Phrasal Verbs – F

Phrasal Verbs – F

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F - Phrasal Verbs
The list of phrasal verbs beginning with F

Face off : Confront.
The company FACED OFF the competition.

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 itvup.

F - Phrasal Verbs
Phrasal Verbs – F

Fall apart: Become emotionally disturbed and unable to behave normally.
He FELL APART when they sacked him.

Fall back : Retreat.
The army FELL BACK after losing the battle.

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.

Fall down : Fall on the ground. I slipped on the ice and FELL DOWN.
Fall down Have a weak point.
The argument FALLS DOWN when you look at how much it’ll cost.

Fall for : Be attracted to somebody, fall in love.
He FELL FOR her the moment their eyes met.

Fall for : Believe a lie or a piece of deception.
He FELL FOR my story and allowed me yet another extension for the submission of my thesis.

 

Fall in : Collapse.
The ceiling FELL IN hurting a lot of people.

Fall into : Start doing something unplanned.
I just FELL INTO my job when an opportunity came up.

Fall off : Decrease.
The membership FELL OFF dramatically when the chairperson resigned.

Fall out :Argue and be on bad terms with someone.
They FELL OUT over the decision and hardly speak to each other any more.

Fall out : Lose hair.
He’s started getting worried about baldness because his hair is FALLING OUT rather quickly.

Fall over : Fall on the ground. I slipped on the ice and FELL OVER.

Fall through : Be unsuccessful.
The plans FELL THROUGH when planning permission was refused.

Fall under : Become controlled.
At first he was independent, but then he FELL UNDER their influence.
Farm out Give or contract work to someone else.

The company wants to FARM OUT their maintenance.

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.

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 onto : Give attention to something that confirms your beliefs.
They FASTEN ONTO any figures that they think can support their case.

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.
F awn 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 off : Use something to your advantage.
He FEEDS OFF people’s fear of crime to get them to support his proposals.

 

Feed on :Grow stronger.
The opposition party’s FEEDING ON the government’s weaknesses.

 

Feed on : Consume in an animal’s diet. The bats FEED ON insects.
Feed on : Give someone a particular food. He FEEDS his cat ON dry food.

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.
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 with help from other people.
The children had to FEND FOR themselves after their parents died.

Fend off : Resist something successfully.
He managed to FEND OFF the criticism in the press.

Fend off : Push an attacker away.
She FENDED OFF the dog when it attacked her.

Ferret out :  Search and discover something.
The investigation finally managed to FERRET OUT the truth.

 

Fess up : Confess, admit something reluctantly.
The company FESSED UP after they were exposed in the newspapers.

Fess up : Give. FESS UP your share of the bill.
Fess up to Confess, admit reluctantly to something.

They FESSED UP TO the crime.

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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 around : Make small movements with your hands.
He FIDDLED AROUND for something in his pockets.

 

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.

Fight back : Try to control and emotion and keep it hidden.
He tried to FIGHT BACK the tears when he heard the news of her death.

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.

 

Fight off : Resist an illness or emotion. I’m FIGHTING OFF a cold.

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.

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.

 

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.

Fill in : Substitute someone at work.
She’s just had a baby, so we have hired someone to FILL IN for her.

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.

Fill up : Fill something completely.
I stopped at the garage and FILLED UP with petrol.

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.

 

Find out : Discover.
I went to the library to FIND OUT all I could about the life and work of Joe Meek.

Finish off : Finish completely.
They FINISHED OFF all the chocolates and had to go to the all-night garage to buy some more.

Finish off : Kill a person or animal, often when they have already been hurt.
The animal was badly hurt, so they FINISHED it OFF to end its suffering.

 

Finish off : Beat, make victory certain in sport. The second goal FINISHED them OFF.
Finish off Consume all.
We FINISHED OFF the coffee and had to get some more.

Finish up : finally get somewhere, usually without
planning to go there.
We went out for diner and FINISHED UP in a club.

 

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.

 

Finish with : Stop dealing with someone.
He wanted to leave but I was furious and hadn’t FINISHED WITH him.

 

Finish with : Finish using or requiring.
Can I read the paper when you’ve FINISHED WITH it.

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 off : Shoot, fire a gun (usually repeatedly).
The police FIRED OFF several rounds and killed the man.

Fire up : Start a computer.
She FIRED UP the computer and printed out a hard copy of the files.

Fire up : Excite, become excited.
Everyone was FIRED UP and desperate to get it finished in time.

Firm up : Make things clearer in a negotiation or discussion.
We need to FIRM UP some aspects of the contract before we sign it.

Firm up : Exercise to make muscles harder and remove fat.
I go swimming every day to FIRM UP my body.

Fish for : Try to get some information or to get 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.

