20 English Phrasal Verbs about Health

Here you will learn English phrasal verbs about health: to pick something up, to shake off, to throw up, to keel over, to take something up and more.

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20 English Phrasal Verbs about Health

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What do I have for you this week? This is the first podcast this week about English phrasal verbs. And today we’re talking about health and I want to teach you some of the phrasal verbs about health.

20 English Phrasal Verbs about Health

1. TO GET OVER SOMETHING

Meaning: to recover

Example:

I’m fine now. I think I finally got over my sickness, my illness.

2. TO COME/GO DOWN WITH SOMETHING

Meaning: to begin to feel poorly, to begin to feel a little ill

Example:

I think I’m coming down with a tummy bug.

3. TO PICK SOMETHING UP

Meaning: to catch a flu or a virus, perhaps when you were travelling

Example:

I was flying for the last few weeks, back and forward. So I think I’ve picked something up in the airport.

4. TO SHAKE OFF

Meaning: to get rid of (illness)

Example:

I think I’ve finally shaken off that flu that was dogging and bothering me for the last few weeks.

I hope I can shake this flu off by the time of the wedding.

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5. TO CUT SOMETHING OUT

Meaning: to stop doing something; to eliminate; to remove

Example:

You need to cut out sugar to improve your health.

Also it might be an operation where the doctor has to remove something, for example, to cut out the appendix

Example:

If you got an inflamed appendix, the doctor might suggest to cut it out.

6. TO TAKE SOMETHING UP

Meaning: to start doing something; to become interested in something

Example:

The doctor has suggested that I take up jogging or take up cycling to improve my health.

7. TO CUT DOWN

Meaning: to reduce

Example:

If you’re drinking more than four units of alcohol per week, you need to cut it down.

8. TO PASS OUT

Meaning: to faint; to lose consciousness

Example: It was so warm in the room, I thought I was going to pass out.

20 English Phrasal Verbs about Health

9. TO COME ROUND

Meaning: to regain consciousness

Example:

You come round eventually when the anaesthetic wears off.

10. TO FIGHT OFF

Meaning: to defend against

Example:

The human body’s immune system usually fights off viruses.

11. TO CLOG UP

Meaning: to block

Example:

High fat foods can clog up our arteries.

12. TO KEEL OVER

Meaning: to fall over, especially when you feel unwell

Example:

One day her husband just keeled over with a heart attack.

13. TO THROW UP

Meaning: to vomit

Example:

If you think you’re going to throw up, you should go to the bathroom.

20 English Phrasal Verbs about Health

14. TO SWELL UP

Meaning: to become bigger in size, usually of part of the body

Example:

Within 24 hours my ankle swelled up and became tender to touch.

15. TO WEAR OFF

Meaning: to gradually disappear or stop

Example:

Over the course of the next hour the pain eventually wore off.

16. TO GO ROUND

Meaning: to spread from person to person

Example:

There’s no evidence that this virus will go round.

17. TO LET UP

Meaning: to cease or diminish

Example:

Most colds let up after 7 or 10 days.

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18. TO PULL THROUGH

Meaning: to get better after a life-threatening surgery or condition

Example:

Fortunately, their little girl pulled through after surgery and is now back at home.

19. TO DOSE UP (ON/WITH)

Meaning: to give/take a measured amount of medicine

Example:

People say that you should dose up with vitamin C to avoid colds.

20. TO COME OUT IN SOMETHING

Meaning: to become covered in spots or a rash

Example:

My friend Sarah came out in spots on the night before the wedding.

So there are English phrasal verbs about health. Hopefully you enjoyed that.

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