Phrasal Verb F

  • face off|Confront|The company FACED OFF the competition.|1
  • face up to|Accept an unpleasant truth|Many people find it hard to FACE UP TO the fact that they are getting old.|_
  • faff about|Behave indecisively|He told her to stop FAFFING ABOUT and make her mind up.|_
  • faff around|Behave indecisively|She told him to stop FAFFING AROUND and make his mind up.|_
  • fall about|Laugh a lot|We FELL ABOUT when we heard what she’d done.|_
  • fall apart|Break into pieces|The box FELL APART when I picked it up.|1
  • fall back|Retreat|The army FELL BACK after losing the battle.|1
  • fall back on|Be able to use in an emergency|It was good to have some money in the bank to FALL BACK ON when I lost my job.|_
  • fall behind|Make less progress|I was ill for a week and FELL BEHIND with my work.|1
  • fall down|Fall on the ground|I slipped on the ice and FELL DOWN.|1
  • fall for|Be attracted to somebody, fall in love|He FELL FOR her the moment their eyes met.|1
  • fall in|Collapse|The ceiling FELL IN hurting a lot of people.|1
  • fall into|Start doing something unplanned|I just FELL INTO my job when an opportunity came up.|1
  • fall off|Decrease|The membership FELL OFF dramatically when the chairperson resigned.|1
  • fall out|Argue and be on bad terms with someone|They FELL OUT over the decision and hardly speak to each other any more.|1
  • fall over|Fall on the ground|I slipped on the ice and FELL OVER.|1
  • fall through|Be unsuccessful|The plans FELL THROUGH when planning permission was refused.|1
  • fall under|Become controlled|At first he was independent, but then he FELL UNDER their influence.|1
  • farm out|Give or contract work to someone else|The company wants to FARM OUT their maintenance.|1
  • fart about|Waste time doing silly things|The manager was angry because the staff were FARTING ABOUT.|_
  • fart around|Waste time doing pointless things|We were really bored in the lecture so we started FARTING AROUND.|_
  • fasten down|Tie something so that it doesn’t move|We FASTENED it DOWN to keep the wind from blowing it away.|_
  • fasten on|Give attention to something that confirms your beliefs|They have FASTENED ON the speech as a source of inspiration.|1
  • fasten onto|Follow someone closely, normally when they don’t want your company|He FASTENED ONTO the minister on his visit and asked him repeatedly about the scandal.|_
  • fasten up|Close, attach|FASTEN UP your seatbelts.|_
  • fathom out|Understand something|I couldn’t FATHOM OUT what she wanted from me.|_
  • fatten up|Give an animal a lot to eat to make it fat|They FATTEN the cows UP before slaughtering them.|1
  • fawn on|Praise someone in an excessive way to get their favour or something from them|He’s always FAWNING ON his boss to try to get promoted.|_
  • fawn over|Praise someone in an excessive way to get their favour or something from them|She FAWNED OVER the inspectors in the hope that they would give her a good grade.|_
  • feed off|Eat a food as part of an animals diet|The gecko FEEDS OFF mosquitoes and other insects.|_
  • feed on|Grow stronger|The opposition party’s FEEDING ON the government’s weaknesses.|1
  • feed up|Give someone a lot of food to restore their health, make them bigger, etc|She’s been ill for a fortnight so we’re FEEDING her UP.|_
  • feel up|Touch sexually, grope|Someone FELT me UP in the club as I was trying to get to the bar.|_
  • feel up to|Feel capable of doing something|I’m so tired. I don’t think I FEEL UP TO going out tonight.|_
  • fence in|Enclose an area|They FENCED the whole garden IN.|1
  • fence off|Enclose an area to keep animals or people out|They FENCED OFF one side of the park to keep dogs out.|_
  • fend for|Take care of yourself or someone without help from other people|The children had to FEND FOR themselves after their parents died.|1
  • fend off|Resist something successfully|He managed to FEND OFF the criticism in the press.|1
  • ferret out|Search and discover something|The investigation finally managed to FERRET OUT the truth.|1
  • fess up|Confess, admit something reluctantly|The company FESSED UP after they were exposed in the newspapers.|1
  • fess up to|Confess, admit reluctantly to something|They FESSED UP TO the crime.|_
  • fetch up|Arrive unintentionally|The boat FETCHED UP on the beach.|1
  • fiddle about|Waste time doing silly things, or doing things unsuccessfully|We spent the whole afternoon FIDDLING ABOUT with the computer but couldn’t get it to work.|_
  • fiddle around|Waste time doing silly things, or unsuccessful things|I FIDDLED AROUND with the phone but couldn’t get any signal.|_
  • fiddle away|Waste time|He FIDDLED AWAY the afternoon.|_
  • fight back|Defend yourself, resist an attack|The army attacked the town and the inhabitants FOUGHT BACK fiercely.|1
