English Phrasal Verb Dictionary: T

List of English Phrasal Verbs Beginning With 'T'

Showing 50 Verbs, 175 Phrasal Verbs

Tack (2)

Tack on
- Add something that wasn't planned
Tack onto
- Add or attach something that wasn't planned to something

Tag (4)

Tag along
- Accompany someone, especially if they haven't specifically invited you
Tag on
- Add an additional point to something written or spoken
Tag onto
- Add an additional point to something written or spoken
Tag with
- Add a keyword link or bookmark to a blog entry or webpage

Tail (3)

Tail away
- Become silent or inaudible
Tail back
- Form a traffic jam
Tail off
- Become silent or inaudible
- Decrease

Take (19)

Take aback
- Surprise or shock
Take after
- Look like, resemble
Take apart
- Take something to pieces
Take aside
- Get someone alone to talk to them
Take away
- Remove
Take back
- Make someone nostalgic
- Retract a statement, admit that something was wrong
Take down
- Make notes or write down in full
- Remove
Take for
- Believe that someone is a certain kind of person
Take in
- Absorb information
- Deceive
- Make clothes smaller
- Assume care or support
Take it
- Accept criticism
Take it out on
- Abuse someone because you're angry
Take it upon yourself
- Take responsibility, often without consulting other people
Take off
- Make great progress
- Reduce the price of an item
- When a plane departs or leaves the ground
- Remove
Take on
- Allow passengers on a ship or plane
- Assume a responsibility
- Employ
Take out
- Borrow a library book
- Borrow money from a bank or other official lender
- Extract or remove
- Go out socially with someone, especially a date
- Obtain insurance
- Kill, murder
Take over
- Assume control of a company or organisation
- Start a job or position that someone had occupied before you
Take through
- Explain something to someone
Take to
- Make a habit of something
Take up
- Fill or occupy time or space
- Make clothes shorter
- Start a new hobby, pastime, etc.

Talk (13)

Talk around
- Persuade
- Talk about a problem or issue without really dealing with it
Talk at
- Talk to someone and not give them a chance to reply or listen to them
Talk back
- Respond rudely to a person in authority
Talk down
- Try to make something sound less important
- Persuade someone not to jump off a high place to kill themselves
Talk down to
- Talk in a way to show your superiority not communicate
Talk into
- Persuade someone to do something
Talk out
- Discuss a problem or issue to find a solution
Talk out of
- Persuade someone not to do something
Talk over
- Discuss
Talk round
- Persuade
- Talk about a problem or issue without really dealing with it
Talk through
- Guide someone through an issue
Talk up
- Make something appear more important or significant than it really is
Talk yourself out
- Talk until you have nothing left to say

Tap (5)

Tap for
- Get money off someone
Tap into
- Use or exploit a plentiful resource for your benefit
Tap off with
- Have sex with
Tap out
- Play a rhythm quietly
- Use all the money available
Tap up
- Approach a footballer illegally to get them to change teams

Taper (1)

Taper off
- Gradually become smaller or weaker until stopping

Team (1)

Team up
- Work with someone or a group to achieve something

Tear (8)

Tear apart
- Disturb or upset greatly
Tear at
- Pull or try to pull something to pieces
Tear away
- Stop someone doing something unwillingly
- Remove a surface violently
Tear down
- Demolish
Tear into
- Criticise strongly or angrily
Tear off
- Remove part of a form or letter using your hands, not scissors
- Leave at high speed
- Remove with force
- Remove completely
Tear out
- Depart rapidly
Tear up
- Rip into pieces
- Destroy
- Have eyes fill with tears

Tee (3)

Tee off
- Start or launch an event
- Place a golf ball on a short plastic or wooden stick before hitting it at the start of a hole.
- Annoy someone
Tee off on
- Criticise
Tee up
- Place a golf ball on a short plastic or wooden stick before hitting it at the start of a hole.
- Make preparations before starting or launching something

Tell (3)

Tell apart
- See a difference between two things
Tell off
- Chide; talk angrily to someone about something they've done wrong.
Tell on
- Report someone to an authority

Tense (1)

Tense up
- Become nervous, tense or unable to relax

Text (1)

Text out
- Cancel an appointment by sending a text message

Think (3)

Think over
- Consider something carefully
Think through
- Consider all the possibilities and outcomes of a situation
Think up
- Create or invent something, especially when lying

Thrash (1)

Thrash out
- Discuss for a long time until an agreement is reached

Throw (10)

Throw away
- Discard something when no longer needed
Throw in
- Join, accompany
- Add something to a deal
Throw off
- Remove item of clothing quickly
- Get rid of
- Produce light or heat
Throw on
- Put clothes on quickly
Throw out
- Get rid of
- Dislocate
- Reject
- Produce heat, fumes
- Expel
Throw over
- End a relationship with someone
- Reject, refuse to accept
Throw together
- Make or arrange quickly
Throw up
- Vomit
- Produce problems, results, ideas, etc
- Leave a job or position suddenly
- Create clouds of dust or splash water into the air
Throw yourself at
- Make it clear you are sexually attracted to someone
Throw yourself into
- Do something enthusiastically or energetically

Tick (5)

Tick along
- Make reasonable progress without any serious problems
Tick away
- Pass (of time)
Tick by
- Pass (of time)
Tick off
- Annoy
- Scold
- Put a mark on an item in a list when it has been dealt with
Tick over
- Continue working, but without improving
- Operate but without moving (engines)

Tickle (1)

Tickle up
- Improve a document

Tide (1)

Tide over
- Use something carefully so as not to finish it

Tidy (1)

Tidy up
- Put things in the correct place in a room

Tie (5)

