A TO Z IDIOMS

Idioms beginning with F

  • Face the Music

    Meaning: Dealing with consequences of one’s actions

  • Face the Music

    Meaning: 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 (usually an exclamation)

    Meaning: Make a decision or give someone else a chance

  • 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