Phrasal-Verbs – Letter F (With Prepositions)

–  Prepositional Phrasal-Verbs – Letter F  –


  • (to) Face Up To (Something) – This is an idiomatic phrasal verb which is used to mean:  To boldly and fearlessly accept the responsibility to do something which may be uncomfortable or unpleasant…  “I had to finally *face up to* the fact that my former state of mind was the reason why my Life had become so unpleasant.  It was no one’s fault but my own.  To I changed my mind, and I changed my Life.”

  • (to) Fall Through – This is a term which is used to express that some plans failed or did not have the …  “According to the plans that I made when I was a child, I was supposed to be a super-hero by now, but apparently that *fell through*, so I became an English teacher.”

  • (to) Fall Under – This is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Phrasal-Verb which is used to express that something is classified with-in a certain specific group.  The use of the words, “fall” & “under” can only be speculated but probably has to do with the visual representation of categorizing things withing lists that are written with a heading at the top for the category.  As-such, each “thing” that is listed (“falls”) in that category is done-so “under” the heading.

“This particular Phrasal-Verb falls under the category of those which have no clear explanation for their specific name.”

  • (to) Figure Out (something) – This is phrasal verb which means:  To find a solution or answer to some problem, situation, or question…  “I need to *figure out* how to not spend so much of my life writing reports.”

  • (to) Fill (Someone) In (about something) – This is an Idiomatic and Prepositional Phrasal-Verb which means to give someone all the necessary information, details, knowledge, etc. about a certain situation or situations…

“I need you to fill me in on everything that you have been doing since we last spoke.”

“Allow me to fill you in on some of the things that we have been doing with our latest project.”

  • (to) Find Out – This is an idiomatic phrasal verb which refers to searching and finding some information that is specifically searched for.  However this is phrase is often used as a synonym of “Discover”.  The only difference between the two is that to “discover” means that the thing was not necessarily searched for…  “I need to *find out* a way to teach English where it actually makes sense.”  “When I became a teacher, I *found out* that the way that English is traditionally taught is not conducive to actually learning the system but to just memorizing words.”

  • (to) Fly Off The Handle – This is an idiomatic phrasal verb which is used to describe when a person drastically over-reacts in a certain situation.  This is usually due to a mis-understanding of the situation, or because of a string of events leading up to that moment that cause the person to greatly over-react.  For example, if a person is having a really “bad” day:  he woke up late, got stuck in a traffic jam, spilled coffee on his favorite pair of pants, forgot an important document at home, got yelled at by his new manager (who used to work under him) and then he accidentally erases an important file, and then as a result, he throws his computer monitor through his office window and breaks the wind-shield of the company presidents’ car… you can say that he *flew off the handle*.

  • (to) Follow Up On (something) – This is an idiomatic verb phrase which is used to describe when one is making contact with someone (or group) about information or a particular situation that was discussed some time before.  This is usually done to ensure that all is well, or to ensure that there is some sort of progress being made…  “Hello, I’m just calling to *follow up on* the conversation we had last week about sending me the price-list for your product line.  It’s been nearly a week, and I haven’t received anything, nor has anyone called to let me know what is happening with that.”

  • (to) Look Forward To (something) – See:  Phrasal Verbs – Letter “L”, for “Look”, Prepositional Phrases  “Forward” -Or- Prepositional Phrases  “To”

  • (to) Over-Flow – This phrasal verb is used to describe when the contents of some container becomes more than can be contained in its vessel…  “We had so much rain over the last week, that the river started *over-flowing*.”  /  “I’m so freakin’ rich that my pockets are *over-flowing* with money!!!” 😀

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  1. July 22, 2016

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