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Number of Idioms: 141
1 Face like thunder If someone has a face like thunder, they are clearly very angry or upset about something.
2 Face only a mother could love When someone has a face only a mother could love, they are ugly.
3 Face the music If you have to face the music, you have to accept the negative consequences of something you have done wrong.
4 Face value If you take something at face value, you accept the appearance rather than looking deeper into the matter.
5 Face your demons If you face your demons, you confront your fears or something that you have been trying hard to avoid.
6 Facts of life When someone is taught the facts of life, they learn about sex and reproduction.
7 Failure is the mother of success Failure is often a stepping stone towards success.
8 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.
9 Fair and square If someone wins something fair and square, they follow the rules and win conclusively.
10 Fair crack of the whip (UK) If everybody has a fair crack of the whip, they all have equal opportunities to do something.
11 Fair shake of the whip (USA) If everybody has a fair shake of the whip, they all have equal opportunities to do something.
12 Fair thee well Meaning completely and fully: I am tied up today to a fair-thee-well.
13 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.
14 Fall by the wayside To fall by the wayside is to give up or fail before completion.
15 Fall from grace If a person falls from grace, they lose favor with someone.
16 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.
17 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)
18 Fall off the wagon If someone falls off the wagon, they start drinking after having given up completely for a time.
19 Fall on our feet If you fall on your feet, you succeed in doing something where there was a risk of failure.
20 Fall on your sword If someone falls on their sword, they resign or accept the consequences of some wrongdoing.
21 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.
22 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!'
23 Fast and furious Things that happen fast and furious happen very quickly without stopping or pausing.
24 Fat cat A fat cat is a person who makes a lot of money and enjoys a privileged position in society.
25 Fat chance! This idiom is a way of telling someone they have no chance.
26 Fat head A fat head is a dull, stupid person.
27 Fat hits the fire When the fat hits the fire, trouble breaks out.
28 Fat of the land Living off the fat of the land means having the best of everything in life.
29 Fate worse than death Describing something as a fate worse than death is a fairly common way of implying that it is unpleasant.
30 Feast today, famine tomorrow If you indulge yourself with all that you have today, you may have to go without tomorrow.
31 Feather in your cap A success or achievement that may help you in the future is a feather in your cap.
32 Feather your own nest If someone feathers their own nest, they use their position or job for personal gain.
33 Feathers fly When people are fighting or arguing angrily, we can say that feathers are flying.
34 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.
35 Feel at home If you feel relaxed and comfortable somewhere or with someone, you feel at home.
36 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
37 Feel like a million If you feel like a million, you are feeling very well (healthy) and happy.
38 Feel the pinch If someone is short of money or feeling restricted in some other way, they are feeling the pinch.
39 Feeling blue If you feel blue, you are feeling unwell, mainly associated with depression or unhappiness.
40 Feet of clay If someone has feet of clay, they have flaws that make them seem more human and like normal people.
41 Feet on the ground A practical and realistic person has their feet on the ground.
42 Fence sitter Someone that try to support both side of an argument without committing to either is a fence sitter.
43 Few and far between If things are few and far between, they happen very occasionally.
44 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.
45 Fifth columnist (UK) A fifth columnist is a member of a subversive organisation who tries to help an enemy invade.
46 Fifth wheel (USA) A fifth wheel is something unnecessary or useless.
47 Fight an uphill battle When you fight an uphill battle, you have to struggle against very unfavourable circumstances.
48 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.)
49 Fighting chance If you have a fighting chance, you have a reasonable possibility of success.
50 Find your feet When you are finding your feet, you are in the process of gaining confidence and experience in something.
51 Fine and dandy (UK) If thing's are fine and dandy, then everything is going well.
52 Fine tuning Small adjustments to improve something or to get it working are called fine tuning.
53 Fine words butter no parsnips This idiom means that it's easy to talk, but talk is not action.
54 Finger in the pie If you have a finger in the pie, you have an interest in something.
55 Fingers and thumbs If you are all fingers and thumbs, you are being clumsy and not very skilled with your hands.
56 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.
57 Fire on all cylinders If something is firing on all cylinders, it is going as well as it could.
58 First come, first served This means there will be no preferential treatment and a service will be provided to those that arrive first.
59 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.
60 First port of call The first place you stop to do something is your first port of call.
61 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.
62 Fish or cut bait (USA) This idiom is used when you want to tell someone that it is time to take action.
63 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.
