Phrasal verbs overview

We will have a look at the following phrasal verbs to describe people:

To back down: To admit you were wrong, or to stop supporting a position
If they don’t back down they’ll start a fight.

To blend in: To look or seem the same as surrounding people or things and therefore not be easily noticeable
I never notice him, he always blends in.

To come across as: To behave in a way that makes people believe that you have a particular characteristic
Do you know you come across as an idiot when you say something like that.

To count on somebody: To be confident that someone is always there to help you
I can always count on my friend to help me.

To dress up: To put on formal clothes for a special occasion
I had to dress up for the wedding and wear a suit.

To go together: To look good together
I don’t really know if those colours go together well.

To look like: To have an appearance that is very similar to someone or something, to resemble someone or something
You really look like your father don’t you.

To stand out: To be very noticeable, or to be much better
Your blue hair makes you stand out in a crowd.

To tell apart: To be able to see the difference between two very similar things or people
I can’t tell those colours apart, for me they are just the same.

To tell one from the other: To be able to know the difference between two things
Can you tell one from the other or don’t you know the difference either?

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