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July 13, 2013

English Phrases & Phrasal Verbs to Use at Work

Ten sentences follow using idioms. The phrases or phrasal verbs are in bold. Descriptions or definitions are below the sentence.

He doesn't get into work until 10am. Can we put off the meeting until then?
"Get into" - arrive
"Put off" - delay

He is running late as got on the wrong bus, so he will be in sooner or later.
"Got on" - boarded
"Sooner or later"- sometime, but we don't know exactly when

Please take that phone off of the desk, we will put the computer on the desk instead. 
"Take [something] off"- remove
"Put [something] on" - place something on top of
"Take on" has the opposite of "take off."
"Put off" is the opposite of "put on." 

These phrases can be used for getting dressed or undressed as well.

I really gotta take off... the meeting has already started.
"Take off" - leave in a hurry (secondary meaning)

She took off about 10 days to take a trip to Hawaii.
"took off"- asked for leave/days off (third meaning)
"take a trip" - go away/vacation

He was able to come up with the answer right away.
"Come up with" - reveal/say/tell
"Right way" - immediately

Because he got up late, as usual, everything was delayed.
"Got up"- woke up from sleep
"As usual"- normally

When I see a new word, I don't know how to use, I look it up, think over how to use it, and then try to write a sentence with it.  
"Look it up"- Search and find something in a book/on Google
"Think [it] over"- consider something  (a similar phrase is "I'll think about it.")

We were on the lookout for hiring new employees, but had to put it off due to budgetary constraints.
"On the lookout"- searching/recruiting
"Put it off"- delay

After living in the US for 25 years, that NRI has finally returned to India for good.
"For good"- Forever

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