Phrasal verbs beginning with P. Select a phrasal verb for more details.
If you pack something away, you put it back where it's usually kept after you've finished using it.
to attract large audiences or large crowds of spectators
If you pack something in, you stop doing it.
to fit into a small or crowded space
to fit a lot of activities into a limited time
to put things into boxes or bags before moving them or sending them somewhere
If something packs up, it stops working and needs to be fixed.
If you see how a situation pans out, you see how it develops over time.
to give something to someone else, especially when you'd prefer to keep it
to pass something from person to person in a group
If someone passes away, they die.
to go past something or someone
to make someone believe that a copy or a replica is the real thing
If you pass something on, you give it to another person after receiving it yourself.
to give something to each person in a group
to lose consciousness all of a sudden
If someone is passed over, they aren't given the promotion they were expecting, and the position is given to someone else instead.
If you pass up an opportunity or an invitation, you choose not to take the opportunity or accept the invitation.
to check that somebody isn't carrying a prohibited item, such as a gun, by patting different parts of their body
to fix something quickly so it can be used until it's repaired properly or replaced
to mend ties or repair a relationship after a disagreement or a dispute
If you pay someone back, you return money that you borrowed from them in the past.
If you pay someone back for doing something bad to you, you do something bad to them in return.
If you pay off a loan, you pay it back in installments over a period of time.
If something you do pays off, it ends up giving you some benefit or a good result.
to pay a sum of money to somebody, especially a large sum
If somebody pays up, they pay money they owe to someone even though they don't really want to.
If you pick on someone, you repeatedly treat them badly or criticize them.
If you pick out something, you choose or select it.
If you pick up something, you take hold of it and lift it up.
If you pick someone up, you meet them somewhere in order to give them a lift somewhere else.
to waste time or act in a stupid way
If someone pisses you off, they annoy you.
to waste time by being silly or stupid
to have sex with someone other than one's spouse or partner
to play something that's just been recorded, such as a video, a message, or some music
to try to make something seem less important or less damaging than it really is
If something is playing up, it isn't working properly or it's causing problems.
to try to make something seem better, or more important, than it really is
to tell someone something you think they should know
to arrive at or enter a place in great numbers and with great speed or force
to leave a place in large numbers
to print a number of copies of something
to make a printed copy of a document
If an army pulls back, it moves its forces back from the front-line or from wherever it's been fighting the enemy.
to destroy a building or structure because it is old, dangerous, or no longer wanted
to lower one's pants or trousers
If a train, a truck or a car pulls in, it arrives somewhere.
to succeed in doing something difficult
to put an item of clothing on, usually in a hurry
If you pull out of something you're participating in, like a competition or a deal, you stop participating.
to move your car from a parking spot or a side street into a traffic lane, or to move out from one traffic lane to join another
If you're driving a car and you pull over, you move over to the side of the road and stop.
to recover from a serious illness or injury
to pull something out of the ground, such as a plant, a stake, or a fence post
If a vehicle such as a car or a taxi pulls up, it stops.
to save or reserve something, like time, money, food, etc., for a particular purpose, or for use in the future
to ignore a disagreement or a problem you have with someone so you can work together on something
If you put something away, you put it where it's usually kept when it's not being used.
If you put something away, you put it somewhere safe and keep it for the future.
If you put something back, you return it to the place it was before you took it.
to change the time or date of something to a later time
to stop carrying something or someone
to put a sick or injured animal to death, usually by lethal injection
to offer an idea, an opinion, a suggestion, etc. for other people to consider
to change the date or time of an event, an appointment, a meeting, etc. so that it happens earlier than originally planned
to spend a certain amount of time and effort on doing something
to install a large piece of equipment into a room, a home or a building
If you put something off, you change the time it's meant to happen to a later time or date.
to start wearing an item of clothing, a pair of shoes, a piece of jewellery, a pair of glasses, etc.
to make an appliance or a piece of equipment start to function
to present an event such as a concert, a seminar, a sporting tournament, etc.
If you put on weight, or put on pounds or kilos, you become heavier.
to stop something from burning
If you put somebody out, you inconvenience them by asking them to help you or do something for you.
to communicate something like an idea or an opinion
to make someone suffer a difficult or painful experience
to pay for someone's education through school, college, university, etc.
to assemble something by joining its parts or pieces
to select several things and combine them to create something
to increase something, such as the price, cost or value of something
to fix a notice or a picture onto an upright surface such as a wall or a noticeboard
If you put up with something, you accept it even though you don't like it.