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

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

  • 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 down

  • Lose one’s balance and fall to the ground or floor.
    “The baby tried to walk but fell down several times.”

fall for

  • Be attracted to somebody or begin to be in love.
    “While on holiday she fell for a handsome young man.”
  • Be deceived into believing something.
    “Steve fell for the story about free tickets for the football match.”

fall in

  • Collapse inwards
    “The roof of the supermarket fell in and many customers were injured.”

fall off

  • Become detached or separate from something.
    “The handle fell off the door as he tried to open it.”

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. “

fall through

  • Fail; not happen as planned.
    “Our planned boat trip fell through because of the storm.”

fall to

  • Become the duty or responsibility of someone (for example, a task) .
    “It fell to me to announce the bad news.”

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

  • 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!”