Keel over – English Phrasal Verb – Online English Lessons

October 16, 2011 By Angela Boothroyd

1. If a boat keels over, it turns upside down or onto its side in the water.

Examples of use:

Their boat keeled over in the strong winds.

2. To keel over is to collapse or fall over.

Examples of use:

a) He drank eight bottles of beer in one hour, and keeled over on the pavement.

b) I was feeling ill at work and I keeled over when I stood up.

c) He finished the marathon, but keeled over just past the finish line.

d) That wall needs fixing before it keels over and hurts someone.

keel over
present simple
keel over and keels over
-ing form
keeling over
past simple
keeled over
past participle
keeled over

Can you use this phrasal verb in a sentence?

Have you ever keeled over?

Have you been in a boat that has keeled over?

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