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TIL English Idiom Collection

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Collected from various sources by U Kyaw Tun (UKT), M.S. (I.P.S.T., U.S.A.), and staff of TIL (Tun Institute of Learning, http://www.tuninst.net ) for staff and students of TIL Computing and Language Center, Yangon, Myanmar. Not for sale.

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F01 F-word face facts face the music face up fag/faggot faint of heart fair game fair-haired boy fair shake fair to middling fair-weather friend fake it folderol fall apart (at the seams) fall asleep fall behind fall between the cracks fall between two stools fall flat on my face fall for

 

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F-word

From Magnuson
F-word --
fair to middling Internet link F-word

F-word -- (See the F-word)

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face facts

From Magnuson
face facts --
accept the truth, deal with reality, come to grips
If we face facts, we can see that one salary is not enough.

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face the music

From Magnuson
face the music --
face the results of our actions, be responsible
If you damage the car, you must face the music - pay for repairs.

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face up

From Magnuson
face up --
admit that you did it, own up
If Karl caused the problem, he'll face up. He'll admit it.

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fag/faggot

From Magnuson
fag/faggot --
gay or homosexual man
Sean is a fag; he admits it.

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faint of heart

From Magnuson
faint of heart --
timid, not courageous, chicken, lily-livered
Sky diving is not for people who are faint of heart.

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fair game

From Magnuson
fair game --
legal to hunt or shoot or criticize, open season
An elected politician is fair game for criticism.

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fair-haired boy

From Magnuson
fair-haired boy --
favorite boy, favorite man
He's the fair-haired boy in this office. They think he's perfect.

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fair shake

From Magnuson
fair shake --
(See a fair shake)

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fair to middling

From Magnuson
fair to middling --
moderately good, about average, so-so
"How's the barley crop this year?" "Oh, fair to middling. Could use a good rain."

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fair-weather friend

From Magnuson
fair-weather friend
-- fall for Internet link fair-weather friend

fair-weather friend -- a friend who leaves when I have problems, one who does not stand by me
Simon is looking for a loyal friend, not a fair-weather friend.

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fake it

From Magnuson
fake it --
create the parts you forget, fudge it, make up
If he forgets the words, he fakes it. He thinks of new words.

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folderol

From Magnuson
folderol --
(See a lot of folderol)

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fall apart (at the seams)

From Magnuson
fall apart (at the seams) --
be unable to cope or manage, come unglued
After his wife died, he fell apart. He lost interest in everything.

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fall asleep

From Magnuson
fall asleep --
begin to sleep, drop off
Don't fall asleep while we're in church. It's embarrassing.

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fall behind

From Magnuson
fall behind --
be unable to run as fast, drop behind
You will fall behind in your work if you miss a week of school.

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fall between the cracks

From Magnuson
fall between the cracks --
(See fall through the cracks)

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fall between two stools

From Magnuson
fall between two stools --
not clearly one type or the other, neither fish nor fowl
This vehicle is part bike and part car. It falls between two stools.

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fall flat on my face

From Magnuson
fall flat on my face --
fail completely, embarrass myself, blow it, make a mistake
If I tried to speak Polish, I would fall flat on my face! You would laugh at my poor Polish!

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fall for

From Magnuson
fall for --
begin to love, fall in love with
When I was in Grade 8, I fell for Miss Kramer. She was beautiful.

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F03. fall for that -- fall on your sword Internet link fall for that

fall for that -- believe that, eat that
Surely you're not going to fall for that story. It's nonsense.

fall head over heels -- (See head over heels)

fall ill -- to become sick or infected, come down with
Just before the concert, Wolfgang fell ill and was unable to play his last composition.

fall in line -- do as others are doing, obey orders
Although Barry doesn't like the new rules, he'll fall in line.

fall in love -- begin to love, feel romantic about, head over heels
Michael and Rose have fallen in love. They're very happy.

fall into a trap -- be tricked, be deceived
When the lawyer asks questions, don't fall into a trap.

fall into my lap -- find without looking, receive without asking
Reg got another job offer today. Things seem to fall into his lap.

fall off the wagon -- become drunk again, return to a bad habit
The old man fell off the wagon. He got drunk last night.

fall on deaf ears -- talk to people who will not listen, really deaf
If you talk to the workers about management's problems, your message will fall on deaf ears.

fall on your sword -- quit, resign, pull the pin
I know I caused the problem, but I won't fall on my sword. They'll have to fire me.

