Phrasal Verbs Beginning with “F”

This page contains an extensive list of phrasal verbs beginning with "F". Click one of the letters below for a list of phrasal verbs, definitions, and examples starting with another letter.


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Face (2)

Face off

definition: (Separable [optional]) To confront

example: They fearlessly faced off their rivals despite the odds.

Face up to

definition: (Inseparable) To accept an unpleasant truth

example: She needs to face up to the fact that she made a mistake.

Faff (2)

Faff about

definition: (Intransitive) To behave indecisively

example: I wish you would stop faffing about make up your mind.

Faff around

definition: (Intransitive) To behave indecisively

example: We haven't got all day, so don't faff around and pick one.

Fall (14)

Fall about

definition: (Intransitive) To laugh a lot

example: We faffed about all evening telling jokes to each other.

Fall apart

definition 1: (Intransitive) To break into pieces

example: Their relationship fell apart after years of arguing.


definition 2: (Intransitive) To become emotionally unstable or disturbed and unable to act normal

example: She fell apart when she heard the bad news.

Fall back

definition: (Intransitive) To retreat

example: They had to fall back because the enemy was advancing.

Fall back on

definition: (Inseparable) To be able to use in an emergency

example: If my original plan doesn't work, I'll fall back on plan B.

Fall behind

definition: (Intransitive) To make less progress than others due to absence or inactivity

example: He really fell behind in school when he was sick.

Fall down

definition 1: (Intransitive) To fall on the ground

example: She slipped and fell down because the floor was wet.


definition 2: (Intransitive) To have a weak point

example: Their reasons for purchasing a new car fell down when it came to justifying the cost.

Fall for

definition 1: (Inseparable) To be attracted to somebody, to fall in love

example: She fell for him the moment she saw him.


definition 2: (Inseparable) To believe a lie or a piece of deception

example: She told him that they were at the library and he fell for it.

Fall in

definition 1: (Intransitive) To collapse

example: The roof fell in because of too much snow.


definition 2: (Intransitive) To take one's place in a military formation

example: All the soldiers fell in line.

Fall into

definition 1: (Inseparable) To start doing something unplanned

example: He fell into his new job, even though he had applied to do something else.


definition 2: (Inseparable) To plunge or descend rapidly into something

example: Three boys fell into that well last summer because it wasn't properly secured.

Fall off

definition 1: (Intransitive) To physically fall from the edge of something

example: Be careful! A glass fell off the table and broke.


definition 2: (Intransitive) To decrease

example: The company's share prices fell off when the director handed in his resignation.

Fall out

definition 1: (Intransitive) To have an argument and stop being friends

example: They fell out over money.


definition 2: (Intransitive) To physically fall out of something

example: A bunch of money fell out of his bag when he dropped it.


definition 3: (Intransitive) To lose hair

example: My dad's bald, so by the time I'm his age, all of my hair will have probably fallen out.

Fall over

definition: (Intransitive) To fall on the ground

example: He tripped and fell over.

Fall through

definition: (Intransitive) To be unsuccessful

example: Sarah was going to have a party but her plans fell through because her parents decided not to go away for the weekend.

Fall under

definition: (Inseparable) To become controlled

example: The area fell under control of the opposition party before the elections.

Farm (1)

Farm out

definition: (Separable [optional]) To give work or a contract to someone else

example: Our company is thinking about farming it's help desk out to cut costs.

Fart (2)

Fart about

definition: (Intransitive) To waste time doing silly things

example: We basically just spent the weekend farting about.

Fart around

definition: (Intransitive) To waste time doing silly things

example: Break's over, quit farting around and get back to work!

Fasten (4)

Fasten down

definition: (Separable [optional]) To tie something so that it doesn't move

example: He should have fastened the couch down to the trailer.

Fasten on

definition: (Inseparable) To give attention to something that confirms your beliefs

example: Most of the people at the convention fastened on what the speaker was saying.

Fasten up

definition: (Separable [optional]) To close, attach

example: Fasten up your seatbelt.

Fathom (1)

Fathom out

definition: (Separable [optional]) To understand something

example: We couldn't fathom out we she got suddenly upset.

