Phrasal verbs that start with F
Face off1. to fight or compete with each other
- The candidates faced off in their first presidential debate.
Face down(S) to oppose or defeat someone who is threatening or criticizing you by being brave and confident
- They successfully faced down a big crowd of demonstrators.
Face up to1. to accept that something is true
- He has to face up to the fact that she will never return home.
- You have to face up to your problems and try to solve them.
Factor into include something when doing a calculation or planning something
- Transportation must be factored into your school budget.
Fade in/Fade out(of a picture, sound) to become gradually clearer or louder/to gradually disappear
- The voices slowly faded out.
Fade awayto slowly become less strong or less important
- The memories are fading away.
FallPhrasal verbs with Fall
to spread out in different directions from a particular point
- The police and soldiers fanned out across the city to stop the violent demonstrations.
1. (S) to give some of the work to another person or company to do
- Some of the work will be farmed out to consultants.
2. informal. (S) to send a child to be looked after by other people
- They farms out their baby to a childminder.
to direct your attention to something
- I fastened my attention on this problem.
1. If an animal feeds off something, it eats it
- Roof rats usually feed on fruits.
2. to use something in order to exist, increase or succeed
- Fascism feeds on fear and prejudice.
to make someone fatter by giving them more food than usual
- He is as thin as rake. Feed him up.
to have sympathy for someone because you understand how they are suffering
- I know he is suffering a lot from depression, and I really feel for him.
informal. (S) to touch someone in a sexual way, especially someone who does not like it
- He tried to feel her up.
Feel up to
to be healthy or strong enough for something or doing something
- I don’t feel up to going to his party.
1. (S) to build a fence around something
- The yard was completely fenced in.
2. (S) to restrict or limit someone’s freedom
- We often feel fenced in by rules.
(S) to surround an area with a fence in order to prevent someone/something from entering it
- The area was fenced off on all sides.
informal. to arrive at a place that was not planned
- Somehow I fetched up in Calais.
to waste time doing small things instead of doing something useful
- Stop fiddling around, and come and help me.
to try to defeat someone using violence when they attack you
(S) to stop someone attacking you
- She fought off the her attackers.
to end an argument or a disagreement by fighting or arguing
- They had to go to court to fight it out.
(S) to understand something or solve a problem by thinking
- We can't figure out how the pump works.
to plan something or expect that something will happen
- We hadn't figured on more than ten guests.
Fill in/fill out
1. (S) to write answers on a document, form, etc.
- Please fill in the application carefully.
2. (S) to inform someone about something
- Did he fill you in on the details?
(S) to become full, or to make something full
- to fill up a glass with crushed ice
to learn a fact or piece of information by making an effort or to become aware of something accidentally
- I found out that they had never been here before.
1. (S) to make something end completely
- I want to finish off this report today.
2. to kill or destroy someone/something
to be in a particular place or situation after doing something
- You will finish up dead if you carry on driving like that.
1. to end a romantic relationship with someone
- I've decided to finish with him.
2. to no longer use something
- Have you finished with the newspaper?
1. (S) to write and send a letter hurriedly, and often angrily
- He fired off an angry letter to his lawyer.
2. (S) to fire a gun or other weapon
- The man fired off two warning shots into the air.
to make someone interested in something or excited by it
- She's all fired up about the party.
informal. to begin to talk or ask a question
- ‘May I ask you a question?’ ‘Fire away’
to try to get something, especially some information or compliments
- Truly, I am not fishing for compliments.
1. (S) to pull someone or something out of water
- The boatman fished the body of a man out of the river.
2. (S) to find and take something out of a bag or other container
- She fished a pen out of her bag.
1. to be able to do something or see someone, although you are very busy
- If you come after lunch I’ll try to fit you in.
2. to be accepted by other members of a group
- He never really fitted in with his new colleagues.
(S) to provide a person or place with the things that are needed for a particular purpose
- They are fitting the room out.
to decide on someone or something
- Have you fixed on a place for the party?
1. to repair; to make something into good condition again
- I decided to fix up my room.
2. to arrange a date or an engagement for someone
informal. to suddenly fall asleep because you are very tired
- He flaked out on my bed.
If your thoughts or mind flash back to something in the past, you suddenly think about it
- His mind flashed back to that last evening.
informal. (S) to show something to others because you try to impress them
- She was flashing her diamond necklace around.
to avoid doing something because it is difficult or unpleasant
- He has never flinched from difficulties.
Synonym. Flick through
to quickly turn over the pages of a book, etc. especially to find the information you need
- He flipped through the catalogue.
to think about an idea or a plan, but not in a very serious way
- I flirted briefly with the idea of living in the countryside.
If an idea or story is floating around, it spreads and becomes known by many people
- The rumours are floating around the town.
formal. to naturally result from something
- Unpleasant consequences flow from the changes in production.
American English. informal. to be dismissed from a school or college because your work is not satisfactory.
- He flunked out of college after one year.
to attack someone in a violent and sudden way
- He flew at the man, beating him.
(S) to gently mix an ingredient into another
- Fold in the dark brown sugar.
(S) to try to get more information about something or take action about it
- Investigators followed up all possible leads.
to complete something that you have started
- He failed to follow through with his plan.
to waste time instead of doing something useful
- The students were fooling around in class.
to spoil something by making a stupid mistake or doing something in a careless way
- He fouled the schedule up.
to make a person or an animal go away or stay away by making them feel fear
- Sh! You’ll frighten the ducks off.
to make someone do something by frightening them
- They tried to frighten the boy into doing what they wanted.