F04. fall-out -- familiarity breeds contempt Internet link fall-out

fall-out -- harmful effects, continuing effects
We still feel the fall-out from his negative speech on abortion.

fall short -- not able to do as well as planned
I'm falling short of my career goals because I've been ill.

fall through -- not happen, not succeed, not come off, not pan out
His plans to write a novel fell through because he didn't get a government grant.

fall through the cracks -- not be included, be overlooked, leave out
These children fell through the cracks. They didn't learn to read.

fall to pieces -- be unable to talk or reply, be overwhelmed
When I see Mario, I just fall to pieces. He's so handsome!

fallen woman -- prostitute, hooker
The priest was trying to save the fallen women in his parish.

falling in love -- beginning to feel love, being in love
They say that falling in love is wonderful - marvelous!

falling out -- (See a falling out)

false move -- (See a false move)

familiarity breeds contempt -- a friend may dislike you if you do not respect his or her privacy
Don't call Margaret Maggie. Remember, familiarity breeds contempt.

F05. family jewels -- fast lane Internet link family jewels

family jewels -- (See the family jewels)

family tree -- chart of ancestors, record of parents' forefathers
Bo is helping me to research my family tree - my ancestors.

famous last words -- a prediction that is false - the opposite happens, twist of fate
"We don't need a spare tire. We never have flat tires on this car." "Sure. Famous last words!"

fancy footwork -- neat maneuvers, clever moves
You did some fancy footwork to answer their questions. Bravo!

far cry -- (See a far cry)

far out -- unbelievable, fantastic, wow
When I wear my bikini, he says, "Far out!"

fart around [B] -- play instead of work, goof off, hang out
When we were kids we used to fart around at my uncle's store.

fart in a windstorm [B] -- (See a fart in a windstorm)

fast friends -- close friends, permanent friends
Sue and I became fast friends when we were in Grade 4.

fast lane -- (See life in the fast lane)

F06. fast track -- faze me out Internet link fast track

fast track -- the quickest route or path, short cut
There is no fast track to success in the field of photography.

faster than a minnow can swim a dipper -- very fast, faster than a speeding bullet, quicker than you can say Jack Robinson
It hovered for a minute or so, then disappeared - faster than a minnow can swim a dipper!

faster than a speeding bullet -- very fast, lightning fast, greased lightning
Who changes clothes in a phone booth and flies faster than a speeding bullet?

fastball -- a baseball pitched at top speed (other pitches: slider, sinker, changeup, etc.)
Judd's fastball travels at about 95 miles per hour.

fat cat -- rich or wealthy person, rolling in it
They're the fat cats in our town. They've got tons of money.

fat chance -- very little chance, not likely
Me? Type 100 words per minute? Fat chance!

fat lip -- a hit on the lip, an injured lip
Where'd you get the fat lip? Did somebody hit you?

fate is sealed -- destiny was known, fate was determined
When you said you loved me, that's when your fate was sealed.

faze me -- bother me, affect me, not take it in stride
When the announcer said that Rajesh had won the lottery, it didn't faze him. He just smiled and said, "That's nice."

faze me out -- confuse me, surprise me, throw me for a loop
The new expressions fazed me out. They confused me.

F07. feast or famine -- feel for Internet link feast or famine

feast or famine -- we either have too little or too much, boom or bust
When we were in business we'd have years of profit followed by years of loss. It was feast or famine.

feast your eyes on -- enjoy looking at, get a load of
I opened a box of diamonds and said, "Feast your eyes on these!"

feather a pass (hockey) -- pass a puck accurately but softly
Nilsson could feather a pass better than the other players.

feather in your cap -- (See a feather in your cap)

feather your nest -- make a comfortable place, prepare your future place, nest egg
Charles became a professor and began to feather his nest at the University of Manitoba.

fed up -- tired of, disgusted with, had enough
He's fed up with their laziness. I think he's angry with them.

feedback -- reply, response, reaction to a plan, splashback
"What is the feedback on our plan to cut education funds?" "Negative. People disapprove."

feel a draft -- feel the air from someone who is talking too much
When Jake talks too much, Pete asks, "Does anyone feel a draft?"

feel blue -- feel sad, down, low
When Mara goes away, Don feels blue. He's lonely and sad.

feel for -- feel sympathy or pity for someone
I feel for kids who are homeless. I want to help them.

F08. feel free -- fender bender Internet link feel free

feel free -- feel that you may do it, by all means
Feel free to use the library. You can read and study there.

feel myself -- (See not feeling myself)

feel the pinch -- feel a little bit poorer, feel there is less money
Now that we have only one income, we feel the pinch.

feeling bum -- feeling lazy or negative, lacking energy
I'm feeling kind of bum today. I didn't sleep well last night.

feeling good -- a little bit drunk, buzzed, had a few
After drinking a few beers Pat was feeling good.

feeling his oats -- feeling energetic, feeling strong
Look at that cowboy dance! He's feeling his oats tonight.

feeling no pain -- half drunk, half-corked
After three drinks of rum, Alex was feeling no pain.

fence sitter -- a person who supports both sides in an argument, middle ground
Many politicians become fence sitters because they want to please everyone.

fend for yourself -- be independent, care for yourself
Soon you'll know the city, and you can fend for yourself.

fender bender -- minor car accident, collision
I had a little fender bender with your car, Dad - just a scratch.

