PHRASAL VERBS – Sport & Fitness

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Hi, everyone!

Here is another post about phrasal verbs.

Phrasal verbs are idiomatic phrases consisting of a verb and another element, typically an adverb or a preposition, or a combination of both. They are widely used by native speakers of English so it’s a good idea to try to learn some of them.

We’ll see some of the basic phrasal verbs to describe Sport & Fitness in this post. I’m sure you’ve already heard some or maybe all of them and will be able to understand the meaning by the context, so here we go!

CATCH UP – to go as fast as (alcançar)

Mira slowed down so that her younger sister could catch up.

CUT DOWN – to reduce, consume less of (reduzir, cortar)

It’s hard to cut down on alcohol when my friends keep inviting me out for drinks.

FALL BEHIND  – to fail to keep up, to fail to maintain pace (ficar para trás)

The runner started falling behind when he twisted his ankle two miles into the race.

GET INTO – to start to have a habit (entrar em)

I really need to get into a fitness routine.

GO THROUGH – to perform, endure, suffer (passar por, aguentar, sofrer)

We went through a series of warm-up exercises.

GO UP – to move to a higher position (subir, aumentar)

I saw the hikers going up the mountain.

JOIN IN – to start an activity with other people that are already doing it (juntar-se, unir-se)

I joined in the team a year ago.

KEEP UP – to continue an activity, to perform as well or as fast as (continuar, acompanhar, manter o mesmo ritmo)

He walked so fast that I could barely keep up.

SLOW DOWN – to move more slowly (desacelerar, diminuir a velocidade)

He slowed down because he had a hurt knee.

SPEED UP – to move faster (acelerar, aumentar a velocidade)

He needed to speed up a bit to win the race.

WAKE UP – to become conscious again after being asleep (acordar)

It’ feels great to wake up early and exercise in the morning every day.

WEAR OUT – to exhaust, tire (esgotar, cansar)

There’s no point in wearing yourself out.

WORK ON – to spend time doing something in order to improve it (trabalhar em)

He has been working on his flaws to get better for the next championship.

WORK OUT – to exercise (exercitar-se, malhar)

It’s important to work out at least three times a week.

WORK UP – to increase, generate, produce energy (gerar, produzir)

She went for a run to work up her appetite.

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