A Phrasal Verb a Day



Learn a phrasal verb every day with this series of short podcasts by Luke Thompson from Luke’s English Podcast. Each episode contains definitions, explanations and improvised examples of each phrase to help you understand and remember these complex but important parts of the English language! Transcripts are available at http://teacherluke.co.uk/phrasal-verb-a-day/


  • #140 POP IN / OUT / OFF / ON / UP (A Phrasal Verb a Day is back)

    03/11/2018 Duración: 09min

    #140 POP IN / OUT / OFF / ON / UP (A Phrasal Verb a Day is back) A Phrasal Verb a Day is back. In this episode I'll give you an update about this podcast and teach you phrasal verbs with POP. Episode Transcript Hello everyone, This is Luke Thompson and you’re  listening to A Phrasal Verb a Day. This is where I attempt to teach you a phrasal verb every day for a year. Yes, this project is still ongoing. APVAD is back! In this episode I’m going to teach you some more common phrasal verbs as we continue on this mission to get to 365 days of phrasal verbs. Now I’m going to talk to you about phrasal verbs with the wordpopand there are a lot. Also I want to say that APVAD will continue after this, but not here at this RSS feed - all the new episodes will appear in the LEP App and online at  www.teacherluke.co.uk/pv Over the next days or weeks, 10 more episodes of a phrasal verb a day will appear in the app. I’ll talk to you more about that  in a moment. First let me just remind you of this project. This is where I

  • #139 - TO POLISH OFF

    21/06/2016 Duración: 04min

    = to finish/consume something completely- especially food e.g. I made a pizza for my friends and they polished it off in just a few minutes because they were so hungry.

  • #138 - TO POINT OUT

    30/05/2016 Duración: 04min

    to indicate something 1. literally, by indicating something with your finger or a pointer) or 2. saying something that people don't know, or saying something specific that needs to be indicated e.g. "I'd just like to point out that these figures are not adjusted for inflation" or "Can I point out that you're getting these episodes for free. If you'd like to say thanks, you could consider making a donation. That's optional of course. I just wanted to point it out." Visit www.teacherluke.co.uk/pv for more

  • #137 - TO PLUG IN/INTO

    30/05/2016 Duración: 04min

    to connect a piece of equipment to an electrical supply or another piece of equipment "Can you plug in my phone please?" "Can I plug my phone into your computer?" "Do you mind if I just charge my phone? Where can I plug it in?" "I'll need to just unplug my memory card" Transcript coming soon at www.teacherluke.co.uk/pv


    30/05/2016 Duración: 07min

    to plough = when a farmer breaks up the earth in a field to prepare it for growing crops, using a plough. See pic. 1. to plough on/ahead = to keep going even though it's difficult "I've got to get this report done by tomorrow, so I just have to plough ahead" "We decided to plough ahead with the decision to move to new premises, even though it was unpopular" "She completely ignored my question and just ploughed on" (she didn't listen to me and just kept talking) 2. to plough through something = to read something, or deal with something that takes a lot of time and effort "I have this huge financial report to plough through before the meeting tomorrow morning" "I have tons of exam marking to plough through" "What are you doing later?" "Just ploughing through all my expenses" 3. to plough into something = when a vehicle crashes with a heavy impact "The bus ploughed into the side of my car and I was badly hurt" More at www.teacherluke.co.uk/pv

  • #135 - TO PLOD ALONG

    30/05/2016 Duración: 03min

    1. to walk with slow heavy steps "As we all walked back from the pub, Jeff was plodding along behind us" - we imagine here that Jeff was feeling sad for some reason and he was walking slowly and sadly behind us, with heavy steps. 2. to make slow but steady progress I'm not making much progress with A Phrasal Verb a Day at the moment. I'm just plodding along really. Transcript coming soon...