 

Fish out : Remove from water, such as the sea, rivers, etc.
It’s fallen in the pool- I’ll have to FISH it 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.

 

Fit in : Have enough time or space for something.
I didn’t have time to FIT IN another appointment.

 

Fit in with : Be convenient or occur conveniently.
They’re not arriving until Thursday, which FITS IN WITH my schedule for the week.

 

Fit in with : Occur or happen in a way that shows that plans or ideas have not changed.
His rudeness yesterday FITS IN WITH what I have always thought of his behaviour.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Fit up : Provide equipment. They FITTED us UP with the latest IT.

Fix up : Make an arrangement.
He FIXED UP an appointment for me to see a specialist.

Fizzle out : End in an unsuccessful way.
The campaign started well, but FIZZLED OUT when they ran out of money.

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.

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.

Flame out : Fail.
The company FLAMED OUT in the recession.

Flame up : Burn brightly. The wood FLAMED UP in the fire.

Flare out : Get angry suddenly.
He FLARED OUT when he saw the dreadful report.

 

Flare up : When trouble suddenly appears.
The argument FLARED UP when he was rude to them.

Flesh out : Add more details or information.
The recent government report FLESHED OUT the draft proposals.

 

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 through see if there was anything worth watching.

Flick through : Look through something quickly.
I FLICKED THROUGH the magazine and decided to buy it.

 

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.

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.

 

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 at : Criticise or shout angrily.
He FLEW AT them for not trying hard enough.

 

Fly by : When time appears to move quickly. As I get older, the years just FLY BY.
Fly into : Change emotion quickly. He FLEW INTO a rage.
Fob off : Make or persuade someone to accept something.
I FOBBED it OFF Paul.

 

Fob off : Lie or deceive someone.
He FOBBED us OFF with a really stupid excuse.

 

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.

Fold up : Make a sheet of paper smaller.
Darren FOLDED UP the letter and put it in an envelope.

 

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 : In cricket, if the second team to bat doesn’t score enough runs, it has to bat again.
They were over 200 runs behind and had to FOLLOW ON.

 

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.

Follow through : Continue moving limbs after hitting a ball.
You need to FOLLOW THROUGH smoothly when playing golf.

Follow up :Do something to check or improve an earlier action.
He FOLLOWED UP the meeting with a report.

Follow up : Find our about a problem and act.
The police didn’t FOLLOW UP the allegations.

Fool about : Not be serious.
They were FOOLING ABOUT and wouldn’t settle down.

Fool about : Be unfaithful.
Their marriage broke down because he kept FOOLING ABOUT.

Fool around : Not be serious.
The teacher was angry because the class were FOOLING AROUND.

Fool around Be unfaithful.
She suspects her husband is FOOLING AROUND with one of her friends.

 

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.

 

Forge ahead : Move forwards very quickly.
She FORGED AHEAD of the other runners and won.

 

Freak out :Become very disturbed or angry.
She FREAKED OUT completely when she didn’t get the grades to get into university.

 

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.

 

Free up : Do work or a task for someone to make them available for something.
If you proofread this text, it will FREE me UP to get on with the next part.

Freeze out : Shut out or exclude by unfriendly treatment.
They tried to FREEZE me OUT of the conversation.

 

Freeze out : Force to retire or withdraw from membership, a job, etc.
After Jim was FROZEN OUT of the case, they hired a new lawyer.

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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.

 

Freeze up : Stop working because the parts of a machine won’t move.
The gears had FROZEN UP.
Freeze up : When a computer stops working.
The computer FROZE UP; it showed me the blue screen of death and I couldn’t reboot.

Freeze up : Be paralysed with fear.
WE FROZE UP when we heard the window break.

 

Freshen up : Wash quickly and improve appearance.
I’m going to the bathroom to FRESHEN UP before they arrive.

 

Freshen up : Add more alcohol to a glass before it is empty.
Here, let me FRESHEN UP your drink.

Freshen up : Quickly improve the appearance of something.
The magazine gives you tips on how to FRESHEN UP your home cheaply.

 

Frighten away : Scare someone so much that they go away.
The noise FRIGHTENED the birds AWAY.

Frighten away : Scare or worry someone enough to stop them doing something they had planned.

The strikes FRIGHTENED many visitors AWAY.

 

Frighten off : Scare someone so much that they go away.
The dog FRIGHTENED the burglars OFF.

 

Frighten off : Scare or worry someone enough to stop them doing something they had planned.
The crash in share prices FRIGHTENED investors OFF.

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.

 

Front up : Advance cash for something.
She FRONTED UP the money we needed.

Frown on : Disapprove.
He FROWNS ON people making personal calls at work.

Fuel up : Put petrol or other fuel into a vehicle.
We stopped to FUEL UP before the car ran out.

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