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 English Phrasal Verbs 

Commonly-used phrasal verbs.

 Phrasal Verbs with OUT 

Phrasal Verb Meaning Example
Back out Not keep a promise; decide not to do something agreed on "You promised to help. Please don't back out at the last minute!"
Back out (of) Withdraw from an agreement He backed out of the Paris agreement.
Back out (of) Reverse a vehicle out of a space Nora backed the car out of the garage.
Break out Start suddenly or erupt "Rioting broke out as a result of the strike."
"He was so nervous that he broke out in sweat.
Call out Shout something "His mother called out his name but the boy didn't answer."
Clear out Tidy by removing or throwing away "She decided to clear out her children's old clothes."
Cut out Eliminate "She cut out sugar because she wanted to lose weight."
Die out Become extinct; stop existing "Some species of animals have already died out due to climate change."
Eat out Eat in a restaurant "How about eating out tonight?"
Fall out Become loose and drop "Dad’s hair is starting to fall out."
Fall out Stop being friends “Emma and Julie have fallen out.”
Figure out Understand; find the answer “I'm trying to figure out how to set the timer on the oven.”
Find out Discover or obtain information "I'll call the cinema to find out what time the film starts."
Get out (of) Leave a closed space "He got out of the taxi and entered the building."
Get out (of) Avoid doing something "Some men get out of doing the dishes."
Go out (with) Have someone as a boyfriend/girlfriend "Is Julie going out with Tom?"
Hand out Distribute "Samples will be handed out at the end of the meeting.”
Hang out Spend time in a place or with a group of friends "Where does Danny hang out these days?"
Look out Be careful /watch out "Look out! There’s a car coming."
Kick out Throw out; forcefully remove "Johnny was kicked out of the shop for stealing."
Knock out Cause someone to fall unconscious “The boxer was knocked out in the first round.”
Leave out Omit; not mention "Tom's name was left out so he got no credit for his work."
Make out Be able to hear or read something "I need glasses! I can't make out what's written on the board."
Make out Fill in the details (e.g. cheque). "Please make out the cheque to ABC Wizards."
Miss out (on) Lose an opportunity to do something “If you leave before Saturday you'll miss out on the party."
Phase out Gradually stop "Some countries have decided to phase out the production of petrol-driven cars."
Pull out (of) Withdraw from an agreement "One of the companies pulled out of the deal yesterday."
Run out Expire; come to an end "Let's order now before the offer runs out."
Run out (of) Have no more of something "What a nuisance! We've run out of coffee."
Take out Remove "This should take out the stain."
Take out Extract from somewhere "Jenny took out a pen to take notes."
Take out Invite someone to do something "Sam took Chloe out for dinner."
Turn out The end result “It turned out that I didn’t need to take my passport.”
Wear out Become unusable or very tired "During the trip Julie wore out her shoes sightseeing.”
"At the end of the every day Julie was worn out.
Wipe out Eliminate "Nuclear war would wipe out life on our planet."
Work out Do physical exercise "Tanya works out twice a week at the gym club."
Work out Find a solution or calculate something "It's going to be expensive but I haven't worked out the exact cost yet."

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