phrasal verb

phrasal verb

noun Grammar.
a combination of verb and one or more adverbial or prepositional particles, as catch on, take off, bring up, or put up with, functioning as a single semantic unit and often having an idiomatic meaning that could not be predicted from the meanings of the individual parts.

Origin:
1875–80

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phrasal verb
 
n
(in English grammar) a phrase that consists of a verb plus an adverbial or prepositional particle, esp one the meaning of which cannot be deduced by analysis of the meaning of the constituents: ``take in'' meaning ``deceive'' is a phrasal verb

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