Fred and Betty: Is this the End?
Episode 6: Fred's Story
Fred: I was just looking after her, Betty. I gave her a hug because she was upset, that's all!
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Meaning: if you look after something or someone, you take care of them and make sure they have what they need.
Grammar: This phrasal verb must have an object. You can not separate the verb from its particle.
She looked after the baby - RIGHT
She looked after it - RIGHT
She looked the baby after - WRONG
She looked it after - WRONG
Example sentence: I can't come to the cinema tonight - my sister's ill, so I'm going to stay at home and look after her.
Synonyms: take care of, tend (to)