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Essential English Phrasal Verbs - Episode 15

Essential English Phrasal Verbs - Episode 15

 

1. hold up sb/sth or hold sb/sth up
 to make something or someone slow or late
 
Dictionary example:
  • We got held up by the traffic.
  • Then I was held up in a traffic jam.

 

 
2. hurry up
 to do something more quickly
 
Dictionary example:
  • Hurry up or we'll miss the train.
  • When I arrived, the other [basketball] club members [were] already dressed, so I had to hurry up.

 

 
3. join in (sth)
 to become involved in an activity with other people
 
Dictionary examples:
  • We only need one more player for this game - can you persuade your sister to join in?
  • At the end of this verse, we'd like everyone to join in with the chorus.
  • Generally I'm not interested in that [sort of] thing but I found it interesting, so I decided to join in.

 

 
4. keep sb in
 to make a child stay inside, often as a punishment, or to make someone stay in hospital
 
Dictionary example:
  • She kept the children in as it was so cold.

 

 
5. keep (sb/sth) off sth
 to not go onto an area, or to stop someone or something going onto an area
Dictionary example:
  • Keep off the grass.

 

 

Essential English Phrasal Verbs - Episode 15