  • #134 - TO PLAY UP

    19/04/2016 Duración: 06min

    1. when a child misbehaves, e.g. "The kids were playing up all morning, it was a nightmare!" 2. when something fails to function properly. e.g. "The battery in my phone is playing up" 3. when a part of your body causes you pain or doesn't function properly "my back's been playing up again" 4. to exaggerate a problem - make it seem more serious than it really is "Papers are playing up the fighting between Bernie Sanders and Hilary Clinton" More information and a transcript (soon) here: http://wp.me/P4IuUx-65h

  • #133 - TO PLAY DOWN [+ VIDEO]

    11/04/2016 Duración: 02min

    = to make a problem seem less serious than it really is e.g. The government played down the threat to public health after the radiation leak from the nuclear accident. Click here for a transcript (soon) and to see me explain this on video http://teacherluke.co.uk/133-to-play-down-video/

  • #132 - TO PLAN AHEAD

    14/12/2015 Duración: 01min

    to think about what's going to happen in the future and prepare for it. "If you've got an exam coming up I suggest you plan ahead in order to get the best mark." Transcript here http://wp.me/P4IuUx-5X7


    09/12/2015 Duración: 09min

    Lots of phrasal verbs with the word 'piss'. Watch out, this one contains some rude language and swearing. You'll learn at least 4 phrasal verbs with the word piss.

  • #130 - TO PIPE UP

    20/11/2015 Duración: 03min

    = to start talking suddenly, to interrupt, to speak after a period of being silent "I asked the class a question and everyone was silent for a moment before Anna piped up and gave me the answer." This quote from theage.au.com "My kids spent the sober, rainy days that followed the horrific Paris attacks with their grandparents, playing Monopoly. So it was somewhat gingerly that I introduced the subject later, asking what they had heard, and knew. "Not much", they responded, both walking into the kitchen and shrugging nonchalantly. A couple of minutes later my nine-year-old piped up: "Well I did read the newspaper and find out some stuff." "Like what?" With an alarming level of detail, she quickly outlined the number of people who had died and how, the carnage inside Bataclan concert hall, the reaction of the rock band on stage, and the bombs outside the stadium. She then asked if she could see footage of the shooting: I refused." http://www.theage.com.au/comment/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-terror-20151119-gl38qw

  • #129 - TO PIPE DOWN

    20/11/2015 Duración: 03min

    This phrase is used to tell someone to make less noise, or to stop talking. "Could you pipe down a bit please, I'm trying to work in here!"


    18/11/2015 Duración: 05min

    1. to put all the blame onto someone - to accuse someone of doing something, especially if they didn't actually do it also, the fixed phrase: to pin your hopes on something/someone = to put all your hope on one thing, when all other things have failed. For explanations and examples, listen to the episode. Notes and transcript here soon:

  • #127 - TO PIN DOWN

    18/11/2015 Duración: 06min

    1. to understand, explain or describe something specifically 2. to keep people contained in a particular place (especially used when talking about military action) 3. to force someone to make a decision 4. to hold someone on the ground so they can't move For examples and explanations, listen to the episode. Transcript coming soon here: http://wp.me/P4IuUx-5Dl

  • #126 - TO PILE UP

    16/11/2015 Duración: 01min

    = put lots of things on top of each other to make a pile (often passive) http://wp.me/P4IuUx-5gD

  • #125 - TO PILE IN

    16/11/2015 Duración: 01min

    = to enter a place or a thing (e.g. a car) in very large numbers "The doors of the store opened and everyone piled in, hoping to get a bargain in the sales." http://wp.me/P4IuUx-5gA

  • #124 - TO PIG OUT (ON)

    16/11/2015 Duración: 01min

    = to eat an enormous amount of food - much more than you need. "We just pigged out on pizza. I felt so disgusting afterwards." http://teacherluke.co.uk/phrasal-verb-a-day/124-to-pig-out-on/


    15/11/2015 Duración: 04min

    1. To collect lots of bits of information and put it together in order to understand the full situation Transcript here soon http://wp.me/P4IuUx-5gp

  • #122 - TO PICK UP ON

    15/11/2015 Duración: 02min

    1. to talk about something specific that someone else already mentioned 2. to notice or register something that's changed Transcript soon at http://wp.me/P4IuUx-5gk


    30/09/2015 Duración: 04min

    To treat someone badly, like criticising them, when it's unfair. "Why are you always picking on me?" "Pick on someone your own size for a change!" "The other kids at school used to pick on me for being a swot" Transcript here http://teacherluke.co.uk/phrasal-verb-a-day/121-to-pick-on-someone/

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