What are Phrasal Verbs?

Phrasal verb is the name given to an English verb which is composed of two or three words. One verb is combined with a preposition (like on, in, under) or an adverb (like up, down, away). Sometimes a phrasal verb can have a meaning that is very different to the meaning of at least one of those two or three words separately. Some text books call these verbs multi-word verbs. Phrasal verbs are used more frequently in everyday speech than in formal, official writing or speaking.

Here are some examples:

To Lay Into
I saw Reto's mom lay into him when he came home late last night.
To Back Out
Sam backed out at the last second.
To Lay Down
Lori lays down the law in her class. English only!
To Pull Out
Our train pulls out at 8:00, so don't be late.
To Fill Out
Now that you're filling out honey, we need to get you a bra.