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5 English Phrasal Verbs for Winter in a Cold Place!

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Wed, Dec 04, 2013 @ 12:49 PM

English Phrasal verbs for winterThanksgiving is over and Christmas is just around the corner!

We are moving into winter and the winters here in Boston can be pretty chilly!

If you are living in the United States this winter, you will need some English phrasal verbs to talk about winter weather and daily life during the cold months.

In today's post, I will give you five of these verbs. Keep reading!



1) To bundle up

english phrasal verbs for winter- bundle upWhen you "bundle up" you put on a lot of warm clothes and layers to go out into the cold weather. Here is a sample conversation:


A: I can't believe that you are going to stand out in Times Square for New Years.

B: It will be an amazing experience. I can't pass up the opportunity.

A: Well I hope you're planning to bundle up!

B: Oh I will, don't worry.



2) To warm up

warm up by the fireplace english phrasal verbWhen we "warm up" we increase our body temperature or the temperature of an object. Sample conversation:


A: I've been out skiing all day and my toes are freezing!

B: Why don't you sit and relax by the fireplace for a while?

A: Great idea, that'll help me warm up.




3) To be snowed in

snowed in   english phrasal verbWhen we get "snowed in" we get stuck in our houses because there is too much snow to go out. Have you ever been "snowed in"?


A: Hey how did you do in the blizzard last week?

B: Oh my gosh it was crazy. We couldn't leave our house. We got completely snowed in!

A: Wow, how long did you have to stay home?

B: For about 4 days. It was crazy.



4) To die down

light snow"Die down" is used when something becomes less strong or intense.

We can say that the snow has "died down," meaning that it has reduced it's strength or speed.


Sample conversation:


A: Is it still snowing hard? That was quite a storm!

B: No it has died down. It's not snowing very hard anymore.

A: Great, so you can take the car out now.

B: Yes, let's go shopping!



5) To come down with

 come down with  phrasal verbWhen you "come down with" a cold, it means that you get sick or catch a cold.

Here is a conversation:


A: Hey, what's wrong? You don't look so great.

B: I know. I have had a sore throat all day and my stomach kind of hurts.

A: Oh there's a stomach bug going around, maybe you caught that?

B: Yeah, maybe. I must be coming down with something.

A: Well, feel better.

B: Thanks


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