15 February 2015

Health and Fitness Phrasal Verbs

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A strap sth up (US tape sth up

- to wrap an arm, leg or other part of the body in a bandage;
 • James had injured himself playing basketball and his arm was strapped up.

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B get over sth/sb

- to get better after an illness, or feel better after sth or sb has made you unhappy;
 • It took her years to get over David when he ended their relationship.

C write out (US write sth out)

- to put the information that is needed on a document;
 It takes less than a minute to write out a prescription.

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D take out 

- to remove something from somewhere;
• I've had a wisdom tooth taken out.

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E tone up

-If you tone up a part of the body, you make it stronger and firmer (usually by taking physicial exercise);
• You can tone up your muscles with these simple exercises.

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F put on

- If people put weight on, they become heavier;
• Sarah will certainly put weight on due to her bad eating habits.

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G come out in

- If you come out in something, such as spots, they appear on your skin;
• I have come out in a rash all over my chest.

H take up

- to start doing a particular activity;
• I should really take up a sport to keep fit.

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A shoot up

- to grow in size, or increase in number or level, very quickly;
• His temperature shot up as the fever got worse.

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B swell up

- to become larger and rounder than usual;
• My ankle swelled up and I couldn't put my shoe on.

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C settle down

- to become quiet or calm;
• My stomach settled down but I decided not to eat for a while.

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D wear off

- if the effect of something wears off, it gradually disappears;
• The anaesthetic wore off but Sarah felt very strange when she woke up.

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E fall out

- if a tooth or your hair falls out, it separates from your mouth or head;
• Ben's hair fell out because he was so worried.

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F heal up

- to make or become well again, particularly after a cut or other injury;
• The wound healed up, but there's still a small scar.

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G clear (sth) up

- if an illness clears up, or if a medicine clears an illness up, the illness goes away;
• The infection completely cleared up when I took the antibiotics.

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H pull through

- to become well again after a serious illness;
• The patient pulled through because she'd been looked after so well.

Can you add more phrasal verbs to this list?


  1. A good list!
    I would add 'go down with a cold' and 'get back into shape'.

    1. Hi, Sergei!
      Thank you for sharing some more with us :)

  2. Thanks for sharing these health and fitness pharses.

    1. You're welcome, May! Thanks for dropping by :)

  3. Great list.!
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Nice list!
    Very useful information.

  5. yeah, interesting post. Thank you for spending time type and share it. Quite easy to remember

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