  • fight it out|Struggle to see who wins, both by arguing or fighting|Their FIGHTING IT OUT to see who will become the next CEO.|_
  • fight off|Fight an attacker and force them back|The old lady managed to FIGHT the muggers OFF and they didn’t get her purse.|1
  • figure on|Plan, expect|What job do you FIGURE ON doing when you graduate?|_
  • figure out|Find the answer to a problem|The police couldn’t FIGURE OUT how the burglars had got into the warehouse.|1
  • file away|Put a document in the correct place for storage in a filing system|I FILED a copy of the letter AWAY for my records.|1
  • file for|Apply for something legally, like divorce or bankruptcy|They FILED FOR divorce after two years of marriage.|_
  • fill in|Complete a form|I FILLED IN the application form and posted it off.|1
  • fill in for|Substitute|I was away for a few days, so they had to get someone to FILL IN FOR me.|_
  • fill in on|Give someone information|I’m sorry I missed the meeting; could you FILL me IN ON what happened.|_
  • fill out|Complete a form|I FILLED OUT the application form and mailed it.|1
  • fill up|Fill something completely|I stopped at the garage and FILLED UP with petrol.|1
  • filter in|Move into a lane of traffic without making other cars stop|The slip lane allows traffic to FILTER IN at the junction.|_
  • filter out|Remove something unwanted|It FILTERS OUT all the impurities and chemicals in tap water so that it tastes better.|1
  • find out|Discover|I went to the library to FIND OUT all I could about the life and work of Joe Meek.|1
  • finish off|Finish completely|They FINISHED OFF all the chocolates and had to go to the all-night garage to buy some more.|1
  • finish up|Finally get somewhere, usually without planning to go there|We went out for diner and FINISHED UP in a club.|1
  • finish up with|Have or do something at the end or as the last of something|We attended some workshops and FINISHED UP WITH the keynote speaker.|_
  • finish with|End a relationship|She FINISHED WITH him a few months ago.|_
  • fink on|Give away secrets about someone|He FINKED ON her to the authorities.|_
  • fink out|Fail to keep a promise, arrangement, etc|He said he’d come with us then FINKED OUT at the last minute.|_
  • fire away|Ask questions|What do you want to know? FIRE AWAY and I’ll tell you.|_
  • fire off|Send quickly, angrily or many (letter, emails, etc)|He FIRED OFF an email complaining about the report.|_
  • fire up|Start a computer|She FIRED UP the computer and printed out a hard copy of the files.|1
  • firm up|Make things clearer in a negotiation or discussion|We need to FIRM UP some aspects of the contract before we sign it.|1
  • fish for|Try to get some information or to get someone to say something|He’s always FISHING FOR compliments.|_
  • fish out|Remove something from a bag, pocket, etc|She reached into her handbag and FISHED some coins OUT.|_
  • fit in|Get on in a group of people|I didn’t FIT IN with the other people working there so I left and found another job.|1
  • fit in with|Be convenient or occur conveniently|They’re not arriving until Thursday, which FITS IN WITH my schedule for the week.|_
  • fit into|Become part of|Their ideas didn’t FIT INTO our plans.|_
  • fit out|Provide with necessary equipment|They FITTED OUT the boat for the race.|1
  • fit out with|Provide someone with necessary equipment|They didn’t FIT the troops OUT WITH the necessary protective gear.|_
  • fit up|Frame someone- make them look guilty of something they haven’t done|The police FITTED him UP for dealing drugs.|_
  • fix up|Make an arrangement|He FIXED UP an appointment for me to see a specialist.|1
  • fizzle out|End in an unsuccessful way|The campaign started well, but FIZZLED OUT when they ran out of money.|1
  • flag down|Signal at a vehicle to get it to stop|The police officer FLAGGED the car DOWN because it didn’t have its headlights on.|1
  • flag up|Raise an issue, or highlight its importance|We should FLAG UP working conditions at the meeting.|_
  • flake out|Fall asleep from exhaustion|I worked till midnight then FLAKED OUT.|1
  • flame out|Fail|The company FLAMED OUT in the recession.|_
  • flame up|Burn brightly|The wood FLAMED UP in the fire.|1
  • flare out|Get angry suddenly|He FLARED OUT when he saw the dreadful report.|1
  • flare up|When trouble suddenly appears|The argument FLARED UP when he was rude to them.|1
  • flesh out|Add more details or information|The recent government report FLESHED OUT the draft proposals.|1
  • flick over|Change TV channels quickly|She FLICKED OVER to see if the news had started.|_
  • flick through|Change TV channels repeatedly|I FLICKED THROUGH the channels to see if there was anything worth watching.|_
