Phrasal Verbs With 'Key'

Key down phrasal verb

  1. Meaning: Relax, unwind
    (Intransitive | American English)
    » Example: I need to KEY DOWN before I go to bed.

Key in phrasal verb

  1. Meaning: Enter numbers or information into a computer or electronic system
    (Separable [optional] | International English)
    » Example: It took me ages to KEY IN all the information into the database.

Key in on phrasal verb

  1. Meaning: Focus attention on, single out
    (Inseparable | American English)
    » Example: They KEYED IN ON the person they believed had done it.

Key on phrasal verb

  1. Meaning: Target, focus on (sport)
    (Inseparable | American English)
    » Example: We will KEY ON the opposing team's lack of skills on defense.

Key out phrasal verb

  1. Meaning: If you key out a plant, you identify it by using binary choices like whether it has needle leaves or doesn't.
    (Inseparable | International English)
    » Example: They KEYED OUT some new plants in the rain forest.

Key to phrasal verb

  1. Meaning: Plan things to fit or suit people or situations
    (Inseparable | American English)
    » Example: Promotions are KEYED TO people's abilities.

Key up phrasal verb

  1. Meaning: Make someone excited or nervous
    (Separable [optional] | American English)
    » Example: The noise got us KEYED UP.