Phrasal Verbs – B

On this page we will concentrate on phrasal verbs beginning with the letter B.

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All the phrasal verbs have a link to a dictionary definition. Just click the link and you will go to a safe site to read the meaning of the phrasal verb.

To be about to (do something) – to plan to do something very soon.

I am about to go out. Can I call you back?

To bank on something/somebody – To count on/depend on someone.

I’m banking on you to get a lot of sales this month, Bob.

To bang on about something – To continue talking about something for a long time, often in a boring or annoying way.

He is always banging on about football. I mean, I don’t even like football.

To be back (to return).

To be down (to decrease in value).

To be in (To be fashionable).

To be off – (To leave or to be not safe to eat).

To be out – (to be unfashionable).

To black out – to lose consciousness.

To blow up – (at someone) to be angry with someone; to insert air into something, like a tyre or an inflatable boat.

To blurt something out – to say something suddenly without thinking, like a secret.

To boil over – when a liquid exceeds the level of the container it is in when heated.

To break off – to come off, or to be removed by force. Also, to stop talking in mid-sentence.  To break off a wedding – to cancel it.

I broke off the door handle as I was trying to leave the bathroom.

The speaker broke off mid-sentence when he was interrupted by the sound of a fire alarm.

The bride decided  to break off the wedding after she discovered the groom had been unfaithful.

To break into something – To enter a building or a place by force.

Thieves broke into the museum and stole important artefacts.

To break into laughter – To start laughing suddenly.

The man on the tube broke into laughter after reading something on his mobile phone.

To break into (a) song – To start singing.

He was so happy that he broke into song. 

To bucket down – to rain heavily

To budge up – to make space for someone to sit down at a seat.

To bugger about  – to waste time doing something; to bugger off: to tell someone to go away

To bugger something up  – to ruin something.

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