Phrasal verbs exercise 3

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Complete the following sentences using an appropriate phrasal verb.

1. The government was keen on building the bridge but it backed .................. when activists launched a campaign against the project.

a) up b) down c) off

2. You have to do your homework before signing your name on the contract. Afterwards, you won't be able to back .................

a) down b) out c) up

3. You should be able to back .................. your arguments with valid examples.

a) up b) off c) down

4. Although his parents were rich and influential, they refused to bail him ...............

a) on b) out c) off

5. I don't think that we can bank ............... him.

a) on b) with c) up on

6. I could not finish the job because the power was .............. for about four hours.

a) out b) off c) down

7. I think this milk has gone ...............

a) out b) off c) down

8. The teacher asked the boys what they were ............... to.

a) up b) off c) down

9. Your version of the story does not bear .............. to the facts.

a) off b) up c) with

10. Although she was under tremendous pressure, she bore ................ really well.

a) down b) up c) off

11. The bank has beefed ............... security at its ATMs after the robbery.

a) on b) up c) with

12. He blacked ................ when they hit him on the head.

a) up b) off c) out

13. Blow ............... the candle before you go to bed.

a) up b) out c) off

14. The Minister's PR machinery urged him to maintain a low profile until the controversy blows ..............

a) out b) over c) up

15. The terrorists intended to blow .............. the palace but the police foiled their plan.

a) out b) up c) off

Answers

1. The government was keen on building the bridge but it backed down when activists launched a campaign against the project. (To back down is to decide not to do something.)

2. You have to do your homework before signing your name on the contract. Afterwards, you won't be able to back out. (To back out is to withdraw.)

3. You should be able to back up your arguments with valid examples. (To back up is to support.)

4. Although his parents were rich and influential, they refused to bail him out. (To bail somebody out is to save them from trouble.)

5. I don't think that we can bank on him. (To bank on is to depend on.)

6. I could not finish the job because the power was off for about four hours.

7. I think this milk has gone off. (When milk goes off, it is not good to eat any more.)

8. The teacher asked the boys what they were up to. (When you are up to something, you are planning to do something bad.)

9. Your version of the story does not bear up to the facts.

10. Although she was under tremendous pressure, she bore up really well. (To bear up is to stay calm in spite of facing difficulties.)

11. The bank has beefed up security at its ATMs after the robbery. (To beef up is to improve)

12. He blacked out when they hit him on the head. (To black out is to lose consciousness.)

13. Blow out the candle before you go to bed. (To blow something out is to extinguish it.)

14. The Minister's PR machinery urged him to maintain a low profile until the controversy blows over. (When a scandal or controversy blows over, people forget about it.)

15. The terrorists intended to blow up the palace but the police foiled their plan. (To blow something up is to destroy it with an explosion.)

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