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||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.
||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.
||Fair and square
||If someone wins something fair and square, they follow the rules and win conclusively.
||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.
||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 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 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!'
||Fast and furious
||Things that happen fast and furious happen very quickly without stopping or pausing.
||A fat cat is a person who makes a lot of money and enjoys a privileged position in society.
||This idiom is a way of telling someone they have no chance.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||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.
||Someone that try to support both side of an argument without committing to either is a fence sitter.
||Few and far between
||If things are few and far between, they happen very occasionally.
||Fiddle while Rome burns
||If people are fiddling while Rome burns, they are wasting their time on futile things while problems threaten to destroy them.
||(UK) A fifth columnist is a member of a subversive organisation who tries to help an enemy invade.
||(USA) A fifth wheel is something unnecessary or useless.
||Fight an uphill battle
||When you fight an uphill battle, you have to struggle against very unfavourable circumstances.
||Fight tooth and nail
||If someone will fight tooth and nail for something, they will not stop at anything to get what they want. ('Fight tooth and claw' is an alternative.)
||If you have a fighting chance, you have a reasonable possibility of success.
||Find your feet
||When you are finding your feet, you are in the process of gaining confidence and experience in something.
||Fine and dandy
||(UK) If thing's are fine and dandy, then everything is going well.
||Small adjustments to improve something or to get it working are called fine tuning.
||Fine words butter no parsnips
||This idiom means that it's easy to talk, but talk is not action.
||Finger in the pie
||If you have a finger in the pie, you have an interest in something.
||Fingers and thumbs
||If you are all fingers and thumbs, you are being clumsy and not very skilled with your hands.
||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 on all cylinders
||If something is firing on all cylinders, it is going as well as it could.
||First come, first served
||This means there will be no preferential treatment and a service will be provided to those that arrive first.
||First out of the gate
||When someone is first out of the gate, they are the first to do something that others are trying to do.
||First port of call
||The first place you stop to do something is your first port of call.
||Fish in troubled waters
||Someone who fishes in troubled waters tries to takes advantage of a shaky or unstable situation. The extremists were fishing in troubled waters during the political uncertainty in the country.
||Fish or cut bait
||(USA) This idiom is used when you want to tell someone that it is time to take action.
||Fish out of water
||If you are placed in a situation that is completely new to you and confuses you, you are like a fish out of water.
||If there is something fishy about someone or something, there is something suspicious; a feeling that there is something wrong, though it isn't clear what it is.
||Fit as a fiddle
||If you are fit as a fiddle, you are in perfect health.
||Fit for a king
||If something is fit for a king, it is of the very highest quality or standard.
||Fit like a glove
||If something fits like a glove, it is suitable or the right size.
||Fit of pique
||If someone reacts badly because their pride is hurt, this is a fit of pique.
||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.
||Five o'clock shadow
||A five o'clock shadow is the facial hair that a man gets if he doesn't shave for a day or two.
||Flash in the pan
||If something is a flash in the pan, it is very noticeable but doesn't last long, like most singers, who are very successful for a while, then forgotten.
||Flat as a pancake
||It is so flat that it is like a pancake- there is no head on that beer it is as flat as a pancake.
||If you work flat out, you work as hard and fast as you possibly can.
||Fleet of foot
||If someone is fleet of foot, they are very quick.
||Flesh and blood
||Your flesh and blood are your blood relatives, especially your immediate family.
||Flogging a dead horse
||(UK) If someone is trying to convince people to do or feel something without any hope of succeeding, they're flogging a dead horse. This is used when someone is trying to raise interest in an issue that no-one supports anymore; beating a dead horse will not make it do any more work.
||Flowery speech is full of lovely words, but may well lack substance.
||Fly by the seat of one's pants
||If you fly by the seat of one's pants, you do something difficult even though you don't have the experience or training required.
||Fly in the ointment
||A fly in the ointment is something that spoils or prevents complete enjoyment of something.
||Fly off the handle
||If someone flies off the handle, they get very angry.
||Fly on the wall
||If you are able to see and hear events as they happen, you are a fly on the wall.
||Fly the coop
||When children leave home to live away from their parents, they fly the coop.
||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)
||Follow your nose
||When giving directions, telling someone to follow their nose means that they should go straight ahead.
