Phrasal verbs with be and some other verbs

Bang up

To bang somebody up is to put them in prison. The expression lock up has the same meaning.

  • He was banged up for smuggling.

Be off

This is an inseparable phrasal verb.

When you are off you go away.

  • I am just off to see my Attorney. I will be back in an hour.
  • It looks like she has been bitten by the travel bug. She is off to Egypt next week.

When something is off it is not working.

  • The power was off for several hours.

When an event is off, it has been cancelled.

  • Due to the chairman’s illness, Tuesday’s meeting is off.

Be out

When a book or a magazine is out, it is available to general public.

  • His latest novel will be out next month.
  • The stories of her many affairs are out now.

When a person is out, they are not at home or work.

  • The Chairman is out at the moment.

Black out

When you black out, you faint.

The expression pass out has the same meaning.

  • She was feeling dizzy and blacked out.

Blow out

To blow a candle out is to extinguish it.

  • The birthday boy blew the candles out and cut the cake.

Blow over

When a controversy blows over, it is forgotten.

  • His publicist has advised him to keep a low profile until the controversy blows over.

Blow up

When something blows up it explodes.

  • Police foiled the terrorists’ plan to blow up the railway station.

Blow up

When you blow up, you become angry.

  • I still can’t understand why she blew up over something so silly.

When you blow something up you exaggerate it.

To blow up a balloon over a tyre is to fill it with air.

Blurt out

To blurt out is to say something without thinking.

  • James was never popular with his friends. He would always blurt out things that were said in private.