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Phrasal Verb Dictionary: P

Phrasal verbs are a common English verb form that consist of a verb followed by a p-word that functions as a particle. To learn more about some of the most common phrasal verbs in the English language, click on a letter in the following menu to browse the Phrasal Verb Dictionary in alphabetical order.



Note: When a word entry includes a p-word enclosed in parentheses, the phrasal verb is a phrasal-prepositional verb.

Phrasal Verb Definition Category Example
pack in do a lot separable transitive I had only an hour but packed so much in.
pack up collect together separable transitive Everyone must pack their belongings up tonight.
pad out fill out separable transitive Do not pad your essay out with superfluous information.
page through turn the pages of a publication and look at the contents quickly inseparable transitive The little girl paged through the magazine.
pair off form pairs of two separable transitive The teacher paired the students off.
pair up form pairs of two separable transitive Grandma paired the socks up.
pal around (with) spend time with in a friendly manner intransitive The new friends palled around after school.
pan out succeed, turn out well intransitive My idea panned out quite well.
parcel out divide into parts and give separable transitive The charity parceled the donations out.
pare down reduce in size separable transitive You need to pare your belongings down.
part with get rid of inseparable transitive I could never part with all my shoes.
partition off divide (usually a room) separable transitive The couch partitions the room off.
partner off form pairs of two separable transitive The children partnered off during class.
partner up form pairs of two separable transitive The instructor partnered the participants up.
pass away die intransitive The neighbors passed away last year.
pass by go past without stopping or noticing separable transitive The opportunity passed me by.
pass down give as an inheritance separable transitive My grandparents passed their farm down.
pass for appear as something else inseparable transitive She passes for a teenager.
pass off misrepresent separable transitive The con artist tried to pass the painting off as an original
pass on transmit separable transitive Please pass the dates on to your mother.
pass on decline, not accept inseparable transitive She passed on the job offer.
pass on die intransitive My uncle passed on last week.
pass out distribute separable transitive The teacher passed the books out.
pass out faint intransitive A woman passed out in the park.
pass over neglect, disregard, omit, leave out separable transitive He passed me over for a job.
pass up fail to take, keep away from separable transitive Her sister passed a great opportunity up.
patch together create quickly separable transitive She patched a dinner together quickly.
patch up repair separable transitive Mom patched the rip in my coat up.
paw at touch repeatedly inseparable transitive Stop pawing at the dessert table.
pay back repay separable transitive He never paid the money back.
pay off repay a debt separable transitive She finally paid her student loans off.
pay off bribe separable transitive The crook paid the police officer off.
pay out spend a lot of money separable transitive I had to pay a lot out to acquire the new property.
pay up give back something owed separable transitive He finally paid up.
peal out leave quickly (usually in a vehicle) intransitive She pealed out of the parking lot.
peel off remove separable transitive She peeled her wet swimsuit off.
peg down fasten, secure, make certain separable transitive Can we peg the details down tonight?
pen in trap separable transitive He penned the dog in.
pencil in make tentative plans separable transitive Let me pencil you in on Friday.
pep up perk up, make more attractive or energetic separable transitive Coffee peps me up.
perk up pep up, make more energetic or attractive separable transitive A nap perks my daughter up.
peter out lose strength or energy intransitive The blizzard petered out last night.
phase out gradually stop separable transitive The company phased the product out.
phone around make many telephone calls in search of someone or something intransitive Let me phone around this evening.
phone in make a telephone call to someone separable transitive Make sure you phone the problem in.
phone up call on the telephone separable transitive Phone your grandma up tomorrow night.
pick at pluck or pull at, meddle with, mess with inseparable transitive She picked at the loose thread on her shirt.
pick on tease, bully inseparable transitive The little boy picked on the little girl.
pick out choose separable transitive Will you pick a new shirt out?
pick over look over carefully inseparable transitive The buyer picked over the collection.
pick through search through inseparable transitive The woman picked through the bargain bin.
pick up lift separable transitive Pick your toys up please.
pick up increase intransitive Sales finally picked up.
pick up go and get separable transitive Can you pick me up after the movie?
pick up learn without effort separable transitive I picked the guitar up quickly.
pick up try to initiate a relationship with separable transitive A creepy dude tried to pick me up last night.
pick up on notice inseparable transitive She finally picked up on the innuendo.
piece together reconstruct, reassemble separable transitive The police pieced together the moments up until the crime took place.
pig out consume a lot intransitive The woman pigged out at the buffet.
pile in fill with a lot separable transitive Pile the boxes in.
pile on cover with a lot separable transitive Pile the toppings on.
pile out (of) exit quickly intransitive The clowns piled out of the car.
pile up become a pile or stack separable transitive The teacher keeps piling our assignments up.
pin down settle, confirm, nail down separable transitive The committee pinned the details down.
pin up fasten vertically separable transitive The designed pinned the picture up.
pipe down make quiet intransitive The children need to pipe down.
piss away waste separable transitive He pissed his inheritance away.
piss off make angry separable transitive The weather pisses me off.
pitch in (to) contribute to intransitive All participants must pitch in.
play down make less important separable transitive He played down the situation.
play around behave silly or foolishly intransitive She always plays around instead of working.
play along (with) pretend to agree with intransitive He played along with the plans.
