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Fade away disappear (insep) (noise, music, sound, light, hope) Gradually become weaker and disappears. Die away

  • After 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.

Fall back on [Fall back on somebody/something] (insep) Turn to somebody or something when in difficulty or because no other choice is available; resort to.

  • It's great to have a friend to fall back on.
  • People fall back on alternative medicine when modern drugs don't work.
  • They had no money to fall back on.

Fall behind (insep) Remain at the same level or standard.

  • Your schoolwork has fallen behind.
  • He fell behind with the rent and was asked to leave the flat.

Fall down (insep) Fall accidentallly or because something is in a poor state of repair.

  • She fell down and hurt her knees.
  • She tripped and fell down

Fall for [Fall for somebody] (insep) Fall in love with somebody.

  • She 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.

  • How could you fall for such an old trick?
  • She fell for his talk and bought the encyclopedia.

Fall off 1 fall (insep) (bike, horse, button) Separate from something and fall down.

  • 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.

Fall out (insep) (a situation, somebody) Quarrel or have an argument and stop being friends.

  • 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.

Fed up 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

  • She  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.
  • Stress weakens your immune system, making it harder for your body to fight off infection.

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.

Fill in for substitute [Fill in for somebody] (insep) Do somebody's job temporarily because they can't. Cover for, sit in for, stand in for

  • 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.

  • She 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.
  • She filled up the kettle with water and made everyone a cup of tea.

Find out discover [Find out, find something out] Discover or get information.

  • What will she say when she finds out?
  • When you lose everything you find out who your real friends are.

Fit in 1 be accepted (insep) Get on with a group of people or you feel as if belonging to a group.

  • It's 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.

Flake out (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

  • He 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.

  • I keep ringing them and complaining but they just fob me off ! They couldnt care less.

Fob off [Fob something off] (responsibility) Manage to make somebody accept something faulty, worthless or difficult to deal with.

  • Don't 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.

Freak 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.
  • Don't 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

  • He 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.

 

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