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Phrasal verbs - travel

Alice in the matron's office
Phrasal verbs, or multi-word verbs, are verbs that are combined with one or two particles (a preposition or adverb), for example, 'over' or 'under', to make verbs with new meanings. These new meanings are usually non-literal. For example, to turn means to change direction (he turned to look at her) but to turn something down means to reject or say 'no' to something (the Matron said she was going to have to turn down Alice's request for a transfer).

You can organise how you learn and record phrasal verbs by grouping them together by common verb (come in, come over, come to), by common particle (turn up, show up, break up) or around a theme (travel, relationships, money).

Here are some phrasal verbs about travel.

Phrasal verbs - travel

get away (from someone or somewhere)
leave or escape from a person or place, often when it is difficult to do this
Matron asked Alice why she wanted to get away from the children's ward all of a sudden.
I didn't think I was every going to get away. He just wouldn't stop talking to me!

back up
vehicles have to wait in a long line because there are too many of them
The traffic has started to back up because of the accident.
Road works have caused a lot of delays and cars are backing up along the mains roads into the city.

get on (a vehicle)
go onto a bus, train, plane or boat
We got on the train at 9 o'clock but it didn't leave until 9.30.
He got on the bus and then realised he'd left his wallet at home.

hop on (informal)
go onto a bus, train, plane or boat
With a one-day travel card you can hop on and off as many busses as you like.
Just hop on the 172 and you'll be in the city in 10 minutes.

get off (a vehicle)
leave a train, bus plane or boat
Get off at the bus stop after the cinema and I'll meet you there.
We got off the ship for a few days and spent the time at the beach.

check in
show your ticket at an airport to confirm that you are flying a particular flight and so that your bags can be put on the plane
We need to check in two hours before the flight.
You can't go through to passport control until you have checked in.

pull over (a vehicle) / pull someone (a driver) over
a vehicle moves to the side of the road and stops
Just pull over by the petrol station, and I'll run in and buy us some chocolate.
The Police pulled him over because he was speeding.

pull out (a vehicle)
move onto a road where the traffic is moving faster
He just pulled out without even signalling. I almost crashed right into him.
Wait until there's a break in the traffic and then pull out.

stop over (verb) a stopover (noun)
stay at a place for one night or a few nights on the way to somewhere else
They stopped over in Singapore for one night on the way to Australia.
Do you want a stopover in New York for a few days on your way back from Mexico?


request a transfer
ask to be moved from one place to another within a place of work (for example, a hospital)

the knack
the skill or ability to do something easily and well

information from your boss, colleagues and/or customers (or here, children's parents in the hospital) about if you're doing you job well or not

different, containing more than one thing or element

we're incredibly short-staffed
we have very few staff


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