Fatten (1)

Fatten up

definition: (Separable [optional]) To give an animal a lot to eat to make it fat

example: Farmers usually fatten up their turkeys before Thanksgiving.

Fawn (2)

Fawn on

definition: (Inseparable) To excessively praise someone in order to get their favour or something from them

example: He's constant;y fawning on his supervisor with hopes that he'll get promoted.

Fawn over

definition: (Inseparable) To excessively praise someone in order to get their favour or something from them

example: We tried fawning over our teacher to give us a better mark.

Feed (3)

Feed off

definition 1: (Inseparable) To eat a food as part of an animals diet

example: Cows and sheep feed off grass in the fields they graze.


definition 2: (Inseparable) To use something to your advantage

example: The conservative party feeds off fear that migrants will take people's jobs.

Feed on

definition 1: (Inseparable) To grow stronger

example: Good investors feed on market speculation.


definition 2: (Inseparable) To consume in an animal's diet

example: Small snakes feed on insects and mice.


definition 3: (Separable [obligatory]) To give someone a particular food

example: She feedsher dog on premium brand dog food.

Feed up

definition: (Separable [obligatory]) To give someone a lot of food to restore their health, make them bigger, etc

example: We found a homeless dog yesterday so we're feeding it up to get it back into shape.

Feel (3)

Feel off

definition: (Separable [optional]) To grope or touch sexually

example: He was acused of feeling three women off without their consent.

Feel up

definition: (Separable [optional]) To grope or touch sexually

example: She said that someone felt her up at the crowded subway station.

Feel up to

definition: (Inseparable) To feel capable of doing something

example: He said he didn't feel up to going to the gym tonight.

Fence (2)

Fence in

definition: (Separable [optional]) To enclose an area

example: They decided to fence in their backyard.

Fence off

definition: (Separable [optional]) To enclose an area to keep animals or people out

example: The police fenced off the crime scene.

Fend (2)

Fend for

definition: (Inseparable) To take care of yourself or someone with help from others

example: They had to fend for themelves until the police came.

Fend off

definition 1: (Separable [optional]) To successfully resist something

example: The prime minister fended off criticisim from the opposition.


definition 2: (Separable [optional]) To push an attacker away

example: The rebels successfully fended off government forces.

Ferret (1)

Ferret out

definition: (Separable [optional]) To search and discover something

example: The police managed to ferret out who was responsible for the crime.

Fess (2)

Fess up

definition 1: (Intransitive) To reluctantly admit or confess something

example: He fessed up after seeing himself in the security camera recording.


definition 2: (Separable [optional]) To give

example: I wish he'd fess up the money he owes me.

Fess up to

definition: (Inseparable) To reluctantly admit or confess something

example: She fessed up to stealing the money.

Fetch (1)

Fetch up

definition: (Intransitive) To arrive unintentionally

example: They had to make an emergency landing and fetched up in Brussels.

Fiddle (3)

Fiddle about

definition: (Intransitive) To waste time doing something unsuccessfully or doing silly things

example: She really should do some work instead of fiddling about on facebook all day.

Fiddle around

definition 1: (Intransitive) To waste time doing something unsuccessfully or doing silly things

example: Stop fiddling around and get back to work!


definition 2: (Intransitive) To make small movements with your hands

example: He was fiddling around with something in his hands.

Fiddle away

definition: (Separable [optional]) To waste time

example: He managed to fiddle the past few hours away checking emails.

Fight (3)

Fight back

definition 1: (Intransitive) To defend yourself, resist an attack

example: He shouldn't let that kid bully him, he should fight back.


definition 2: (Separable [optional) To try to control and emotion and keep it hidden

example: She tried her best to fight back the tears in her eyes when she heard about his death.

Fight it out

definition: (Inseparable) To struggle to see who wins, both by arguing or fighting

example: They should fight it out and settle their differences.

Fight off

definition 1: (Separable [optional]) To fight an attacker and force them back

example: He managed to bfight off a gang of thugs all by himself.


definition 2: (Separable [optional]) To resist an illness or feeling

example: She's trying to fight off cold by drinking tea with honey and lemon.

