Friday’s Phrasal Verbs

take back – return something that you bought in a shop

Sue’s new trousers were too small, so she took them back and got a larger size.

calm down – stop feeling upset, angry or excited

After a bad day at the office, I often calm down with a nice cold gin and tonic.

doze off – gradually start to sleep

Peter dozed off on the sofa in front of the telly and didn’t hear the doorbell.

hang around – move or do things slowly

Come on, we haven’t got time to hang around! The train leaves in half an hour!



There is something that is much more scarce, something finer far, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.

Elbert Hubbard, American writer, 1856 – 1915

scarce – limited

finer – better

rarer – more unusual


Cold hands, warm heart.

– A cool exterior may conceal a caring personality.

cool – not excited or emotional

caring – gentle, friendly, sympathetic


Hit the sack = go to bed

I’m ready to hit the sack, I’ve had a really long day.

hit – strike; fall into (bed)

sack – (literally) a large bag; (informally) bed


Today, December 11th 1983, The Flying Pickets were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Yazoo song ‘Only You’. Also this years Christmas No.1 and the first a cappella chart-topper in the UK.

All I needed was the love you gave

All I needed for another day

And all I ever knew…. only you.

Here, the original Yazoo version, because it is utterly perfect.


break in – enter (a building, a car, etc.) by using force

The thieves broke in through the bathroom window.

break off – suddenly stop doing something

Talks between the union representatives and government officials broke off this morning.

break out – escape from prison

They broke out of prison by digging a tunnel, just like in the movies!

break up – break into many pieces

We broke up that horrible old furniture and took it to the tip.