I am not native English guy. One of the problem when I learn English is that I don't understand phrases, the phrase used cannot be found in the dictionary, which only contains single word.

- blow up
- carry on
- screw up

Sometimes I encounter such phrase which I don't understand and my dictionary doesn't have it. Do you know any such dictionary, standard online?

I just found an online one : http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Wiktionary:Main_Page

Would you please suggest more dictionaries?

  • No matter it is online, or a physical book which can be carried around, it is welcomed, especially those made of paper. – lamwaiman1988 Jun 16 '11 at 13:12

Most dictionaries list the the meaning of phrases that use a word. Try Oxford Dictionaries online.

For example, if you want to know what the phrasal verb blow up means, search for it on this page. If you're not sure of the phrasal verb you want to use ("Is it blow up, blow off, blow on, or blow into?"), search for blow, and then look for the phrases listed at the bottom of the page.

You can also try this for carry on and screw up.


try to google "phrasal verb"

here's a dictionary: http://www.englishpage.com/prepositions/phrasaldictionary.html


Maybe you would actually like a phrase book, a book that has ready-made phrases in it, and you can carry it around. A suggestion would be something like this, but it costs.


From Idiom's external links at wikipedia article, the following

yielded some results for a search on 'blow up'.

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