Down phrasal verbs

If you ‘lie down’ you go for a rest on a bed or a sofa.

  • You look exhausted. Lie down for a while.
  • I lie down for ten minutes after lunch every day.

If you ‘slow down’, you go less quickly than before.

  • As I have got older, I seem to have slowed down and to be able to get through less work.
  • Production has slowed down compared with last year.

If you ‘calm down’, you stop being angry or excited.

  • He got very angry at first but laughed about it when he had calmed down a bit.
  • You need to calm down. You are much too emotional.

If someone or something needs to ‘cool down’, they are too hot.

  • I am going to take a shower to cool myself down a bit.
  • The coffee is too hot to drink. Let it cool down a bit.

If you ‘cut down’ something, it can mean that you reduce the number.

  • We need to cut down our workforce by 500 people.
  • You should cut down the number of cigarettes you smoke.

If an argument ‘falls down’, it is very weak.

  • Your argument falls down when you look at the inflation rate.
  • The argument falls down when you take costs into account.

If you ‘mark down’ a price, you reduce it.

  • The shirts have been marked down by 50%.
  • Prices have been marked down by 10% across the board.

If things ‘quieten down’ , they become less noisy.

  • I am not going to speak until you all quieten down a bit.
  • It was very hectic earlier but things have quietened down now.

If you ‘tear something down’, you pull it with force from a wall or a notice board.

  • He tore down the poster that the union had put up.
  • Somebody has torn down the safety notice I put up.

If you ‘tone down’ something, you make it less extreme.

  • You need to tone down the language in your letter. It is too hostile.
  • We need to tone down the colors on the website. They are too bright.

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6 thoughts on “Down phrasal verbs”

  1. Dear Pearson,

    I’m starting a new school year today and I feel like a teacher-beginner again because all the coursebooks are unknown for me. One of them is “Activate”, level B. I’ll work in three different schools until the end of May, 2012. Unfortunately, I don’t have a permanent job.
    I’m very grateful to you and I’m very much interested in all the information you send to me. I wish you and your family to be happy and healthy.

    Olga, Russia

  2. Tomorrow I’ll start the first lesson at school and think:”I need to calm down. I’m much too emotional”.

    As I have got older, I seem to have slowed down and to be able to get trough less work.

    Some idioms are exactly about me! Thank you very much for sending them!

  3. Thanks a lot for your work (I mean for all phrasal verbs, idioms and exercises that you have sent 2 me). It really makes my work much easier and more pleasant. Thanks:)

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