Phrasal verbs – emotion

If something ‘gets you down’, it makes you feel unhappy.

This uncertainty is beginning to get me down.
The way everybody keeps complaining really gets me down

If somebody or something makes you feel upset or unhappy, they ‘get to’ you. This is an informal expression.

The way he whistles all the time when we are working really gets to me.
The heat is really getting to me. We need air conditioning.

If something makes you very unhappy, it ‘tears you apart’.

It tears me apart to know that I lost that job because of my own stupidity.
It would tear me apart if something I said made you leave.

If you are ‘put out’, you are annoyed.

I was really put out when he turned down the job.
He seemed a bit put out that we hadn’t invited him to speak.

If you ‘cheer up’, you start to feel happier.

Cheer up. Things are not so bad.
I bought a new Ipod to cheer myself up.

If you ‘perk up’, you suddenly become happier, cheerful or more energetic. It is also possible to ‘perk someone up’.

Your visit really made him perk up.
He was being miserable but he perked up when Mary arrived.

If you ‘brighten up’, you suddenly look or feel happier.

She brightened up when she heard the good news.
You need to brighten up. Your long face is putting off the customers.

If you ‘liven up’, you become more energetic or cheerful. You can also ‘liven up’ a place, event or person.

You need to liven up a bit. You’re so miserable it is making everybody feel unhappy.
We need to liven up the party. Everyone looks miserable.

If you ‘calm down’, you stop feeling angry, upset or excited. It’s also possible to ‘calm someone down’.

You need to calm down a bit. You’re too excited.

down. Let me explain.

If you have had an experience that has made you feel unhappy, you need to ‘get over’ it.

It took me a year to get over being made redundant.
You need to get over your disappointment and move on with your life.

If you are feeling sad or unhappy, you can force yourself out of this mood – you can ‘snap out of it’. This is an informal expression.

You need to snap out of this mood and do something positive.
I hope he snaps out of this soon.

If you have been acting emotionally and unreasonably because you are upset or angry, you need to ‘pull yourself together’ and act reasonably.

Pull yourself together and stop this stupid mood.
I need some time alone to pull myself together.

If you are so excited about something that you behave in a silly or hasty way, you are ‘carried away’ by the idea.

I got carried away reading my book and didn’t get any sleep.
We mustn’t get carried away with our enthusiasm. We must exercise reasonable judgment.

If you ‘freak out’, you start behaving in a very strange or violent way. This is an informal expression. You can also ‘freak someone out’.

I freaked out when I saw my boyfriend kissing another girl.
It freaked me out to discover that the woman I was talking to was really a man.

If you ‘flip out’, you start to behave in a very excited or strange way. This is informal and mainly American.

He flipped out when they wouldn’t let him on the flight because he was too late.
The children flipped out when they met Mickey Mouse.

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Phrasal verbs – emotion