– Phrasal-Verbs & Verb Phrases – Letter K –
- (to) Keep (One’s) Cool – This is an Idiomatic Phrasal-Verb which is also often used as an Interjection, and means: To remain calm/composed/in control – in a situation where-in the person is experiencing some aggravation/tension/stress… – (See Also : “(to) Lose (One’s) Cool”)
“The sign of a true statesman is to keep his cool, even when faced with absolutely terrible disgusting liars who are only concerned with their own power and not in the people that they are supposed to represent.
- (to) Keep (One’s) Fingers Crossed – This is a phrase that can be used both literally and idiomatically but is referring to a superstitious ritual that many people do for the sake of obtaining good luck. However this phrase can be said as a way of expressing that you wish “good luck” for another person in a situation…
“I heard that you sent in a proposal for your book to get published. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!” – Translation: “I hope that your proposal is accepted and I wish you the best.”
- (to) Key (someone’s) Car – This is a slang phrasal verb which is used to mean: to purposely scratch someone’s car, as a form of petty revenge. This is usually done because of the person’s inconsiderate parking but is also a common sort of revenge for scorned American girls who want to get back at a boyfriend who cheated on them (or so they believe.) The name comes from the fact that most of the time, the scratches are done using one’s car keys.
“The old man had a good long life and he worked hard, but after his wife passed away, and he was too old to work in the field anymore, he had nothing else to live for, so he just kicked the bucket.”
- (to be) Killin’ It – This is an Idiomatic Phrasal-Verb which is used to imply that (whatever one is doing) that person is doing it very well and is amazingly successful.
“It’s amazing how every time Milo Yiannopoulos is in a debate with some crazy so-called ‘Social Justice Warrior’ he is totally killin’ it every time – and all he is doing is simply speaking the Truth.”
- (to) Kiss The Frog – Besides being the title of an excellent song by Peter Gabriel, this is also an idiomatic verb phrase which essentially means to “take a chance” on something. The phrase comes from the popular fairy-tale where-in the girl had to kiss the frog so that he would turn into a prince. In other words, to get something wonderful in life it is sometimes necessary to do something which someone would think is really disgusting and gross.