Phrasal Verbs Related to SPORTS

Hello English learners. Welcome to a new lesson. We will look at 10 phrasal verbs related to sports.

Here is the list:

  1. Catch up 
  2. Cool down
  3. Give up
  4. Join in
  5. Knock out
  6. Take up
  7. Try out for
  8. Work on
  9. Warm up
  10. Work out

Phrasal verbs related to sports

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Catch up with

Meaning: to reach a person in front of you by walking, running, swimming etc. faster than they do.

  • The runner caught up with the athlete in front of him and was the first to cross the finish line.
  • Simon won the Olympic medal after catching up with the previous champion.

Cool down

Meaning: to do some gentle exercise after a workout to cool your muscles.

  • Sandra cooled down a bit after exercising and had a light snack.
  • Brian continued running in order to cool down after the marathon.

Give up

Meaning: to stop trying to do something because it is too hard.

  • The famous football player gave up playing after he broke his ankle.
  • Chris got flabby arms since he gave up running.
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Phrasal verbs related to sports

Join in

Meaning: to get involved in a sports activity with other people.

  • Do you mind if I join in the game?
  • Don’t be such a couch potato. Come on and join in the netball match.

Knock out

Meaning: when a boxer hits another boxer so hard that he can’t get up.

  • The boxer was knocked out in the third round and lost the match.
  • Martin has never been knocked out in a boxing match.

Take up

Meaning: to start doing a particular activity such as a hobby or sport.

  • Michael is looking forward to his summer holiday because he is going to take up scuba diving lessons.
  • Novak Djokovic took up tennis when he was five.
  • Have you thought of taking up yoga or pilates?

Try out for

Meaning: to try to enter a sports team or to compete for a position in a team.

  • After she enrolled in high school, Lucy tried out for a school basketball team.
  • Mark tried out for the defender in the football team.
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Phrasal verbs related to sports

Work on

Meaning: to spend your time exercising and improving your skills.

  • Lucy is not bad at tennis but she needs to work on her backhand.
  • If you want to be good at sport you have to work on your discipline.

Warm up

Meaning: to do some stretches and gentle exercises in order to prepare for exercise. It is the opposite of cool down.

  • Make sure you warm up before exercising if you don’t want to injure yourself.
  • The football players were doing exercises to warm up before the match.

Work out

Meaning: to do physical exercise so that your body becomes fit and strong.

  • David works out at the local gym three times a week.
  • If you want to be in good shape, you have to work out regularly.

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Phrasal Verbs Related to SPORTS

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