Phrasal Verbs Beginning with “H”

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Hack (4)

Hack around

definition: (Intransitive) To waste time

example: Stop hacking around and get back to work.

Hack into

definition: (Inseparable) To break into a computer system or network

example: A group of hackers hacked into the bank's servers.

Hack off

definition: (Separable [optional]) Annoy

example: She really hacks us off with her negative attitude.

Hack up

definition 1: (Separable [optional]) To cut or chop into small pieces

example: We need to hack these pallettes up for firewood.


definition 1: (Inseparable) To expel by coughing

example: I hate being sick. It sometimes feels like I'm hacking up a lung.

Ham (1)

Ham up

definition: (Separable [optional]) To attract attention or amuse people by performing or acting in an excessive way

example: He really hammed up the part about her getting lost in her story to make it sound funny.

Hammer (3)

Hammer away at

definition: (Inseparable) To work relentlessly

example: He hammered away at the article all night because it was due the next day.

Hammer into

definition: (Separable [obligatory]) To repeat something for some time in order to make someone remember it

example: The teacher kept hammering the school rules into us until we remembered.

Hammer out

definition: (Separable [optional]) To negotiate and reach an agreement

example: We hammered out terms that will be equally beneficial to the client and us during the meeting.

Hand (6)

Hand back

definition: (Separable [optional]) To return something

example: Our teacher handed our tests back today.

Hand down

definition 1: (Separable [optional]) To pass something on to the next generation

example: This watch has been in my family forever. It was handed down to me from my father and to him from his grandfather.


definition 2: (Separable [optional]) To give a formal decision

example: The director handed his decision onwhen to start the new project down yesterday.


definition 3: (Separable [optional]) To deliver a verdict

example: The court handed a guilty verdict down to the defendant.

Hand in

definition: (Separable [optional]) To submit something to be evaluated

example: He handed in his application form to the company last week.

Hand on

definition 1: (Separable [optional]) To give to someone else

example: He handed some of his taskes on to his subordinate because he had more important things to do.


definition 2: (Separable [optional]) To transmit knowledge to the next generation

example: The recipe has been handed on from generation to generation.

Hand out

definition: (Separable [optional]) To distribute

example: We handed surveys out to our customers in order to see what the liked about our product.

Hand over

definition: (Separable [optional]) To give something to someeone

example: The thieves told her to hand over her purse.

Hang (16)

Hang about

definition: (Intransitive) To spend time somewhere not doing much

example: We used to hang about the shopping plaza near our house when we were young.

Hang about!

definition: (Intransitive) To stop what you are doing and pay attention

example: Hang about! Please listen to my instructions before you continue because we can't afford any mistakes.

Hang around

definition: (Intransitive) To stay in a place usually not doing much

example: We used to hang around the mall when we were teenagers.

Hang back

definition: (Intransitive) To not ove forwards in order to avoid doing something

example: When the plane landed, we hung back and waited for everyone to get off first instead of standing.

Hang back from

definition: (Inseparable) To delay or avoid doing something

example: The HR department is hanging back from interviewing applicants until all applications have been submitted.

Hang in there

definition: (Intransitive) To not give up, to persevere

example: Hang in there, help is on the way.

Hang it up

definition: (Intransitive) To retire or quit

example: He's tired of working at his job, so he's decided to hang it up.

Hang on

definition 1: (Intransitive) To wait

example: Please, hold on. I'll see if he's available.


definition 2: (Intransitive) To hold something tightly

example: Hold on! Don't let go.

Hang onto

definition: (Inseparable) To keep

example: She said I could hang onto her old phone for a while because she didn't need it.

Hang out

definition: (Intransitive) To spend time socially

example: We usually hang out with our friends on the weekend.

Hang out for

definition: (Inseparable) To wait or refuse to do something until you get something you want

example: He's hanging out for the promotion to managing director.

Hang over

definition: (Inseparable) Describing a worry or trouble

example: If he is convicted, he has 15 years hanging over him.

Hang together

definition: (Intransitive) To work together when things are difficult

example: The company is going through hard times at the moment but if we hang together things will be better next month.

Hang up

definition: (Intransitive) To end a phone call

example: He said "Goodbye" and then hung up.

Hang up on

definition: (Inseparable) To end a phone call, usually abruptly

example: She suddenly got very upset and hung up on me.

Hang with

definition: (Inseparable) To spend time with someone

example: We usually just hang with friends after school.

Hanker (2)

Hanker after

definition: (Inseparable) To really want something, especially if you shouldn't or can't have it

example: My doctor says I've got to cut down on sugar, but I keep hankering after sweets.

Hanker for

definition: (Inseparable) To really want something, especially if you shouldn't or can't have it

example: Ever since he quit smoking two days ago, he's been hankering for a cigarette.

Harp (1)

Harp on

definition: (Intransitive) To talk about something repeatedly

example: He's always harping on how much money his uncle has.

Hash (2)

Hash out

definition: (Separable [optional]) To solve a problem or reach an agreement through discussion

example: There's nothing good from you two being in conflict with each other. You should both sit down and hash out your differences.

Hash up

definition: (Separable [optional]) To spoil or make a mess

example: My mother hashed up the Thanksgiving turkey last year because she left it in the oven too long.

Hate (1)

Hate on

definition: (Inseparabl) To be jealous, abuse or have an active hatred for something/someone

example: In high school, there were two groups of girls that used to always hate on each other.

Have (13)

Have against

definition: (Separable [obligatory]) To dislike, disagree or hold a grudge (usually negative)

example: I don't think she wants me in her group. She has something against me.

Have around

definition: (Separable [obligatory]) To entertain someone in your home

example: We're some people around for a barbecue on Friday. Why don't you come?.

Have down as

definition: (Separable [obligatory]) To think of something or someone in a particular way

example: I'm sorry, I don't have that name down as a quest for tonight.

Have in

definition 1: (Separable [obligatory]) To have a supply of something in a particular place

example: Let me check if we have any in that size in.


definition 2: (Separable [optional]) To get somebody to do some work

example: Our neighbours had the landscapers in last weekend.


definition 3: (Separable [obligatory]) To entertain people in your home

example: We had our neighbours in for a drink yesterday evening.

Have it away

definition: (Inseparable) To have casual sex with somebody

example: She had it away with him on the first date.

Have it in for

definition: (Inseparable) To hold a grudge against someone

example: I think she has had it in for since we broke up last year.

Have it off

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Hear (4)

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Heat (1)

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Help (1)

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Hew (1)

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Hide (2)

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Hit (10)

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Hive (1)

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Hold (18)

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Hole (1)

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Hollow (1)

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Home (1)

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Hook (3)

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Hoon (1)

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Horse (1)

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Hose (1)

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Hound (1)

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Hover (1)

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Hunker (1)

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Hunt (3)

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Hush (1)

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Hutch (1)

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