Phrasal Verbs Exercise (197)
Many phrasal verbs are used with different meanings in different contexts. Choose the best equivalent for the phrasal verbs in boldface.
Answers and Explanations
1. When I ran into my boss at Sonic, I asked him for a raise.
Correct: unexpectedly met
"Ran into" can mean "collide with" in some contexts: The car ran into the truck.
2. The Memphis team showed up its competitor from Texas.
Correct: exposed as inferior
"Show up" can also mean "to arrive": Charlie showed up late, as usual.
3. The nanny looked after two children and a dog.
In this context, "look after" means "tended" or "cared for." At a stretch, it could also mean "watch something as it recedes from sight."
4. The burglar made up a preposterous story for the police.
In another context, "to make up" can also mean "to reconcile": Frankie and Johnnie made up after their latest quarrel.
5. Churchill said he wouldn’t stand for frivolous criticism of his writing.
Another meaning of "to stand for" is "to represent." Superman is said "to stand for Truth, Justice, and the American Way."