Find Someone Who with C1 Phrasal Verbs Part 3

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C1 Phrasal verbs Set 3

Read to learn and brush up on these phrasal verbs.

We must highlight the fact that a lot of these verbs have other meanings as well. Besides, they are called C1 phrasal verbs not because they are learnt only at this advanced level. For both learning and revision matters, we have created this rich amalgam of B1, B2 and C1 phrasal verbs.


    • run down – criticize; lose power, allow to decline
    • step down – resign
    • track someone/something down  – find someone/something after looking for them in a lot of different places
    • turn down – reject, refuse an offer


    • bump into – meet someone you know when you haven’t planned it
    • run into – meet
    • set in – establish, esp. weather, when it begins and seems likely to continue in a serious way
    • sink in – realize slowly
    • stand in for – take the place of a person because they cannot be there, do the job that another person was going to do
    • take someone in – deceive, trick someone
    • tie someone in with something – be in agreement with, plan an activity so that it combines with another


    • see someone off – go to station, airport, etc. to say goodbye to someone
    • rip off – charge to too much
    • run over/through – check
    • take someone off – copy the way a particular person speaks or behaves, imitate
    • tell off – scold, speak angrily to someone because they have done something wrong
    • wear off – lose effect, gradually disappear, esp. a drug


    • set out – give in detail in writing; arrange something in an attractive or organized way; start an action with a particular aim
    • sort out – find a solution
    • take something out on someone – make someone suffer because you are upset or angry, though they have done nothing wrong
    • take out something – arrange to get something from a company or bank, sign an agreement
    • talk someone out of/into something – dissuade from, persuade into
    • try out – test
    • turn out – happen in a particular way, esp. an unexpected one; go somewhere to watch an event
    • work out – to do a calculation for specific amounts


    • build up – increase or become larger or stronger, or cause someone or something to do this
    • run up – let a bill get longer without paying
    • run up against – encounter a problem
    • send up – make fun of by imitating
    • set up – establish
    • set upon – attack
    • slip up – make a mistake
    • stand up to – resist, bear stress
    • step up – increase
    • stick up for – defend
    • take something up – fill an amount of space or time, occupy time
    • turn up – be discovered by chance; arrive, often unexpectedly 

Other prepositions:

    • run to – have enough money
    • see through – realize the truth about something/someone
    • set about – start working
    • stand by someone – continue to support
    • stand for – represent, esp. initials; tolerate
    • take something on – accept an extra responsibility or a particular job
    • take over – gain control of
    • take to someone – develop a liking for
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ESL Conversation questions with C1 phrasal verbs

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  1. has run up a huge (telephone) bill.
  2. ran into a problem because of not seeing through a stranger’s intentions.
  3. couldn’t speak or eat because it took too long for the numbness of an injection at the dentist’s to wear off.
  4. can take off a person they know very well.
  5. is trying to track down an old friend from school.


  1. is in charge of setting out refreshments for all the family events.
  2. has been taken in by someone’s apparent shyness.
  3. is always running down a younger sibling.
  4. has already worked out their next holiday.
  5. has already tried out a driverless car.


  1. has ever been ripped off
  2. has set out to do something really BIG, like getting the best marks ever or becoming a millionaire.
  3. is thinking of setting up their own company.
  4. had a meeting that took up a whole morning.
  5. can name a politician who must step down.


  1. has run up against a big problem while on holiday abroad.
  2. has been set upon by a gang of hooligans and robbed.
  3. has been talked out of buying an expensive item of clothing, e.g a pair of shoes. 
  4. knows what e.g. and O2 stand for.
  5. couldn’t stick up for themselves and eventually had to pay a fine.


  1. has already set about doing something they have been postponing again and again.
  2. made themselves ill because of taking on too much work.
  3. had to leave from the cinema because the film turned out to be a huge disappointment.
  4. has turned down a job because they disagreed with the terms and conditions set out in the contract.
  5. must buy other batteries as the ones at home are running down.


  1. attended a music festival where thousands of fans turned out to welcome their pop idol.
  2. has run into their first school teacher.
  3. was told off by their teacher for the same reason again and again.
  4. had to apologize because they have taken it out on a friend.
  5. hasn’t managed to do something important because someone slipped up.


  1. get very sentimental when seeing friends/relatives off.
  2. hasn’t taken out a life insurance policy yet.
  3. has achieved something really difficult but this realization still hasn’t began to sink in.
  4. has bumped into a teacher at a discotheque.
  5. is trying to tie a holiday in with an arrangement, e.g. a business trip abroad.


  1. can run to a holiday on an exotic island this year.
  2. found it not easy to take to a new teacher (colleague, classmate).
  3. can name two close to him them people quick at sorting out any problem.
  4. has turned down an appealing offer, e.g. job
  5. has to stand in for the host/presenter and talk in front of a group of people at a ceremony.


  1. is good at sending up a cartoon character.
  2. feels excited because something they had lost long ago finally turned up.
  3. once planned something, is unstoppable, even if heavy rain, snow or wind sets in.
  4. believes their town/city is taken over by tourists during the summer holidays.
  5. has promised to stand by a friend through thick and through thin.


  1. had/has a teacher who really helped them to build up their confidence.
  2. must run over the money saved in their bank account.
  3. has turned up at a friend’s house late one night.
  4. had an argument at home because they couldn’t stand for someone’s kind of behavior.
  5. is seriously saving up this year and their savings have considerably stepped up.

To help Advanced English learners better remember the phrasal verbs and their meaning, there is another highly useful activity. It’s the PARAPHRASING one. This is more than an activity, it is an essential skill that will give learners the highest value ace to pass the exam with an A. We have looked into the importance of paraphrasing in our previous article – Level Up to C1 with Paraphrasing, where you can practice this skill working with C1 phrasal verbs and other advanced language chunks.

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