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 Pull Through
I didn't think she was going to make it, but she pulled through in the end.
To Go Out
They love to go out every Saturday night.
To Hold Off On
We should hold off on making dinner until your parents arrive.
To Check Out
He checked out the new restaurant down the street.
To Break Into
The burglar broke into the house between midnight and 3 AM.