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Phrasal Verb Dictionary: F

Phrasal verbs are a common English verb form that consist of a verb followed by a p-word that functions as a particle. To learn more about some of the most common phrasal verbs in the English language, click on a letter in the following menu to browse the Phrasal Verb Dictionary in alphabetical order.



Note: When a word entry includes a p-word enclosed in parentheses, the phrasal verb is a phrasal-prepositional verb.

Phrasal Verb Definition Category Example
face off disagree and fight about something intransitive The bride and the groom faced off over the cake flavor.
face up to acknowledge something difficult or embarrassing inseparable transitive She faced up to the truth.
factor in include separable transitive You must factor taxes in.
factor out exclude separable transitive You should factor any tips out.
fade away before less strong before disappearing intransitive His fame just faded away.
fade in become gradually louder, brighter, or clearer intransitive The sound of the traffic fades in during the early morning hours.
fade out become gradually quieter, less bright, or less clear intransitive The picture faded out at the end of the film.
fall apart break into pieces intransitive The cake fell apart during the car trip.
fall back on use as a last resort inseparable transitive I can fall back on my writing if I lose my job.
fall behind go slower than scheduled intransitive He fell behind in his studies.
fall for become attracted to inseparable transitive He fell for her hard.
fall in collapse intransitive The roof of the mine fell in, killing the miners trapped inside.
fall in with become friends with, join inseparable transitive She fell in with a bad crowd.
fall off decrease intransitive Profits fell off after the holidays.
fall out with have an argument with inseparable transitive We fell out with our family after we got married.
fall through fail to happen intransitive Our weekend plans fell through.
fall to become someone’s responsibility inseparable transitive His duties fell to me when he left.
fan out move away intransitive The search team fanned out over the area.
fancy up make more attractive separable transitive You should fancy your house up before trying to sell.
fatten up give more of something to increase size separable transitive I advise you to fatten up your retirement fund.
feel out access the situation separable transitive He felt his boss out before asking for a raise.
feel up grope separable transitive A pervert felt me up on the train.
feel up to have the energy or desire to do something inseparable transitive He feels up to taking a walk around the block.
ferret out find by searching for separable transitive The spy ferreted the information out of the attractive blonde.
fiddle around waste time intransitive He fiddled around all afternoon.
figure on expect inseparable transitive I figure on fifteen people attending the party.
figure out solve, understand separable transitive The child figured the problem out.
fill in complete separable transitive Please fill all the blanks in on the test.
fill in substitute intransitive Who will fill in when you are out?
fill in for substitute for inseparable transitive He filled in for me when I was sick.
fill out complete separable transitive Please fill the application out.
fill out become bigger or stronger intransitive The young man has really filled out.
filter out remove unwanted substances separable transitive Filter the impurities out with a colander.
find out discover separable transitive The police will found out the truth.
finish off complete separable transitive The sad woman finished the ice cream off.
finish up finally complete separable transitive The child finished his homework up.
fire up make excited separable transitive The cheerleaders fired up the crowd.
firm up tone, make more solid separable transitive We firmed up the agreement.
fish for attempt to make someone say or do something inseparable transitive That insecure woman always fishes for compliments.
fix up repair, renovate, remodel separable transitive Grandpa fixed the old truck up.
flag down attempt to stop by waving separable transitive The businessman flagged a taxi down.
flake out on cancel at the last minute inseparable transitive My boyfriend flaked out on our date again.
flesh out add more details to separable transitive The writer fleshed out his story.
flip off give the middle finger separable transitive He flipped me off.
fluff up make appear bigger or better separable transitive She fluffed her report up with needless information.
flush out force something or someone out of hiding separable transitive The police flushed the culprit out.
follow through (with) complete intransitive He never follows through with his promises.
fool around waste time intransitive Stop fooling around!
fork over give unwillingly separable transitive Fork over the cash!
free up make available separable transitive Can you free up some time for me?
freeze out exclude separable transitive Her former friends froze her out.
freeze up suddenly become afraid intransitive She froze up during her speech.
freshen up make cleaner or more attractive separable transitive She freshened her bathroom up with some new paint.
frown on disapprove of, condemn inseparable transitive The administration frowns on student-teacher relationships.
fuck over treat badly separable transitive My boss fucked me over at the meeting.
fuck up mess up, damage, spoil separable transitive He fucked the report up.
fuss at complain about something or someone repeatedly and annoying inseparable transitive My mom fussed at me all night about my new wardrobe.


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