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Phrasal Verbs - Seeing a Dentist

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Read through the following short story to brush up (review) your phrasal verbs (some other important words are linked to the Cambridge Online Dictionary):

Little Johnny hated going to see the dentist. It wasn't that his dentist was nasty; it was that Johnny wasn't too fond of sweets.
His dentist had warned him that his teeth would fall out if he kept up eating candy. Time and time again, the dentist had told him to cut out sweet food or at least cut down on the amount he ate.
As he lay down in the dentist's chair, all the horrible memories from his last visit came back to him. On that occasion, the dentist had to pull out one of his teeth! The pain was terrible - even with the anaesthetic the dentist had given him. When the anesthetic wore off it was difficult for him to eat or chew anything at all.
This time the check up was much better. His dentist checked out his teeth, made him wash out his mouth with pink liquid and then told him to spit it out into the sink.  That was it. No problems and no pain! Johnny was delighted and so was his dentist. Johnny has finally learned his lesson and was taking better care of his teeth. Well done, Johnny!

Here's a definition of the phrasal verbs listed above:

fall out - to separate. When one thing separates from another thing. Often used with teeth and hair.

keep up - continue.

cut out - stop.

cut down - reduce / consume less.

lie down - to put your body in the position where it is flat and horizontal - like being in bed.

come back - remember

pull out - remove using force.

wear off - the effects of something like a drug/medicine end gradually.

check up (noun) - inspection or examination.

check out - inspect, examine or investigate.

wash out - use water or a liquid to clean the inside of something.

spit out - to force something out of your mouth, especially saliva or liquid.

Remember that phrasal verbs often have more that one meaning. The definitions shown here only refer to the context in which they are used above.

Now try choosing the correct phrasal verb for each sentence:

Phrasal Verb 'Bring'

  • No chewing gum in class! ___!





  • I don't remember now. It'll ___ to me later.





  • ___ Tom's new car! It's cool!





  • I've ___ from 10 cigarettes a day to 5.





  • My fathers hair started ___ when he was 30.





  • I'm very happy with your progress. ___ the good work.





  • The effects of the drugs started to ___ after 4 hours.