- (grammar) A phrase, consisting of a verb and either or both of a preposition or adverb, that has idiomatic meaning.
1988, Andrew Radford, Transformational grammar: a first course, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, page 98:
- Thus, it would seem that as far as GAPPING is concerned, the whole expression put off is somehow treated as a single 'compound Verb'. But this is the very intuition which we encapsulated in analysis (125) (b), by giving the sequence [put off] the status of a single V constituent (i.e. by analysing it as a Phrasal Verb). Thus, facts about GAPPING lend yet further support to analysis (125).