English Phrasal Verbs
the combination creates a meaning different from the original verb.
Below you will find a list of phrasal verbs in alphabetical order
with their meaning and an example of use.
Phrasal verbs - Alphabetical List - E-F
Reduce, become less severe
or slow down
(pain, traffic, work ...)
|After Christmas, the workload generally eases off.|
|egg on||Encourage||Egged on by his friends, the boy climbed over the wall.|
|embark on/upon||Start or engage in||She embarked on a career that lead her to fame.|
|end in||Finish in a certain way / result in||Their marriage ended in divorce.|
|end up||Finally reach a state, place or action||If he continues his misconduct, he'll end up in prison.|
1) Eliminate differences of
2) Become level or regular
After a long discussion they
managed to even out
2) The road was evened out to make it safer.
|explain away||Find an excuse or plausible explanation||How are you going to explain away the missing money?|
|face up (to)||Accept ad deal with something unpleasant.||Sam will have to face up to the fact that Jenny is not in love with him.|
|factor in||Include when calculating or trying to understand something||We must factor in the age of the patients.|
|fall apart||Disintegrate; break; fall into pieces.||1) My
car is so old it's falling
2) Their marriage fell apart after they both
lost their jobs.
|fall back on||Be able to use something in an emergency||We were lucky to have some tinned food to fall back on.|
|fall behind||Fail to maintain a certain level||She fell behind at school and had to study harder.|
|fall through||Fail / does not happen||Our planned boat trip fell through because of the storm.|
|figure out||Understand / find the answer||I'm trying to figure out how to assemble the wardrobe.|
|fill in for||Temporarily substitute for another person||Eva is absent this morning and Julie is going to fill in for her.|
|fill out||Complete (a form/application)||Please fill out the enclosed form and send it back as soon as possible.|
|find out||Discover or obtain information||I'm going to call the cinema to find out what time the film starts.|
|fire away||Ask questions in quick succession.||May we
ask some questions?
Sure, fire away!
|fire back||Shoot back||The policemen fired back at the robbers.|
|fit in (with)||Feel comfortable or be in harmony with||He just doesn't fit in with the others.|
|fix up||Repair or renovate||They're going to fix up the house before moving in.|
|fizzle out||Gradually end||Over the years their friendship fizzled out.|
|focus on||Concentrate on something||The advertising campaign will focus on the quality of the product.|
|fold in||Mix one ingredient with another.||Fold in the eggs with the sugar.|
|freak out||Panic or go crazy||She nearly freaked out when she saw the colour of her hair. It was a disaster!|
|frown on/upon||Disapprove||My parents always frowned on smoking.|
|fuss over||Pay excessive attention to||She's always fussing over her grandson.|
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