–  Prepositional Phrases – Over  –

[su_dropcap style=”flat”]A[/su_dropcap]n Alphabetical list of English Prepositional Phrases using the word “Over”  –  If you do not see the Phrase that you are looking for, please let me know in the comments below and I will be happy to add it for you at my earliest convenience.


(to have someone’s) Fingerprints All Over It – This is an idiomatic adverbial phrase which is used to describe something that is suspected to be created, inspired, added to, or at least contain the involvement of a person or group, through hints that seem to indicate that person’s or group’s involvement, even though there is no proof of it…  “The destruction of the Twin Towers in New York *had the government’s fingerprints all over it*.  There is absolutely no way that an airplane crash would bring down those buildings.  Especially building Seven, which wasn’t even hit.”

(to) Get Over (something) – This is an idiomatic phrasal verb which means:  To heal from, recover from, no longer be negatively affected by, or no longer care about some situation that had previously cause one pain or suffering…  “It took me a long time, and a lot of suffering, but in a single moment, with a simple thought, I finally *got over* the anger I had towards my ex-girlfriend.”

(to not be able to) Get Over (something) – This phrase (unlike “To Get Over Something”) is not talking about recovering from something.  This phrase, instead, is used to express when a person has experienced something that was so shocking, surprising, or upsetting, that one is not able to stop thinking about it…  “I just *can’t get over* the nerve of my boss!  He actually told me that he was going to give Susan the promotion because she looks better in a short skirt than I do!!!  Well, he’s going to have a hard time *getting over it* when he receives a call from my lawyer sexual misconduct and discrimination.”

(to) Go Over (something) – This is an idiomatic verb phrase that means to review something in detail…  “I need you to *go over* the financial statements from last quarter.  Some of the figures aren’t right.”

Left-Overs – This idiomatic phrasal noun is also a slang term for the food that is not eaten and then saved for the next day…  “We’ve got too much food in the refrigerator to go out to a restaurant tonight.  We’re going to have *left-overs* for at least the next three days.”

(to be) Looking Over (one’s) Shoulder – This is an idiomatic verb phrase which actually acts as an adjectival phrase to describe one’s state of being.  It comes from the situation wherein a person thinks, feels, or actually is being followed and the uncomfortable feeling has them actually looking over his or her shoulder.  So idiomatically, we use this phrase to describe when a person has the feeling that he or she is being followed, watched, observed, scrutinized, etc….  “After all of his criminals associates were arrested, and the police contacted him about his involvement with the Mafia, George was sure that he was being watched, and was constantly *looking over his shoulder* whenever he was in public.”

(to) Over-Flow – This phrasal verb is used to describe when the contents of some container becomes more than can be contained in its vessel…  “We had so much rain over the last week, that the river started *over-flowing*.”  /  “I’m so freakin’ rich that my pockets are *over-flowing* with money!!!” 😀

(to) Oversleep – This is not to be confused with the phrasal verb, to “Sleep Over”, this is a phrasal verb which means to accidentally sleep past the time that one was supposed to, or at least intending to wake up…  “Oh No!  I *overslept* again!  The boss is going to be really mad!”  –  Notice also that the past tense of this verb is irregular.

(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) Sleep Over – This is a phrase that is used to describe when a child stays over night at a friends house…  “I used to *sleep over* at my friend Jim’s house every Saturday of the school year back in my second year of high-school.”

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