play back listen or watch a recording separable transitive Can you play the tape back?
play down minimize, make seem less important separable transitive The leader played the election down.
play out allow to continue separable transitive Just let the situation play itself out.
play up make more important, highlight separable transitive She played up her talents.
play up to flatter for personal advantage inseparable transitive My coworker keeps playing up to our boss.
plot out plan in detail separable transitive The bosses plotted the procedure out.
plow on (with) continue despite difficulties or boringness intransitive She plowed on with the boring book.
plow through consume, damage, destroy, crash through, go through inseparable transitive The train plowed through the truck.
plug away at work hard at for a long time inseparable transitive She plugged away at her studies.
plug in connect a piece of electrical equipment separable transitive He plugged the camera in.
plug on (with) continue intransitive He plugged on with writing his essay all night.
plump up increase, make bigger separable transitive The surgeon plumped her cheeks up.
plunge into enter or begin quickly inseparable transitive She plunged into her new job.
point out indicate separable transitive The woman pointed the miscreants out.
point to indicate, implicate inseparable transitive The injuries point to a brutal beating.
poke around search, investigate inseparable transitive Let me poke around the files a bit.
polish off finish separable transitive She polished the pie off.
polish up practice and improve separable transitive He polished his skills up.
pony up pay, contribute separable transitive She ponied the money up.
poop out exhaust, become tied or worn out separable transitive Playing all day pooped the toddlers out.
pop in arrive for just a short time intransitive Grandma popped in this afternoon.
pop off leave for a short time intransitive Grandpa popped off to get a sandwich.
pop out leave for a short time intransitive He popped out for a bite to eat.
pop up occur unexpectedly intransitive Problems keep popping up with the project.
pore over study carefully and in detail inseparable transitive She pored over her notes before the final exam.
pork out (on) consume a lot intransitive The sad woman poked out on ice cream.
portion out divide separable transitive The teacher portioned the snacks out to the students.
power down stop, turn off separable transitive She powered the system down.
power up start, turn on separable transitive He powered the computer up.
press ahead (with) continue intransitive We pressed ahead with our vacation plans.
press for attempt to persuade inseparable transitive I press for a raise for all employees.
press on (with) continue intransitive The children press on with the Easter egg hunt despite the rain.
prey on hunt, hunt with the intention to deceive inseparable transitive The con man preys on old ladies.
print off print separable transitive Can you print the brochure off?
print out print separable transitive She printed the instructions out.
proceed with continue inseparable transitive Shall we proceed with the dance as planned?
psych out make less confident separable transitive The other team psyched us out.
psych up make more confident or excited separable transitive The new movie trailer psyched me up for the film.
puke up vomit separable transitive She puked the rancid meat up.
pull down earn separable transitive He pulls $1 million down a year.
pull in park (usually a vehicle) separable transitive The man pulled the van in too quickly and crashed.
pull out depart (usually in a vehicle) separable transitive She pulled the car out of the garage.
pull through survive but just barely intransitive The premature baby pulled through.
pull together unite, organize separable transitive She pulled the party together.
pull up drive up to intransitive A cop car pulled up next to me at the light.
pump in give a lot separable transitive The organization pumped millions of dollars in.
pump out produce a lot separable transitive The old woman sure pumps a lot of knitted scarves out!
pump up increase, increase excitement separable transitive The gas station pumped prices up because of the storm.
punch in input quickly separable transitive She punched her password in.
punch out knock unconscious separable transitive The boxer punched his opponent out.
punch up make more interesting separable transitive The new introduction punched the story up.
push around be rude or threatening separable transitive Stop pushing me around!
push aside forget about, neglect separable transitive I pushed the horrible thought aside.
push for attempt to persuade inseparable transitive She pushed for a new car from her parents.
push forward continue separable transitive The general pushed the plans forward.
push on (with) continue intransitive The colonel pushed on with the plan.
push out make leave separable transitive Her co-workers pushed her out of the job.
push over cause to fall separable transitive The bully pushed the child over.
push through make officially accepted separable transitive The committee pushed the new policy through.
push towards attempt to achieve inseparable transitive He pushed towards his goal of graduating.
push up increase separable transitive The storm pushed gas prices up.
put across communicate clearly separable transitive You put your ideas across well at the meeting.
put aside save for later separable transitive We put some money aside for a rainy day.
put away return to a proper place of storage separable transitive The children put their toys away.
put back return separable transitive The child put her toys back.
put down insult separable transitive He tried to put me down but failed.
put down euthanize separable transitive She put her sick dog down.
put in submit separable transitive Please put your requests in by noon.
put off postpone separable transitive We put the appointment off again.
put off disgust, repel separable transitive Dirty fingernails put me off.
put on wear, get dressed separable transitive The children put their coats on.
put out extinguish separable transitive The cook put the fire out.
put out inconvenience separable transitive My family put me out last Christmas.
put up have as a guest separable transitive My cousins put me up for a night.
put up with tolerate inseparable transitive I put up with your bad behavior.
putter around move or act aimlessly intransitive She puttered around all weekend.


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