Phrasal-Verbs – Letter L

–  Phrasal-Verbs & Verb Phrases – Letter L  –


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  • (to) Let Go – This is a phrasal verb, similar to “Move On”, which means to choose to no longer be emotionally or mentally “attached” to an incident or a situation which (usually) is painful or distressing…

“I was furious with Santa Clause for not bringing me a teleportation device, but eventually I realized that I had to let it go otherwise I was just going to continue to be disappointed, year after year.”


  • (to) Let The Cat Out Of The Bag – This is an idiomatic verb phrase which means:  To accidentally disclose a secret or at least private information.  And, as a cat who is trapped in a bag, can often cause severe damages when exploding out of the bag, disclosing this information usually has the same effect; either by spoiling a surprise, making someone very mad, or causing a terribly uncomfortable situation.

  • (to) Look The Other Way – The is a phrasal verb which seems to be pretty literal, however the way that it is used is completely figurative.  This phrase is used to mean:  To purposely ignore something even though one knows that it is wrong or shouldn’t be happening; to look the other way so that he or she can say that he or she did not “see” anything…

“The police, politicians, and pretty much anyone in power in the world are continually, either given money, or somehow influenced to look the other way while people and corporations continue to take advantage of other people and basically make life horrible for everyone else on Earth.”


  • (to) Lose (One’s) Cool – This is an Idiomatic Phrasal-Verb which is used to describe when someone becomes so angry/confused/agitated/etc. that One “loses” his or her composure/control/temper/etc..  We say this because we also use the words “Hot” and “Cool” to describe how a person reacts under pressure…

“When people lie to your face and treat you with the utter dis-respect of thinking that you will actually believe the bullshit that comes out of their mouths, it is important not to lose your cool.  It is they who have to live with themselves.  You only have to deal with them in that moment.” 😉


  • (to) Lose (One’s) Train Of Thought – This is an Idiomatic Phrasal Verb which is used to describe when someone is speaking – but while endeavoring to make his or her point – he or she seems to forget, momentarily, what it was that he or she was trying to express.  The reason we say “Train of Thought” is because a “train” is made up of many different cars that are all linked together.  Similarly, when one is expressing something which is more complex than a few simple sentences, many ideas flow from one to another and are all linked in order to make one point.  Just like a “train” is made up of many separate cars, all linked together to make the one long “train”.

  • (to) Lose (One’s) Voice – This is an Idiomatic Phrasal-Verb which is used to describe when a person – through sickness or from screaming, or singing too much and/or too loudly – “Loses” the ability to speak in One’s normal “Voice”, but can only speak in a hoarse whisper, or a painful “scratchy” voice.

  • (to) Lose Face – This is an idiomatic phrasal verb which means to lose one’s dignity.  Usually from making a mistake or from some embarrassing situation.  This is also sometimes used to refer to one losing one’s confidence however, this is usually the affect of the situation where one lost face…  “When it was discovered that the president’s wife is actually a trans-gender man – amazingly – the president did not *lose face*.  Instead, as always, he just pretended that the situation was not happening and gave his signature “100-yard stare” in order to look profound.”

  • (to) Lose It – To become so angry, upset or aggravated that you start yelling…  to “Lose Your Temper…”  “The new secretary just keeps asking me tons of questions about things that are not her concern at all.  If she doesn’t stop bothering me and start doing her work, I’m going to *lose it*!”

  • (to) Lose Weight – This is an idiomatic phrasal verb which means to do something (usually through diet or exercise) in order to reduce the amount of fat that a person is carrying around on their body.  This is usually done intentionally but can also happen through sickness or unhealthy life-choices…  “After I started working at home, I didn’t get as much exercise, so now I have to *lose some weight* in order to fit into my old pants.”  –  (Notice also that this phrasal verb is separable)


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