Phrasal Verbs – Letter U (With Prepositions)

–  Prepositional Phrasal-Verbs – Letter U  –


  • (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) Fall Under – This is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Phrasal-Verb which is used to express that something is classified with-in a certain specific group.  The use of the words, “fall” & “under” can only be speculated but probably has to do with the visual representation of categorizing things withing lists that are written with a heading at the top for the category.  As-such, each “thing” that is listed (“falls”) in that category is done-so “under” the heading.

“This particular Phrasal-Verb falls under the category of those which have no clear explanation for their specific name.”

  • (To) Up (One’s) Game – This is an idiomatic phrasal-verb that comes from the world of sports, which is used to say:  To Improve One’s game;  to move it “up” in order to be better at one’s “game”.  This is used metaphorically to talk about improving anything that they have to do.

  • (to) Use Every Trick In The Book – This is a verb phrase which is used to say that one uses every technique, tactic, scheme, plan, idea, etc. in order to achieve the fulfillment of some task, usually of which it is thought to be very serious, or which has proven to be quite difficult and/or challenging for the person *using every trick in the book* (the “book” being a reference to the “play-book” that a sports team uses as a reference of techniques in order to triumph over the opponent…  “Hamilton used *every trick in the book* to outsmart his opponent, but in the end, he just couldn’t triumph over the tactical prowess of his opponent.”

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