Phrasal verbs with " F "

 

Face off: Confront.

Example: The company FACED OFF the competition.

 

Face up: to Accept an unpleasant truth.

Example: Many people find it hard to FACE UP TO the fact that they are getting old.

 

Faff about: Behave indecisively.

Example: He told her to stop FAFFING ABOUT and make her mind up.

 

Faff around: Behave indecisively.

Example: She told him to stop FAFFING AROUND and make his mind up.

 

Fall about: Laugh a lot.

Example: We FELL ABOUT when we heard what she'd done.

 

Fall apart: Break into pieces.

Example: The box FELL APART when I picked it up.

 

Fall apart: Become emotionally disturbed and unable to behave normally.

Example: He FELL APART when they sacked him.

 

Fall back: Retreat.

Example: The army FELL BACK after losing the battle.

 

Fall back on: Be able to use in an emergency.

Example: It was good to have some money in the bank to FALL BACK ON when I lost my job.

 

Fall behind: Make less progress.

Example: I was ill for a week and FELL BEHIND with my work.

 

Fall down: Fall on the ground.

Example: I slipped on the ice and FELL DOWN.

 

Fall down: Have a weak point.

Example: The argument FALLS DOWN when you look at how much it'll cost.

 

Fall for: Be attracted to somebody, fall in love.

Example: He FELL FOR her the moment their eyes met.

 

Fall for: Believe a lie or a piece of deception.

Example: He FELL FOR my story and allowed me yet another extension for the submission of my thesis.

 

Fall in: Collapse.

Example: The ceiling FELL IN hurting a lot of people.

 

Fall into: Start doing something unplanned.

Example: I just FELL INTO my job when an opportunity came up.

 

Fall off: Decrease.

Example: The membership FELL OFF dramatically when the chairperson resigned.

 

Fall out: Argue and be on bad terms with someone.

Example: They FELL OUT over the decision and hardly speak to each other anymore.

 

Fall out: Lose hair.

Example: He's started getting worried about baldness because his hair is FALLING OUT rather quickly.

 

Fall over: Fall on the ground.

Example: I slipped on the ice and FELL OVER.

 

Fall through: Be unsuccessful.

Example: The plans FELL THROUGH when planning permission was refused.

 

Fall under: Become controlled.

Example: At first he was independent, but then he FELL UNDER their influence.

 

Farm out: Give or contract work to someone else.

Example: The company wants to FARM OUT their maintenance.

 

Fart about: Waste time doing silly things.

Example: The manager was angry because the staff was FARTING ABOUT.

 

Fart around: Waste time doing pointless things.

Example: We were really bored in the lecture so we started FARTING AROUND.

 

Fasten down: Tie something so that it doesn't move.

Example: We FASTENED it DOWN to keep the wind from blowing it away.

 

Fasten on: Give attention to something that confirms your beliefs.

Example: They have FASTENED ON the speech as a source of inspiration.

 

Fasten onto: Follow someone closely, normally when they don't want your company.

Example: 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.

Example: They FASTEN ONTO any figures that they think can support their case.

 

Fasten up: Close, attach. FASTEN UP your seatbelts.

Example: 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.

Example: They FATTEN the cows UP before slaughtering them.

 

Fawn on: Praise someone in an excessive way to get their favour or something from them.

Example: 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.

Example: 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.

Example: The gecko FEEDS OFF mosquitoes and other insects.

 

Feed off: Use something to your advantage.

Example: He FEEDS OFF people's fear of crime to get them to support his proposals.

 

Feed on: Grow stronger.

Example: The opposition party's FEEDING ON the government's weaknesses.

 

Feed on: Consume in an animal's diet.

Example: The bats FEED ON insects.

 

Feed on: Give someone a particular food.

Example: He FEEDS his cat ON dry food.

 

Feed up: Give someone a lot of food to restore their health, make them bigger, etc.

Example: She's been ill for a fortnight so we're FEEDING her UP.

 

Feel up: Touch sexually, grope.

Example: Someone FELT me UP in the club as I was trying to get to the bar.

 

Feel up to: Feel capable of doing something.

Example: I'm so tired. I don't think I FEEL UP TO going out tonight.

 

Fence in: Enclose an area.

Example: They FENCED the whole garden IN.

 

Fence off: Enclose an area to keep animals or people out.

Example: 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.

Example: The children had to FEND FOR themselves after their parents died.

