IBPS PO 2018 English notes – Verbal Phrases with Examples (Part 3)

This is the 3rd and Final part of the Verbal phrases blog series of IBPS PO 2018 English notes. Through this blog series, we have provided you with close to 150 verbal phrases with their meanings and examples. These IBPS PO 2018 English notes would come in very handy when you would be solving questions on topics like error detectioncloze testsentence completion, etc. in the IBPS 2018 Exam. You should read this list of verbal phrases 2-3 times during your IBPS PO preparation phase to stay ahead of the competition.


IBPS PO 2018 English Notes – Verbal Phrases with Examples (Part 1)

IBPS PO 2018 English Notes – Verbal Phrases with Examples (Part 2)

IBPS PO 2018 English Notes – Verbal Phrases

Phrasal Verb Meaning Example
appeal to 1. To plead or make a request
2. To be attractive or interesting
1. The Leader appealed to the audience to support him.
2. The Management thought that the discount offer would appeal to their customer base.
back up To give support or encouragement Her Parents backed her up on her decision of going to mumbai.
blow up 1. To explode
2. To get angry
1. If the container was not handled properly there was a risk that it might blow up.
2. It felt like he was blowing up on her unneccesarily.
break down 1. To go out of order, cease to function
2. To lose control of one’s emotions
1. The lift used to break down so frequently that they have now gotten used to it.
2. On seeing the upsc results, She broke down with joy.
burn out become exhausted from over-working He was completely burned out because of the long working hours.
carry out To do something as specified (a plan, an order, a threat) The Army officers were trained to carry out the orders with precision.
check out 1. To pay one’s bill and leave (a hotel)
2. To investigate
1. The plan was to check out of the hotel and go to the airport.
2. They decided to check out other options before deciding on anything
come across 1. To find by chance
2. To appear, seem, make an impression
1. Yesterday I came across this amazing place to eat on the East street.
2. For a 20 year old, he came across a very matured person.
cut out To stop doing something To stay healthy doctor advised him to cut out smoking completely.
drop off To deliver someone or something He offered to drop her off after work.
get off 1. To leave (bus, train, plane)
2. To remove – get (noun) off
1. He asked him to get off the bus immidietly.
2. No matter how much she tried, She could not get him off her mind.
give in To cease opposition; yield On the 25th day of the worker’s strike, the Management had to give in to thier demands.
hold on 1. To wait
2. To grip tightly
1. The Troop decided to hold on untill the back up arrived.
2. Joey used to hold on to the hugsy while he was asleep.
join up To engage in, become a member of Every employee was invited to join up the watsapp group.
put up To accommodate, give somebody a bed On reaching the town Varun called Dharam and asked if he could put up at his place for the night.
rely on To count on, depend on, trust The Manager knew he could rely on Mahesh to get the project completed on time.
rule out To eliminate Sanchez was ruled out of the squad for the world cup because of the injury.
run away To escape from a place or suddenly leave He always thought of running away from the village to fulfill his dreams.
run into To meet by accident or unexpectedly (also: bump into) Vidya never expected to run into Vatsal at her new office.
run out of To have no more of something. The Administration has run out off funds and hence would not be able to complete the project on time.
set off To start a journey; John Snow and his friends set off on the adventure beyond the wall.
set up To start a business They all decided to set up a stall at the trade fair.
shop around To compare prices They were shopping around the market to get the best price.
show off To brag or want to be admired Adam wanted to show off his new ferrari so he drove it to work.
show up To appear/arrive He had the annoying habit of showing up at unexpected times.
shut up (impolite) To be silent, stop talking She was asked to shut up and leave the meeting because of her arrogant behaviour.
sit down To take a seat The Manager asked everyone to sit down before the big announcement.
stand up To rise from a sitting position Everyone in the room stood up as soon as the boss walked in.
stick up for To defend Friends are expected to stick up for each other under all circumstances.
take after To resemble, in appearance or character He takes after Sachin Tendulkar in the manner in which he plays the straight drive.
take care of To look after He said, “You have nothing to worry, I will take care of the house in your ansence.”
take off To leave the ground His career took off after the powerful performance in the “Gangs of Wasseypur” movie.
take on To hire or engage staff It would decided that they would take a couple of freelancers to get the project completed on time.
take out To remove; extract A surgery was done to take out the bullet from his shoulder.
tell off To reprimand/criticize severely My father told me off for getting home late last night.
think over To consider He requested some time to think it over before deciding on anything.
turn down To refuse Sanju just could not turn down the offer to work with her.
use up To finish a product (so that there’s none left) We would need more paper because, She used up all the paper for just one assignment.
watch out To be careful On entering the jungle, the Guide told them to watch out for any animals.
wear out 1. To become unusable
2. To become very tired
1. She had to get a new jacket, as the old one was completely worn out.
2. He used to worn out everyday after the work.
wipe off To clean (board, table). Father had told him to wipe off the car before he comes back in the evening.
work out 1. To do physical exercise
2. To find a solution or calculate something
1. It is seen that working out everyday helps you stay healthy and active.
2. They had been sitting for hours trying to work out a solution for the problem.



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