||Food for thought
||If something is food for thought, it is worth thinking about or considering seriously.
||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.
||Foot in mouth
||This is used to describe someone who has just said something embarrassing, inappropriate, wrong or stupid.
||Foot in the door
||If you have or get your foot in the door, you start working in a company or organisation at a low level, hoping that you will be able to progress from there.
||Foot the bill
||The person who foots the bill pays the bill for everybody.
||Football's a game of two halves
||(UK) If something's a game of two halves, it means that it's possible for someone's fortunes or luck to change and the person who's winning could end up a loser.
||For a song
||If you buy or sell something for a song, it is very cheap.
||For donkey's years
||(UK) If people have done something, usually without much if any change, for an awfully long time, they can be said to have done it for donkey's years.
||(UK) A person who talks for England, talks a lot- if you do something for England, you do it a lot or to the limit.
||If you do something for kicks, or just for kicks, you do it purely for fun or thrills.
||For my money
||This idiom means 'in my opinion'.
||For Pete's sake
||This is used as an exclamation to show exasperation or irritation.
||For the birds
||If something is worthless or ridiculous, it is for the birds.
||For the love of Pete
||Usually used in exasperation, as in 'Oh, for the love of Pete!'
||For the time being
||For the time being indicates that an action or state will continue into the future, but is temporary. I'm sharing an office for the time being.
||Something enjoyable that is illegal or immoral is forbidden fruit.
||If the result of, say, a football match is a foregone conclusion, then the result is obvious before the game has even begun.
||Forest for the trees
||(USA) If someone can't see the forest for the trees, they get so caught up in small details that they fail to understand the bigger picture.
||Fortune knocks once at every man's door
||Everyone gets one good chance in a lifetime.
||If the police suspect foul play, they think a crime was committed.
||Four corners of the earth
||If something goes to, or comes from, the four corners of the earth, it goes or comes absolutely everywhere.
||A person who wears glasses
||If someone stands four-square behind someone, they give that person their full support.
||This is an idiomatic way of describing the media, especially the newspapers.
||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.
||To take French leave is to leave a gathering without saying goodbye or without permission.
||Fresh from the oven
||If something is fresh from the oven, it is very new.
||If someone makes a Freudian slip, they accidentally use the wrong word, but in doing so reveal what they are really thinking rather than what they think the other person wants to hear.
||When relationships are on a friendly footing, they are going well.
||From a different angle
||If you look at something from a different angle, you look at it from a different point of view.
||(USA) If someone is from Missouri, then they require clear proof before they will believe something.
||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 rags to riches
||Someone who starts life very poor and makes a fortune goes from rags to riches.
||This idiom means 'from the beginning'.
||From soup to nuts
||If you do something from soup to nuts, you do it from the beginning right to the very end.
||From the bottom of your heart
||If someone does something from the bottom of their heart, then they do it with genuine emotion and feeling.
||From the get-go
||(USA) If something happens from the get-go, it happens from the very beginning.
||From the horse's mouth
||If you hear something from the horse's mouth, you hear it directly from the person concerned or responsible.
||From the sublime to the ridiculous
||If something declines considerably in quality or importance, it is said to have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous.
||From the word go
||From the word go means from the very beginning of something.
||Full as a tick
||If you are as full as a tick, you have eaten too much.
||If something is full bore, it involves the maximum effort or is complete and thorough.
||When something has come full circle, it has ended up where it started.
||(UK) If something is the Full Monty, it is the real thing, not reduced in any way.
||Full of beans
||If someone's full of beans, they are very energetic.
||Full of hot air
||Someone who is full of hot air talks a lot of rubbish.
||Full of oneself
||Someone who acts in a arrogant or egotistical manner is full of himself/herself.
||Full of piss and vinegar
||Someone who's full of piss and vinegar is full of youthful energy.
||Full of the joys of spring
||If you are full of the joys of spring, you are very happy and full of energy.
||If a something is in full swing, it is going or doing well.
||If you do something full throttle, you do it with as much speed and energy as you can.
||Fullness of time
||If something happens in the fullness of time, it will happen when the time is right and appropriate.
||Fur coat and no knickers
||Someone with airs and graces, but no real class is fur coat and no knickers.
||Thinking or ideas that do not agree with the facts or information availabl.