Phrasal Verbs for Emotions/Feelings

Phrasal verbs, phrasal verbs, phrasal verbs! I love phrasal verbs but I feel like most students overlook their importance. Phrasal verbs are a very important part of the English language, there are over 10,000 of them, they are often used in spoken English, and they are probably the reason why you find it so hard to understand when English speakers are talking to you. So here are 10 common phrasal verbs connected to emotions and feelings. Try to use them the next time you’re speaking English

to cheer up

Meaning: to make yourself or somebody else happy when feeling sad

E.g. ‘I took my friend to the pub last week to cheer him up after he broke up with his girlfriend

to lash out at someone

Meaning: to attack someone physically or verbally because you’ve had a bad day.

E.g. ‘My sister always lashes out at me when she is in a bad mood

to crack up

Meaning: to suddenly laugh; laugh without control because it was just so damn funny

E.g. ‘I cracked up when my sister fell down the stairs

to calm down

Meaning: to become less angry or upset

E.g. ‘I try to count down from 10 when I am angry to calm down

to choke up

Meaning: to almost cry. That moment when you want to cry but other people are around and you have to remain strong.

E.g. ‘I choked up like five times while I was watching Coco

to let someone down

Meaning: to disappoint someone.

E.g. ‘I let my friend down yesterday because it was his birthday and I forgot to message him ‘Happy Birthday’.

to grow on someone

Meaning: to gradually like something or someone; to slowly like or appreciate someone/something.

E.g. ‘It usually takes some time for people to grow on me.

to bottle up

Meaning: to not express your emotions.

E.g. ‘I know it is not healthy but I usually bottle up my feelings.

to goof off/around

Meaning: to not focus; to be silly; to watch funny cat videos on youtube when you should be doing your homework ;p.

E.g. ‘When I was at school, I was a very lazy student. I always used to goofoff/around in class.

to lighten up/loosen up

Meaning: to be less serious and more fun

E.g. ‘I wish my friend would lighten up/loosen up a little and come to the pub with me but he just wants to study all the time.