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Phrasal verbs/H

Here is a list of phrasal verbs that start with H

Hail from

to be from or have been born in a particular place:

  • He originally hails from Chicago.

Phrasal verbs with 'Hand'

Hang about/around/round

to spend time or wait somewhere without any clear reason:

  • Teens were hanging about in the street outside.

Hang back

to be slow to act or move, usually because you are nervous about something:

  • He hung back from being a blood donor.

Hang on

1. to hold onto something tightly:

  • I can't hang on much longer!

2. Informal. used to tell someone to wait or stop:

  • Hang on a minute - I'll just get my coat.

Hang out

to spend a lot of time in a place or area:

  • She really enjoys hanging out in supermarkets.

Hang up

to end a telephone conversation:

  • She said goodbye and then hung up.

See also: Telephone phrasal verbs

Have (got) on

1. (S) to be wearing clothes, shoes, etc:

  • He had a dark blue suit on.

2. (S) If you have something on, you have arranged to do it:

  • I've got a lot on this week.

Have out

(S) to have something extracted from your body:

  • I had my appendix out.

Hear from

to receive a letter, telegram, email or phone call from someone:

  • I haven't heard anything from her for three years.

Hear of

to know about someone or something:

  • I have never heard of this before.

Help out

(S) to help someone by doing a particular job for them or by lending money to them:

Hinge on

to depend on something:

  • A lot hinges on the outcome of the meeting.

Hire out

(S) to allow someone to use something for a short time, in exchange for payment:

  • I earn money by hiring out office equipment.

Hit back

to attack or criticize someone because they have attacked or criticized you:

  • He hit back at his critics.

Hive off

to separate one part of a business by selling it:

  • They are planning to hive off the plant.

Phrasal verbs with 'Hold'

Hole up

Informal. to stay in a place so that no one can find you or disturb you:

  • The terrorist is believed to hold up in the village.

Hollow out

(S) to remove the inside part of something:

  • I hollowed out a book to hide the gun.

Home in on

to aim at someone or something and move directly toward them:

  • The weapons homed in on the target.

Hook up

1. (S) to connect someone or something to a piece of equipment, to a computer or to an electricity supply:

  • He's hooked up to a respirator.

2. Informal. to meet someone by arrangement

  • I hooked up with my friends after work.

Hush up

(S) to try to stop people from knowing the truth about something:

  • They tried to hush up the financial scandal.

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