Three Word Phrasal Verbs

Some phrasal verbs have three parts. These are inseparable. Here is a list of the most common three-word phrasal verbs.

Break in on

To break in on is to interrupt (a conversation).

  • I was talking to Susie when James broke in on our conversation.

Catch up with = keep abreast

  • As I was holidaying I couldn’t catch up with the news.

Check up on = examine, investigate

  • He has agreed to check up on the condition of the holiday house from time to time.
  • We have employed a person to check up on the condition of our ancestral home from time to time.

Come up with

To come up with is to contribute a suggestion or money.

  • Can you come up with a better idea?

Cut down on = curtail, reduce

  • She must cut down on the money she is spending on cosmetics.

Drop out of = leave school

  • He dropped out of school before the end of the term.

Get along with = have a good relationship with

  • I find it hard to get along with my mother-in-law.

Get away with = escape punishment

  • He cheated on the exam and then tried to get away with it.

Get rid of = eliminate

  • We must get rid of corruption.

Keep up with = maintain pace with

  • Slow down! I can’t keep up with you.

Look forward to = anticipate with pleasure

  • I look forward to your next visit.

Look down on = despise

  • He looks down on his subordinates.

Look in on = visit somebody

  • We are going to look in on your father.

Look out for = be careful, anticipate

  • If you are on the road on a Saturday night, look out for drunk drivers.

Look up to = respect

  • We all look up to him.

Make sure of = verify

  • Make sure of the identity of every visitor before you let him in.

Put with up = tolerate

  • It is hard to put up with her little ways.

Run out of = exhaust supply

  • We are running out of oil.

Take care of = be responsible for, look after

  • She takes care of her younger siblings.

Talk back to = answer impolitely

  • The teacher was really upset with the boy who talked back to her.

Walk out on = abandon

  • Her husband walked out on her and their children.

Manjusha Nambiar

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