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Phrasal Verbs/XYZ

Phrasal verbs beginning with X-Z. Select a phrasal verb for more details.

yank at INFORMAL

If you yank at something, you pull it repeatedly.

yearn for

to want something very much

yell out

to shout loudly

zero in on

If you zero in on something, you focus on it or put your attention on it.

zip around

If you zip around, you move quickly from place to place.

zip up

to do up a zipper in a piece of clothing or in a bag

zone out American English INFORMAL

If someone zones out, they look blankly ahead without paying attention, maybe because they're tired or bored or affected by drugs.

zonked out INFORMAL

If you're zonked out, you're very tired and you feel like resting or going to sleep.

zoom in

If a photographer or a camera zooms in, the image changes so that it looks as if the camera is moving closer to the object being photographed or filmed.

Contributor: Matt Errey