Here is a list of phrasal verbs beginning with the letter F. Each phrasal verb is followed by its definition and example sentences.
Face up to = acknowledge something embarrassing; accept an unpleasant reality
- He couldn’t face up to the fact that he had been sacked.
- People often find it difficult to face up to the fact that they are getting old.
Fall back on = begin to use something held in reserve
- As the family had no savings to fall back on they found it difficult to get through the hard times.
- Susie has done an MBA in event management, so even if her acting career doesn’t take off she will still have something to fall back on.
Fall behind = go slower than planned
- If you don’t work hard, you will fall behind your colleagues.
Fall off = decrease
- Gold prices are unlikely to fall off.
Fall out with = have an argument with
- He fell out with his boss over something silly.
- They are constantly falling out with each other.
Feel up to = have the energy to do something
- Sometimes I just don’t feel up to doing anything.
- She was unwell and didn’t feel up to going out.
Figure out (separable) = understand
- I can’t figure out why she hates me.
- I just can’t figure out her motives.
Fill in = complete
- Please fill in this form.
- We will have to find someone to fill in for Jack. (= We will have to find someone to substitute for Jack.)
Fill out (separable) = complete (an application)
- Please fill out this form and give it to the Secretary.
Find out = discover
- It took me quite some time to find out his true intentions.