 

Fend off: Resist something successfully.

Example: He managed to FEND OFF the criticism in the press.

 

Fend off: Push an attacker away.

Example: She FENDED OFF the dog when it attacked her.

 

Ferret out: Search and discover something.

Example: The investigation finally managed to FERRET OUT the truth.

 

Fess up: Confess, admit something reluctantly.

Example: The company FESSED UP after they were exposed in the newspapers.

 

Fess up: Give.

Example: FESS UP your share of the bill.

 

Fess up to: Confess, admit reluctantly to something.

Example: They FESSED UP TO the crime.

 

Fiddle about: Waste time doing silly things, or doing things unsuccessfully.

Example: 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.

Example: I FIDDLED AROUND with the phone but couldn't get any signal.

 

Fiddle around: Make small movements with your hands.

Example: He FIDDLED AROUND for something in his pockets.

 

Fiddle away: Waste time.

Example: He FIDDLED AWAY the afternoon.

 

Fight back: Defend yourself, resist an attack.

Example: The army attacked the town and the inhabitants FOUGHT BACK fiercely.

 

Fight back: Try to control and emotion and keep it hidden..

Example: 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.

Example: Their FIGHTING IT OUT to see who will become the next CEO.

 

Fight off: Fight an attacker and force them back.

Example: The old lady managed to FIGHT the muggers OFF and they didn't get her purse.

 

Fight off: Resist an illness or emotion.

Example: I'm FIGHTING OFF a cold.

 

Figure on: Plan, expect.

Example: What job do you FIGURE ON doing when you graduate?

 

Figure out: Find the answer to a problem.

Example: 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.

Example: I FILED a copy of the letter AWAY for my records.

 

File for: Apply for something legally, like divorce or bankruptcy.

Example: They FILED FOR divorce after two years of marriage.

 

Fill in: Complete a form.

Example: I FILLED IN the application form and posted it off.

 

Fill in: Substitute someone at work.

Example: She's just had a baby, so we have hired someone to FILL IN for her.

 

Fill in: for Substitute.

Example: I was away for a few days, so they had to get someone to FILL IN FOR me.

 

Fill in on: Give someone information.

Example: I'm sorry I missed the meeting; could you FILL me IN ON what happened.

 

Fill out: Complete a form.

Example: I FILLED OUT the application form and mailed it.

 

Fill up: Fill something completely.

Example: I stopped at the garage and FILLED UP with petrol.

 

Filter in: Move into a lane of traffic without making other cars stop.

Example: The slip lane allows traffic to FILTER IN at the junction.

 

Filter out: Remove something unwanted.

Example: It FILTERS OUT all the impurities and chemicals in tap water so that it tastes better.

 

Find out: Discover.

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

 

Finish off: Finish completely.

Example: 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.

Example: The animal was badly hurt, so they FINISHED it OFF to end its suffering.

 

Finish off: Beat, make victory certain in sport.

Example: The second goal FINISHED them OFF.

 

Finish off: Consume all.

Example: We FINISHED OFF the coffee and had to get some more.

 

Finish up: Finally get somewhere, usually without planning to go there.

Example: 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.

Example: We attended some workshops and FINISHED UP WITH the keynote speaker.

 

Finish with: End a relationship.

Example: She FINISHED WITH him a few months ago.

 

Finish with: Stop dealing with someone.

Example: He wanted to leave but I was furious and hadn't FINISHED WITH him.

 

Finish with: Finish using or requiring.

Example: Can I read the paper when you've FINISHED WITH it.

 

Fink on: Give away secrets about someone.

Example: He FINKED ON her to the authorities.

 

Fink out: Fail to keep a promise, arrangement, etc.

Example: He said he'd come with us then FINKED OUT at the last minute.

 

Fire away: Ask questions.

Example: What do you want to know? FIRE AWAY and I'll tell you.

 

Fire off: Send quickly, angrily or many (letter, emails, etc).

Example: He FIRED OFF an email complaining about the report.

 

Fire off: Shoot, fire a gun (usually repeatedly).

Example: The police FIRED OFF several rounds and killed the man.

 

Fire up: Start a computer.

Example: She FIRED UP the computer and printed out a hard copy of the files.

 

Fire up: Excite, become excited.

Example: Everyone was FIRED UP and desperate to get it finished in time.

 

Firm up: Make things clearer in a negotiation or discussion.

