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Fade away disappear
music, sound, light, hope) Gradually
become weaker and disappears. Die away
a moment the noise faded away, and only the sound of a light breeze,
and ringing, filled my ears.
Fall apart collapse (family, life, marriage, relationship,
house, car, business, deal) Desintegrate;
Fall to pieces.
- The building is falling apart.
- His marriage fell apart when he cheated
on his wife.
on [Fall back on somebody/something] (insep) Turn
to somebody or something when in difficulty or because no other choice is available;
- It's great to have a friend to fall
- People fall back on alternative
medicine when modern drugs don't work.
had no money to fall back on.
(insep) Remain at the
same level or standard.
- Your schoolwork has fallen
- He fell behind with the rent
and was asked to leave the flat.
accidentallly or because something is in a poor state of repair.
fell down and hurt her knees.
- She tripped
and fell down
Fall for [Fall for somebody] (insep)
Fall in love with somebody.
fell for him in a big way.
- Why does he
always fall for the wrong women.
Fall for [Fall for something] B are tricked or deceived.
could you fall for such an old trick?
fell for his talk and bought the encyclopedia.
Fall off 1 fall (insep) (bike,
horse, button) Separate from something and
- He fell off his bike and hurt himself.
2 decrease (insep) (attendance,
interest, quality, profits) Decrease
or become less or fewer. drop off
- Attendance has fallen
off this term.
(insep) (a situation, somebody) Quarrel or have an argument and stop being
- They've fallen out over some stupid misunderstanding.
- I don't like Bill - I fell out with him when he sold me a car that didn't work.
Fall over (insep) Fall to the ground.
- She slipped on the ice and fell over.
- He fell over and broke his leg.
- My daughter is learning to walk so she falls over quite a lot.
Fall through fail
(insep) (idea, plan, project, arrangement,
scheme, proposal) Fail and be abandoned.
- The deal fell through for reasons that are not clear.
- The sale fell through at the last minute.
- The employees decided not to work for him and his plan fell through.
with something [Be fed up with something / somebody] (insep) Be tired, depressed,
bored or no longer interested in somebody or something.
- Are you
as fed up with what's going on in Washington as I am? I've become increasingly
concerned about the current direction of our country.
Ferret out [Ferret something out] (secret, the truth, details,
error, facts, information) Succeed
in finding some difficult or secret information. dig out
managed to ferret out the secret.
Fight off [Fight something off] (infection, cold, illness, attack,
enemy, competition) Try to avoid
or get rid of something.
- I'm taking lots of vitamin C
to help me fight off this cold.
weakens your immune system, making it harder for your body to fight
Figure out understand [Figure something out] Manage to understand.
- Have you figured out what the problem is?
- I just can't figure her out.
- It didn't take me long to figure it out.
for substitute [Fill in for somebody] (insep) Do somebody's job temporarily
because they can't. Cover for, sit in for, stand
- Colleen was pleased that Gwen
Swick was able to fill in for her, as Gwen was an old friend and they
had worked together many times.
Fill in 1 tell [Fill somebody in, fill somebody in on something] (details) Give somebody information.
- My assistant will fill you in on the details.
- For those who haven't see it, let me fill you in on some of the highlights.
2 compete [Fill something in] (form,
cheque, name, coupon, space, questionnaire, hole) Complete something with the correct information.
gave me a form and told me to fill it in.
- You will be asked to fill in a questionnaire designed to measure your quality of life.
Fill up [Fill up, fill something up] (glass, car, tank, bottle,
container, theater) Become full.
- You should always switch off the
engine before you fill up with petrol.
filled up the kettle with water and made everyone a cup of tea.
Find out discover [Find out, find something out] Discover or get
- What will she say when she finds
- When you lose everything you find
out who your real friends are.
1 be accepted (insep) Get on with a group of people or you feel
as if belonging to a group.
difficult for them to fit in with the way of life here.
2 include [fit something in] Manage to include it in a reduce space or time.
- The course pace is relatively fast as there is a lot to fit in.
(insep, informal) Fall asleep.
- He flaked out on the sofa.
Flare up (insep) Become angry.
- He was an alcoholic and would flare up at anything.
Flick through [Flick through something] (insep) (magazine, book,
album, article, channels, cards) Read or look quickly at the pages of a magazine or book. Change repeatedly from one station or channel to another. flip through, glance over, leaf through
flicked through the channels on the TV, hoping for some news.
- I was flicking through the channels when I saw her on the telly. I couldn't believe it.
Flip through [Flip through something] (insep) flick through.
Flood in (insep) (people, memories) Arrive in big numbers.
- People are starting to flood into the city for tonight's festivities.
- Tributes are continuing to flood in for the victim.
Flush out [Flush somebody out] (rebels, resistance, militants,
guerrillas, criminals) Force somebody
to leave a place.
- The Angolan armed forces have recently flushed out the rebels from the area.
- In the port of Umm Qasr, to the south, royal marines have been flashing out the last pockets of resistance.
Fob off [Fob somebody off] (patient, creditor) Stop somebody complaining by giving them silly answers.
keep ringing them and complaining but they just fob me off ! They couldnt
Fob off [Fob something off] (responsibility) Manage to make somebody
accept something faulty, worthless or difficult to deal with.
try to fob off your responsibility on others!
- I don't want to be fobbed off with excuses, I want to know who is responsible for this problem!
Follow through (insep) Take action so something is completed.
- The international community made many promises, but never followed through.
- We must make sure they follow through.
Follow up [Follow something up (with)] Do what's needed next to make sure something is successful.
- The fastest way to process your order is to follow it up with a call to our shop to confirm it.
- It's best to make your request in writing and follow up with a phone call.
Fork out/over/up [Fork out, fork out something] (insep) Have to spend it. cough up, shell out, stump up
- How much would I have to fork out?
- You will have to fork out some money to use their premium features.
- Parents will have to fork out extra cash this year for school dinners after a hike in prices.
- He's having to fork out for private tutoring for his daughter.
out [Freak out, freak somebody out] React in an anxious,
excited and wild manner to something.
- My parents would
freak out if I talked to them about this.
freak out and do something stupid every time something bad happens.
Frighten away [Frighten something away] Make somebody or something leave using fear. scare away, scare off
- They feel a refinery
would frighten away tourists and potential tourism investors.
Frighten off frighten away
Fuck about, around (taboo, slang) Behave
in a stupid way which annoys people.
- After a ridiculous
amount of fucking about and watching crap on TV, I eventually persuaded
them to leave.
- Hurry up cause I don't have time to fuck around today.
Fuck off (taboo) (insep) Tell
somebody in a very offensive way to leave you alone. bugger off, sod off, piss off
started yelling at me again and then told me to fuck off.
Fuck up [Fuck something up] Make of mess of something. balls up, cock up, mess up
- Every time we win, we go and fuck up the next match with a stupid result.
- I fucked up my back in yoga this morning.
- The referee fucked up the match since the first penalty.