Home > Phrasal Verb Dictionary: Letter C
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Call back [Call back, call somebody back].- When you call
back or call somebody back, you return a phone call or call again later. Phone back, ring back
call you back as soon as I hear anything.
you ask her to call me back, please?
Call in.- (insep) visit When you call in, you pay somebody a short visit. Drop in, pop in
in next time you're in town.
just called in to see if you needed anything.
Call in [Call somebody in].- (doctor, expert, consultant, police, technician) When you call somebody in, you ask somebody, like a doctor or a technician, to come
and help you with a problem.
- We had to call
in a doctor.
- The situation got out
of hand and the Army had to be called in.
can't afford to call in a technician every time the washing-machine
Call off [Call something off].- cancel When you call something off, you cancel an event. Be
off, put off
concert was called off because of rain.
too late to call off the ceremony now.
Call out [Call something out].- shout When you call something out, you announce or say something in a loud voice.
called out the results.
- She called
out his name but there was no answer.
Call up [Call somebody up].- phone When you call somebody up, you telephone somebody.
me up when you get there.
- He called
me up this this morning.
Calm down [Calm down, calm somebody down].-
When you calm down, you become more relaxed.
was very upset about it, but he calmed down eventually.
- She was rude and aggressive towards him but it
was clear he was trying to calm her down.
Carry away [Get carried away].- When you get carried away, you behave in a silly way because
you are too excited, angry, etc; not know what you are doing.
I called you a fool; I got a bit carried away.
got carried away in the shop and spent all her money on new dresses.
(insep) Continue When
you carry on, or carry on doing something, you continue doing something. Go on, keep on
- He carried on as
if nothing had happened.
- If things
carry on the way they are, you'll lose your job.
Carry out [Carry something out].- Do (survey,
investigation, research, review, plan, threat) When you
carry something out, you do a task.
going to be difficult to carry out that plan.
government is going to carry out a survey on the nation's health.
- Politicians don't usually carry out their promises.
Carve out [Carve something out].- Get (career,
name, reputation, place, role) When you carve something out, you
manage to get it by working hard.
(insep) (idea, fashion, concept) When
something catches on, it becomes popular.
- The idea
eventually caught on and became all the rage by the 1980s.
Chase away [Chase somebody away, chase something off].- When you chase somebody or an animal away, you force
a person or animal to leave a place with threats or by attacking them.
- A passer-by stopped his car to help and, along
with several neighbors, managed to chase the dog away. No one was bitten.
chase off.- The same as chase away.
Chat up [Chat somebody up].-
When you chat somebody up, you talk to them in a friendly way because you
are sexually attracted to them.
- Normally I find
it dead hard to chat up a girl but I was drunk and had no inhibitions.
Check in [Check in, check something in].- When you check
in, you arrive at a hotel or airport and report your arrival at reception or check-in desk.
- We checked into the hotel a little after midnight.
- I arrived in London a few days ago and checked into the Bolsover Hotel.
- When I checked in with a confirmed economy ticket, I was told that the flight was overbooked.
Check out.- When you check
out, you pay and leave.
- After breakfast I checked out of the hotel.
Check out [Check something out].- When you check something out, you check that something is correct or it's what you want.
- You've got to check the facts out before you start torturing yourself.
- Hey, check this out!
Cheer up [Cheer up, cheer somebody up, cheer something up].- When you cheer up, you try to feel happier.
- I got you this. I thought it might cheer you up.
- I took him to the party because he needed cheering up.
- Fancy a pint to cheer you up?
Chew over [Chew something over].- Think When
you chew something over, you think about it or discuss it very carefully. Mull over, think over
can't imagine Jeffrey being the kind of guy to openly argue, but
rather chew it over in silence and - eventually - decide for himself.
Chip in.- 1 Contribute When
you chip in, you contribute money towards something. Club
together, pitch in
schools students, individuals and community groups have all chipped
in to bring this area alive.
2 Interrupt When
you chip in, you interrupt a conversation. Butt
- Some senior Army officials chipped in to say it was safe and there was no danger.
(insep) When you clam up, you refuse to speak. Shut up
tried talking to her about it, but she just clams up and changes the
- He would clam up when the conversation
Clear off [Clear something off].- Leave When something clears off or you clear it off, it disappears or is removed.
- During the night the fog cleared off.
- We cleared off all the dirt and rock that was
loose on the ground.
Clear up [Clear up, clear something up].- 1 (kitchen,
mess) When you clear up, or clear something up, you tidy & clean
or remove dirt and clean. Clean up
- I cleared up the mess
from the kids in the back garden.
2 (doubt, problem, disagreement, misunderstanding,
confusion, issue, crime, mystery) When you clear something up, you
find an answer or an explanation for something or settle it. Sort out
think this misunderstanding will be cleared up soon.