F09. fever breaks -- fifth wheel Internet link fever breaks

fever breaks -- fever stops, fever begins to go down
His fever broke last night. He's going to be alright.

few and far between -- very few, rare, the odd one
Canada still has timber wolves, but they are few and far between.

fib -- small lie, white lie
"What's a fib, Dad?" "It's a lie. It's the same as a lie."

Fibber McGee's closet -- a closet or cupboard so full of stuff that some of it falls out when the door is opened, everything but the kitchen sink
My brain is like Fibber McGee's closet. If you ask me a question, a whole bunch of stuff comes tumbling out!

fickle finger of fate -- (See the fickle finger of fate)

fiddlesticks -- oh no, darn, nuts, rats, shucks
Fiddlesticks! I forgot to get the mail!

fido -- effort, drive, get the lead out
I wouldn't say he's lazy, but he needs more fido!

fifth business -- an unimportant player, an extra member
You are fifth business, Dunny. Anyone can play your part.

fifth column -- an inside group of supporters of an outside force, possibly traitors; the fifth column
Our children prevented our divorce. They knew who was causing our breakup - they were like a fifth column! -- definition provided by Claudia Crowley

fifth wheel -- (See a fifth wheel)

F10. fight fire with fire -- fill in for me Internet link fight fire with fire

fight fire with fire -- fight with the same weapon the enemy uses
If he uses statistics, you use statistics. Fight fire with fire!

fight tooth and nail -- fight hard, fight like an animal
Canadian women fought tooth and nail for the right to vote.

fighting chance -- (See a fighting chance)

figure out -- analyse and understand, discover why
Can you figure out why the car stalled? Is the gas tank empty?

figurehead -- a person who calculates but does not control
Shamir is just a figurehead; if you want a decision, see Ali.

file 13 -- the garbage can or wastebasket
This letter goes in file 13 - in the can in the corner.

fill her up -- fill the tank with gasoline, a fill-up
He drove up to the gas pumps and said, "Fill 'er up, please."

fill his shoes -- do his work as well as he does
If Mia leaves, it won't be easy to fill her shoes. She does two jobs.

fill in -- complete by writing, write in the spaces
Fill in the blanks, please. Then give the form to Ms. Kiraly

fill in for me -- do my job, do my work
Will you fill in for me while I'm away? Just answer my phone.

F11. fill me in -- find a way around Internet link fill me in

fill me in -- tell me the details, tell me more
Fill me in when I get home. I'd like to hear what happened.

fill out -- complete by writing, fill in
Fill out the application, sign it, and mail it to the college.

fill the bill -- do the job, fill the gap, serve the purpose
If we need an extra cashier for the sale, Bert will fill the bill.

fill the gap -- fill an empty space, help where there is work to do
Pam filled the gap when I got injured. She played in my place.

fill up -- fill to the top
You fill up the salt shaker, okay?

fill-up -- (See a fill-up)

fill your face -- eat, put a lot food in your mouth, pig out
Imagine yourself in a chocolate factory, filling your face!

filthy lucre -- money, dollars
Filthy lucre - that's what people want - cash, moola, lettuce.

filthy rich -- very rich, wealthy, rolling in it
She was filthy rich after she got married. She was a millionaire.

find a way around -- find a way not to pay, avoid a rule, get around
If you want to find a way around a tax law, talk to Sammy.

F12. find fault -- finger Internet link find fault

find fault -- look for faults and mistakes, criticize
I don't want to be around a guy who is always finding fault.

find my tongue -- think of something to say, think of a reply
When she told me she had AIDS, I couldn't find my tongue.

find out -- discover, learn
We found out he was a member of a cult. His sister told us.

find your voice -- discover your personal style
Write, write, write until you find your voice - your own style.

find your way -- find the correct path or road
A bus driver will help you find your way. Ask for directions.

find yourself -- be surprised by what happens to you
If I don't brush my teeth, I may find myself without friends.

fine-feathered friend -- nice-looking friend, dear friend, old acquaintance
Now, my fine-feathered friend, tell me the story of your escape.

fine-toothed comb -- (See a fine-toothed comb)

fine-tune -- cause it to work very well, cause it to run smoothly
Sandro fine-tuned my Peugeot. Now it purrs like a kitten.

finger -- accuse, blame
He was fingered for the crime, but he didn't steal anything.

