Phrasal verb 5

Phrasal verb 5

“Can I take tomorrow off?” the worker says to his boss. “My wife and I are celebrating our silver wedding anniversary.”

The boss tells the worker off, and adds, “Do you expect me to put up with this every twenty-five years?”


Take (something) off: To be absent from work (for the specified period).

Tell someone off: To reprimand someone.

Put up with: To tolerate.


“Obesity can eventually make a person pop off,” the doctor says to the patient whose whole body is beginning to fill out. “I think you should lose some weight.”

“I can’t seem to lose it,” says the patient. “Can I put it down to an overactive thyroid?”

“The tests show your thyroid is perfectly normal. If anything is overactive, it’s your fork!”


Pop off: To die.

Fill out: To gain weight.

Put something down to: To attribute something to.



The party hostess was amazed to see a little boy polishing off a plate of fried chicken in no time at all. And he kept on filling his plate with more food.

She said to a maid, “Tell that boy that if he doesn’t stop eating now, he’ll burst.”

“I’ve already told him, but he brushed aside my words,” the maid replied. “And he advised me to keep my distance.”


Polish off: To consume food quickly.

Keep on: To continue to do something.

Brush aside: To disregard.


      From   tengkp




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