More useful phrasal verbs with UPTake up
- to begin to do something.
- Maria should take up yoga and Rory should take up learning Russian.
- to fasten something/to repair or decorate a building so that it looks attractive.
- Can you help me to do up my dress?
- Do your shoes/laces up before you fall over.
- Rory would like to buy a run-down (in poor condition) house and do it up.
- to tidy and clean.
- I’m going to clean up in here this afternoon.
- to lose all the water from a river, lake; dry plates, dishes after washing them up.
- The land had dried up and no crops would grow.
- I’ll just dry up these mugs and we can have a coffee.
- to relax, calm down.
- They waited nearly four hours for the storm to ease up.
- to do something to check or improve an earlier action.
- The doctor followed up the surgery with other treatment
- to become adult.
- Rory grew up in Scotland.
- to make food hot.
Loosen up -
- I was just heating up some pasta.
to become more relaxed or comfortable.
- I do a few stretches to loosen up before jogging.
- to increase over time.
Polish up -
- The costs are beginning to mount up.
to improve something quickly.
Speed up -
- I really must polish up my English before the exam.
to move faster/make something faster.
Wash up -
- You see drivers speeding up when they should be slowing down.
to wash plates, cups, spoons after a meal.
- I can help to cook and wash up
- to do exercises before a sport.
Beef up -
- If you don't warm up before exercising, you risk injuring yourself.
to make something stronger or more important.
- We need to find some new players to beef up the team.
- The company has plans to beef up its production.
- Security should be beefed up for the event.
- to improve your skills or knowledge of something that you have previously learned.
- Rory is brushing up on his Russian.
- to finish a drink.
Eat up -
- I gave the cat some milk and she drank it all up.
to eat all of something/consume.
- Be a good boy and eat up your vegetables.
to stop showing the effects of alcohol or drugs.
- Rory sobered up and went to work.
- You can’t sober up by drinking coffee. It’s a common myth.
- to not express your feelings.
- Don't bottle up all your feelings.
- to make an arrangement to meet.
Scrape up -
- Let's meet up after the meeting and discuss this further.
to manage to collect enough of something you need, usually money: We finally scraped up enough money for a studio.Chat up
- to talk to someone you are sexually interested in to get them interested in you.
Listen up -
- When I left, Maria was getting chatted up by the barman.
to pay attention.
- Okay everyone - listen up! I have an announcement to make.
to weaken/do things to please someone in the hope that they will do what you want.
- Rory tried to soften me up by saying nice things about me, and then said he would not go to my party.