Figure (2)

Figure on

definition: (Inseparable) To plan or expect

example: Where do you figure on going for your next holiday?

Figure out

definition: (Separable [optional]) To find the answer to a problem

example: The prison guards couldn't figure out how the inmates escaped.

File (2)

File away

definition: (Separable [optional]) To store a document in it's correct place in a filing system

example: She always files important letters away in case she needs them in the future.

File for

definition: (Inseparable) To legally apply for something (ie: divorce, bankruptcy

example: The company had to file for bankruptcy because it was unable to pay its debts.

Fill (5)

Fill in

definition 1: (Separable [optional]) To complete a form

example: He said he was looking for a job, so I told him to fill in an application form.


definition 2: (Inseparable) To substitute someone at work

example: Her colleague is sick, so she's filling in.

Fill in for

definition: (Inseparable) To substitute

example: We had to arrange for a substitute teacher to fill in for her while she was sick.

Fill in on

definition: (Separable [obligatory]) To give someone information

example: Can someone fill me in on what happened while I was gone.

Fill out

definition: (Separable [optional]) To complete a form

example: In order to apply for a driver's license you need to fill out a form.

Fill up

definition: (Separable [optional]) To fill something completely

example: We were running low on gas, so we stopped and filled up at gas station.

Filter (2)

Filter in

definition: (Intransitive) To merge lanes in traffic without causing other cars to stop

example: Despite the rush hour, we managed to filter in from the on ramp without a problem.

Filter out

definition: (Separable [optional]) To remove something unwanted

example: Sun cream filters out harmful UV rays.

Find (1)

Find out

definition: (Separable [optional]) To discover

example: Dad is going to be really angry when he finds out what you've done.

Finish (4)

Finish off

definition 1: (Separable [optional]) To completely finish something

example: He finished off a large pizza all by himself.


definition 2: (Separable [optional]) To kill a wounded person or animal

example: After stepping on a mine, the soldier asked us to finish him off.


definition 3: (Separable [optional]) To beat someone, achieve victory certain in sport

example: They scored a goal in the last five minutes of the match and finished the other team off.


definition 4: (Separable [optional]) To consume all of something

example: John finished off the last beer in the fridge, so we had to get more.

Finish up

definition: (Intransitive) To finally get somewhere, usually without prior plans

example: We were supposed to go to the cinema but we finished up at the bar.

Finish up with

definition: (Inseparable) To have or do something last or at the end

example: There were a lot of topics during the conference and we finished up with a short summary at the end.

Finish with

definition 1: (Inseparable) To end a relationship

example: He finished with her a few weeks ago.


definition 2: (Inseparable) To stop dealing with someone

example: He thought that we finished talking but I hadn't finished with him.


definition 3: (Separable [optional]) To finish requiring or using something

example: Can I borrow that book when your finished with it?

Fink (2)

Fink on

definition: (Inseparable) To give away secrets about someone

example: She finked on him for setting fire to the dumpster.

Fink out

definition: (Intransitive) To fail to keep a promise, arrangement, etc

example: She said she'd help me but finked out at the last minute.

Fire (3)

Fire away

definition: (Intransitive) To ask questions

example: If you have any questions, just fire away.

Fire off

definition 1: (Separable [optional]) To send one or many letters, emails, text messages, etc quickly or angrily

example: She fired off an sms at him after the break up saying she never wanted to see him again.


definition 2: (Separable [optional]) To shoot, fire a gun (usually repeatedly)

example: The bank robbers fired a few rounds off into the air to make their presence known.

Fire up

definition 1: (Inseparable) To start a machine (a computer, an engine, etc)

example: I'm going to fire up the barbecue, the guests will be here soon.


definition 2: (Separable [optional]) To become excited or excit others

example: The kids are really fired up about going to Disneyland this summer.

Firm (1)

Firm up

definition 1: (Separable [optional]) To clarify things through negotiation or discussion

example: I'd like to firm up some of the terms of the agreement with you before I sign it.


definition 2: (Separable [optional]) To make remove fat and muscles harder by exercising

example: He's really firmed up ever since he started going to the gym.