  • flip off|Extend your middle finger as a gesture of contempt|When the police were walking away, he FLIPPED them OFF.|_
  • flip out|Become very excited and lose control|He FLIPPED OUT when he won the final.|1
  • flip through|Look quickly through a magazine, book, etc|I FLIPPED THROUGH the latest issue of the magazine in the shop and decided to buy it.|_
  • flog off|Sell something cheaply to get rid of it|The council FLOGGED OFF the land cheaply to a developer who had close links to a few of the councillors.|_
  • floor it|Drive a vehicle as fast as possible|She FLOORED IT when the police arrived.|_
  • flounce off|Leave a place or walk away from someone angrily|He FLOUNCED OFF when they laughed at him.|_
  • flounce out|Leave a place angrily|He FLOUNCED OUT when the press started criticising him.|_
  • fluff out|Shake or pat a cushion so that it fills with air|She FLUFFED OUT the sofa cushions.|_
  • fluff up|Shake or pat a cushion so that it fills with air|He FLUFFED UP the pillow before going to bed.|1
  • fly about|Circulate (rumours, etc)|The rumour has been FLYING ABOUT for the past week, but no one has confirmed it.|_
  • fly around|Circulate (rumours, etc)|There are a lot of stories FLYING AROUND about her past.|_
  • fly at|Attack|The dog FLEW AT the cat when it came into the garden.|_
  • fly by|When time appears to move quickly|As I get older, the years just FLY BY.|1
  • fly into|Change emotion quickly|He FLEW INTO a rage.|_
  • fob off|Make or persuade someone to accept something|I FOBBED it OFF Paul.|1
  • fob off on|Make or persuade someone to accept something you don’t want|I FOBBED the work ON the others.|_
  • fob off onto|Make or persuade someone to accept something you don’t want|I FOBBED the fake note ONTO a shopkeeper.|_
  • fob off with|Make or persuade someone to accept something of lower quality than they wanted|He FOBBED her OFF WITH some fake gold.|_
  • focus on|Concentrate|The report FOCUSES ON the company’s weak points.|1
  • fold up|Make a sheet of paper smaller|Darren FOLDED UP the letter and put it in an envelope.|1
  • follow on|Leave to meet someone after they have left the place you’re at|He left an hour ago and I’ll be FOLLOWING ON soon.|_
  • follow on from|Be the part of something|The film FOLLOWS ON from the original.|_
  • follow through|Do what is necessary to complete something or make it successful|The project went wrong when the staff failed to FOLLOW THROUGH.|1
  • follow up|Do something to check or improve an earlier action|He FOLLOWED UP the meeting with a report.|1
  • fool about|Not be serious|They were FOOLING ABOUT and wouldn’t settle down.|_
  • fool around|Not be serious|The teacher was angry because the class were FOOLING AROUND.|1
  • fool with|Play with something dangerous|Don’t FOOL WITH that- it could explode.|_
  • forge ahead|Make a lot of progress in a short time|We’ve been FORGING AHEAD with the work and should be finished well before the deadline.|_
  • freak out|Become very disturbed or angry|She FREAKED OUT completely when she didn’t get the grades to get into university.|1
  • free up|Make money or time available by not using it elsewhere|If we get the work done tonight, it will FREE UP the weekend to go away.|_
  • freeze out|Shut out or exclude by unfriendly treatment|They tried to FREEZE me OUT of the conversation.|1
  • freeze over|Become covered with ice (lake, river, pond, etc)|The winter was very severe and the lake FROZE OVER.|_
  • freeze up|Be blocked with ice|The pipes all FROZE UP so no water came through.|_
  • freshen up|Wash quickly and improve appearance|I’m going to the bathroom to FRESHEN UP before they arrive.|1
  • frighten away|Scare someone so much that they go away|The noise FRIGHTENED the birds AWAY.|1
  • frighten off|Scare someone so much that they go away|The dog FRIGHTENED the burglars OFF.|1
  • fritter away|Waste time, money or chances|She FRITTERED her inheritance AWAY.|1
  • front for|Represent someone, especially when covering illegal or wrongful activities|The solicitor FRONTS FOR a number of criminal gangs.|_
  • front off|Confront someone and let them know you are prepared to fight|The two guys FRONTED each other OFF, but someone managed to calm them down before it got out of hand.|_
  • front onto|Face (of a building)|My house FRONTS ONTO the main square.|_
  • front out|Face up to someone, withstand criticism|He accused her of lying, but she FRONTED him OUT|_
  • front up|Appear somewhere for a short time|I hate these occasions, but I’ll FRONT UP for the first half.|_
  • frown on|Disapprove|He FROWNS ON people making personal calls at work.|1
  • fuel up|Put petrol or other fuel into a vehicle|We stopped to FUEL UP before the car ran out.|_

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