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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Fan Out

Spread out wide.
The police hunt for the killer fanned out across the whole county.


Feed Into

Put information into, normally, a computer.
To make the database, she had to feed data into the computer for three days.

Feed Off

Use something as a supply, source.
She's a great writer but she fed off her mother for inspiration.


Feel Like

Have the desire to do something.
I feel like going shopping and spending a lot of money!

Feel For

Have sympathy for someone.
I feel for you having to work 14 hours a day. It must be terrible.

Feel Out

Discover someone's opinion on something by careful questioning.
He tried to feel out the boss about his plans for restructuring the company.

Feel Up To

Know someone is healthy, willing to do something.
She has the flu. She won't feel up to going out tonight.


Fight Back

To use effort or force to return to a previous high position.
He was demoted but fought back to a management position in only two years.

Fight Off

Fight to prevent attack by something, someone.
He had his critics in the company but he managed to fight them all off.
She was ill for only a day and then she fought it off and returned to work.


Figure Out

Deduce, Solve a problem.
When he didn't return to the house by 8pm, I figured out he was stuck at work.
I can't figure out how to put this table together. Can you help me?


Fill In

1. Give information to someone to bring them up to date.
I missed the meeting on the new campaign. Can you fill me in?
2. Substitute for someone.
You will have to fill in for Jane who is on holiday this week.
3. Complete a form, etc.
Just fill in the form and then we can talk about how much money you want to borrow.

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