Tie back
- Fasten or secure so that it doesn't obstruct
Tie down
- Secure something to prevent it moving
- Remove or restrict freedom
- Stop people (often police or military) going where they are needed
Tie in
- Agree, be connected or support
- Associate with
Tie in with
- Occur at the same time
Tie up
- Tie or fasten something securely
- Stop someone doing something
- Fasten
- Block a road, etc

Tighten (1)

Tighten up
- Make something more secure or function better

Time (1)

Time out
- End or close because of a time limit
- End or close something because of a time limit

Tip (2)

Tip off
- Secretly inform the police or authorities
Tip over
- Spill, make something fall on its side

Tire (2)

Tire of
- Get bored of something
Tire out
- Make someone exhausted

Toddle (1)

Toddle off
- Leave, go home

Tone (3)

Tone down
- Make something sound more moderate
Tone in with
- Combine in a pleasing way
Tone up
- Make stronger or firmer

Tool (1)

Tool up
- Provide equipment
- Arm yourself or somebody

Tootle (1)

Tootle off
- Leave, depart

Top (3)

Top off
- Finish something in a special way
- Fill something completely that is not empty
Top out
- Stop increasing, reach the highest point
Top up
- Refill something that isn't empty yet

Toss (8)

Toss about
- Discuss something freely and openly, but not very seriously
Toss around
- Discuss something freely and openly, but not very seriously
Toss aside
- Discard, throw away
Toss back
- Drink quickly
Toss down
- Drink quickly
Toss for
- Make a decision by throwing a coin and seeing which side lands face up
Toss off
- Write something quickly and carelessly
Toss up
- Decide something by throwing a coin and seeing which side lands face up.

Touch (6)

Touch down
- Land (planes)
Touch for
- Borrow money
Touch off
- Cause a problem to occur
Touch on
- Mention
Touch up
- Improve the appearance of something
- Touch someone in a sexual way
Touch upon
- Mention

Toughen (1)

Toughen up
- Make stronger

Tow (1)

Tow away
- Remove a vehicle, especially if parked illegally

Toy (4)

Toy around with
- Treat or deal with something without taking it seriously
Toy at
- Pretend to think about or think about in a casual way
Toy over
- Think about something
Toy with
- Not eat much of a meal
- Consider something, but not very seriously
- Move or play with something to occupy your hands
- Treat insincerely

Track (1)

Track down
- Find after a long search

Trade (6)

Trade down
- Sell something and replace it with something cheaper
Trade in
- Exchange something old as part of the price of something new
- Leave your wife or husband to marry someone younger
Trade off
- Bargain, make a deal or compromise
- Accept something you don't really want to get something you do want
Trade on
- Exploit, use something to your advantage
Trade up
- Buy larger or more expensive items
- Leave your wife or husband and marry someone better looking, richer, etc
Trade upon
- Exploit, use to your advantage

Train (1)

Train up
- Teach someone the specific skills they will need to carry out a job or task

Trickle (2)

Trickle down
- Pass benefits from economic expansion through the economy to the less fortunate
Trickle up
- When financial benefits given to poor people or small businesses pass on to the wealthy

Trigger (1)

Trigger off
- Make someone angry
- Start, set off

Trip (3)

Trip out
- Be under the influence of psychoactive drugs
Trip over
- Fall
- Fall because you hit an obstacle
Trip up
- Make a mistake

Trot (3)

Trot off
- Leave
Trot off to
- Go somewhere
Trot out
- Make a statement (meant negatively)

Trudge (1)

Trudge through
- Do something slowly, with difficulty, unwillingly or considerable effort

Trump (1)

Trump up
- Charge or accuse someone falsely

Try (6)

Try back
- Phone back
Try for
- Make an attempt to get something
Try it on
- Provoke someone by being annoying or behaving badly
- Attempt to get something, usually by deceit, without great hopes of success
Try on
- Put clothes on to see if they fit
Try out
- Test
- Test something to see if you like it or want to buy it
Try out for
- Be tested for a sports team

Tuck (4)

Tuck away
- Put something in a safe place
- Eat a lot
Tuck in
- Tidy the ends of items of clothing by placing them inside something
- Start eating enthusiastically
- Arrange the sheets, duvet or blankets to make someone, usually a child, comfortable in bed
Tuck into
- Start eating something
Tuck up
- Arrange the sheets, duvet or blankets to make someone, usually a child, comfortable in bed

Tune (4)

Tune in
- Watch or listen to a TV or radio show
Tune in to
- Watch or listen to a TV or radio programme
Tune out
- Ignore, not pay attention
Tune up
- Improve the performance of a machine or engine
- Tune a musical instrument before playing

Turf (1)

Turf out
- Force someone to leave
- Get rid of, throw away

Turn (12)

Turn against
- Stop liking and start disliking
Turn around
- Make something successful or profitable that has been doing badly
- Produce or complete work
- React negatively
Turn away
- Not allow someone to enter a place
Turn down
- Reduce volume, temperature, etc.
- Reject an offer, invitation, etc.
- Fold the top covers of a bed down to make it ready for someone to go to sleep
Turn in
- Go to bed
- Hand in, submit
Turn into
- Become
Turn off
- Stop a machine
Turn on
- Cause someone to feel attraction or pleasure
- Start a machine
- Attack
Turn out
- Produce
- Produce an unexpected result
- Stop a light
- Attend
Turn over
- Give to the authorities
Turn to
- Try to get help
- Take up a habit
Turn up
- Appear
- Increase volume, temperature, etc.

Type (3)

Type in
- Enter computer data or text
Type out
- Write a full or finished version of a text on a computer
Type up
- Type a finished version