English Phrasal Verbs | Online English Lessons – Part 2

To splash out is to spend a lot of money on something, especially something that you don’t really need. Mainly informal UK English. Often followed by ‘on’.   Examples of use: 1. My neighbours have splashed out on a new swimming pool. 2. After they won the lottery, they splashed out on gold jewellery, designer clothes, and antique furniture. 3. Let’s splash … [Read more…]

1. To round up somebody or something (or round somebody or something up) is to find and gather together a group of animals or people. Examples of use: a) He uses a dog to help him round up the sheep. b) We need to round the cows up for milking. c) We’re late for school. Can you round the children up for me, please? d) Round the team up for a meeting in my office in ten … [Read more…]

1. If something is playing up, it’s not working as it should. Examples of use: a) Can you give me a lift to work tomorrow? My car is playing up. b) I won’t be able to play tennis this afternoon; my arm has been playing up all week. c) My television is playing up. The picture is all fuzzy and there’s no sound. d) I need a new washing machine. This old one is … [Read more…]

To suss out somebody or something (or suss somebody or something out) is to: discover the truth about someone or something or to work out how something works or to find the solution to a problem. Mainly informal/slang UK and Australian English. suss (verb) – to uncover the truth about something or someone; to understand In British English, work out is … [Read more…]

If you chicken out of something you decide not to do it because you are afraid. Informal English. Examples of use: 1. He chickened out of the parachute jump. 2. She chickened out of asking Michael to the college prom. 3. I would like to visit my brother in Australia but I’m afraid of flying so I keep chickening out. 4. Did you ask her out on a … [Read more…]