Fish (2)

Fish for

definition: (Inseparable) To try and get someone to say something or to get some information

example: The police are fishing for clues to the crime.

Fish out

definition 1: (Separable [optional]) To remove something from a bag, pocket, etc

example: He reached into his pocket to fish out some coins.


definition 2: (Separable [optional]) To remove something from water, such as the sea, rivers, etc

example: My hat fell in the water, so I had to fish it out with a paddle.

Fit (6)

Fit in

definition 1: (Intransitive) To get on in a group of people

example: When she changed schools, she had no problem fitting in.


definition 2: (Separable [optional]) To have enough time or space for something

example: He sad he's really busy this Friday but he would try and fit you in.

Fit in with

definition 1: (Inseparable) Be convenient or occur conveniently

example: The meeting was postponed till Friday which fits in with my schedule perfectly.


definition 2: (Inseparable) To happen or occur in a way that opinions, ideas, or plans have not changed

example: Her behaviour at the party fits in with with what I've always said about her.

Fit into

definition: (Inseparable) To become a part of

example: We had no problems fitting into the community when we moved.

Fit out

definition: (Separable [optional]) To provide the necessary equipment

example: The marines were fitted out before they got onboard the plane.

Fit out with

definition: (Separable [optional]) To provide the necessary equipment

example: All officers will be fitted out with a special body camera.

Fit up

definition 1: (Separable [optional]) To make someone look guilty of doing something they hadn't done

example: He claims that someone fit him up for murdering his wife.


definition 2: (Separable [obligatory]) To provide the necessary equipment

example: The shop assistant fit me up with a state of the art gaming computer.

Fix (1)

Fix up

definition 1: (Separable [optional]) To decorate or inprove one's living space

example: We really like how you fixed the place up.


definition 2: (Separable [optional]) To make an arrangement

example: My wife ixed up a dentist appointment for me on Thursday.

Fizzle (1)

Fizzle out

definition: (Intransitive) To end in an unsuccessful way

example: They had a great idea for a startup business but it fizzled out due to lack of enthusiasm.

Flag (2)

Flag down

definition: (Separable [optional]) To signal at a vehicle in order to get it to stop

example: Our car broke down in the blizzard so we had to flag a truck down for help.

Flag up

definition: (Separable [optional]) To raise an issue, or highlight its importance

example: The board flagged up several issue related to the treatment of employees.

Flake (1)

Flake out

definition: (Intransitive) To fall asleep from exhaustion

example: She flaked out when she got home because she had a really busy day at work.

Flame (2)

Flame out

definition: (Intransitive) To fail

example: His ambitious plan flamed out due to lack of interest.

Flame up

definition: (Intransitive) To burn brightly

example: The stacks of paper flamed up. like a roman candle.

Flare (2)

Flare out

definition: (Intransitive) To suddenly get angry

example: She flared out at the therapy session and left the room.

Flare up

definition: (Intransitive) When trouble suddenly appears

example: The situation between the protestors and police flared up and a riot broke out.

Flesh (1)

Flesh out

definition: (Separable [optional]) To add more information or details

example: Doug fleshed out all the details of his business proposal at yesterday's meeting.

Flick (2)

Flick over

definition: (Intransitive) To quickly change TV channels

example: We were watching a film on TV but flicked over to see if the football match had started yet.

Flick through

definition 1: (Inseparable) To repeatedly change TV channels

example: We flicked through the channels to see if anything interesting was on TV.


definition 2: (Inseparable) To quickly look through something

example: I flicked through a magazine while waiting to see the doctor.

Flip (3)

Flip off

definition: (Separable [optional]) To hold up your middle finger as a gesture of contempt

example: He flipped the police off as they were leaving his house.

Flip out

definition: (Intransitive) To become very angry or excited and lose control

example: I can't understand why she suddenly flipped out and started yelling at me.

Flip through

definition: (Inseparable) To quickly look through a magazine, book, etc

example: She flipped through a magazine as she waited for her turn at the hairdresser's.

Flog (1)

Flog off

definition: (Separable [optional]) To get rid of something by selling it cheaply

example: They flogged off their old couch at a yard sale.

