Phrasal verbs | Sunday Observer

Phrasal verbs

5 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.

Fill up (to become full)Mother asked me to fill up the bucket with water.
Film over (to become covered with a thin layer of something)
Eve’s eyes filmed over with tears when she heard the news.
Filter out (to remove unwanted substance from a liquid by passing it through a piece of equipment)
Water filters filter out unwanted substances found in drinking water.
Find against (to decide that a person or organisation is guilty)
The judge found against the tobacco company and awarded Rs 5 million to a smoker’s family.
Find out (to get information about something because you want to know more about it)
The doctor wanted to find out what exactly went wrong.
Finish off (to complete something you are doing)
I wanted to finish writing the essay off before going to bed.
Fire off (to fire a shot from a gun)
The terrorists fired off shots into the air before entering the abandoned building.
Fire up (to make someone angry)
The child abuse case has fired up civil rights activists.
Firm up (to make something become harder by doing exercises)
Swimming will firm up your thighs.
Fish for (to make someone tell you something by asking them questions)
Emma’s brother was fishing for information about Ryan, her new boyfriend.

Fish out (to pull something or someone out of water)
The police fished out the body of a young woman from the river.
Fit in (to feel happy in a group of people)
On the first day itself I found it easy to fit in with everyone in the office.
Fit into (to be part of a group of people)
As a poet I did not fit into any of the traditional categories.
Fit out (to provide with all the equipment)
The new train is being fitted out for its maiden trip.
Fix on (to decide to choose something) My parents have still not fixed on a hotel for my wedding.
Fix up (to arrange something) I’d like to fix up a meeting with the chairman.
Fizzle out (to gradually end or disappear) When I stopped writing to her, our relationship just fizzled out.