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Phrasal verbs that start with B
Here is a list of phrasal verbs that start with B.
- Back off: to move backwards because you are in danger. I heard a
snake’s hiss and backed off slowly.
- Back out (of): to withdraw something that has been agreed. Tyler backed out of buying my house.
- Back up: 1. to drive backwards. There are people
behind you, don’t back up. 2. to
provide support to someone or something. The army was backed up by the Air Forces. 3. to make a copy of computer data to
prepare for unexpected loss. You should back
up your important documents regularly.
- Bail out: to abandon an aircraft using a parachute
before an accident. The entire
crew successfully bailed out before
the plane crashed.
- Bandy about/around: to mention something frequently,
without thinking about it carefully. Big names
were being bandied about for this
- Bang on about: to talk a lot about something that is not
interesting to other people. He’s always
banging on about the secret of his
- Bang up: to cause damage by hitting something. I banged up my car this morning.
- Bang about/around: to make a load noise while moving. The
upstairs neighbor always bangs around.
- Bang into: to knock against something hard by accident. I banged into the concrete wall.
- Bank on: to have confidence in someone or something. We
can’t bank on his support.
- Bargain for: If you don’t bargained for something, it means
you don’t expect it to happen. We hadn’t bargained
on good weather.
- Barge in: to go in without invitation; to interrupt
rudely. He suddenly
barged in to the classroom.
- Base on (base upon: formal): to use the facts or ideas as a
starting point. The film is
actually based on a true story.
- Bash out: (informal) to write something without working
hard. He can bash out five novels a
up: (informal) to attack and beat. Robbers bashed up a young man in the street.
- Bash on with: (informal): to keep doing something that is
boring or difficult. I bashed on with the History coursework all day.
- Bash down (S): (informal) to damage something by hitting it many
firefighters had to bash the door down.
- Bask in: to get pleasure from something such as
approval and attention. He is basking in the glory of winning the
- Batten on: (formal) to use someone or something to
succeed. He always battens on the knowledge of others.
- Batten down: to fasten something closely and firmly to make
it safe. The doors were battened down
- Batter down (S): to hit something often to open or break it:
The police battered the door down to
rescue people inside.
- Bawl out: (informal) to speak severely to someone,
especially for doing something wrong: Travis bawled him out for making such a mistake.
- Beam down (S): to transport someone or something
immediately to a planet, using teleportation equipment (in science fiction). They
beam down to the surface of a
- Bear on: (formal) to relate to something or to have an
effect on it. We discussed issues bear on
- Bear out (S): to demonstrate that someone is right or
something is true. The evidence bears
out this allegation. Several witnesses didn’t bear me out.
- Bear up: to remain brave during a sad or difficult time.
He didn’t bear up under the
- Bear with: to be patient with someone; listen to someone.
If you will bear with me a moment,
I’ll explain the rules.
- Bear down on: to move forward towards someone or something
in a threatening manner. A strange van bore
down on my car.
- Beat out: 1. to sound a rhythm by hitting a drum or other
instrument. Hand drummers beat out a
rhythm. 2. (S) to stop a fire by beating. They beat the flames out with a fire blanket.
- Beat out
of (S): to hit someone to get something such
as a confession. The terrorists were not
able to beat confession out of me.
- Beat to (S): to arrive somewhere before someone else;
to finish something more quickly. He always beats me to the finish line.
- Beat up (S): to injure someone by hitting or kicking
many times. He was savagely beaten by
- Beat down (S): 1. hit something such as door often to
break it: The police had to beat the
door down to rescue people inside. 2. (of the sun) to shine with great heat.
The sun was beating down on my head
- Beat down to: to persuade someone to sell something at a
lower price. I beat down the price
from $50 to $40.
- Beat up on: to blame for something. It is not my fault.
Don’t beat up on me.
- Beef up (S): (informal): to make something larger or
better; to improve. Hungary beefs up
the border defences.
- Beg off: to ask to be allowed not to take part in an
organized event. Darren begged off
from the meeting.
- Believe in: to believe that something exists: He always believed in ghosts.