Floor (1)

Floor it

definition: (Intransitive) To drive a vehicle as fast as possible

example: We were late for the train, so had to floor it.

Flounce (2)

Flounce off

definition: (Intransitive) To leave a place or walk away from someone angrily

example: She flounced off when they tarted laughing at her.

Flounce out

definition: (Intransitive) To leave a place angrily

example: He suddenly flounced out when they said they didn't need his services anymore.

Fluff (2)

Fluff out

definition: (Separable [optional]) To shake or pat a cushion so that it fills with air

example: She fluffed out her pillow just before going to bed.

Fluff up

definition: (Separable [optional]) To shake or pat a cushion so that it fills with air

example: He fluffed the cushions on the sofa up before his guests arrived.

Fly (5)

Fly about

definition: (Intransitive) To circulate (rumours, etc)

example: There is a rumour about her that has been flying about for the past few days.

Fly around

definition: (Intransitive) To circulate (rumours, etc)

example: There is a lot of gossip flying around about the two getting married.

Fly at

definition 1: (Inseparable) To attack

example: She flew at him with a knife.


definition 2: (Inseparable) To criticise or shout angrily

example: The teacher flew at the students for not giving enough effort.

Fly by

definition 1: (Intransitive) To fly past something

example: An enemy fighter jet flew by our ship.

definition 2: (Intransitive) When time seems to move very quickly

example: I was so busy that the week just flew by.

Fly into

definition 1: (Inseparable) To quickly enter a place

example: She flew into the room and started shouting.


definition 2: (Inseparable) To collide with something at high speed

example: A bird flew into the window.


definition 3: (Inseparable) To change one's mood quickly

example: She flew into a rage when she found out he had sold her jewelry.

Fob (4)

Fob off

definition 1: (Separable [optional]) To make or persuade someone to accept something

example: She fobbed it off Sam.


definition 2: (Separable [optional]) To lie or deceive someone

example: I can't believe he just fobbed us off like that, he should've just told us the truth.

Fob off on

definition: (Separable [obligatory]) To make or persuade someone to accept something you don't want

example: The manager usually fobs the taskes he doesn't like doing off on his employees.

Fob off onto

definition:(Separable [obligatory]) To make or persuade someone to accept something you don't want

example: He fobbed a fake doctor's note off onto his teacher.

Fob off with

definition:(Separable [optional]) To make or persuade someone to accept something of lower quality than they wanted

example: He fobbed her off with an imitation Gucci handbag.

Focus (1)

Focus on

definition: (Inseparable) To concentrate

example: Sports psychologists help athletes win by focusing them on the goal.

Fold (1)

Fold up

definition: (Separable [optional]) To make something (a sheet of paper, clothes) smaller by connecting it's opposite corners

example: She folded a piece of paper up and put it in her pocket.

Follow (4)

Follow on

definition 1: (Intransitive) To leave in order to meet someone after they have left the place you are at

example: They left 15 minutes ago and we'll be following on soon.


definition 2: (Intransitive) A term used in cricket where if the second team at bat doesn't score enough runs, it has to bat again

example: The other team was quite far behind in runs, so they had to follow on.

Follow on from

definition: (Inseparable) To be a part of something

example: The second season will follow on from the story from the first.

Follow through

definition 1: (Intransitive) To do what is necessary to complete or make something successful

example: We had a problem because the distributor didn't follow through with the agreement.


definition 2: (Intransitive) To continue moving your limbs after hitting a ball

example: If you want to improve your golf, you need to follow through more smoothly with your shot.

Follow up

definition 1: (Separable [optional]) To check or improve an earlier action by doing something

example: She followed up the meeting with an email listing the main points.


definition 2: (Separable [optional]) To discover a problem and react to it

example: The authorities didn't follow up on the anonymous tip they revieved.

Fool (3)

Fool about

definition 1: (Intransitive) To not be serious

example: Stop fooling about and get back to work!


definition 2: (Intransitive) To be unfaithful to your partner or spouse

example: His wife knows he fools about with other women and still doesn't do anything.

