The most important phrasal verbs for food: Eating and drinking


Go for – choose

What I went for in the restaurant was not as good as I had expected.


Eat out – eat in a restaurant

I generally eat out at least once a week.


Go/keep on – continue

If you go on eating so much sugar, you will have problems.


Put off – make somebody not want sth any more

I think it has put me off cheese for life after getting food poisoning last week.


Run out of – not have any left

We have run out of bread so I am going to the store.


Eat/drink up – eat or drink all of sth

I need to eat up all of my salad to get all of my vitamins.


Try out – experiment with

Have you tried out you Thermomix yet?


Take to – begin to like

I have taken to making curry; I can´t get enough of it.


Throw away/out – put in the rubbish

We had better throw out the left-over pasta, I think it has gone off.


Wash up – clean the dishes

I was up at least 3 times a day; the housework is endless.


Turn out – have a particular result

Did your new curry recipe turn out as good as you had expected? 


Cut down on – reduce

I need to cut down on the amount of coffee I drink.


Cut out – stop doing something

I am thinking of cutting meat out of my diet.


Come up with – create

I think we should come up with a new recipe for our special meal this weekend.


Phrasal verbs are almost always the achilles heel of English language learners. They can be confusing to learn as they are all very similar looking, they are difficult to translate and they take a lot of time and practice to understand. Many of the prepositions included in phrasal verbs, such as UP, DOWN and ON have very literal meanings, but these meanings can change as they also have a figurative meaning. Download our exercises in PDF

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