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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs
by Editors of The American Heritage® Dictionaries

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs

Designed for anyone seeking to master the idiomatic use of American English, this Dictionary defines thousands of phrasal verbs, such as bear down, brush off, and get across. It provides the information needed to gain confidence in reading, writing, and speaking. Distinctive features include:

• clear definitions adapted from the acclaimed American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language

• extensive vocabulary thoroughly updated for the 21st century

• abundant example sentences showing proper grammatical usage, including placement of verb objects

• principal parts of each verb, shown with their pronunciations

Students and native speakers of English will find The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs an indispensable resource for improving their writing and communication skills.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs offers guidance to learners of English seeking to expand their vocabulary and gain experience in reading, writing, and speaking.

Covering thousands of expressions, this thorough reference guide provides a detailed look at verbs that are paired with prepositions and particles to form phrasal verbs such as break down, close up, fall out, lose out, snap up, and tear down. Phrasal verbs have meaning that are different from that of the verb by itself; for example, take after, take away, take back, take down, take for, and take off all have meanings that are distinct from the various meanings of take.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs avoids confusing language and hard-to-understand grammatical symbols. It features clear, concise definitions along with example sentences showing proper usage in a natural context and acceptable variations in a word placement for constructions such as close up the store and close the store up.

Drawing on the authority of the respected American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, this book is an indispensable resource for everyone interested in speaking and writing more clearly and naturally.



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Sample Entry:

fizzle out
v.

To come gradually to an end by growing fainter, weaker, less active, or less frequent: I lit the fuse of the firecracker, but it fizzled out. The party finally fizzled out after midnight.