Example: We need to FIRM UP some aspects of the contract before we sign it.

 

Firm up: Exercise to make muscles harder and remove fat.

Example: I go swimming every day to FIRM UP my body.

 

Fish for: Try to get some information or to get someone to say something.

Example: He's always FISHING FOR compliments.

 

Fish out: Remove something from a bag, pocket, etc.

Example: She reached into her handbag and FISHED some coins OUT.

 

Fish out: Remove from water, such as the sea, rivers, etc.

Example: It's fallen in the pool- I'll have to FISH it OUT.

 

Fit in: Get on in a group of people.

Example: 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.

Example: I didn't have time to FIT IN another appointment.

 

Fit in with: Be convenient or occur conveniently.

Example: 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.

Example: His rudeness yesterday FITS IN WITH what I have always thought of his behaviour.

 

Fit into: Become part of.

Example: Their ideas didn't FIT INTO our plans.

 

Fit out: Provide with necessary equipment.

Example: They FITTED OUT the boat for the race.

 

Fit out with: Provide someone with necessary equipment.

Example: 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.

Example: The police FITTED him UP for dealing drugs.

 

Fit up: Provide equipment.

Example: They FITTED us UP with the latest IT.

 

Fix up: Make an arrangement.

Example: He FIXED UP an appointment for me to see a specialist.

 

Fizzle out: End in an unsuccessful way.

Example: The campaign started well, but FIZZLED OUT when they ran out of money.

 

Flag down: Signal at a vehicle to get it to stop.

Example: The police officer FLAGGED the car DOWN because it didn't have its headlights on.

 

Flag up: Raise an issue, or highlight its importance.

Example: We should FLAG UP working conditions at the meeting.

 

Flake out: Fall asleep from exhaustion.

Example: I worked till midnight then FLAKED OUT.

 

Flame out: Fail.

Example: The company FLAMED OUT in the recession.

 

Flame up: Burn brightly.

Example: The wood FLAMED UP in the fire.

 

Flare out: Get angry suddenly.

Example: He FLARED OUT when he saw the dreadful report.

 

Flare up: When trouble suddenly appears.

Example: The argument FLARED UP when he was rude to them.

 

Flesh out: Add more details or information.

Example: The recent government report FLESHED OUT the draft proposals.

 

Flick over: Change TV channels quickly.

Example: She FLICKED OVER to see if the news had started.

 

Flick through: Change TV channels repeatedly.

Example: I FLICKED THROUGH the channels to see if there was anything worth watching.

 

Flick through: Look through something quickly.

Example: I FLICKED THROUGH the magazine and decided to buy it.

 

Flip off: Extend your middle finger as a gesture of contempt.

Example: When the police were walking away, he FLIPPED them OFF.

 

Flip out: Become very excited and lose control.

Example: He FLIPPED OUT when he won the final.

 

Flip through: Look quickly through a magazine, book, etc.

Example: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.

Example: 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.

Example: She FLOORED IT when the police arrived.

 

Flounce off: Leave a place or walk away from someone angrily.

Example: He FLOUNCED OFF when they laughed at him.

 

Flounce out: Leave a place angrily.

Example: He FLOUNCED OUT when the press started criticising him.

 

Fluff out: Shake or pat a cushion so that it fills with air.

Example: She FLUFFED OUT the sofa cushions.

 

Fluff up: Shake or pat a cushion so that it fills with air.

Example: He FLUFFED UP the pillow before going to bed.

 

Fly about: Circulate (rumours, etc).

Example: The rumour has been FLYING ABOUT for the past week, but no one has confirmed it.

 

Fly around: Circulate (rumours, etc).

Example: There are a lot of stories FLYING AROUND about her past.

 

Fly at: Attack.

Example: The dog FLEW AT the cat when it came into the garden.

 

Fly at: Criticise or shout angrily.

Example: He FLEW AT them for not trying hard enough.

 

Fly by: When time appears to move quickly.

Example: As I get older, the years just FLY BY.

 

Fly into: Change emotion quickly.

Example: He FLEW INTO a rage.

 

Fob off: Make or persuade someone to accept something.

Example: I FOBBED it OFF Paul.

 

Fob off: Lie or deceive someone.

Example: He FOBBED us OFF with a really stupid excuse.

 

Fob off on: Make or persuade someone to accept something you don't want.

