IDIOMS beginning with F

IDIOMS beginning with F


Face the Music
Meaning: Dealing with consequences of one’s actions; To accept judgment or punishment

Face the Music
Meaning: Dealing with consequences of one’s actions; To accept judgment or punishment

Fall for Something
Meaning: Hook, Line, and Sinker To be completely deceived

Fall in Love with Somebody
Meaning: Start feeling love towards somebody

Fall Off the Wagon
Meaning: To begin using alcohol (or another problem substance) after quitting

Fall on One’s Sword
Meaning: To accept blame; to sacrifice oneself

Fall Prey to
Meaning: Be victimized by; be harmed by; be vulnerable to

Fancy Someone (British English)
Meaning: To find someone very attractive

Farther (On) Down the Road
Meaning: Later, at some unspecified time

Farther (On) Down the Road
Meaning: Later, at some unspecified time

Fashion-Forward
Meaning: Tending to adopt new styles quickly

Fat Cat
Meaning: A highly placed, well-paid executive

Father Figure
Meaning: A mentor, a person who offers guidance

Feast Your Eyes On
Meaning: To take great pleasure in looking at someone or something

Feather in One’s Cap
Meaning: An achievement for which one is recognized; a noteworthy achievement

Feather One’s (Own) Nest
Meaning: Use one’s influence or power improperly for financial gain

Feather One’s Nest
Meaning: To take advantage of one’s position to benefit oneself

Fed Up With
Meaning: Refusing to tolerate something any further; out of patience

Feel Like a Million Dollars
Meaning: To feel great, to feel well and healthy.

Feel On Top of The World
Meaning: To feel very healthy

Fell off a Truck
Meaning: Probably stolen or illicitly obtained; said of something offered for sale to avoid discussing its origins

Fell off the Back of a Lorry
Meaning: Probably stolen or illicitly obtained; said of something offered for sale to avoid discussing its origins

Fifteen Minutes of Fame
Meaning: Temporary renown

Fifth Wheel
Meaning: A superfluous person

Fight Fire with Fire
Meaning: Use the same measures that are being used against you, even if they’re stronger than you would usually use

Fight Like Cat and Dog
Meaning: Continually arguing with each other

Find One’s Voice
Meaning: Become more confident in expressing oneself

Find Your Feet
Meaning: To adjust to a new place or situation

Finger-Pointing
Meaning: Blame; a situation within a group where each member attempts to blame others

Finger-Pointing
Meaning: Blame; a situation within a group where each member attempts to blame others

Fire in the Belly
Meaning: strong ambition

First In, Best Dressed
Meaning: The first people to do something will have an advantage

Fish for Compliments
Meaning: Try to manipulate people into praising you

Fish or Cut Bait
Meaning: an admonition to act or to remove oneself as an obstacle to another person acting

Fish Out of Water
Meaning: A person who is in unfamiliar, confusing surroundings

Five-Finger Discount
Meaning: Shoplifting

Flash in the Pan
Meaning: A one-time occurrence, not a permanent phenomenon

Flat Broke
Meaning: Having no money at all

Flat Out Like a Lizard
Meaning: Drinking Very busy

Flesh and Blood
Meaning: Blood relatives, close relatives

Flew the Coop
Meaning: Left, escaped

Flip-Flop (v. or n.)
Meaning: To vacillate between two choices, to be indecisive

Fly by the Seat of One’s Pants
Meaning: To improvise, to make decisions without planning or preparation

Fly High
Meaning: Be very successful, especially temporarily

Fly Off The Handle
Meaning: Lose one’s temper suddenly and unexpectedly

Fly off the Handle
Meaning: To become suddenly enraged

Follow In Someone’s Footsteps (Tracks)
Meaning: Follow the example laid down by someone else; supplant

Follow Your Heart
Meaning: Rely on one’s deeper feelings and instincts when making a decision

Food for Thought
Meaning: Something that makes you think carefully

For a Song
Meaning: At very low cost

For a Song
Meaning: At very low cost

For Crying Out Loud (excl.)
Meaning: An expression of extreme annoyance

For Xyz Reasons
Meaning: For multiple reasons, not worth specifying individually

Foul Play
Meaning: Crime, typically murder

Fourth Estate
Meaning: The media and newspapers

Fox in the Henhouse (Chickenhouse)
Meaning: Someone who causes trouble

Freak Out
Meaning: A wildly irrational reaction or spell of behavior

French Leave
Meaning: Absence without permission

Freudian Slip
Meaning: Accidental use of an incorrect word; a revealing slip of the tongue

From Pillar to Post
Meaning: From one place to another, in a forced, random way

From Scratch
Meaning: From individual ingredients, not using a prepared mix

From Soup to Nuts
Meaning: Everything; from beginning to end

From the Bottom of One’s Heart
Meaning: Sincerely and with deep feeling

FUBAR
Meaning: Hopelessly ruined, not working, messed up.

Full Fathom Five
Meaning: Lost deep in the sea

Full of the Joys of Spring
Meaning: Very happy, enthusiastic and full of energy



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