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 English Phrasal Verbs 


A phrasal verb is a verb followed by a preposition or an adverb; the combination creates a meaning different from the original verb.

Alphabetical lists of commonly-used phrasal verbs in English.

 Alphabetical List - D 


  • deal with
    • Handle, take care of, address (problem, situation).
      "The manager is good at dealing with difficult customers."

  • deck out (in/with)
    • Dress; decorate.
      "The women were all decked out in beautiful dresses."
      "The exhibition hall will be decked out in the colours of Europe."

  • die down
    • Calm down, become less strong.
      "When the applause died down, she started to sing."

  • dig into
    • Plunge your hands deep inside something, especially to look for something.
      "He dug into his pocket and found the key."

    • Press hard into something.
      "The strap of her bag dug painfully into her shoulder."

    • Start to do something.
      "It was time to dig into the work that had accumulated on her desk."

    • Take from something.
      "Dad had to dig into his savings to repair the roof."

  • dig up
    • Break up the soil/remove by digging.
      "Tom tried to dig up the tree by its roots."

    • Discover or reveal information.
      "Some newspapers often try to dig up scandalous information."

  • dish out
    • Distribute or give away a lot.
      "He spent the day dishing out invitations to tourists."

  • dispense with
    • Decide to do without something. 
      "They've dispensed with the paper version so you'll have to download it."

  • do away with
    • Get rid of;  abolish.
      "Some people think it's time to do away with the monarchy."

  • do over
    • Clean or redecorate.
      "My parents will need to do over their living-room soon. The paintwork needs refreshing."

  • do up
    • Fasten (a garment).
      "Good boy Charlie! You know how to do up your coat now!"

  • do without
    • Manage without.
      "The shops are closed so I'm afraid we'll have to do without sugar."

  • drag on
    • Last longer than expected.
      "We expected a short speech but it dragged on and on!"

  • drag out
    • Make something longer than necessary.
      "Let's decide quickly and not drag out this discussion."

    • Make someone reveal information that they are unwilling to give.
      "The police finally dragged out a confession from the suspect. "

  • draw up
    • Write (contract, agreement, document).
      "An agreement was drawn up and signed by the two parties."

  • dress up
    • Wear elegant clothes.
      "Do people dress up to go to the opera in your country?"

    • Disguise oneself.
      "You know how children love to dress up at Halloween. It's part of the fun!"

  • drift apart
    • Become less and less close.
      "We were childhood friends but we drifted apart over the years."

  • drift off
    • Gradually fall asleep.
      "Once he was on the train he sat back, closed his eyes and drifted off."

  • drive at
    • Insinuate;  be trying to say.  
      "I'm not sure I understand. What exactly are you driving at?"

  • drop behind
    • Fall into a position behind others.
      "Our sales have dropped behind those of our competitors."

  • drop by/in
    • Pay a brief visit, usually on the way somewhere.
      "I don't see her often but she promised to drop by one day for a cup of coffee."
      "Jimmy sometimes drops in to see his grandparents on his way home from school."

  • drop off
    • Deliver someone or something.
      "I'll drop you off at the bus stop if you like. I'm going that way."

    • Fall asleep.
      "Granddad often drops off in front of the television."

  • drop out
    • Stop going to classes before finishing a course of study or the school year.
      "Emily decided to go to art school, then dropped out after the first term."

  • drown out
    • Be louder in order to cover another sound.  
      "They turned up the music to drown out the noise of the children outside."

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