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Theory:

A phrase is a combination of two or more words. A phrase which contains "a verb + a preposition/adverb", and forms a meaning which is different when the words are read separately, is called a phrasal verb.
Example:
1. Break is a verb. It means to separate into pieces.
 
When prepositions (in, with, down) are added to it, the meaning changes.
  
Verb
+
Preposition
=
Phrasal
Verb
Meaning
BreakinBreak inForcibly enter.
BreakwithBreak withQuarrel with.
BreakdownBreak down
Stop functioning.
  
2. Turn is a verb. It means to move around a fixed point.
 
When prepositions (in, up, down) are added to it, the meaning changes.
 
Verb +
Preposition =
Phrasal Verb
Meaning
TurninTurn inTake someone to police, hand over.
TurnupTurn upArrive unexpectedly.
TurndownTurn downReject or refuse.
Phrasal verbs from the lesson "Kathmandu":
 
Phrasal
 Verbs
Sentence
Meaning
Breaks outA fight breaks out between two monkeys.To begin something undesirable (such as war or fighting) suddenly.
Breaks off Sometimes he breaks off playing to talk to the fruit seller.To abruptly stop talking.
Tear awayI find it difficult to tear myself away from the square.Leave despite a strong desire to stay
Drawn intoYet to hear any flute is to be drawn into the commonality of all mankindTo involve somebody or make somebody take part in something, although they may not want to take part at first
Go onIt too needs to pause and breathe before it can go on.To continue or persevere.
Wash down

All this I wash down with Coca Cola

To accompany or follow food with a drink
Shout outHe does not shout out his wares. To say something in a loud voice so that it can be clearly heard