Medicine related phrasal verbs
Phrasal verbs – illness
|come down with something
become ill with an illness that’s not very serious
I think I’m coming down with a cold.
bring up something / bring something up
The fish wasn’t cooked properly. And as soon as she ate it, she brought it up.
stop working or functioning
He smoked so much for so many years it was no surprise when his lungs packed up.
get over something
become better after being ill, recover from being sick
When he gets over the flu, he’ll go back to work.
faint, lose consciousness
The room was so hot and stuffy that he passed out.
become conscious again after fainting or being unconscious
He fainted but came round again after we opened a window and got some fresh air into the room
build your strength up / build up your strength
increase or become larger or stronger, or to make someone or something to do this:
She’s had the flu and hasn’t eaten for days. She needs to build up her strength before she goes back to work.
patch someone up
give basic medical care to someone that helps them temporarily
When he cut himself on the broken glass, I patched him up before we took him to the hospital.
Phrasal verbs – healthy life style
|put on weight / put weight on
increase how much you weigh, to get fatter or heavier
I really need to go on a diet. I put so much weight on over the holidays.
take up something / take something up
start doing an activity, hobby or job
I’m going to take up tennis this summer. I’ve never played it before but I think I’ll like it.
cut out something / cut something out
stop eating or drinking something, usually to improve your health
He’s cut out sweets and chocolates and has already lost quite a bit of weight.
give up something / give something up
stop doing something or using something that you were in the habit of doing or using, usually to improve your health
I gave up meat 10 years ago and feel so much healthier now that I’m a vegetarian.