On. What's the logic behind it?

They kindly laid on food and entertainment for us.

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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 left.
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 it's freezing cold.
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 the temperature would drop, 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 They are beginning to cotton on to the usefulness of using computerised graphics.
embark on He left the company to embark on a new business venture.
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 They 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.
pop on Why don't I pop the kettle on?
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 museum is putting on an exhibition of dinosaurs.
lay on They have kindly laid on food, beer and entertainment for us.
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?
blabber on What on earth are you blabbering on about?
blunder on They are blundering on from crisis to crisis.
carry on I hope my sons will one day be able to carry on the tradition.
cling on He is an illegitimate president who is clinging on to power.
crack on They have decided to crack on with the project as soon as possible.
drag on Legal battles can drag on for years.
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 How long is this gonna go on for?
grind on The bad news is that the fighting will continue as the talks grind on.
hand on The business was handed on from father to son for four generation.
hang on Could you hang on a minute?
harp on We're not going to get anywhere by harping on about the past.
hold on All our lines are busy at the moment. Please, hold on.
hold on to I will probably hold on to the job and see how it goes.
keep on Everyone kept on talking about how great it was.
limp on The conversation limped on for a while.
linger on Some doubts still linger on.
live on Martin Luther King's dream lives on 40 years after his death.
move on The council does not have any power to move beggars on.
pass on I'll pass on your compliments to the chef.
play on The referee made the decision to play on.
plod on I'm going to plod on with my plan and try to ignore the negative comments.
plough on It wasn't the reaction she had hoped for, but she ploughed on regardless.
prattle on What the hell is Sara prattling on about?
press on Do not press on regardless. In bad or deteriorating conditions head for lower ground.
push on I should push on with this work - the boss wants it by 3 p.m.
rabbit on He's always rabbiting on about how awful the government is.
rage on The debate raged on for several days.
ramble on My teacher tends to ramble on a bit.
rattle on The list is endless and I could rattle on for hours.
roll on The crowd increased as the session rolled on.
rumble on The debate that he started rumbles on.
run on The concert ran on longer than expected.
sell on It was bought to be sold on straight away at a profit.
send on When she sends me the photographs I'll send them on to you.
soldier on We have no choice but to soldier on.
stagger on The band staggered on for two more years, just long enough to release one last record.
stay on I left school and got a job in a bank but my sister stayed on to do A-levels.
struggle on The company struggled on for some time, but eventually had to close.
wave on We showed our paperwork and they waved us on.
wear on As the day wore on, it got quite windy and rainy.
witter on What are you wittering on about?


At work

clock on All employees were made to clock on and off each time they took a break.
keep on She's doing a fine job. I'm happy to keep her on.
sign on Staff sign on with a card
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 Some of his relatives took advantage of him and battened on him like leeches.
catch on The idea is catching on fast.
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 The bus was full. We couldn't get on.
jump on I arrived just in time to jump on the train as it was leaving.
hop on We hopped on the first train that arrived