Phrasal Verb Phrasal Verb Meaning Example Sentence
eat away To gradually reduce or damage something. Termites have eaten away much of the woodwork on the outside of a disused warehouse.
eat in To have a meal at home. Mum is cooking tonight so we are eating in.
eat into To decrease the amount of something. The high bills are eating into my savings.
eat out To not eat at home but somewhere else such as a restaurant. It’s your birthday; let’s eat out and celebrate tonight.
eat up To eat all of something. Who ate up all my potato chips?
egg on To encourage or to incite to action. The boys didn’t want to fight but their friends kept egging them on.
end in To finish in a particular way. Their big argument ended in a fist fight.
end up To land up in an unwelcome situation or place. The driver took a wrong road and we ended up somewhere else.
endear to To make someone beloved. Her friendly attitude endeared her to everybody she met at the gathering.

 

 

Phrasal Verb Phrasal Verb Meaning Example Sentence
face up to To accept and deal with an unpleasant situation. He has to face up to the fact that he has to study hard to pass the exam.
face with To have to deal with something. The scientist in his research was faced with many unknown factors.
fall about To laugh uncontrollably. When the plump lady started dancing, the kids fell about laughing.
fall apart To break down into pieces.  The wooden bridge that has fallen into disuse is falling apart. 
To suffer serious emotional problems. His world fell apart when his wife left him.
fall away To slope downwards.  At the back of the castle, the land falls away to lush green pastures. 
To break off and drop to the ground. The storm caused some of the tiles to fall away from the roof.
fall back To move back. The soldiers had to fall back as they came under attack.
fall back on To rely on something when confronted with a difficult situation. She has her big savings to fall back on if need be.
fall behind To fail to keep up with payments. I’d better hide the car as I have fallen behind in my payments.
fall down To fall to the ground. He stumbled and fell down the stairs.
fall for To feel love for.  He couldn’t help always falling for women in uniforms. 
To deceive into believing. I fell for it when she told me she was unmarried.
fall in To drop or collapse inwards.  Poor construction caused the roof and ceiling to fall in after a year. 
To move into neat lines in military formation. The soldiers fell in line before the commanding officer.
fall in with To accept and not disagree.  They appeared willing to fall in with the leader’s suggestions. 
To become friendly with someone. While on a cruise, the couple fell in with a group of other passengers.
fall into To start doing something without any intention.  She fell into the habit of talking to herself. 
To get involved in something without intending to. He fell into an argument with a stranger about queue-jumping. 
To become progressively worse in condition due to not being taken care of Since he bought a new bike, his bicycle has fallen into a poor condition due to neglect.
fall off To decrease.  Business along the main road fell off after a series of public demonstrations. 
To come apart from the main part. Specks of paint have been falling off the wall at the back of the house.
fall on To make someone assume a responsibility or duty.  In his new job, the responsibility for machine maintenance falls on him. 
To suspect someone of wrong doing. Suspicion fell on the butler that he might have murdered the female servant.
fall on/upon To launch a sudden attack. The rebels fell on/upon a group of soldiers and held them hostage.
fall out To have a quarrel.  Sarah fell out with her boyfriend after knowing her for only two months. 
To come out. His hair started falling out after he contracted an unknown illness.
fall over To fall onto the ground.  Bob stepped on a banana skin and fell over. 
To fall into its side. They built a tall sandcastle and it fell over.
fall through To fail. The deal fell through and they agreed to renegotiate.
fall to To give someone responsibility for something. It fell to the eldest son to manage the family business after the death of the father.
fill in To serve in place of another person.  We found someone to fill in for Sarah when she was on maternity leave. 
To gather information. The students were asked to fill in a questionnaire on the environment.
fill out To provide information as required by completing something such as a form. He filled out the application form with the help of his parents.
fill up To become more and more full with people or things. The stadium was filling up with spectators as the start of the match drew closer.
fit in To feel accepted or belonged to a group. The new member has learned quickly to fit in with the others.
fit out To provide with things that are needed such as equipment, etc. The entire building was fitted out with air conditioners but they were not working.
fit up To equip a room or building for a particular purpose.  We decided to work from home and had the attic fitted up as the office. 
To make an innocent person seem guilty. His family and friends believed he had been fitted up for the crime.
fix on To pick out as being the best place for a planned purpose. They have finally fixed on a venue for the fund-raising event.
fix up To renovate and redecorate.  We have to fix the spare room up for our guests. 
To arrange a meeting, etc.  Their friend has fixed up a time and place for them to resolve their differences. 
To provide a romantic partner.  He was happy that his friends had fixed him up with a pretty girl. 
To provide something to someone. They are fixing us up with a reasonably priced hotel to stay.
follow along To do or move at the same time as something else. Whenever I listen to that song, I couldn’t help following along with it.
follow around To keep following someone. Quit following me around, will you?
follow through To continue an action or task to its conclusion. Ensure the report is followed through so that all amendments are included.
follow up To continue with a course of action so as to increase the chances of success. The investigation was followed up with the arrest of the gang leader.