Phrasal Verbs C - F

This is the phrasal verb reference section. Here there are definitions and examples for hundreds of phrasal verbs found in English.

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Eat Into

Use up, consume unwillingly.
He complained that correcting all the tests by hand was eating into his free time too much.


Egg On

Urge someone to do something, often bad.
I didn't want to break the window but all the other boys were egging me on.


End Up

Finally become/do.
She wanted to work in advertising but ended up a teacher.
If you keep spending money like that, you'll end up poorer than before.


Face Out

Act bravely and ignore criticism.
Despite his guilt and shame, he went to work and faced it out.

Face Up To

Accept (responsibility for) something negative.
After his heart attack, he faced up to the fact that he had to stop smoking.


Fall Away

Gradually disappear.
Support for the plan fell away when the cost became clear.

Fall Back On

Use as support.
When he lost his job, he fell back on his family for help.

Fall Behind

Fail to keep pace with someone, something.
When she injured her ankle, she fell behind the rest of the runners.

Fall Behind With

Fail to pay, produce something before agreed time.
They repossessed the car when he fell behind with the payments.

Fall For

1.To Believe.
He told his girlfriend an enormous lie and she fell for it totally.
2. To be very attracted towards someone.
He fell for his wife as soon as he met her.

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Fall Off

When standards fall.
The quality of his work has fallen off since the new year.

Fall Out With

To quarrel, have dispute with someone.
He fell out with his family over a financial row.

Fall Through

When a plan, agreement collapses or fails
They had a plan to build a new road but it fell through due to stiff opposition in the local area.

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