English Phrasal Verbs – out part 2

When you finish your stay in a hotel, you have to ‘check out’ at reception and pay your final bill.

  • I need to check out of my hotel room by 11.
  • You check us out whilst I order a taxi for the airport.

If you ‘lock yourself out’, you close a door without having the key to get back in.

  • Richard managed to lock himself out of his hotel room stark naked.
  • I’ve left the keys in the car and locked myself out.

If you ‘pick something out’, you choose it, often with some care.

  • Harry has picked out all the cashew nuts and left only the peanuts for me.
  • From the thirty candidates, we’ve picked out seven to interview.

If you ‘reach out’ for something, you extend your arm to get it (sometimes metaphorically.)

  • Drivers have to reach out a long way to insert the ticket in the machine.
  • Our present customers are almost all over fifty. We need to reach out to a younger public.

If you ‘rush out’, you leave or send out very quickly.

  • I wanted to speak to Jane but she rushed out as soon as the meeting was over.
  • We rushed out the new catalogue and it is full of spelling errors.

If you ‘throw something out’, you get rid of it.

  • We need to throw out the terrible printers we have and buy some new ones.
  • You shouldn’t throw out the baby with the bathwater.

If you warn somebody to ‘look out’, it means that there is danger.

  • Look out! The boss is on the warpath.
  • Look out! There’s a radar camera just up ahead.

If you ‘send something out’ you send it to a lot of people (for example, to a mailing list.)

  • I’ll be sending out the newsletter early next week.
  • Have you sent out the invitations yet?

If someone or something ‘stands out’, it is very noticeable or is better than similar people or things.

  • One candidate stands out from the rest.
  • He likes to stand out from the crowd.

If you ‘pour out’ your (usually sad) feelings or your thoughts, you talk about them very honestly and without holding anything back.

  • He poured his heart out to me about his recent divorce.
  • Don’t hold back. Let it all pour out. It will do you good.

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