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An idiomatic phrase consisting of a verb and another element, typically either an adverb, as in break down, or a preposition.
ex: see to, or a combination of both, such as look down on.

Some transitive phrasal verbs are separable(The object is between the verb and the preposition.)
Example : I looked the word up in the dictionary.

Some transitive phrasal verbs are inseparable(The object is placed after the preposition.)
Example : I will look into the matter as soon as possible.

Some transitive phrasal verbs can take an object in both places.
Example : I picked up the book.
   I picked the book up.

However, if the object is a pronoun, it must be placed between the verb and the preposition.
Example : I picked it up.

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