64 Fishy 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.
65 Fit as a fiddle If you are fit as a fiddle, you are in perfect health.
66 Fit for a king If something is fit for a king, it is of the very highest quality or standard.
67 Fit like a glove If something fits like a glove, it is suitable or the right size.
68 Fit of pique If someone reacts badly because their pride is hurt, this is a fit of pique.
69 Fit the bill If something fits the bill, it is what is required for the task.
70 Fit to be tied If someone is fit to be tied, they are extremely angry.
71 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.
72 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.
73 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.
74 Flat out If you work flat out, you work as hard and fast as you possibly can.
75 Fleet of foot If someone is fleet of foot, they are very quick.
76 Flesh and blood Your flesh and blood are your blood relatives, especially your immediate family.
77 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.
78 Flowery speech Flowery speech is full of lovely words, but may well lack substance.
79 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.
80 Fly in the ointment A fly in the ointment is something that spoils or prevents complete enjoyment of something.
81 Fly off the handle If someone flies off the handle, they get very angry.
82 Fly on the wall If you are able to see and hear events as they happen, you are a fly on the wall.
83 Fly the coop When children leave home to live away from their parents, they fly the coop.
84 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)
85 Follow your nose When giving directions, telling someone to follow their nose means that they should go straight ahead.
86 Food for thought If something is food for thought, it is worth thinking about or considering seriously.
87 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.
88 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.
89 Foot in mouth This is used to describe someone who has just said something embarrassing, inappropriate, wrong or stupid.
90 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.
91 Foot the bill The person who foots the bill pays the bill for everybody.
92 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.
93 For a song If you buy or sell something for a song, it is very cheap.
94 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.
95 For England (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.
96 For kicks If you do something for kicks, or just for kicks, you do it purely for fun or thrills.
97 For my money This idiom means 'in my opinion'.
98 For Pete's sake This is used as an exclamation to show exasperation or irritation.
99 For the birds If something is worthless or ridiculous, it is for the birds.
100 For the love of Pete Usually used in exasperation, as in 'Oh, for the love of Pete!'
101 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.
102 Forbidden fruit Something enjoyable that is illegal or immoral is forbidden fruit.
103 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.
104 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.
105 Fortune knocks once at every man's door Everyone gets one good chance in a lifetime.
106 Foul play If the police suspect foul play, they think a crime was committed.
107 Four corners of the earth If something goes to, or comes from, the four corners of the earth, it goes or comes absolutely everywhere.
108 Four-eyes A person who wears glasses
109 Four-square behind If someone stands four-square behind someone, they give that person their full support.
110 Fourth estate This is an idiomatic way of describing the media, especially the newspapers.
111 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.)
112 Free-for-all A free-for-all is a fight or contest in which everyone gets involved and rules are not respected.
113 French leave To take French leave is to leave a gathering without saying goodbye or without permission.
114 Fresh from the oven If something is fresh from the oven, it is very new.
115 Freudian Slip 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.
116 Friendly footing When relationships are on a friendly footing, they are going well.
117 From a different angle If you look at something from a different angle, you look at it from a different point of view.
118 From Missouri (USA) If someone is from Missouri, then they require clear proof before they will believe something.
119 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.
120 From rags to riches Someone who starts life very poor and makes a fortune goes from rags to riches.
121 From scratch This idiom means 'from the beginning'.
122 From soup to nuts If you do something from soup to nuts, you do it from the beginning right to the very end.
123 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.
124 From the get-go (USA) If something happens from the get-go, it happens from the very beginning.
125 From the horse's mouth If you hear something from the horse's mouth, you hear it directly from the person concerned or responsible.
126 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.
127 From the word go From the word go means from the very beginning of something.
128 Full as a tick If you are as full as a tick, you have eaten too much.
129 Full bore If something is full bore, it involves the maximum effort or is complete and thorough.
130 Full circle When something has come full circle, it has ended up where it started.
131 Full Monty (UK) If something is the Full Monty, it is the real thing, not reduced in any way.
132 Full of beans If someone's full of beans, they are very energetic.
133 Full of hot air Someone who is full of hot air talks a lot of rubbish.
134 Full of oneself Someone who acts in a arrogant or egotistical manner is full of himself/herself.
135 Full of piss and vinegar Someone who's full of piss and vinegar is full of youthful energy.
136 Full of the joys of spring If you are full of the joys of spring, you are very happy and full of energy.
137 Full swing If a something is in full swing, it is going or doing well.
138 Full throttle If you do something full throttle, you do it with as much speed and energy as you can.
139 Fullness of time If something happens in the fullness of time, it will happen when the time is right and appropriate.
140 Fur coat and no knickers Someone with airs and graces, but no real class is fur coat and no knickers.
141 Fuzzy thinking Thinking or ideas that do not agree with the facts or information availabl.
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