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Here are the most common phrasal verbs related to crime:



Back down – stop demanding sth

The lawyer backed down on his demands over the character witness´ testimony.


Beat up – attack with violence

The man beat up the stranger and was later arrested. 


Blow up– explode

The terrorist blew up the building.


Break in – force entry

The burglar broke in and stole cash and some jewelry.


Break out – escape from

The prisoners broke out of the prison during the fire. 


Get away – escape

I managed to get away from the police as I was faster than the others.


Get away with – not be punished for sth

My boss got away with tax fraud by bribing a judge.


Give up/in – hand yourself in

The thief gave himself up to the police. 


Let off – not punish/forgive

The police let us off in the end as we were not speeding too much.


Lock up – put in prison

We ought to lock up all corrupt politicians.


Look into– investigate

The police are looking into the incident.


Run away – flee/ escape by running

We all ran away after the protest so that we were not detained.


Tell off – shout at

The police told the children off.


Tell on – grass on

The witness told on his business partner to avoid further prosecution.


Tip off – give evidence against

The police were tipped off last night by a witness.



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