Wearing clothes

Probably everybody knows the verb PUT ON for clothes. There are other verbs that follow the same pattern. Notice how the verbs PULL ON, SLIP ON and THROW ON emphasize the idea of putting the clothes on quickly.

fling on She threw the book on the sofa, flung on her jacket, and was out of the house in under 30 seconds.
get on Amanda, I need your help getting the dress on.
have on Do you usually remember what people have on at parties?
jam on Casey jammed on her hat and followed him outside into the street.
keep on I'm glad I've kept my coat on because the door is right behind where I'm sitting.
pull on Not wasting any time, she pulled on the coat and left for home.
put on Don't put that tie on. It's completely out of fashion.
slip on I knew when darkness came the temperature dropped, so I slipped on the sweater I had with me.
throw on She looked at his watch and sighed, throwing on his coat and running in the direction of the stairs.
try on If you would like to try on the dress, we have some changing rooms over there.



Making something start. Sometimes it means start using a machine or electric appliance.

bring on Many nervous breakdowns are brought on by stress.
cast on As a starting point, cast on 10 stitches. Knit the first row. Knit the second row. Keep knitting until the fabric is long enough to circle your head.
catch on Laserdisc never really caught on with the mass market.
clock on All employees were made to clock on and off each time they took a break.
come on I think I've got a headache coming on.
come on to We will be coming on to that issue a bit later on.
cotton on American trial lawyers are beginning to cotton on to the usefulness of using computerised graphics and other high-tech exhibits to impress judges and jurors.
get on Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
get on to Check your map and get on to the M4 motorway towards Liverpool in southwest Sydney.
go on As soon as the lights go on, you feel very Christmassy and really start to get into the spirit of things.
grow on I've listened to the CD about 15 times now, and I must say, it grows on you every time.
have on I love to listen to music, so I always have the radio on or CDs spinning in my stereo.
jam on No matter what kind of brakes you have, if your car begins to skid, do not jam on the brakes.
latch on to Almost overnight, the Democrats latched on to the economic issue and began to push it really hard.
log on In most cases, you will need to log on to this website before using the online services.
sign on Once you sign on you will have access to all areas of the site for which you have permission.
slam on The driver slammed on the accelerator and the van tore off into the distance.
stick on Stick the kettle on, will you?
switch on - The machine doesn't work! - That's because you haven't switched it on!
turn on People turn on the television to keep them company and to keep them from thinking.


put on The Academy of Natural Sciences is putting on an exhibition of dinosaurs and collections of minerals, fossils and paleontological art.
lay on He threw a party for his colleagues laying on wine, champagne and food so they could celebrate.
be on The film is on at the local cinema.
have on The show they have on at the moment is hilarious.



bang on Why do you keep banging on about this?
carry on I hope my sons will one day be able to carry on the tradition.
cling on  
crack on The discussion forums have been reopened so crack on with those posts. Thanks for bearing with us and we apologise for any inconvenience.
drag on The only real immediate security threat we can see in the Philippines is the Mindanao rebellion that is dragging on and on with no end in sight.
drone on The speech droned on for what seemed like ages.
follow on To follow on from my last post, today we had some great news.
get on I must get on or I'll never get this finished.
get on with Get on with your homework!
go on  
grind on  
hand on  
hang on Could you hang on a minute?
harp on  
hold on  
hold on to  
hurry on  
keep on  
limp on  
linger on  
live on Martin Luther King's dream lives on 40 years after his death.
move on I had been working for NBCi in San Francisco for the past couple of years and was feeling like it was time to move on.
move on  
pass on I'll pass on your compliments to the chef.
play on  
plod on I'm going to plod on with my plan and try to ignore the negative comments.
plough on  
press on Do not press on regardless. In bad or deteriorating conditions head for lower ground.
push on  
rabbit on  
rage on The debate raged on for several days.
ramble on  
rattle on  
roll on  
rumble on  
run on  
send on  
soldier on We have no choice but to soldier on.
stagger on  
stay on  
struggle on  
tick on  
wave on  
wear on  


At work

be on  
clock on All employees were made to clock on and off each time they took a break.
come on  
go on  
keep on  
log on  
sign on  
take on The company is doing so well that we'll have to take on more staff.


Attaching, holding, adding

add on They can be quite expensive by the time you've added on border taxes.
batten on  
catch on  
cotton on  
glue on  
hang on  
hold on  
hook on  
join on  
latch on Mothers should ensure the baby is latched on properly.
lock on  
pile on His lawyers and lobbyists will be piling on the pressure.
pin on  
put on  
slap on A good manicure involves more than just slapping on a coat of paint.
stick on  
tag on  

Making progress; developing

bring on Many nervous breakdowns are brought on by stress.
cheer on Parents from both teams were cheering on their kids.
come on How's dinner coming on? I'm starving.
draw on  
egg on Don't egg him on, he's already bad enough!
get on After a few problems at first, he's getting on well at his new school.
get on for  
goad on He goaded them on with insults.
lead on She's a user and not a real friend. A real friend wouldn't have led you on, knowing you had feelings for her.
move on It's all history now. It's time we all moved on.
spur on I'm so proud of what I've achieved and hope my success spurs other people on.
step on  
urge on  
wind on  


get on  
jump on  
hop on  


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