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Essential English Phrasal Verbs - Episode 2

 

 

1. blow down (sth) or blow (sth) down
If something blows down, or if the wind blows something down, that thing falls to the ground because the wind blows it.
 
Dictionary examples:
  • Two huge trees had blown down in the storm.
  • The wind blew our fence down last night.
  • To make matters worse, the tree that was standing near the bus stop was suddenly blown down by the wind.

 

 
 
2. blow out (sth) or blow (sth) out
If a flame blows out, or if you blow it out, it stops burning because you or the wind have blown it.
 
Dictionary examples:
  • The candle blew out and we were left in darkness.
  • She blew out the candles on her birthday cake.
  • [On my birthday,] I open my presents, blow out candles, play games and more.

 

 
 
3. blow up (sth/sb) or blow (sth/sb) up
to destroy something or kill someone with a bomb, or to be destroyed or killed by a bomb
 
Dictionary examples:
  • They threatened to blow up the plane if their demands were not met.
  • He drove over a landmine and his jeep blew up.
  • He said that a bomb had blow[n] up in our hotel and that a lot of people w[ere] injured.

 

 
 
4. book sb in or book sb into sth
to arrange for someone to stay at a hotel
 
Dictionary example:
  • She booked me into a hotel in the town centre.
  • You have been booked into the "Palace Hotel" which is one of the most comfortable [hotels] in town.
 
 

 

5. break down
If a machine or vehicle breaks down, it stops working.
 
Dictionary example:
  • Our car broke down and we had to push it off the road.
  • I'm just writing to tell you why I [need to] borrow your bicycle, because I am going to go [to] my farm next week and my car has broken down.

 

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