Phrasal-Verbs – Letter R (With Prepositions)

–  Prepositional Phrasal-Verbs – Letter R  –


  • (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) Reach Out – This is a phrasal verb which means:  To take the time and effort to contact someone – usually when it is understood that it is important or at least very much appreciated…  “I want to thank you for reaching out out to me.  Things have been very stressful lately and it’s nice to know that you care.”

(to) Resonate With (someone/something) – This is a term which is used to mean, to thinking, and feeling the same as another.  The word describes when one string of a violin (or any stringed instrument) is vibrating, the other strings next to it, also vibrate at the same frequency…  “I *resonated* well *with* what the speaker was saying in the presentation, and I’m looking forward to implementing some of his ideas with our own team.”  (See Also:  “(to) Strike A Chord With)

(to) Rip (someone) Off – This has is an idiomatic phrasal verb which has the same meaning as “(to be) Ripped Off” however the part of speech has changed from an adjectival phrase to a verbal phrase…  “That salesman was totally trying to *rip me off*!  He clearly doesn’t know anything about computers and assumes that I don’t either.”

(to be) Ripped Off – This is an idiomatic phrasal verb which can mean that:  One was either robbed.  This is a general slang term for being robbed but is usually pertaining to someone breaking in to some place to steal something secretly.  Or, it can mean that one was cheated (usually by some sort of scam) or dishonest salesperson…  “Someone broke in to my house and *ripped me off*!!!  I had $1000 hidden in my bedroom and now it’s gone!”  –  “I purchased a computer on E-Bay and was completely *ripped off*!  It said that it hadn’t been used and it clearly has.”

(to) Run From – This is an idiomatic phrasal verb which is used to express the high level of emotion involved in getting “away” from some person or situation which one REALLY does not want to get involved with…  “When I saw the changes the company was making – which were not only going to not only create more work for us teachers but were ultimately going to give the student a much less satisfying and much less productive experience – I *ran from* that place as fast as I could.  And that’s how I ended up with ISUS/PearsonEnglish…  (true story.)

(to) Run (one’s) Legs Off – This is an idiomatic phrasal-verb which is used to say that a person is running so hard, fast, and (potentially) for such a long time, that that person’s legs will fall right off…  “I can believe you left the report at home!  The meeting is in thirty minutes and you live at least fifteen minutes away!   I’ll try to stall for you, but you better *run your legs off* and get back here as soon as you can.”

(to) Run Out – This is an idiomatic phrasal verb which can be used in a lot of situations, but (figuratively) is used to talk about the depletion of some thing; usually energy, or resources of some sort…  “I really like having navigation on my phone, for when I’m going on weekend drives in new areas, but unfortunately, it makes the power in my phones battery *run out* much quicker.”

(to) Run Over (something) – This is the phrasal verb that we use to say that something hit by a car or moving vehicle and the vehicle just kept going over the thing…  “My cat Sylvester was *run over* by a car.”

(to) Run Through (something) – This is an idiomatic phrasal verb which is used to mean:  to quickly “go over“/discuss/review the details of something which has either been dealt with previously or is simple enough that it does not need thorough discussion…  “So, we’ve already talked about what we’re going to do when we finally win the lottery.  Let’s just quickly *run through* how it is that we are actually going to do this.”

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