Fool around

definition 1: (Intransitive) To not be serious

example: They always fool around whenever they are together.


definition 2: (Intransitive) To be unfaithful to your partner or spouse

example: He thinks his wife is fooling around with someone else.

Fool with

definition: (Inseparable) To play with something dangerous

example: Stop fooling with those wires, you'll get hurt.

Forge (1)

Forge ahead

definition 1: (Intransitive) To make considerable progress in a short period of time

example: Despite certain complications, we forged ahead and managed to meet the poject deadline.


definition 2: (Intransitive) To move forwards very quickly

example: He forged ahead towards the end of the race and beat the other cyclists.

Freak (1)

Freak out

definition: (Separable [optional]) To become very angry or disturbed

example: My teacher used to freak out at us for not doing our homework.

Free (1)

Free up

definition 1: (Separable [optional]) To make time or money available by not utilizing it elsewhere

example: We sold one of our houses in order to free up some assests to start a new business venture.


definition 2: (Separable [optional]) To do a task or work for someone to make them available for something else

example: If you could look after the kids, it would free me up to cook dinner.

Freeze (3)

Freeze out

definition 1: (Separable [optional]) To shut out or exclude by unfriendly treatment

example: They tried to freeze me out of the conversation.


definition 2: (Separable [optional]) To force to retire or withdraw from membership, a job, etc

example: After freezing Mark out for not doing his job properly, they hired a new manager.

Freeze over

definition: (Intransitive) To become covered with ice (lake, river, pond, etc.)

example: We usually go ice skating on the lake in the winter when it freezes over.

Freeze up

definition 1: (Intransitive) To be blocked with ice

example: The pipes in our house froze up, so we had to call a plumber.


definition 2: (Intransitive) To stop working because the parts of a machine won't move

example: I had to call roadside assitance because my engine froze up while I was driving on the M1.


definition 3: (Intransitive) When a computer stops working

example: If your computer keeps freezing up, you should have it looked at by someone.


definition 4: (Intransitive) To be paralysed with fear

example: She froze up when it was her turn to jump out of the plane.

Freshen (1)

Freshen up

definition 1: (Intransitive) To wash quickly or improve one's appearance

example: She just went to the bathroom to freshen up.


definition 2: (Separable [optional]) To add more alcohol to a glass before it is empty

example: The bar tender freshened up our drinks for us.


definition 3: (Separable [optional]) To quickly improve the appearance of something

example: There's a new website with some great ideas on how to freshen up your flat at very little cost.

Frighten (2)

Frighten away

definition 1: (Separable [optional) To scare someone so much that they go away

example: Their dog frightened the burglars away.


definition 2: (Separable [optional) To worry or scare someone so much that they stop doing something they had planned

example: The recent riots frightened away many tourists.

Frighten off

definition 1: (Separable [optional) To scare someone so much that they go away

example: She was by his pet snake.


definition 2: (Separable [optional) To worry or scare someone so much that they stop doing something they had planned

example: The unstable situation on the market has frightened many investors off.

Fritter (1)

Fritter away

definition: (Separable [optional]) To waste time, money or chances

example: This is his last chance to apologise to her, I hope he doesn't fritter it away.

Front (5)

Front for

definition: (Inseparable) To represent someone, especially when covering illegal or wrongful activities

example: His law firm fronts for several local mafia members.

Front off

definition: (Separable [optional]) To confront someone and let them know you are prepared to fight

example: Two guys were fronting off in front of the club before the bouncers broke them up.

Front onto

definition: (Inseparable) To face (of a building)

example: The chruch fronts onto the market square.

Front out

definition: (Separable [optional]) To withstand criticisim, to face up to someone

example: They were very critical of his project but he fronted them out.

Front up

definition 1: (Intransitive) To appear somewhere for a short

example: He said he'd front up to the party for a bit just to say "hi".


definition 2: (Separable [optional]) To advance cash for something

example: Her parents fronted the money up we needed for the down payment.

Frown (1)

Frown on

definition: (Inseparable) To disapprove of

example: My boss frowns on anyone who is late for work.

Fuel (1)

Fuel up

definition: (Intransitive) To put petrol or another fuel into another vehicle

example: We stopped to fuel up because we were running low on petrol.


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