Phrasal verbs beginning with H. Select a phrasal verb for more details.
to reach an agreement or solution after a lot of negotiation or discussion
If you hand around things like drinks or cakes, you give one to each person in a group.
to give something back to someone by hand
to pass knowledge or skills from one generation to the next
If you hand something in, you give it to someone in authority, like a teacher, a policeman or a security guard.
If you hand something on, you pass it to somebody else.
to give something directly to a number of people
If you hand something over, you give it to someone who has demanded it.
to spend time somewhere without doing anything useful
If you hang on to something, you hold it tightly.
If someone tells you to hang on, they want you to wait for a moment.
If you hang onto something, you keep it instead of throwing it away, giving it away, or selling it.
to hang wet clothes outside to dry
to spend time in a certain place, or with certain people
If you feel that you are facing a threat or a danger, we can say the threat or the danger hangs over you.
If you hang up a piece of clothing or a towel, you hang it on a hook, a rail, a hanger, etc.
If something happens to you, an event or an occurrence affects you directly.
If you have something against someone, you don't like them because of something they've said or done in the past.
If you have something on, you are wearing it.
If you have something on at a certain time, you've arranged to do something at that time.
If you have something out, like a tooth or an organ, it's removed from your body.
If you have people round, they visit your home, usually for a meal or for a social gathering.
to go in a certain direction or towards a particular place or situation
to stop something bad from happening
to act as the head of a group or team, or to manage an organization
If you hear about something, someone tells you about it or you find out about it from an information source like the news media.
If you hear from someone, they call you, email you or contact you in some other way.
If you've heard of someone, you know who they are and what they do.
If you hear somebody out, you listen to them until they've finished what they are saying.
If you heat something up, you make it hotter.
If something like a discussion, a contest or a conflict heats up, it gets more intense, more exciting or more dangerous.
If you help someone out, you do something to help them.
to restrict someone's movement, or to limit someone's freedom
If you hide away, you go to a place where very few people can find you.
If someone is beating or attacking you and you hit back, you fight to defend yourself.
to have a idea or to think of something
to dislike somebody, or be angry with them, because you blame them for something bad that happened in the past
to stop someone or something from going forward, or from progressing in some way
to stop something from rising by pressing down on it or putting a heavy object on it
to talk about a topic for a long time, often in a way that other people find boring
to delay doing something until a later time
to hold something like a railing or an overhead strap so you don't fall over
If you hold something out, you hold it where other people can reach it.
If a supply of something holds out, it continues to be enough and it doesn't run out.
to wait until you get what you want, especially when negotiating
to refuse to give information to someone
to make someone do what they promised or agreed to do
to cause a delay, or make someone or something later than expected
to support something and stop it from falling down
to steal from someone while threatening them with a gun or a similar weapon
If you hook up things like computers and their peripherals, or the components of a home theatre, you connect them with cables.
to meet with someone and join with them in work, travel or leisure activities
If you hunt down someone, you try to find them and capture or kill them.
If you hurry up, you try to do something faster.
to try to keep something secret, especially something that could damage the reputation of a person or an organization