- Bend to: to persuade someone to accept something by
using your power. He uses effective ways to bend people to his will.
- Bind over: (law) to order someone to refrain from
something. If you don’t obey you have to pay fine. The magistrate bound over him to keep the peace.
- Bite back at: (informal) to speak or react angrily to
someone who is unpleasant to you. They bit back at their main competitor with
an unique strategy.
- Bite back: to avoid showing your feelings or saying
something; stay calm. I bit back her
- Black out: to become unconscious temporarily, usually due
to low blood pressure; to faint. The dancer blacked out on stage. 2. (S) to darken a place. He closed curtains
to black out the room.
- Blank out (S): 1. to try to forget something painful.
The therapy helped me blank out the
past trauma. 2. to cover or hide something you have written. Some words had
been blanked out from the document.
- Blast off: If a rocket blasts off, it begins to fly; take
off. When countdown ends, the space shuttle blasts off.
- Blend in with: to be similar to a surrounding or background.
He wears neutral colors in order to blend
in with the crowd.
- Blink back: try to distract yourself from tears. He didn’t
blink back his tears.
- Blot out: 1. to cover something to make it disappear.
Dark clouds covered the sky and blotted
out the sun. 2. Try to forget bad memory. I try to keep myself busy to blot out the incident.
- Blow into/in: (informal) to arrive at a place
unexpectedly. It was late at night when they blew into town.
- Blow out: to stop a flame by blowing. The kid blew out his birthday candle.
- Blow up: to explode or destroy something, especially
with explosives. The terrorists blew up
- Bluff your way out/in/into: to get yourself out of hardship by
deceiving someone. He always manages to bluff
his way out of complicated situations.
- Blunder about/around/into: to move around carelessly, so that
you knock into things. He is blundering
around the garage.
- Board up: to cover a door or window with wooden boards
to protect from something. The old pub had been boarded up.
- Board out (S): to send
a child or an animal to stay with someone. I have to board my dog out with friends.
- Bog down: to get stuck in mud or wet ground. The car bogged down in snow.
- Bog off: (slang) to go away. Bog off, I am busy.
- Boil up: to become more dangerous or intense. The anger
inside of me boiled up.
- Boil down to: to make information shorter; to summarize. I
have to boil down research plan to
- Boil over: 1. to flow over the sides of its container
while boiling. The milk is boiling over
the pot. 2. to suddenly become aggressive. The conflict in the region boiled over.
- Bone up on: (informal) to refresh your knowledge for a
special reason. I boned up on my Russian before travelling to Russia.
- Book in/into: to check in at a hotel; to announce that you
have arrived at a hotel. We have to book into the hotel at least an hour
- Bottle up (S): to keep powerful emotions and feelings inside,
especially over a long period of time. I tried to bottle my anger up.
- Bottom out: If a price bottoms out, it means it has
reached at its low point, and is about to rise. Oil prices show no sign of bottoming out.
- Bounce back: to get well again. He bounced back to good health quickly.
- Bow out of: to withdraw from an activity. I decided to bow out of the basketball team.
- Bow down to: to agree to the demands. The government will
not bow down to the pressure.
- Bowl over (S): to make someone fall to the ground. The
crowd bowled me over.
- Branch off: If a road branches off, it means it separates
and goes in different direction. The street branches off to the right.
- Branch out into: to start new business. They decided to branch out into new market.
- Break in: 1. to enter a building illegally. The thief
tried to break in through the window. 2. (S) to interrupt someone. He suddenly
broke in to tell me about a telephone call.
- Break up: to stop dating. Ansley just broke with Anson.
- Break away from: to get away from someone who is holding you.
He managed to break away from his captors.
- Break down: to fail; to stop functioning. The elevator broke down suddenly.
- Break into: to start suddenly doing something. He broke
- Break off (S): to discontinue something. She has broken the relationship off with the married man.
- Break out: If an unpleasant event such as war breaks out, it means it starts suddenly. The
First World War broke out in 1914.
- Break with: to discontinue doing something such as
tradition or old habits; to start doing something new. We decided to break with tradition to save money.
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