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    Type of the phrasal verb: intransitive

    1. to return

    Example: Max got back late from the soccer match.

    ACT UP

    Type of the phrasal verb: intransitive

    1. to become painful or troublesome, esp. after a period of improvement or remission

    Example: My arthritis is acting up again this morning

    2. to behave willfully

    Example: The children always act up in school the day before a holiday

    3. to fail to function properly; malfunction

    Example: The vacuum cleaner is acting up again

    ADD UP

    Type of the phrasal verb: transitive, separable

    1. to be reasonable, plausible, or consistent; make sense

    Example: The various facts in this case don't add up

    2. to be reasonable, plausible, or consistent; make sense

    Example: Well, I could be wrong, but it all seems to add up

    3. to find a sum in arithmetic

    Example: We just added all the numbers up and divided one by the other

    ASK OUT

    Type of the phrasal verb: transitive, separable

    1. to make a date

    Example: I've been asked out to a dance on Saturday

    BACK DOWN

    Type of the phrasal verb: intransitive

    1. to abandon an argument, opinion, or claim; withdraw; retreat

    Example: The speaker’s words persuaded his opponent to back down

    2. to come down; descend

    Example: You’ll have to back down carefully. The ladder is not steady

    BACK OFF

    Type of the phrasal verb: intransitive

    1. to step back; recede

    Example: The crowd backed off in terror as the soldiers charged

    BACK UP

    Type of the phrasal verb: transitive, separable

    1. to bring (a stream of traffic) to a standstill

    Example: Many ships are backed up at the entrance to the harbor

    2. to reinforce

    Example: We backed up the cardboard with slats so it wouldn't fall down

    3. to support or confirm

    Example: We need further facts to back up our statements

    4. to support or confirm

    Example: Most members were against Mr Jones, who would have lost his position if you hadn’t backed him up

    BEG OFF

    Type of the phrasal verb: intransitive

    1. to ask to be released from something

    Example: I’ll beg off the work for the afternoon and shall help you

    BLOW UP

    Type of the phrasal verb: transitive, separable

    1. to come into being

    Example: Trouble is blowing up again in the Middle East

    2. to come into being

    Example: A storm blew up in the evening

    3. to exaggerate; enlarge

    Example: He blew up his own role in his account of the project

    4. to explode

    Example: The ship blew up

    5. to lose one's temper

    Example: When he heard she had quit school, he blew up

    BREAK DOWN

    Type of the phrasal verb: transitive, separable

    1. to destroy; crash

    Example: The police broke the door down

    2. to have a physical or mental collapse

    Example: You will break down if you work too hard