Today we will learn about animal phrasal verbs.
Do you know which phrasal verbs contain animal names in them?
1. Pig out: eating a large amount of food.
E.g. “I’m starving! Let’s pig out.”
- Horse around: fool around in a rough and noisy way.
E.g. “I horse around quite a lot, just to keep me from getting bored.”
Beaver away: to work in a very active and energetic way.
E.g. “He’s been beavering away at the accounts all morning.”
Chicken out: decide not to do something because of fear.
E.g. “Unfortunately, many people chickened out at the last moment.”
Wolf down: consume something with great speed.
E.g. “Don’t wolf down your food. Eat slower.”
Leech off: take advantage of someone for personal gain.
E.g. “He never seems to notice when people leech him off.”
Duck out: leave suddenly without telling anyone.
E.g. “I will duck out of the office early if I can.”
Monkey around: doing something random and unplanned to waste time.
E.g. “Don’t monkey around here. I need to clean up the place!”
Clam up: become silent (when shy or nervous), do not want to talk about a particular subject.
E.g. “He always clams up when we ask him about his family.”
Rat on: betray on someone, break an agreement.
E.g. “Rat on me, I will let you have nothing.”