve more
Example: We must build on our reputation to expand the business.


Build up

Meaning: Develop a company
Example: The students in middle schools should build up a solid foundation in English.


Bulk out

Meaning: Make something bigger or thicker
Example: Use pads of acid-free tissue paper to bulk out shoes.


Bulk up

Meaning: Gain weight, develop bigger muscles
Example: Use extra vegetables to bulk up the omelette.


Bump into

Meaning: Meet by chance
Example: They would bump into one another and laugh softly.


Bump off

Meaning: Kill
Example: They planned to bump off the mobster.


Bump up

Meaning: Increase
Example: They bump up their prices in the summer months.


Bundle off

Meaning: Send someone somewhere
Example: The boy carries the bundle off the rock, the two men accompany him.


Bundle out

Meaning: Expel
Example: Bundle out of this, please hand over hand, and double quick.


Bundle up

Meaning: Put on warm clothing
Example: Bundle up the newspapers and take them to the skip.


Bunk off

Meaning: Not go to school when you should
Example: A lot of people bunk off early on Friday.


Buoy up

Meaning: Make someone feel more positive
Example: The party is buoyed up by the latest opinion poll results.


Burn down

Meaning: Burn completely
Example: Basically, we tried to burn down the woods.


Burn off

Meaning: Remove by burning or similar process
Example: Burn off the old paint before repainting the door.


Burn out

Meaning: Lose enthusiasm and energy to continue in a demanding job
Example: Blow out the candles before they burn out.


Burn up

Meaning: Destroy completely by fire
Example: The plane circled the airport to burn up excess fuel.


Burst into

Meaning: Catch fire very quickly
Example: The audience burst into wild applause.


Bust up

Meaning: End a relationship, usually angrily or after arguing
Example: The couple bust up after an argument.


Butt in

Meaning: Interrupt
Example: These individuals tend to butt in for the attention they will get.


Butt out

Meaning: Not be involved in other people’s business
Example: The kid is your friend and they should butt out.


Butter up

Meaning: Praise or flatter someone excessively
Example: The bank has to butter up investors because it is in a fiercely competitive market.


Button up

Meaning: Conclude an agreement
Example: The shirt does not button up very easily.


Buy in

Meaning: Force a CD or record into the charts by buying lots of copies
Example: It’s usually cheaper to buy in bulk.


Buy into

Meaning: Accept an idea
Example: They are looking to buy into another insurance company.


Buy off

Meaning: Pay someone to stop them causing trouble
Example: The gambler bought off the police and thus was able to operate freely.


Buy out

Meaning: Buy somebody’s share in a company
Example: The bank had to pay to buy out most of the 200 former partners.


Buy up

Meaning: Buy all of something
Example: A finance house made a bid to buy up the entire company.


Buzz around

Meaning: Move quickly around a place
Example: Hundreds of flies buzz around us, and the workman keeps swatting them.


Buzz off

Meaning: Leave somewhere
Example: Buzz off, I’m busy!


Buzz off!

Meaning: Go away
Example: Buzz off, I’m trying to work!


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