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Phrasal Verbs: Work, Money, and Finance

Study English phrasal verbs for business! Learning phrasal verbs can be difficult, but by learning a few new phrasal verbs a day you will improve your English. You can use these business English phrasal verbs at work or in informal English to speak about topics including workmoney, and finance..

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Let’s learn some phrasal verbs for business!

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: Jane put them away. NOT: Jane put away them.

Back/Pull out of

to retreat from, after a period of initial interest

He spent three weeks getting the financing together, but then the seller pulled out of the deal.

Bail out

to give a financially troubled institution with capital

After the crash in 2008, many banks and companies had to be bailed out with taxpayer money.

Buy out

to take over a company or to purchase shares from others s

Bob and Marcos started that car wash twenty years ago, and when Bob decided to go back to college, Marcos bought him out.

Do without

to deny oneself certain comforts or benefits, usually because of financial reasons

“Why does Chris look so tired?”

“Ever since the budget cuts in his department, he’s had to do without business class air travel.”

Hammer out

to produce something with much difficulty

After many sleepless nights, Congress hammered out the 2015 Federal Budget.

Head up

to lead

Sandra got her MBA at Wharton and now she heads up IBM.

Iron out

To perfect, to remove flaws

Lets get the legal team to iron out the details on these contracts!

Nail down

to finalize something

Lucy and Stephan need to nail down their marketing campaign.

Opt out

to decline from an option

If the same workshop is being offered next week, I’ll opt out today.

Pay back

to repay, to return a loan

Don’t lend Hunter any money. He won’t pay you back.

Rake in

to make a lot of money

With their integrated ad campaign, Youtube is raking in the cash.

Shell out

to pay for something

Sue’s sign was destroyed in the hurricane. Now she has to shell out for a new one.

Cough up

to provide money

Every month I have to cough up $700 in condo fees. For what?!?

Put aside

to save something for later

The remainder of the budget will be put aside for future use.

Run over

to exceed a planned amount of money or time

The condominium project has run over the original budget.

Screw up

to make a mistake

Tom outsourced the report to Bangladesh, and they screwed it up.

See to (it that)

to take care of something, to make sure something is done

Please see to it it that the accounting department has the correct numbers.

Step down

to resign

The CEO of the company just stepped down after the big scandal.

Put in (an offer)

to make

Since there are multiple bidders, we need to put in a generous offer.

Go under

to go bankrupt

Delorean went under because the cars were not practical enough.

Tied up

to be occupied

After years of having my money tied up in real estate, I now understand the true value of liquidity.

Take over

to buy another company

In the 1980s, corporate raiders often took over rival companies.

Dip into (savings)

to use a small amount

We’re still 5% short, we’ll have to dip into next year’s budget.

Scrape by

to barely make it

Netscape has been scraping by for years. When will they go under?

Get by

to survive

It’s difficult to get by in this economy, but diversifying will help.

Pay off (someone*)

to reward/ to bribe*

This contract will definitely pay off. But first we have to pay off the mayor.

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