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Verbs and Phrasal Verbs About the Human Body


Many verbs have different meanings, however this section deals with verbs and phrasal verbs connected with the human body. An example is provided only where the verb is commonly used in everyday conversation.

One irregular verb in bold is shown in all its forms.

Verbs

The Verb (infinitive form) The Meaning An example
( Simple Past Tense)
Regular
/Irregular
To break
If you break a limb (an arm or a leg etc.) it means you have broken the bone in the limb. The bone shatters into two or more pieces. She fell and broke her arm.
Irregular
To eye To look at someone or something with interest.
Sam eyed my cake until I'd finished. Regular
To finger To touch or feel something with your fingers: She fingered all the material to find the best. Regular
To head To hit a ball with your head.

Owen headed the ball into the back of the net. Regular
To mouth Forming words with your lips without making any sound.
The singers only mouthed the words. Regular
To neck To kiss and hold a person in an amerous way.

They necked at the back of the cinema. Regular
To nose To look around or search in order to discover somethin, especially something that other people do not want you to find.
She nosed around until she found out the truth.  

The Phrasal Verb The Meaning An example
( Simple Past Tense)
S=Separable
I=Inseparable
back down
To admit that you were wrong or that you have been defeated.
Eventually, he backed down and apologized.
I
back out
To decide not to do something that you had said you would do:

He backed out of the agreed investment.
I
eye up (sb) To look at someone with sexual interest.

He eyed her up, but didn't dare say hello.
S
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