Example: I FOBBED the work ON the others.

 

Fob off onto: Make or persuade someone to accept something you don't want.

Example: I FOBBED the fake note ONTO a shopkeeper.

 

Fob off with: Make or persuade someone to accept something of lower quality than they wanted.

Example: He FOBBED her OFF WITH some fake gold.

 

Focus on: Concentrate.

Example: The report FOCUSES ON the company's weak points.

 

Fold up: Make a sheet of paper smaller.

Example: 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.

Example: 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.

Example: They were over 200 runs behind and had to FOLLOW ON.

 

Follow on from: Be the part of something.

Example: The film FOLLOWS ON from the original.

 

Follow through: Do what is necessary to complete something or make it successful.

Example: The project went wrong when the staff failed to FOLLOW THROUGH.

 

Follow through: Continue moving limbs after hitting a ball.

Example: You need to FOLLOW THROUGH smoothly when playing golf.

 

Follow up: Do something to check or improve an earlier action.

Example: He FOLLOWED UP the meeting with a report.

 

Follow up: Find our about a problem and act.

Example: The police didn't FOLLOW UP the allegations.

 

Fool about: Not be serious.

Example: They were FOOLING ABOUT and wouldn't settle down.

 

Fool about: Be unfaithful.

Example: Their marriage broke down because he kept FOOLING ABOUT.

 

Fool around: Not be serious.

Example: The teacher was angry because the class were FOOLING AROUND.

 

Fool around: Be unfaithful.

Example: She suspects her husband is FOOLING AROUND with one of her friends.

 

Fool with: Play with something dangerous.

Example: Don't FOOL WITH that- it could explode.

 

Forge ahead: Make a lot of progress in a short time.

Example: We've been FORGING AHEAD with the work and should be finished well before the deadline.

 

Forge ahead: Move forwards very quickly.

Example: She FORGED AHEAD of the other runners and won.

 

Freak out: Become very disturbed or angry.

Example: 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.

Example: 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.

Example: 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.

Example: They tried to FREEZE me OUT of the conversation.

 

Freeze out: Force to retire or withdraw from membership, a job, etc.

Example: After Jim was FROZEN OUT of the case, they hired a new lawyer.

 

Freeze over: Become covered with ice (lake, river, pond, etc).

Example: The winter was very severe and the lake FROZE OVER.

 

Freeze up: Be blocked with ice.

Example: The pipes all FROZE UP so no water came through.

 

Freeze up: Stop working because the parts of a machine won't move.

Example: The gears had FROZEN UP.

 

Freeze up: When a computer stops working.

Example: The computer FROZE UP; it showed me the blue screen of death and I couldn't reboot.

 

Freeze up: Be paralysed with fear.

Example: WE FROZE UP when we heard the window break.

 

Freshen up: Wash quickly and improve appearance.

Example: I'm going to the bathroom to FRESHEN UP before they arrive.

 

Freshen up: Add more alcohol to a glass before it is empty.

Example: Here, let me FRESHEN UP your drink.

 

Freshen up: Quickly improve the appearance of something.

Example: The magazine gives you tips on how to FRESHEN UP your home cheaply.

 

Frighten away: Scare someone so much that they go away.

Example: The noise FRIGHTENED the birds AWAY.

 

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

Example: The strikes FRIGHTENED many visitors AWAY.

 

Frighten off: Scare someone so much that they go away.

Example: The dog FRIGHTENED the burglars OFF.

 

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

Example: The crash in share prices FRIGHTENED investors OFF.

 

Front for: Represent someone, especially when covering illegal or wrongful activities.

Example: The solicitor FRONTS FOR a number of criminal gangs.

 

Front off: Confront someone and let them know you are prepared to fight.

Example: 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).

Example: My house FRONTS ONTO the main square.

 

Front out: Face up to someone, withstand criticism.

Example: He accused her of lying, but she FRONTED him OUT.

 

Front up: Appear somewhere for a short time.

Example: I hate these occasions, but I'll FRONT UP for the first half.

 

Front up: Advance cash for something.

Example: She FRONTED UP the money we needed.

 

Frown on: Disapprove.

Example: He FROWNS ON people making personal calls at work.

 

Fuel up: Put petrol or other fuel into a vehicle.

Example: We stopped to FUEL UP before the car ran out.

 

Last modified on Четверг, 09 Февраль 2017 09:00

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