Phrasal Verb: mug up

To mug up something (or mug something up) is to try and quickly learn the important information about something, for example before an exam or a meeting. British English, informal. Example of use: Amelia hasn’t done much studying so she is trying to mug up on the key points before her exam tomorrow. infinitive –… Continue reading Phrasal Verb: mug up

Phrasal Verb: open up

Open up means to start a new business. Example of use: Let’s go to that new cafe that’s opened up in Port Isaac. I’ve heard it’s very good. Open up also means to talk more frankly and honestly about your feelings and yourself. Example of use: Pierre opened up and told everyone at home what… Continue reading Phrasal Verb: open up

Phrasal Verb: tail back

To tail back is to form a long line of slowly moving traffic or a traffic jam. British English. Example of use: The traffic quickly began to tail back after a lorry crashed in the rush hour. rush hour – a time of day when there is a lot of traffic; often when people are… Continue reading Phrasal Verb: tail back