General Idioms (Page 7)

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End in smoke
If something ends in smoke, it produces no concrete or positive result. This expression refers to the boasting by a person, of having put in a lot of efforts by him, for a particular cause or to attain a result which is very difficult to be done by any person. (This mainly refers to an investigation of a crime or solving a serious offence or a mystery). But at the end, when the desired result is not obtained, his claims are found to be false and not worth mentioning. So, he looses his credibility.
Etched in stone
Something, especially rules and customs,  that cannot be changed at all is said to be etched in stone.
Even keel
If something is on an even keel, it is balanced.
Every nook and cranny
If you search every nook and cranny, you look everywhere for something.
Every trick in the book
If you try every trick in the book, you try every possible way, including dishonesty and deceit, to get what you want.
Explore all avenues
If all avenues are being explored, then every conceivable approach is being tried that could possibly get the desired result.
Something surprising, unexpected which reveals the truth about something or someone.
Faintest idea
If you don`t have the faintest idea, about something you don`t know anything at all about it.
Fair and square
If someone does something fair and square, they do it correctly, following any rules or laws.
Fair crack of the whip
(UK) If everybody has a fair crack of the whip, they all have equal opportunities to do something.
Fair shake of the whip
(USA) If everybody has a fair shake of the whip, they all have equal opportunities to do something.
Fair thee well
Meaning completely and fully: I am tied up today to a fair-thee-well.
Fall by the wayside
To fall by the wayside is to give up or fail before completion.
Fall on stony ground
If an idea or plan falls on stony ground, it is received negatively by people in positions of power or fails to  take off.
Familiarity breeds contempt
This means that the more you know something or someone, the more you start to find faults and dislike things about it or them.
Famous last words
This expression is used as a way of showing disbelief, rejection  or self-deprecation.'They said we had no chance of winning- famous last words!'
Far cry from
This means that something is very different from something.
Fast and furious
Things that happen fast and furious happen very quickly without stopping or pausing.
Fat chance!
This idiom is a way of telling someone they have no chance.
Fat hits the fire
When the fat hits the fire, trouble breaks out.
Fat of the land
Living off the fat of the land means having the best of everything in life.
Feel free
If you ask for permission to do something and are told to feel free, the other person means that there is absolutely no problem
Few and far between
If things are few and far between, they happen very occasionally.
Finders keepers, losers weepers
Whoever finds something can keep it.  This is often shortened to 'finders keepers'.
Fine and dandy
(UK) If thing's are fine and dandy, then everything is going well.
Fire away
If you want to ask someone a question and they tell you to fire away, they mean that you are free to ask what you want.
Fire in the hole!
This is used as a warning when a planned explosion is about to happen.
First port of call
The first place you stop to do something is your first port of call.
Fish for compliments
Usually said of someone who puts themselves down (similar to false modesty) in the hope that others will contradict them, and in the process, compliment them. Sam: I'm no good at drawing!Judy: Nonsense! You're an excellent artist!Bob: Aw, he was just fishing for compliments.
Fit for a king
If something is fit for a king, it is of the very highest quality or standard.
Fit the bill
If something fits the bill, it is what is required for the task.
Fit to be tied
If someone is fit to be tied, they are extremely angry.
Flat out
If you work flat out, you work as hard and fast as you possibly can.
Flirt with danger
If you flirt with danger, you do something risky that might result in serious trouble for you.
Fly off the handle
If someone flies off the handle, they get very angry.
Fly the flag
If someone flies the flag, they represent or support their country. ('Wave the flag' and 'show the flag' are alternative forms of this idiom)
Foam at the mouth
If you foam at the mouth, you are very, very angry.
Foggiest idea
If you don't have the foggiest idea, you don't know or understand anything at all. ('Foggiest notion' is laso used.)
Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me
This means that you should learn from your mistakes and not allow people to take advantage of you repeatedly.
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread
This idiom is used where people who are inexperienced or lack knowledge do something that more informed people would avoid.
For kicks
If you do something for kicks, or just for kicks, you do it purely for fun or thrills.
Foregone conclusion
If the result of, say, a football match is a foregone conclusion, then the result is obvious before the game has even begun.
Forewarned is forearmed
If you have been warned about something to happen, you will be at an advantage.
Fortune knocks once at every man's door
Everyone gets one good chance in a lifetime.
Free rein
If someone has a free rein, they have the authority to make the decisions they want without any restrictions. ('Free reign' is a common mistake.)
A free-for-all is a fight or contest in which everyone gets involved and rules are not respected.
From a different angle
If you look at something from a different angle, you look at it from a different point of view.
From A to Z
If you know something from A to Z, you know everything about it.
From pillar to post
If something is going from pillar to post, it is moving around in a meaningless way, from one disaster to another.
From scratch
This idiom means 'from the beginning'.

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