The word ‘do‘ can mean many different things. As a verb, some meanings include perform an action or complete something.

For example:

  • I’m doing a 10 mile run tomorrow. (perform an action)
  • I’ve done my homework. (complete something)


Do is an irregular verb. The past tense is did and the past participle is done.

phrasal verbs with do

Phrasal verbs with ‘do’ include:

  • do away with
    meaning – remove/abolish
    example – The government are doing away with tax for those on low income.
  • do over
    meaning – beat up, rob or do again
    example – The corner shop has been done over again; the owners are in bits.
  • do up
    meaning – fasten or decorate
    example – I’m going to do up the bathroom, it’s looking a little dated.
  • do without
    meaning – manage without
    example – I could do without going shopping today, I’m really tired.

picture phrasal verbs with do

phrasal verbs with do

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘do’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with do - do away with
phrasal verbs with do - do over
phrasal verbs with do - do up
phrasal verbs with do - do without

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with do below.

Did you know that many idiomatic expressions (idioms) in English also contain a lot of verbs? Just like phrasal verbs, idioms are a major part of the English language (slang in particular). They are used constantly amongst native English speakers and are handy to know and understand.


Now you’ve learnt all the phrasal verbs with do, how about learning the idioms with do too?