Phrasal-Verbs – Letter O (With Prepositions)

–  Prepositional Phrasal-Verbs – Letter O  –


(to) Branch Out –  See:  Phrasal Verbs – Letter “B”, for “Branch”  -Or-  Prepositional Phrases – “Out”

(to) Break Off Communication With – See:  Phrasal Verbs – Letter “B” for “Break”Prepositional Phrase – “Off”  -Or-  Prepositional Phrases “With”

  • (to) Catch Up On (Something) – This is an Idiomatic Prepositional Phrasal Verb which is used to describe when one has not stayed “current” with something (information, sleep, watching one’s favorite TV show, etc.) and then needs to become current again (catch up on) with that information or activity…  “I was on vacation, and didn’t check my email for almost two weeks.  It’s going to take me at least a week to catch up on all the messages in my in-box.”

(to) Follow Up On (something) – See: Phrasal Verbs – Letter “F”, for “Follow”, Prepositional Phrases – “Up”  -Or-  Prepositional Phrases – “On”

  • (to) Get Rid Of (something) – This is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Phrasal-Verb.  Though most Idiomatic phrasal verbs do not have a logical meaning, this one actually does.  To “Get” something, means to obtain it.  “Rid” is a very old verb which means: “to be free of something”.  So to “get rid of something” simply means to obtain the “freedom” from whatever “of” is referring to…  It is often used as a expression meaning:  To dispose of something; throw something away; or (when speaking of a person or some intangible thing – thoughts, feelings, etc.) it means:  To free one’s Self from that person or thing, so that it is longer a burden in one’s Life.

(to) Go Over (something) – See:  Phrasal Verbs – Letter “G”, for “Go”  -Or-  Prepositional Phrases – “Over”

(to) Have (one’s) Work Cut Out For (him/her) – See:  Phrasal Verbs – Letter “H”, for “Have”,  Prepositional Verbs – “Out”  -Or-  Prepositional Phrases – “For”

(to) Have Too Much On (one’s) Plate – See: Phrasal Verbs – Letter “H”, for “Have”  -Or-  Prepositional Phrases – “On”

(to) Iron Out (something) – See:  Phrasal Verbs – Letter “I”, for “Iron”

(to be) Looking Over (one’s) Shoulder – See:  Phrasal Verbs – Letter “L”, for “Looking”  -Or-  Prepositional Phrases – “Over”

(to) Nod Off – See:  Phrasal Verbs – Letter “N”, for “Nod”  -Or-  Prepositional Phrases – “Off”

“I called the meeting today because I just want to make sure that we are all on the same page about what is to be expected with the new project.”

(to) Opt In – This is a phrasal verb which means: To choose the option to participate in something.  (“Opt” is an abbreviation of the word “Option”)…  “It would be nice if website would allow us to *Opt In* rather than forcing us to *Opt Out* when it comes to receiving their newsletter.”  –  (See also “Opt Out“)

(to) Opt Out – This is a phrasal verb which means:  To choose the option not to participate in something.  (“Opt” is a abbreviation of the word “Option”)…  “As a sneaky way of trying to get more subscribers, many website now make you *Opt Out* of receiving their newsletter, rather than *Opt In*.”  –  (See also “Opt In“)

(to) Over-Flow – See: Phrasal Verbs – Letter “F”, for “Flow”  -Or-  Prepositional Phrases – “Over”

(to) Oversleep – See:  Phrasal Verbs – Letter “S”, for “Sleep”  -Or-  Prepositional Phrases – “Over”

(to) Own Up To (something) – This is an idiomatic phrasal verb which is used to mean:  To take responsibility for; to admit; to accept – but is only used in reference to situations wherein the person or group “Owning Up” probably does not want to, because it may mean trouble, difficulties, or problems for that person…  “When it became clear that they could no longer get away creating sloppy lessons with many many mistakes, the people involved had to own up to the fact that they really didn’t think about what they were creating and only worried about quantity rather than quality.”  –  (Notice also that the phrase included the words “the fact”.  This is very commonly added to the phrase but is not always necessary.)

  • (to) Slack Off – This is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Phrasal-Verb which is used to mean:  To purposely be lazy, un-productive, and un-caring.  The word “slack”, refers to the loose part of a rope, twine, cable etc. that is attached at two ends to something but is not tight.  “Slack” is the opposite of “Tension”.  If someone is being productive there is a form of “tension” that is created by the act of working, so to slack off is to “do” (by not doing) the opposite of that.  –  (See Also:  (a) Slacker”)

  • (to) Tell On (someone) – This is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Phrasal Verb which is chiefly used by children to describe when one tells a parent of person of “authority” about some wrong-doing of another.  Since other children (and even many adults/authority figures) don’t really like or respect people that do this, children have come up with a slang term for these people:  (a) Tattle-Tale” and the act of telling on someone is also called “Tattling”.

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