Phrasal-Verbs – Letter B (With Prepositions)

–  Prepositional Phrasal-Verbs – Letter B  –


(to) Bear With (someone) – In this phrasal verb, the word “bear” is referring to the definition of: enduring something; some hardship or difficult task/situation/etc..  So if someone says, “Just bear with me for a moment, and I promise that my point will become clear.”… implies that the description, at first, may not seem clear and that the listeners will have to endure the lengthy explanation before the point finally becomes clear…  Then the process of bearing with “enduring” will be worth the effort. –  (Note also that this phrase is often mistakenly spelled “Bare” – This is incorrect because this would imply that the person saying this phrase wants the others to get naked with him or her) 😀

(to) Beat Up (someone/thing) / (to) Beat (someone/thing) Up – This is an idiomatic phrasal verb which means to cause physical damage to something, usually out of anger or malice…  “If he doesn’t stop messing with my things, he’s going to beat up!”  –  “Dude, you better watch out!  He said he was going to beat you up and I don’t think he was joking.”  (See Also:  Beat Up” [adjectival phrase])

(to) Beat Around The Bush – This is a phrase which means to do something in order to delay or avoid doing something else.  If related to speaking it is a way of trying not to answer a question or give some information, by saying a bunch of other stuff that is loosely related but not “getting to the point”…  “I asked you a question!  Stop *beating around the bush* and just give me a straight answer!”

  • (to) Bite Off More Than (One) Can Chew” – This Idiomatic Phrasal Verb can also be turned into an Aphorism, an Interjection, a Proverb, and a Saying – and can be explained as thus:  As there is only a certain amount of food that one person can “chew”, and if one tries to “bite off” more than he or she can “chew”, he or she will end up in a difficult situation and/or will end up wasting (whatever it is he or she is chewing).  So…  Idiomatically, it is used to give the advice that:

“One should not accept or take-on more than One has the capacity and ability to handle at any given moment in time, or in any specific situation”…

If this advice is not heeded, the outcome may not be terrible, but it certainly will not be optimal.  –   Read the Full Post Here

  • (to be) Born With A Silver Spoon In (one’s) Mouth – This is an IdiomaticPrepositional & Adjectival Phrasal Verb which is used to express that a person was born into a family and a life of wealth and privilege and has probably never had to work or experience any hardship in his or her life.  It is usually said as a derogatory remark against that person out of jealousy and resentment…

“Most people would agree that Gwyneth Paltrow was born with a silver spoon in her mouth, and that is why people resent almost all of the ridiculous things that she says to the media.”

(to) Borrow From – This is a phrase means to get money “from” someone (a friend, a relative, a bank, etc.) with the agreement that the money will be paid back (usually with interest)… “I had to *borrow* $100 *from* my mom, to pay for my textbooks.” – (Notice also that this phrase can be separated by the object of the sentence)

(to) Bottom Out – This is an idiomatic phrasal verb which can have a few different meanings.  When talking about the world of finance it means that the prices of something (usually stocks) have reached their lowest point.  When talking about any abstract situation, it can mean that the situation did not go very well, or maybe even failed completely.  It can also be used for when one is driving their car over something which scrapes the bottom of the car.  In all situations this phrase is usually used in the past tense:  “*bottomed out*

(to) Bounce Back (from something: failure, etc.,) – This is a phrasal verb that we use to mean that one was able to suffer some kind of failure, mistake or difficult situation but was able to return to the normal way of living or functioning and not let the “bad” thing adversely affect them…  “John was so sick that he was making funeral arrangements but he has really *bounced back*!  It’s almost as if he was never really sick at all.”

(to) Branch Out – As the branches of a tree spread out in many different directions, and those branches also create other branches in order to gather the most amount of sunlight – in business terminology, to *Branch Out* means to spread the direction and focus of a company out in many different directions in order to obtain a wider market and gain more business overall…  “As an English teacher, I used to teach only traditional courses, following pre-written text books, but after I established my own company, I *branched out* into many other areas, including exam preparation, international business communications consulting and editing of legal documents and contracts.”

(to) Break Bread With (someone) – This is an ancient phrase which used to be literal, but now is used to mean:  To commune with someone or some group and to create a bond with them.  This came from the times when the most common way of eating was to pass a loaf of bread around and each person would break off a piece to dip in their soup or just eat plain.  From this act of sharing, there is a belief that when people share food with each other there is a bonding between them.  This is also why many business negotiations happen or are at least discussed over a meal.

(to) Break Off Communication With (someone) – This is a phrasal verb which is used to describe the situation wherein one party finds it necessary to completely stope (or drastically halt) communication with another party for some perceived “negative” reason…  “After it became clear that he was only interested in her for her because he had had a thing for “exotic” foreign women, she thought that it would be best to break off communication with him.”

(you are/the line is) Breaking Up – This is a phrasal verb to say that the connection on a telephone call is getting bad and not everything that is said can be heard…  “Can you repeat that last part?  I was driving through a tunnel and the line was *breaking up*.”

(to) Bring (someone) Up To Date/Speed (about something) – These (date & speed) are idiomatic phrasal verbs which mean to update someone on the information, details, knowledge, etc. of some thing so that the person is “current” (up to today’s date, or up to the same speed of operation as everyone else).  This phrase is used when there has been a certain amount of change or development since the person being updated has last received any information.  (The only difference is that the “speed” version is used when the time-frame is smaller (updates are more frequent or not as far apart…  “Allow me to *bring you up to date* on all the new developments we have implemented in our core marketing strategy.”  /  “So, why don’t you *bring me up to speed* on everything that you’ve been working on.”  –  (See Also:  “(to) Keep (someone) Up To Date/Speed“)

(to) Bring (something) To The Market – This is an idiomatic verb phrase which is used to refer to the process of making some product available to consumers…  “Tesla had the dream of *bringing* wireless technology *to the market* as far back as the late 1800s / early 1900s, but unfortunately he was manipulated by the very people whom he went to for help.” – (See Also:  (to) Deliver (something) To The Masses)

(to) Buckle Down – This is a phrasal verb which is used to mean:  To focus attentively on a project and to work with no distractions…  “They will really need to *buckle down* and work hard if they expect to finsh the project on time.”  – (See Also:  “Drill Down“)

  • (to) Build The House From The Ground Up” – This Idiomatic Phrasal Verb can also be turned into an Aphorism, a Saying, and an Interjection – and is used to express the advice that:  When one is involved in some process or working on some project, that he or she needs to do things in the proper order, and start with the basic (referring to the “base” or foundation) necessities before doing other things which (though they may be more interesting) can only be beneficial after the foundational elements are firmly in place.  – Read the Full Post Here –  (See Also:  “Put The Horse In Front Of The Cart”)

(to) Bulk Up – The word “Bulk” refers to a large mass of something, so this is a phrase that people who want to build their muscles use to say that they want to get bigger (but only in muscle mass, not in fat.)… “If I ever want to become a successful Rugby player, I’m definitely going to have to *bulk up*. Those guys are Huge!”

(to) Cut Through The Bullshit – See:  Phrasal Verbs – Letter “C”, for “Cut”  -Or-  Prepositional Phrases – “Through”

(to) Get Back To BusinessSee:  Phrasal Verbs – Letter “G”, for “Get”  -Or-  Prepositional Phrases – “Back”

(to) Think Outside The Box – See:  Phrasal Verbs – Letter “T” for “Think”  -Or-  Prepositional Phrases – “Outside”

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