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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.
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

Phrasal Verb



ease off/up 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.
even out 1) Eliminate differences of opinion.

2) Become level or regular
1) After a long discussion they managed to even out their differences.
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 apart.
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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