Phrasal Verbs

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tell upon

Meaning: to have an effect on (someone or something), often a negative one.

Example: The years of hard work and stress began to tell upon his health, leaving him fatigued and unwell. Read more ➺

by far

Meaning: to a great extent—the difference between two or more things is substantial.

Example: She is by far the most talented singer in the competition. Read more ➺

done in

Meaning: be too tired to do any more.

Example: He was done in after working the night shift. Read more ➺


Meaning: a period of decline or reduction

Example: With his health on the wane, the coal worker had to take better care of himself. Read more ➺

run across

Meaning: meet someone by accident

Example: While cleaning my house, I ran across a book I'd lost. Read more ➺

on board

Meaning: be physically on a plane, ship, vehicle, train, or rocket

Example: Let's get Phoebe on board for the Madison project. After all, it is her area of expertise. Read more ➺

on/to hand

Meaning: present, nearby, close, or easily accessible

Example: My parents are always on hand if we need a babysitter. Read more ➺

call on

Meaning: use courage, reserve, nerve or strength to achieve something

Example: He had to call on all his strength to get to the finals. Read more ➺

turn aside

Meaning: refuse entry to somewhere

Example: His job application was turned aside when they saw his criminal record. Read more ➺

get rid of

Meaning: to remove something or someone

Example: He finally got rid of the door to door salesman, by saying he had to go out. Read more ➺