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fabricate, manufacture, cook up, make up, invent
make up something artificial or untrue

face off, bully off
start a game by a face-off

fail, go bad, give way, die, give out, conk out, go, break, break down
stop operating or functioning; "The engine finally went"; "The car died on the road"; "The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town"; "The coffee maker broke"; "The engine failed on the way to town"; "her eyesight went after the accident"

fail, run out, give out
prove insufficient; "The water supply for the town failed after a long drought"

faint, conk, swoon, pass out
pass out from weakness, physical or emotional distress due to a loss of blood supply to the brain

fall apart, go to pieces
lose one's emotional or mental composure; "She fell apart when her only child died"

fall asleep, dope off, flake out, drift off, nod off, drop off, doze off, drowse off
change from a waking to a sleeping state; "he always falls asleep during lectures"

fall back
fall backwards and down

fall back
move back and away from; "The enemy fell back"

fall back, lose, drop off, fall behind, recede

fall back, resort, recur
have recourse to; "The government resorted to rationing meat"

fall for
be deceived, duped, or entrapped by; "He fell for her charms"; "He fell for the con man's story"

fall for
fall in love with; become infatuated with; "She fell for the man from Brazil"

fall in
to take one's place in a military formation or line; "Troops fall in!"

fall into, fall under
be included in or classified as; "This falls under the rubric 'various'"

fall off
come off; "This button had fallen off"

fall off, fall away
diminish in size or intensity

fall out
have a breach in relations; "We fell out over a trivial question"

fall out
leave (a barracks) in order to take a place in a military formation, or leave a military formation; "the soldiers fell out"

fall over backwards, bend over backwards
try very hard to please someone; "She falls over backwards when she sees her mother-in-law"

fall over, go over
fall forward and down; "The old woman went over without a sound"

fall through, fall flat, founder, flop
fail utterly; collapse; "The project foundered"

fall upon, strike, come upon, light upon, chance upon, come across, chance on, happen upon, attain, discover
find unexpectedly; "the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb"; "she struck a goldmine"; "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"

fall, fall down
lose an upright position suddenly; "The vase fell over and the water spilled onto the table"; "Her hair fell across her forehead"

fancy, go for, take to
have a fancy or particular liking or desire for; "She fancied a necklace that she had seen in the jeweler's window"

fatten, fat, flesh out, fill out, plump, plump out, fatten out, fatten up
make fat or plump; "We will plump out that poor starving child"

feed on, feed upon
be sustained by; "He fed on the great ideas of her mentor"

fell, drop, strike down, cut down
cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow; "strike down a tree"; "Lightning struck down the hikers"

fellate, suck, blow, go down on
provide sexual gratification through oral stimulation

ferret out, ferret
search and discover through persistent investigation; "She ferreted out the truth"

fetch, bring in, bring
be sold for a certain price; "The painting brought $10,000"; "The old print fetched a high price at the auction"

fight back
defend oneself

fight, oppose, fight back, fight down, defend
fight against or resist strongly; "The senator said he would oppose the bill"; "Don't fight it!"

file, file away
place in a container for keeping records; "File these bills, please"

fill in
supply with information on a specific topic; "He filled me in on the latest developments"

fill up, fill
eat until one is sated; "He filled up on turkey"

fill, fill up
become full; "The pool slowly filled with water"; "The theater filled up slowly"

fill, fill up, make full
make full, also in a metaphorical sense; "fill a container"; "fill the child with pride"

filter, filtrate, strain, separate out, filter out
remove by passing through a filter; "filter out the impurities"

finalize, finalise, settle, nail down
make final; put the last touches on; put into final form; "let's finalize the proposal"

find out, catch out
trap; especially in an error or in a reprehensible act; "He was caught out"; "She was found out when she tried to cash the stolen checks"

finish up, land up, fetch up, end up, wind up, finish
finally be or do something; "He ended up marrying his high school sweetheart"; "he wound up being unemployed and living at home again"

fire, discharge, go off
go off or discharge; "The gun fired"

firm up
arrange firmly; "firm up one's plans"

fix up
find (something or someone) for; "I'll fix you up with a nice girl"

fix, prepare, set up, ready, gear up, set
make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc; "Get the children ready for school!"; "prepare for war"; "I was fixing to leave town after I paid the hotel bill"

fixate, settle on
become fixed (on); "Her eyes fixated on a point on the horizon"

flabbergast, boggle, bowl over
overcome with amazement; "This boggles the mind!"

flag down
signal to stop; "Let's flag down a cab--it's starting to rain"; "The policeman flagged down our car"

flare out, flare
become flared and widen, usually at one end; "The bellbottom pants flare out"

flare up
ignite quickly and suddenly, especially after having died down; "the fire flared up and died down once again"

flare, flame up, blaze up, burn up
burn brightly; "Every star seemed to flare with new intensity"

flaunt, flash, show off, ostentate, swank
display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously; "he showed off his new sports car"

flip one's lid, blow up, throw a fit, hit the roof, hit the ceiling, have kittens, have a fit, combust, blow one's stack, fly off the handle, flip one's wig, lose one's temper, blow a fuse, go ballistic
get very angry and fly into a rage; "The professor combusted when the student didn't know the answer to a very elementary question"; "Spam makes me go ballistic"

flip, flip out
go mad, go crazy; "He flipped when he heard that he was being laid off"

flip, flip out
react in an excited, delighted, or surprised way; "he flipped when he heard that he was accepted into Princeton University"

flip, flip over, turn over
turn upside down, or throw so as to reverse; "flip over the pork chop"; "turn over the pancakes"

fly by
pass by while flying; "An enemy plane flew by"

focus on, center on, revolve around, revolve about, concentrate on, center
center upon; "Her entire attention centered on her children"; "Our day revolved around our work"

foist off, palm off, fob off
sell as genuine, sell with the intention to deceive

fold, fold up
become folded or folded up; "The bed folds in a jiffy"

fold, fold up, turn up
bend or lay so that one part covers the other; "fold up the newspaper"; "turn up your collar"

follow through, follow up, follow out, carry out, implement, put through, go through
pursue to a conclusion or bring to a successful issue; "Did he go through with the treatment?"; "He implemented a new economic plan"; "She followed up his recommendations with a written proposal"

follow, fall out
come as a logical consequence; follow logically; "It follows that your assertion is false"; "the theorem falls out nicely"

forbear, hold back
refrain from doing; "she forbore a snicker"

foreground, highlight, spotlight, play up
move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent; "The introduction highlighted the speaker's distinguished career in linguistics"

forfeit, give up, throw overboard, waive, forgo, forego
lose ( or lose the right to ( by some error, offense, or crime; "you've forfeited your right to name your successor"; "forfeited property"

forget, block, blank out, draw a blank
be unable to remember; "I'm drawing a blank"; "You are blocking the name of your first wife!"

frame, compose, draw up
make up plans or basic details for; "frame a policy"

freak out, freak, gross out
lose one's nerve; "When he saw the accident, he freaked out"

freeze, freeze out, freeze down
change from a liquid to a solid when cold; "Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit"

freshen, refresh, refreshen, freshen up
become or make oneself fresh again; "She freshened up after the tennis game"

fret, eat away
wear away or erode

frolic, lark, rollick, skylark, disport, sport, cavort, gambol, frisk, romp, run around, lark about
play boisterously; "The children frolicked in the garden"; "the gamboling lambs in the meadows"; "The toddlers romped in the playroom"

frown on, frown upon
look disapprovingly upon

furlough, lay off
dismiss, usually for economic reasons; "She was laid off together with hundreds of other workers when the company downsized"







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