Phrasal verbs (for example: wake up, look out, mess up, etc.) are a difficult part of English. The reason they’re difficult is because they are usually a combination of two words that, when together, have an entirely new meaning that is different from both individual words.
For example: the verb to get means “to receive; to start having” but the verb to get out means “to leave quickly.” When you’re listening to somebody speaking English quickly, it’s possible that you’ll hear get and remember the first definition, and not realize that the person said out as well.
Phrasal verbs can also be hard to remember, because the second half of the word is never a unique or memorable word: up, out, on, in, around, etc. So, here are some pictures that might help you remember a few new phrasal verbs!
I messed up. I should not have left the hotel without a map!
I tried to do the project, but I messed it up. Now I have to start it from the beginning.
Oh no, the waiter messed up my order — I asked for fish, but he brought me chicken.