10+ Useful Animals Phrasal Verbs in English

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

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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.

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Animals Phrasal Verbs

1 responses on "10+ 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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