20+ Useful Animals Phrasal Verbs in English

List of common Animals phrasal verbs with their meaning and examples in English.

Animals Phrasal Verbs in English

Animals Phrasal Verbs

Chicken out

  • Meaning: Not do something because you’re afraid
  • Example: I was going to go bungee jumping but I chickened out at the last minute.

Duck out

  • Meaning: Leave quickly and unannounced
  • Example: If I can I’ll duck out to get something to eat.

Fish for

  • Meaning: Ask for or try to get something in an indirect way
  • Example: The telephone caller was fishing for too much information, so I hung up.

Fish out

  • Meaning: Pull something out of a place
  • Example: She fished a piece of paper out of the pile on her desk.

Horse around

  • Meaning: Play in a loud/rough way
  • Example: He was horsing around in the kitchen and broke my favourite bowl.

Leech off

  • Meaning: Use someone, or cling to s.o for personal gain, often not giving anything in return
  • Example: He’s leeching off the abilities of others.

Pig out

  • Meaning: Eat a lot of food at once
  • Example: Kids tend to pig out on junk food.

Wolf down

  • Meaning: Eat very quickly
  • Example: Don’t wolf down an entire chocolate cake; you will get indigestion.

Monkey around

  • Meaning: To do things in an unserious way; to play or waste time
  • Example: We just monkeyed around all afternoon.

Beaver away

  • Meaning: Work hard doing something
  • Example: She was beavering away at his homework until after midnight.

Ferret out

  • Meaning: To find (something, such as information) by careful searching.
  • Example: I had to ferret out all the information for myself.

Worm out of

  • Meaning: Draw or manipulate information out of someone
  • Example: I eventually managed to worm a few details out of her.

Rat on

  • Meaning: Inform on (someone) to a person in a position of authority
  • Example: I never thought John would rat on me.

Rabbit on (UK)

  • Meaning: Continue talking about something that is not interesting to the person you are talking to
  • Example: John’s always rabbiting on about his coin collection.

Monkey with

  • Meaning: Bother or interfere with someone or something
  • Example: Come on, don’t monkey with my new laptop.

Turn turtle

  • Meaning: Turn upside down; to flip over
  • Example: A large wave caused our little boat to turn turtle.

Squirrel away

  • Meaning: Stash, hide or hoard something for future use
  • Example: He had bits of string, cans of nails and lots of other useful tidbits squirreled away throughout his garage.

Drone on

  • Meaning: Talk for a long time in a boring way
  • Example: I nearly fell asleep while he was droning on!

Clam up

  • Meaning: Become silent; to stop talking, to shut up
  • Example: She just clams up if you ask her about his family.

Ferret around

  • Meaning: Search for something by sorting through materials
  • Example: We need to know more about this new chap. Why don’t you go to his home town and ferret around a bit?

Lark about/around (UK)

  • Meaning: Behave in a silly way because you think it is funny
  • Example: A couple of boys were larking about in the pool.

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Animals Phrasal Verbs

2 responses on "20+ Useful Animals Phrasal Verbs in English"

  1. I would like to add some more:
    worm out
    rat on
    rabbit on
    worm your way in
    lark about/around
    drone on
    clam up
    monkey with
    squirrel away
    ferret about/around

    these are a horse of a different color, but somehow worth mentioning
    eat crow
    egg on
    beef up
    turn turtle
    claw back
    nest egg
    to parrot
    to ape

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