Learn common clothing phrasal verbs in English with meaning and examples.
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- Meaning: Fasten an item of clothing
- Example: You don’t need to do up the top button.
- Meaning: Dress (oneself or another) in your best clothes
- Example: You don’t need to dress up. It’s just a family get-together.
- Meaning: Put on fancy dress in children’s games
- Example: For her birthday party, they had dressed her up as a fairy.
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- Meaning: Wear clothes that are more informal than those you usually wear
- Example: He dressed down on his first date.
- Meaning: Dry clothes outside after washing
- Example: Have you hung the washing out?
- Meaning: Put something on a hook or a hanger
- Example: The women hung up their coats and sat down.
- Meaning: Wear an item of clothing on one’s person
- Example: Melissa had her new dress on.
- Meaning: Make your shoes come off by shaking your feet
- Example: He kicked his shoes off as soon as he got home.
- Meaning: Dress yourself or someone else with an item or items of clothing
- Example: She put on her coat and went out.
- Meaning: Put on an item of clothing easily
- Example: She slipped her sandals on before she went into the sea.
- Meaning: Remove any item of clothing
- Example: Anna took off her sandals.
- Meaning: Make clothing narrower
- Example: I’ll have to take this dress in at the waist – it’s too big.
- Meaning: Reduce the length of a piece of clothing
- Example: I want to take this pair of pants up. It’s too long.
- Meaning: Put on an item of clothing to find out whether it fits or is suitable
- Example: What a lovely dress! Why don’t you try it on?
- Meaning: Put on a piece of clothing quickly and carelessly
- Example: She just threw on the first skirt she found.
- Meaning: Shorten trousers, a dress or a skirt so that they fit better
- Example: Her jeans were too long, so she turned them up.
- Meaning: Put warm clothes on
- Example: I could hear my mother telling me to wrap up warm.
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- Meaning: To be closed by means of a zip
- Example: He zipped up his leather jacket.
- Meaning: Make clothing wider
- Example: I’m going to have this skirt let out.
- Meaning: Use the extra cloth in the hem of a piece of clothing to make it longer
- Example: This skirt needs letting down.