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Phrasal Verbs Starting with the Letter S

SAVE UP
(separable) to collect money for future use

Max is saving up for a brand new car.

SCREW UP
(separable) to make a mistake or do something wrong

Max screwed up his relationship with Mary.

SELL OUT
(separable) to compromise one's values for personal gain

Catherine sold out. I guess power and money mean more to her than what she said were her personal values.

SELL OUT
(separable) to sell everything in the store

We can't go to the concert. The tickets have been sold out

SEND BACK
(separable) to return something

I sent the soup back to the kitchen because there was a fly in it.

SET UP
(separable) to start, organize, or configure

Max asked Mary to set up his computer.

SETTLE DOWN
(intransitive) to become calm; to start living a quiet family life

Max started to look for a wife because he thought it was time to settle down.

SETTLE DOWN
(separable) to get someone to become calm

Settle John down. The neighbors are trying to sleep.

SHAVE OFF
(separable) to remove hair by shaving

Michael Jordan first shaved off all of his hair when he was in his twenties.

SHOOT DOWN
(separable) to make something hit the ground by shooting it

yugoslavia shot down one US warplane.

SHOUT OUT
(separable) to speak very loudly; to announce

Max shouted the directions to his house out.

SHOW OFF
(separable) to try to impress by doing or showing

When Bill did that trick with the cigar, he was just showing off.

SHRUG OFF
(separable) to dismiss something as unimportant

The president shrugged off his extremely low poll numbers.

SIMMER DOWN
(intransitive) to become less angry

Bill allowed his wife to simmer down before he asked for forgiveness.

SIT AROUND
(intransitive) to just sit not doing much

I don't do much work besides sitting around because to do anything more would be a violation of union rules.

SORT OUT
(separable) to arrange or separate by type, class, category, etc.

Max sorted his socks out.

SORT OUT
(separable) to resolve problems or difficulties

Max tried to sort out the misunderstanding he had with Mary.

SPEAK UP
(intransitive) to speak more loudly

Speak up. I can't hear you.

SPLIT UP
(separable) to divide

The bank robbers split the money up equally.

STAND IN FOR
(inseparable) to take someone's place

Mary stood in for her boss while he was away.

STAND OUT
(intransitive) to be prominent or conspicuous

Max's car stands out among all of the cars in the parking lot because of its florescent green paintjob.

STAND UP
(intransitive) to rise to an erect position

All of the people in the courtroom stood up when the judge entered.

STAY IN
(intransitive) to not go out

Bill decided to stay in this weekend because he was tired of going out.

STAY OUT
(intransitive) to not return home past the regular time

Bill got angry when his wife stayed out all night.

STOP BY
(inseparable) to stop for a brief visit (usually on the way to somewhere else)

Max stopped by Mary?s house on his way home from school.

Category: Phrasal Verbs | Added by: Teacher_Koce (2014-01-17)
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