Is our series on colourful compounds growing on you yet? Even if you just glimpse at this list of particular phrasal verbs that start with the letters E, F and G, you might ferret out some fun expressions!

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egg on

To encourage egg on

Example: The mascot egged on the supporters in the front row to scream for more.

 

 

eke out

To make something last longer; to manage to make a living

Example: The students eked out the semester by living on spaghetti and meatballs and going to free films.

 

eat into

To use up (profits, resources or time)

Example: Nothing eats into our time more than smartphones.

 

 

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fawn on/over

To praise someone excessively fawn on

Example: Lobbyists fawn over the president to advance their cases in any way possible.

 

 

fall in with

To meet by chance and become involved with; to agree to

Example: The young people fell in with the wrong crowd over the summer.

 

 

feed off

To use something to one’s advantage feed off

Example: The players fed off the crowd’s energy to make a last effort to win the match.

 

 

fall for

To fall in love with; to be tricked

Example: Don’t fall for that crazy idea that money grows on trees!

 

 

ferret out

To search and discover something ferret out

Example: We call him “Holmes”: he’s good at ferreting out the real causes of accidents.

 

 

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gee up

To command (a horse) to go faster; to encourage to show more enthusiasm or make more effort

Example: We tried to gee them up with our usual antics, but even that didn’t help.

 

get behind

To support

Example: They got behind the students’ efforts to reintroduce old, used books for courses instead of electronic versions.

 

get after

To nag or exhort

Example: The shop owners need to get after the town commissioners to change their opening hours.

 

gloss over

To minimize or disguise

Example: The company can gloss over the emissions results only so much before the smoke really starts to thicken.

 

get off

To escape punishment; to be acquitted

Example: Most of the drivers got off with a rap on the knuckles from the motor vehicle commissioner for not having registered their vehicles.

 

gnaw at

To trouble or cause distress

Example: Little things tend to gnaw at him until he becomes resolute and makes a decision.

 

 

grow on

To become gradually more appealing beard-stklaus

Example: His beard grew on me – it helped that his name was “Santa Claus”.

 



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