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Your English: Phrasal verbs: some lonely phrasal verbs 6

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Tim Bowen revel s in some more lonely phrasal verbs.

If a situation pans out it develops or turns out, as in, 'After we heard reports of house prices dropping, we decided to wait and see how the situation panned out before putting our house on the market.' A person who panders to someone does or says what they want in order to please them, even if they know it's not right. For example, 'It's often claimed that celebrities have assistants who pander to their every need.' However, if something peters out it becomes smaller or weaker, for instance: 'When Jane woke up the storm was ferocious but by the end of the day it had petered out.'

To prop up can be used in the sense of providing financial support to allow somebody or something to continue to operate: 'The government decided to prop up the company by providing emergency funds.'

Somebody who is resigned to something accepts that they can't change a situation, despite wanting to, as in, 'By 10 am the couple were resigned to the fact that the weather wasn't going to get any better.'

If you revert to something you return to a previous way of behaving, for example, 'I tried walking into work during the summer.  But since the weather's got cold I've reverted back to taking the bus.' If you profit from something you gain an advantage, as in, 'The opposition party were able to profit from the ruling party's disorganization to gain an increase in popularity.'

To revel in something means to enjoy it very much, for instance, 'Since his meme went viral, Tom's been revelling in his new-found popularity.'

To spew out suggests an action similar to vomiting, and it can be literal or non-literal. For example, volcanoes can spew out ash, the press can spew out news stories or gossip, or vehicles can spew out fumes.

Time to rumble on (continue).

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  • A lot of verb plus preposition patterns here, not really phrasal verbs

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