Everyday Phrasal Verbs – Winter Edition

Today’s video shows some typical phrasal verbs that you will encounter in day-to-day life in an American winter.

Below you can find example sentences of how to use them.


Bundle up (*separable)A pug wrapped in a blanket on a bed

This means to wrap something in many layers of cloth or material.

Example: Please be sure to bundle your children up if they go play outside today. It is extremely cold. 

Venture out (*inseparable)

This means to start an adventure or go outside in bad or extreme weather.

Example: It is a class 4 typhoon outside. You can’t even venture out to the 7-11 for a snack.


A man shoveling snow off his driveway in Muskoka

Dig out (*separable)

This means to dig until something is uncovered or to remove layers of dirt or other material from the top of something.

Example: Mindy’s bedroom was such a mess that her mother couldn’t even dig the bed out from under all the layers of clothing.

Clean off (*separable)

This means to clean the top surface of something.

Example: Don’t just clean the car off! I wanted you to clean inside it too!

Scrape off (*separable)

To use something sharp or flat to scratch off a substance from another surface.

Example: They had to find something to scrape the bubble gum off that was stuck to his shoe.


A book and coffee mug sitting on a table in a cozy den lit by firelightWarm up (*separable)

To start a car in advance when the weather is cold so that the engine works better. Or, to increase the temperature of something.

Example: Kids, you look so cold! Why don’t you all come inside and warm up?

Crank up (*separable)

This means to turn up the volume to an extremely high level.

Example: This is my favorite song! Crank it up!!

Sing along (*inseparable)

This means to sing with a song on the radio or in a concert as one of the audience members.

Example: When Bohemian Rhapsody plays on the stereo in bars, it is pretty normal for most of the bar to stop and sing along with the music.


Fall down (*inseparable)

This means to fall. Fall down. Ouch.

Example: If you watched the video, you have seen your teacher fall down!

Brush off (*separable)Old Clothes Brush

To use your hand or a cloth to remove a dust or powder from the surface of an object in a sweeping motion.

Example: Oops, I just spilled the sugar. Let me just brush this off the table.

Give up (*inseparable)

When this is inseparable, this means to quit or no longer try to do something.

Example: Jerry didn’t like losing, but he had to give up because there was no way he could win.


Head in (*inseparable)

This means to go inside from the outside.

Example: After a long day of sledding, the children headed in to warm up their fingers.

Strip down (*separable)

This is another way to say take off clothing. The verb means to reduce to the essential parts or layers.

Example: The apartment heater was stuck on high, so they stripped down to their t-shirts and shorts, even though it was the middle of winter.

Tall icicles hanging on a waterfall in Breitachklamm in GermanyThaw out (*separable)

This means to go from a frozen state to a melted or unfrozen condition.

Example: They needed to thaw their frozen dinners out before cooking them.

Sleep off (*separable)

This means to sleep to recover from something.

Example: The college students spent their Sunday sleeping off their Saturday night.


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