Idioms Beginning With: 'F'
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- Face like thunder
- If someone has a face like thunder, they are clearly very angry or upset about something.
- Face only a mother could love
- When someone has a face only a mother could love, they are ugly.
- Face the music
- If you have to face the music, you have to accept the negative consequences of something you have done wrong.
- Face value
- If you take something at face value, you accept the appearance rather than looking deeper into the matter.
- Face your demons
- If you face your demons, you confront your fears or something that you have been trying hard to avoid.
- Facts of life
- When someone is taught the facts of life, they learn about sex and reproduction.
- Failure is the mother of success
- Failure is often a stepping stone towards success.
- Faint heart never won fair lady
- This means that you will not get the partner of your dreams if you lack the confidence to let them know how you feel.
- 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 game
- If something or someone is fair game, then it is acceptable to target, criticise or attack them.
- Fair shake of the whip
- (USA) If everybody has a fair shake of the whip, they all have equal opportunities to do something.
- Fair suck of the sauce bottle
- (AU) If you demand a fair suck of the sauce bottle, the other person is being unreasonable in what they are asking or suggesting you do.
('Fair suck of the sav' is also used.)
- Fair thee well
- Meaning completely and fully: I am tied up today to a fair-thee-well.
- Fairweather friend
- A fairweather friend is the type who is always there when times are good but forgets about you when things get difficult or problems crop up.
- Fall at the first fence
- If something falls at the first fence, it goes wrong or fails at the first or an early stage.
- Fall at the first hurdle
If something falls at the first hurdle, it goes wrong or fails at the first or an early stage.
- Fall by the wayside
- To fall by the wayside is to give up or fail before completion.
- Fall from grace
- If a person falls from grace, they lose favor with someone.
- Fall off the back of a lorry
- (UK) If someone tries to sell you something that has fallen of the back of a lorry, they are trying to sell you stolen goods.
- Fall off the turnip truck
- (USA) If someone has just fallen off the turnip truck, they are uninformed, naive and gullible. (Often used in the negative)
- Fall off the wagon
- If someone falls off the wagon, they start drinking after having given up completely for a time.
- Fall on our feet
- If you fall on your feet, you succeed in doing something where there was a risk of failure.
- 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.
- Fall on your sword
- If someone falls on their sword, they resign or accept the consequences of some wrongdoing.
- 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 cat
- A fat cat is a person who makes a lot of money and enjoys a privileged position in society.
- Fat chance!
- This idiom is a way of telling someone they have no chance.
- Fat head
- A fat head is a dull, stupid person.
- 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.
- Fate worse than death
- Describing something as a fate worse than death is a fairly common way of implying that it is unpleasant.
- Father figure
- A father figure is an older man, often in a position of power or authority, who commands great respect and inspires feelings like those for a father.
- Feast today, famine tomorrow
- If you indulge yourself with all that you have today, you may have to go without tomorrow.
- Feather in your cap
- A success or achievement that may help you in the future is a feather in your cap.
- Feather your own nest
- If someone feathers their own nest, they use their position or job for personal gain.
- Som eone who's feather-brained is silly, empty-headed and not serious.
- Feathers fly
- When people are fighting or arguing angrily, we can say that feathers are flying.
- Fed up to the back teeth
- When you are extremely irritated and fed up with something or someone, you are fed up to the back teeth.
- Feel at home
- If you feel relaxed and comfortable somewhere or with someone, you feel at home.
- 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
- Feel like a million
- If you feel like a million, you are feeling very well (healthy) and happy.
- Feel the pinch
- If someone is short of money or feeling restricted in some other way, they are feeling the pinch.
- Feeling blue
- If you feel blue, you are feeling unwell, mainly associated with depression or unhappiness.
- Feet of clay
- If someone has feet of clay, they have flaws that make them seem more human and like normal people.
- Feet on the ground
- A practical and realistic person has their feet on the ground.
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