Phrasal verbs | Sunday Observer

Phrasal verbs

19 September, 2021

Phrasal verbs are an important feature of the English language. The meaning of a phrasal verb often bears no relation to the meaning of either the verb or the particle which is used with it. Many phrasal verbs have several different meanings.

Flood out (to force people to leave their homes because of floods)
The people living close to the Kelani River were flooded out during the storm.
Flood with (to send something in large numbers)
The market is flooded with tea and coffee.
Flow from (to be the result of a particular situation or event)
Problems flowing from the Covid 19 pandemic have made my life very difficult.
Flush out (to force a person or animal to come out of the place they are hiding in)
Troops launched a raid to flush out terrorists hiding in the forest.
Flutter about (to move up and down very quickly and lightly)
Butterflies flutter about in the sunlight.
Fly at (to suddenly speak to someone very angrily)
Bob would fly at anyone who cares to disagree with him.
Fly into (to get very angry)
The minister flew into a rage when he was asked to move his car.
Fob off (to persuade someone to accept something that is lower in quality)
You won’t be able to fob her off with fake diamonds.
Focus on (to give a lot of attention to one particular activity)
Politicians are focusing on the Covid 19 deaths.
Foist on (to force someone to accept something that they do not want)
We should not try to foist our values on our children.
Fold up (to make something into smaller, neater and flatter shape by folding it)
Can you fold up these bedsheets?
Follow up (to do something in order to make the effect of an earlier action)
We are worried that terrorists will follow up their threats with bomb explosions.
Fool around (to spend time having fun)
The children spent the day fooling around on the beach.
Force on (make someone accept something that they do not want)
I do not like to eat ice cream but my friend forced it on me.
Forge ahead (to move towards something suddenly)
Just 50 metres from the finishing line Rex forged ahead.
Foul up (to cause something to stop working properly)
The new program fouled up our computer system.