Phrasal verbs for the holiday season

by Liz Walter

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August is a month for holidays in many countries, so I thought it would be nice to look at some phrasal verbs and other multi-word verbs connected with going on holiday. (By the way, holiday is a British English word – Americans take vacations.)

One very simple phrasal verb connected with holidays is go away. If we ask someone ‘Are you going away this summer?’, we are asking about their holiday plans; it is not a general enquiry about them going somewhere. We use get away in a similar way:

I hope to get away for a few days soon.

Lots of people lead busy lives, and a holiday is a chance to wind down (relax). Other, rather informal phrasal verbs for relaxing are kick back and chill out. If we have a job, we take some time off.

When we begin our holiday, we set off on the journey to get there. We can also use head off:

They headed off for a week in the sun.

If you travel by plane, you have to check in online or at the airport. You often have to hang around or wait around at the airport, which can be boring, but once the plane takes off (leaves the ground), you are on your way. When the plane lands, we can say it touches down. We use get in/into to talk about a train, bus or ship arriving somewhere:

What time does the train get in?

The ferry gets into Dover at 17:30.

When you arrive at your holiday destination, you will probably check into your hotel. Then you might go and check out the neighbourhood, and maybe even hire a guide to show you around. One great thing about travel is meeting new people, so if you are going abroad, you might try to polish up or brush up (on) your language skills before you go.

Some people enjoy staying active and like to pack a lot into their holidays (do lots of things), while others prefer to laze around, just soaking up (experiencing) the atmosphere or taking in (looking at) the view. You might choose to while away (spend lazily) your days wandering round a lovely old town, or soaking up the sun on the beach.

Holidays are a time when we are kind to ourselves – for example we probably eat out (have meals in restaurants) more than we do at home, and we might indulge in rich foods that we normally avoid. We might treat ourselves to a particularly enjoyable experience in order to round off the holiday (finish it in a good way), though if we enjoy ourselves too much, we may be tempted to stay on (not go home when we intended to)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17 thoughts on “Phrasal verbs for the holiday season

  1. Pingback: Phrasal verbs for the holiday season – Cambridge Dictionary About words blog (Aug 03, 2016) | Editorial Words

  2. roseminnie

    Thank you so much for your interesting posts. I am learning a lot from them and I sometimes use them when teaching to my students in the secondary school (first grade).

  3. No doubt this kind of posts about phrasal verbs are so useful becuse we can improve our speaking skill by getting an accurated fluency. Of course, I know I must memorize them, which is often hard to do due to Englis is not my native language. Thank you so much!!

  4. Tatiana Balandina

    Thank you , Liz! The article is very informative and I hope it’ll be helpful for the students. I’m looking forward to your new articles.

  5. Linda

    Dear Ms Walter ,

    I am the big fan of yours. Thank you very much for the effort. Yet, I think it would be more helpful if you could put all the phrasal verbs mentioned above into making a conversation.

    Linda

  6. ismail muhammad

    really the blog is very good.i will polish up my english language before setting off my journey to amirica.I am really thankful to liz.

  7. Red Star

    On 3 Aug 2016 17:32, “About Words – Cambridge Dictionaries Online blog” wrote:

    > Liz Walter posted: “by Liz Walter August is a month for holidays in many > countries, so I thought it would be nice to look at some phrasal verbs and > other multi-word verbs connected with going on holiday. (By the way, > holiday is a British English word – Americans take ” >

  8. first of all . i want to say ” thank you” for teaching the english … my english is weak so I have seen your learning english sentence …now I can express in few english to front of person……..thank u so much LIZ thank u

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