Definition of phrasal verb in English:

phrasal verb

noun

Grammar
  • An idiomatic phrase consisting of a verb and another element, typically either an adverb, as in break down, or a preposition, for example see to, or a combination of both, such as look down on.

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    expression, group of words, word group, construction, clause, locution, wording, term, turn of phrase, idiom, idiomatic expression, set phrase, phrasal idiom
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Pronunciation

phrasal verb

/ˈfrāzəl vərb//ˈfreɪzəl vərb/