Boston school coming soon! Learn more here

Phrasal Verbs: Social and Dating

Learning phrasal verbs is very important if you want to improve your English. Keep reading to learn some common phrasal verbs that you might use in your social or dating life.  There are many ways to memorize phrasal verbs and learning them by theme is one way to learn phrasal verbs. After you have learned their meanings, try to use them in a sentence. Feel free to use the comment section below to make sentences with some of these “social and dating” phrasal verbs.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to download this free English lesson about social and dating phrasal verbs with exercises.

Phrasal Verbs: Social and Dating.

Ask out

to ask someone on a date

Mark kept asking Sally out until she finally agreed to see a movie.

Blow (sb or sth) off

to ignore/to cancel

I had a date planned with Mark but ended up blowing him off.

Break up

to separate

Their love is a roller coaster. They break up every other month.

Dig in

to start eating

Mark’s food hadn’t gotten to the table yet, but he told Sally to dig in.

Drink to

to toast/celebrate with alcohol

It was a special occasion. They were drinking to Mark’s new job.

Drink up

to drink (a lot) quickly

Happy hour is over in 5 minutes! Drink up and I’ll get another round.

Hang out

to relax socially

On the weekend, I hang out with my cousins down in the Grove.

Head over

to go/come to a place

Sarah and Roxanne are heading over to my condo after English class.

Hit on

to flirt with

Do you think that girl was hitting on me last night or was she just being friendly?

Hit up

to call/to ask for

Every time I see Kevin, he hits me up for a cigarette.

Knock up (informal, might be seen as offensive)

to get pregnant 

I think they had a shotgun wedding after she got knocked up.

Look forward to

to be excited for something

I’m looking forward to our dinner at Mr. Collins.

Make (it) up (to sb)

to invent/ to repay*

I’m sorry I made up that story about needing money. I’ll make it up to you, I promise.

Run into

to see unexpectedly

I can’t believe I ran into my ex-girlfriend the other day at Publix.

See off

to bid farewell to

Todd is joining the Marines, so we’re having a BBQ to see him off.

Shoot down

to reject (sth or sb)

I wanted to take my wife to a baseball game for our anniversary, but I was shot down.

Split up

to separate, to break up

Kim’s parents split up just after she graduated from high school.

Lead on

to suggest interest dishonestly.

Karen has no feelings for Tom, but she leads him on because she likes his yacht.

Fall for

to fall in love with someone

Matthew fell for the girl at Starbucks. Now he’s addicted to coffee.

Drift apart

to move in different directions

Cameron was my best friend in high school, but we went to different universities and drifted apart over the years.

Hook up

to engage in sexual physical contact

Steve spent his 20s hooking up with beautiful girls whenever he got the chance.

Make out

to kiss heavily

It’s rude to make out in public, especially during the day.

Cheat on

to commit infidelity

David cheated on me with the nanny. That’s why I own this house.

Crush on

to like somebody

I had a crush on Sarah all through high school.

Settle down (with)

to relax, to become domesticated

After some wild years, Jack settled down with Rachel and had a kid.

Hit it off

to start to get along with

We hit it off when we met at the Phish concert last year.

The phrasal verbs with an asterisk (*) are inseparable.  When the direct object is a pronoun, it must be placed in the middle of a two-word phrasal verb. Example: Larry picked her up. NOT: Larry picked up her.

Download this FREE English lesson with exercises!
Free English Lesson PDF Download

These are just a few of the thousands of phrasal verbs that you can use in your social or dating life. Make sure to sign up for our newsletter to receive more free English lessons sent to your email inbox.

Please email me or just comment below if you have any questions. Use the comment section below to make your own sentences with some of these phrasal verbs that you have learned.