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 English Phrasal Verbs 


A phrasal verb is a verb followed by a preposition or an adverb; the combination creates a meaning different from the original verb.

Alphabetical lists of commonly-used phrasal verbs in English.

 Alphabetical List - E-F 


  • ease off/up
    • Reduce, become less severe or slow down (pain, traffic, work ...)
      "After Christmas, the workload generally eases off."

  • egg on
    • Encourage someone to do something..
      "Egged on by his friends, the boy climbed over the wall"

  • embark on/upon
    • Start or engage in something.
      "Lily embarked on a career that lead her to fame."

  • end in
    • Finish in a certain way/result in.
      "Their tumultuous marriage ended in divorce."

  • end up
    • Finally reach a state, place or action.
      "If Jack continues his misconduct, he'll end up in prison."

  • even out
    • Eliminate differences of opinion.  
      "After a long discussion they managed to even out their differences."

    • Become level or regular.
      "The old 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 to 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.
      "My car is so old it's falling apart."
      "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. 
      "As a result of the accident she fell behind at school and had to study harder."

  • fall through
    • Fail ; not happen.
      "Our planned boat trip fell through because of the storm."

  • fall out
    • Become loose and drop.
      "When you grow old your hair starts to fall out."

    • Stop being friends because of a disagreement or argument.
      "Emma is not speaking to Julie anymore. They fell out during the school trip. "

  • figure out
    • Understand;  find the answer.
      "I've bought a new oven. Now I'm trying to figure out how to set the timer.

  • 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 has difficulty making friends. He just doesn't seem to 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.    
      "They used to be very close but 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.
      "Beat the eggs then fold in 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 somebody or somebody.
      "She's forever fussing over her grandson. It's just too much!"

More Phrasal Verbs: 

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