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English Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal Verbs relating to CLOTHES

Phrasal Verb Meaning Example
Do up Fasten an item of clothing. It’s cold outside so do up your coat.
Dress up Dress in your best or nicest clothes. Here I am, all dressed up and ready to go!
Hang out Put clothes outside to dry. She washed the skirt and hung it out to dry.
Have on Be wearing. “What did she have on when you saw her?”
“A navy suit and red shoes.”
Kick off Remove your shoes quickly by shaking your feet. He arrived home exhausted. He kicked off his shoes and lay down on the sofa.
Let out Make clothing wider. The skirt is tight so I’ll have to have it let out.
Put on Dress yourself in something. He put on his coat and then left the house.
Slip on Put on something quickly and easily. She slipped on a pair of comfortable jeans and went downstairs.
Take in Make clothing narrower. The dress is too wide for me but I can have it taken in.
Take off Remove an item of clothing. Come in and take off your coat.
Take up Make clothing shorter. My dress is too long.It needs to be taken up.
Throw on Put on an item of clothing very quickly. He threw on an old jacket and rushed out.
Turn up Shorten the length of clothing by folding the material. The sleeves are a bit long. I’m going to turn them up.
Zip up Fasten an item of clothing using a zip. He zipped up his jacket before stepping out into the snow.

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