Time phrasal verbs

To come around

To happen at its usual time (of a regular event)

E.g. The sales conference will be coming around soon.

To hurry along

To make someone do something more quickly, making something happen more quickly

E.g. We’d better start hurrying those sales reports along.

To come up

To be happening soon

E.g. I can’t believe that the festival is coming up again already.

To slip away

To pass very quickly

E.g. This last year seems to have slipped away.

To lead up to

To prepare in the period before an event begins

E.g. There’s an awful lot leading up to the annual concert in May.

To break up

To make a period of time more interesting by being different from what you are doing the rest of the time

E.g. At least it breaks the routine up and makes things more interesting.

To pass by

To go unnoticed

E.g. The redundancy completely passed us by as it didn’t affect out department.

To get on

To be getting late (informal)

E.g. Time’s getting on a bit now. I need to head home.

To spin out

To make something continue for longer than necessary

E.g. I am not going to spin this out as I have just one thing to say.

To pull your socks up

To make an effort to improve (an informal idiom using a phrasal verb)

E.g. You need to pull your socks up and make sure that you make the most out of this semester.

To set apart

To use time for one purpose and no other purpose

E.g. We are going to set apart the next fortnight just for revision.

To free up

To make time or money available for a particular use by not using it another way

E.g. In other words, we are going to free up some time by cancelling all non-exam lessons like sport.

To hold over

To delay and arrange for a later date

E.g. All school matches will be held over until the exams are finished.

To fit in

To do something between other activities

E.g. It is better to cancel any distractions than to try fitting revision in around other activities.

To put back

To cause something to happen later than it should happen

E.g. The sports staff agree that putting back these matches won’t cause any major problems.

To set back

To make something happen more slowly, or to make something happen later than it should

E.g. We mustn’t set schedules back too much or we won’t be able to fit in all the matches before the end of the term.

To fritter away

To waste time by using it for unimportant things

E.g. No more frittering time away – time to get down to some serious work.

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