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HOME > ENGLISH PHRASAL VERBS > Phrasal verbs starting with F

English phrasal verbs for EOL students







Phrasal Verbs: F

Face off:
To go head to head. To engage in a game, competition, etc. ex. "The two teams will face off again next week."

Face up to (something):
To accept responsibility for (something). ex. "In order to be a responsible person, you have to face up to what you did."

Fall back on:
To have as a backup; To have in case of an emergency. ex. "I always have my translating skills to fall back on if my acting career doesn't pan out."

Fall behind:
To fail to keep pace (with someone/something). ex. "The other runners fell behind."

Fall for:
1) To believe something that isn't true. ex. "I can't believe you fell for that story! It's obviously a lie!"
2) To fall in love with. ex. "He fell for her."

Fall off:
To decrease. ex. "Gold prices fell off last week."

Fall out:
To argue, quarrel. ex. "They fell out over the administration's handling of the war."

Fall through:
To not happen. ex. "Our plan to go to Europe last year fell through because we didn't have enough money."

Feel out:
To try to determine. ex. "Jim's a very moody person. You should feel out his mood before you ask him for any favors."

Feel (someone) up:
To touch someone in a passionate, sexual way.

Feel up to:
To feel good/comfortable/strong enough to. ex. "Do you feel up to going out tonight?"

Fend off (an attack, etc.):
To successfully resist, fight back; to fight off.

Figure out:
To solve or understand something. ex. "I can't figure out why she would lie to me like that."

Fill in:
To complete (in writing, etc.) ex. "Don't forget to fill in all the blanks on the application."

Fill in for:
To substitute for. ex. "I was unable to go to the meeting yesterday, but Tom filled in for me."

Fill out:
1) To complete (an application, form, etc.) ex. "Fill out this application and bring it back to me." 2) To gain weight, body mass. etc. ex. "Mike has really filled out over the past couple of years."

Find out:
To discover. ex. "He found out that his wife had been cheating on him."

Find your way around:
To have good knowledge of the layout/geography of a place/thing. ex. "I can find my way around Houston very easily.", "This sitemap will help you find your way around our website."

Fire away:
Mostly used as a command. "Fire away." = "Ask me what you want to ask me."

Fire off:
To send very quickly, as in an email, a letter, etc. ex. "I just have to fire off a couple of quick emails and I'll be with you in a second."

Fit in:
To belong or conform to some group, etc. ex. "I'm a rebel. I don't fit in."

Fizzle out:
To fade and then end weakly; to peter out. ex. "The party just kind of fizzled out."

Flick through (the channels):
To channel surf (to go from one TV chanel to the next, seeing what's on TV). Also used as a synonym for "to flip through."

Flip through:
To look or glance through very quickly. ex. "He flipped through the newspaper."

Follow up on (something):
To go back to something that was talked about earlier, usually in order to check progress, discuss details, etc. ex. "I'm calling to follow up on our conversation this morning."

Fool around:
1) To play, joke around. ex. "The kids were fooling around outside."
2) To kiss and touch. ex. "Tom and Rachel were fooling around at the party."

Freak out: (very informal)
To go crazy/wild (because of emotion, anger, etc.).ex. "My friend freaked out when he found out that his girlfriend was cheating on him."


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