Phrasal-Verbs – Letter K (With Prepositions)

–  Prepositional Phrasal-Verbs – Letter K  –


  • (to) Keep An Eye On (someone/something) – This is an idiomatic and prepositional verb phrase which is used to say:  “(to) pay very close attention to someone/something”; (to be) “Vigilant” about something.  This is used because, obviously, if one is watching someone or something, he or she has to do this with his or her eyes.  But it is also common knowledge that it is not necessary to maintain a fixed gaze on that person or thing 100% of the time.  That is why the article “an” is used.  It means:  Continue doing whatever else needs to be done, but be always attentive of that other person or thing at the same time; keep one eye on what you are doing, but keep the other on that person or thing.

  • (to) Keep (one’s) Head Above Water – This idiomatic phrasal verb is often used to talk about being able to pay for all of one’s bills, either personally or in a business.  But more broadly, as it is making reference to not drowning, it is used to refer to not letting a difficult situation become completely overwhelming…  “It is often thought that during the first few years of a new business, it is difficult to *keep one’s head above water*, however, some people are able to do very well, right from the beginning.”

  • (to) Keep (someone) In The Loop (about something) – This an idiomatic phrasal verb which is an informal way of saying:  “To Keep Someone ‘Up to Date‘ about something.”  This phrase is used in an unofficial way…  “Many police detectives have informants who *keep them in the loop* about illegal activity.  Conversely, many criminals are also *kept in the loop* about police activities as well.”  –  (See Also:  “(to be) In The Loop“)

  • (to) Keep (something) Up / (to) Keep Up (something) – This is an idiomatic phrasal verb which is used to mean:  To continue doing something or to maintain some condition…  “A lot of military leaders say that it is necessary to *keep up* the moral of it’s troops in order to be successful in battle.”  –  “When the world looks like it’s going to hell, and everybody you meet on the street is a complete jerk, just try to *keep* your spirits *up*, because a UFO is coming soon to take us all to our home-planet.” 😉

  • (to) Keep (someone) Up To Date (about something) – This is an idiomatic phrasal verb which means to update someone on a continual process, rather than on just one occasion, so that the person is “current” (up to today’s date).  This phrase would be appropriate for a manager who needs to be continually updated on the progress of a certain situation…  “I need you to *keep me up to date* on the progress of the building plan.”  –  (See Also:  “(to) Bring (someone) Up To Date“)

  • (to) Kick Off (something) / (to) Kick (something) Off – This is a phrasal verb which comes from American football, and is used to mean:  “To start something” and used to refer to some action which is the beginning of a larger event…  “So, I’m going to *kick off* kick off today’s meeting by doing a short break-dancing routine as my way of showing just how I feel about the increased productivity in the office.”

  • (to) Know Every Trick In The Book – This is a verb phrase which is used to describe a person who is so incredibly skilled at something, that it seems that he or she has some secret information or “tricks” that others do not have access to and this is used to the person’s advantage (the “book” being a reference to the “play-book” that a sports team uses as a reference of techniques in order to triumph over the opponent….  “It’s going to be nearly impossible to go up against James in the contract negotiations.  That guy *knows every trick in the book* when it comes to getting what he wants.  It’s like he knows the Jedi Mind Trick or something!”

  • (to) Know (something) Inside And Out – This is an idiomatic phrase which is used to express that someone knows something so well, that there is virtually nothing which is unknown to the person regarding that which this phrase is describing…  So as many people have a good idea about how a car works; that one needs to add gas, oil, fluids, etc. the mechanic on the other hand, knows the “inner” workings of the motor and it’s various components, so one can say that he/she *knows* cars *inside and out*.

–  ( Phrasal-Verbs – Letter K )  –

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