Phrasal Verbs 4
BACK OFF: Retreat, abandon an intention
- The thugs backed off when they saw the police.
- Even after knowing that there’s a terrorist threat, the president didn’t back off from the trip
- You should back off and let me handle it.
- Please back off, you don’t want to fight with me.
- He wanted to resign but backed off at the last moment.
BAILOUT: To escape from the predicament, or to help someone escape a situation.
- When he was arrested his family refused to bail him out.
- Government paid a lot of bailout money to banks when they went bankrupt.
- I bailed him out of many nasty situations.
- He wasn’t afraid because he knew that his brother will bail him out of any situation.
- When I was in trouble with the police nobody bailed me out.
BAND TOGETHER: Unite in a group
- The consumers band together to protest against the measures.
- The whole city bands together for a noble cause.
- The artists band together for a new album.
- The workers band together whenever the union asks them to.
- All the countries band together to stop pollution.
BANK ON: Base your hopes on something or someone.
- I’ll try to help you, but don’t bank on it.
- Don’t bank on anyone but yourself.
- These days you can’t bank on the government to bail you out.
- People generally are good, but you can’t bank on them.
- He is a liar, you can’t bank on him.
BARGAIN FOR: Expect, Be prepared for
- The interview was more difficult than he had bargained for.
- The share markets have fallen down too much as compared to what everyone bargain for.
- He bargain for scoring above 90% marks whereas he could just score 60%.
- Hope for the best but bargain for the worst.
- He was bargaining for a transfer soon, which he got as he reached the office next day.
BEAR OUT: Confirm
- The other witnesses will bear my testimony out.
- Statistics bear out the government’s’ position on the issue.
- I always said – and Rick would bear me out – that this wouldn’t work.
- Scientific evidence bears out the claim that stress and diseases are linked.
- The stories and claims were born out by the evidence.
BEAR WITH: Be patient.
- Please bear with me while I finish my explanation.
- The lecture was so boring but we all had to bear with it..
- Sometimes we just have to bear with what others say just for the sake of not being impolite.
- Please bear with him as he is a bit upset today.
- The organizer of the show apologized and requested the crowd to bear with him as the star of the show was late.
BEEF UP: Improve or make more substantial.
- He beefed up his presentation with diagrams and statistics.
- The company beefed up their products by adding great new features to them.
- Vivek beefed up his performance in school by proper time management.
- The CEO asked Brian to beef up his sales.
- India beefed up its military strength.
BLACK OUT: Faint, lose consciousness
- When he fell off the horse, he blacked out.
- He blacked out, when he heard that his grandfather passed away.
- You black out when you drink too much alcohol.
- John blacked out when the football hit him in the head.
- I think she will black out after hearing this great news.
BLOCK OFF: Separate using a barrier.
- The area was blocked off using a barrier.
- Kashmir gets blocked off from the rest of India during winters by snow.
- The area was blocked off by police using a barricade when they got the news of terrorists inside it.
- The truck lost control, flipped and blocked off the road.
- The train derailed and blocked off the whole track.