Archive for February 18, 2011

inseparable phrasal verb: fork out (for)


This week’s phrasal verb is to “fork out” for something, and it is used when we want to talk about having to pay a lot of money for something. For example:

My parents told me they’re not going to help me pay for my wedding, so now I have to fork out for the whole thing myself!

I just found out I have to fork out for my son to get braces on his teeth! That’s going to be so expensive!

My girlfriend expects me to fork out for dinner every time we go out!

My friend just had to fork out for a new computer because his old one stopped working.

So, when we use this expression, the person who pays for the thing doesn’t want to do it, but they have no choice. Also, the person considers the amount of money to be quite large.

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