3 (insep) (weather) When bad weather
clears up, it improves. Brighten up
- The weather is horrible
at the moment. I hope it clears up later.
(insep) When you climb down, you admit you are wrong. Back down
and its supporters were eventually forced to climb down in the face
of a fierce and sustained public backlash.
(insep) Block (arteries,
pipe, drain, well) When
something clogs up, it blocks. Choke up
- Some types of weed
have to be kept in check so that they don't clog up the pond, leaving
the fish little space for swimming.
Close down [Close something down].- (factory, plant, business, company,
shop, production, operations) When you close something down, you close
it permanently. Shut down
Come across [Come across somebody].- (insep) When you
come across somebody, you meet them by chance. Bump into , run into, stumble across
- Not long
ago, I came across an old friend from the gang. I won't say his name
for privacy reasons.
Come across [Come across something].- (insep) (photo) When you come across something, you find it by chance.
stretch of coastline is famous for the fossils that you just come across
lying on the beach.
Come round, come around .- 1 (insep)
When you come round, you recover consciousness. Come
to, pass out, black
- I had no idea what had happened to me when I came round.
2 (insep) When you
come round, you pay somebody a visit. Drop by
and Ben are coming round tonight. We're going to watch a video.
- Look, I'll come round to yours later, yeah?
Come on.- 1 (insep) When something comes on, it starts.
- We had a good chat before the film came on.
2 (insep) When someting comes on, it makes progress. Get on
- How's dinner coming on? I'm starving.
(insep) When you come to, you recover consciousness. Come (a)round, pass out, black
Rose came to in the lifeboat, she could not remember what had happened.
- When he came to, he was being loaded into an
(insep) (call, message, document, authorization,
divorce, money, results, news) When something comes through, you
- As the final results came through, it couldn't
have been any worse.
Come through [Come through something].- (insep) Survive (car crash, accident, operation, illness, war, ordeal, crisis) When you come through something, you survive or recover.
cousin was in a serious car accident last week. Fortunately, he came
through it with only minor injuries.
Come up.- 1 (insep) (issue, point, matter, question, subject) When something comes up, it's mentioned. Bring up
better make sure you know these verbs because they always come up in
2 (insep) (job, vacancy) When something comes up, it appears.
new jobs come up, we will contact students who have signed with the
Odd Jobs database.
with [Come up with something].- (insep) (plan, proposal,
idea, theory, scheme, solution, suggestion, compromise, money, funding) When you come up with something, it occurs to you or you manage to find it: .
Cool down.- 1 (insep) When you cool down, you become
- Let food cool down before putting it
in the fridge or freezer.
- Sweat is the body's natural way of cooling
2 (insep) When you cool
down, you become less excited.
- I thought we could
finally calmly discuss our quarrel, now that she had cooled down a bit.
- She knew
that she might regret it later, when she had cooled down.
Cop out [Cop out, cop out of something].- (responsibility) When you cop out or cop out of something, you avoid something because you are afraid
or you don't want to keep your promise.
- I hoped
Maxwell would focus on the freedom issue, but he copped out.
Cotton on.- Understand (informal)
When you cotton on, you begin to understand.
trial lawyers are beginning to cotton on to the usefulness of using
computerised graphics and other high-tech exhibits to impress judges
Cough up [Cough something up].-(informal) (money, name) When you cough something up, you give somebody something because you have to. Pay up
health minister said the federal government must eventually cough up
more money if it wants to maintain a high-quality health system.
Count on [Count on somebody].-
(insep) When you count on somebody, you rely on them to help or support you.
- Ask Mary. You can always count on her to know
the latest information.
Crack down [Crack down on somebody, crack down on something].- (informal) (criminals,
vandals, extremists) When the government or the police crack
down on something, they are much stricter than before. Clamp
- We need to crack down on youth offenders with heavy penalties and teach them respect for other people.
- Ever since September 11th the Saudi government has been under pressure to crack down on extremist groups.
[Cut something back, cut down on something].- (spending, public
expenditure, expenses, production, budget, costs) When you cut
something back or cut back on something, you reduce something to save money.
Foods, the maker of brands from Oreo cookies to Oscar Meyer bologna,
announced plans Tuesday to cut back on sugar and fat in some products.
Cut down [Cut down, cut down on something].- (smoking,
cigarettes, sugar, fatty foods; luxuries, spending, cost) When
you cut down on something, you reduce the ammount you take of it.
with diabetes are usually advised to cut down on sugar and sugary foods.
Cut down [Cut something down].- (tree, forest) When you cut something down,
you make it fall to the ground by cutting it.
tree was damaged in the storm so they had to cut it down.
Cut off [Cut something off].- (electricity,
water) When you cut something off or something is cut off, you remove it
by cutting or you separate or stop it somehow.
years, the country was part of the soviet union and was cut off from
the rest of europe.