A Phrasal Verb a Day - Learn English Phrasal Verbs with Luke Thompson

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Learn a phrasal verb every day with this series of short podcasts by Luke Thompson from Luke’s English Podcast. Each episode contains definitions, explanations and improvised examples of each phrase to help you understand and remember these comple...Show More
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09:10 | Nov 3rd, 2018

A Phrasal Verb a Day is back. In this episode I'll give you an update about this podcast and teach you phrasal verbs with POP.

04:54 | Jun 21st, 2016

= to finish/consume something completely- especially food e.g. I made a pizza for my friends and they polished it off in just a few minutes because they were so hungry.
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04:26 | May 30th, 2016

to indicate something 1. literally, by indicating something with your finger or a pointer) or 2. saying something that people don't know, or saying something specific that needs to be indicated e.g. "I'd just like to point out that these figures are ...Show More

04:11 | May 30th, 2016

to connect a piece of equipment to an electrical supply or another piece of equipment "Can you plug in my phone please?" "Can I plug my phone into your computer?" "Do you mind if I just charge my phone? Where can I plug it in?" "I'll need to just unp...Show More

07:49 | May 30th, 2016

to plough = when a farmer breaks up the earth in a field to prepare it for growing crops, using a plough. See pic. 1. to plough on/ahead = to keep going even though it's difficult "I've got to get this report done by tomorrow, so I just have to ploug...Show More

03:43 | May 30th, 2016

1. to walk with slow heavy steps "As we all walked back from the pub, Jeff was plodding along behind us" - we imagine here that Jeff was feeling sad for some reason and he was walking slowly and sadly behind us, with heavy steps. 2. to make slow but ...Show More

06:23 | Apr 19th, 2016

1. when a child misbehaves, e.g. "The kids were playing up all morning, it was a nightmare!" 2. when something fails to function properly. e.g. "The battery in my phone is playing up" 3. when a part of your body causes you pain or doesn't function pr...Show More

02:58 | Apr 11th, 2016

= to make a problem seem less serious than it really is e.g. The government played down the threat to public health after the radiation leak from the nuclear accident. Click here for a transcript (soon) and to see me explain this on video http://teac...Show More

01:00 | Dec 14th, 2015

to think about what's going to happen in the future and prepare for it. "If you've got an exam coming up I suggest you plan ahead in order to get the best mark." Transcript here http://wp.me/P4IuUx-5X7

09:13 | Dec 9th, 2015

Lots of phrasal verbs with the word 'piss'. Watch out, this one contains some rude language and swearing. You'll learn at least 4 phrasal verbs with the word piss.

03:13 | Nov 20th, 2015

= to start talking suddenly, to interrupt, to speak after a period of being silent "I asked the class a question and everyone was silent for a moment before Anna piped up and gave me the answer." This quote from theage.au.com "My kids spent the sober...Show More

03:47 | Nov 20th, 2015

This phrase is used to tell someone to make less noise, or to stop talking. "Could you pipe down a bit please, I'm trying to work in here!"

05:55 | Nov 18th, 2015

1. to put all the blame onto someone - to accuse someone of doing something, especially if they didn't actually do it also, the fixed phrase: to pin your hopes on something/someone = to put all your hope on one thing, when all other things have faile...Show More

06:07 | Nov 18th, 2015

1. to understand, explain or describe something specifically 2. to keep people contained in a particular place (especially used when talking about military action) 3. to force someone to make a decision 4. to hold someone on the ground so they can't ...Show More

01:46 | Nov 16th, 2015

= put lots of things on top of each other to make a pile (often passive) http://wp.me/P4IuUx-5gD

01:49 | Nov 16th, 2015

= to enter a place or a thing (e.g. a car) in very large numbers "The doors of the store opened and everyone piled in, hoping to get a bargain in the sales." http://wp.me/P4IuUx-5gA

01:45 | Nov 16th, 2015

= to eat an enormous amount of food - much more than you need. "We just pigged out on pizza. I felt so disgusting afterwards." http://teacherluke.co.uk/phrasal-verb-a-day/124-to-pig-out-on/

04:20 | Nov 15th, 2015

1. To collect lots of bits of information and put it together in order to understand the full situation Transcript here soon http://wp.me/P4IuUx-5gp

02:08 | Nov 15th, 2015

1. to talk about something specific that someone else already mentioned 2. to notice or register something that's changed Transcript soon at http://wp.me/P4IuUx-5gk

04:43 | Sep 30th, 2015

To treat someone badly, like criticising them, when it's unfair. "Why are you always picking on me?" "Pick on someone your own size for a change!" "The other kids at school used to pick on me for being a swot" Transcript here http://teacherluke.co.uk...Show More

04:17 | Sep 28th, 2015

phase in = to gradually start using something phase out = to gradually stop using something Listen to the episode for examples. Donate to Luke at www.teacherluke.co.uk

02:17 | Sep 28th, 2015

To slowly get weaker or softer and then to disappear/end completely. E.g. "The music just petered out as the band stopped playing" "We followed the path through the forest but eventually it just petered out." "I can't talk to Jeff about anything. Our...Show More

02:12 | Sep 25th, 2015

1. to become more lively, happy and energetic 2. something perks something/someone up = it makes it more lively or exciting. More details and transcripts at www.teacherluke.co.uk

02:17 | Sep 25th, 2015

1. To arrange an appointment, meeting or date in a diary, but it's not a fixed plan - it might change later. Transcript here http://teacherluke.co.uk/phrasal-verb-a-day/117-to-pencil-in/

04:13 | Sep 25th, 2015

1. to get the benefit of something later 2. to repay a loan or debt 3. to bribe someone to do something bad 4. to bribe someone to keep a secret Transcript here http://teacherluke.co.uk/phrasal-verb-a-day/116-to-pay-off/

01:54 | Jun 16th, 2015

1. To hand something out to everybody. To give something to everybody in a place. E.g. "all the students were silent as the exam papers were passed out" 2. To become unconscious, to faint. "She passed out due to heat exhaustion" More info at teacherl...Show More

02:18 | Jun 12th, 2015

= to die (but it is a slightly less upsetting word than 'die') E.g. "Actor Christopher Lee passed away yesterday after suffering from heart failure".

04:05 | Jun 3rd, 2015

= when a situation develops in a certain way "We're not sure how this is going to pan out" Or "It didn't pan out as we expected" For more details visit teacherluke.co.uk

02:15 | May 28th, 2015

1. When two people get together and start a romantic or sexual relationship. (We usually use this to talk about other people's behaviour, not our own). E.g. "I'm in my 30s now and all my friends seem to be pairing off and getting married, but I'm sti...Show More

06:45 | May 27th, 2015

This means to get rid of something that you don't want any more by giving it to someone else, while being dishonest about it. E.g. "I can't believe they palmed off that broken Nintendo on me!" (They sold me the Nintendo, giving me the impression that...Show More