F13. fingers the size of bananas -- firm hand Internet link fingers the size of bananas

fingers the size of bananas -- very large fingers, giant fingers, humongous
This guy was huge! He had fingers the size of bananas!

finish off -- eat the remaining amount, eat the last piece
The kids finished off the cake when they got home.

finish off -- kill, strike the final blow
The spider finished off the fly and began to eat it.

finishing touch -- the final move, the act that completes the task
As a finishing touch, the baker added a maraschino cherry.

fink -- fool, jerk, nerd
You fink! You sat on my pizza!

fink -- tattle, snitch, tell on
You're the only one who knows I did it. Don't fink!

fire -- dismiss from a job, terminate employment
"What happened to Larry?" "He got fired for stealing funds."

fire away -- ask questions, comment, criticize, shoot
After speaking in favor of gun control, he invited the men to fire away.

fired up -- enthusiastic, motivated, gung ho
The boys are fired up and ready to play. They're really excited.

firm hand -- (See a firm hand)

F14. firm market -- first off Internet link firm market

firm market -- strong market, seller's market
A firm market in the automotive industry is good for the American economy.

first and foremost -- first and most important, firstly
The speaker began by saying, "First and foremost... ."

first class -- high quality, excellent
Pam's meals are first class. She's an excellent cook.

first come, first served -- whoever comes first gets served first
If tickets are selling on a first-come basis, let's buy ours now.

first crack at -- first turn, first chance to do it
I want first crack at solving the problem. I want to try first.

first dibs -- first person to use it, first chance to use it
When we get to the motel, I get first dibs on the shower.

first down/first and ten -- first try to gain ten yards (in football)
The Lions have a first down on their own 35-yard line.

first hand -- being there to see or hear it, in person
I want to see the Pantheon first hand. I want to see its dome.

first light -- (See at first light)

first off -- first on the list, the first thing to do
First off, we should define the problem. Then we can solve it.

F15. first pancake is always spoiled -- five o'clock shadow Internet link first pancake is always spoiled

first pancake is always spoiled -- (See the first pancake is always spoiled)

first up -- first on the list, the first thing to do
On our list of things to do, the broken copier is first up.

fish and company stink after three days -- fish should be eaten while it is fresh, and guests should not stay too long
Grandfather had this sign on the wall of his garage: Fish and company stink after three days!

fish for a compliment -- hint that he wants a compliment
If Al mentions cars, he's fishing for a compliment on his Jaguar.

fish or cut bait -- do it instead of talking about it, less talk and more action, shit or get off the pot
You've been bragging about what a great cook you are, so you make dinner. It's time to fish or cut bait!

fishy -- not right, not fair, something smells
"Why don't you like this deal?" "Because it's fishy. Nobody sells a Mercedes for such a low price."

fit as a fiddle -- very fit, in good physical condition
Uncle Doug is fit as a fiddle. He does aerobic exercises.

fit to be tied -- very angry, mad, see red
He was fit to be tied when you said the accident was his fault.

fits and starts -- moving unevenly, stop and go
The new crew worked in fits and starts, not at a steady pace.

five o'clock shadow -- visible whisker growth toward the end of the day
"If we're going out tonight I better shave my five o'clock shadow." "Don't bother, honey. You look good showing some beard."

F16. fix you -- flat Internet link fix you

fix you -- punish you, get back at
"I'll fix you," he shouted at us. "I'll build a fence to keep you off my property!"

fix your wagon -- hurt you, get back at, get revenge
If you make him angry, he'll fix your wagon. He'll get revenge.

fixing to -- preparing to, getting ready to
Andy's fixing to cut some logs for the fireplace.

flag a cab -- wave at a cab driver to come, hail a cab
The bus was late, so we flagged a taxi that was going by.

flake -- phony, not real
The salesman was a flake. What he said was phony.

flake out -- lie down and sleep, conk out
Grant flaked out on the couch after lunch. He was really tired.

flap your gums -- talk, speak, gab
Don't just stand there flapping your gums. Help with supper.

flash a smile -- smile at someone for only a second
Andy flashed a smile at me when the teacher asked to see his work.

flash in the pan -- (See a flash in the pan)

flat -- not motivated, lacking energy, not up for it
In the second game, the team was flat. They lacked energy.

F17. flat broke -- flew the coop Internet link flat broke

flat broke -- having no money, out of cash
By the end of my first term at university, I was flat broke.

flat out -- as fast as possible, pedal to the metal
Scott was driving flat out most of the way - over 180 km per hour.

flatfoot -- policeman, a constable who walks the streets
Ted is a flatfoot in Regina. He works for Regina City Police.

flatfooted -- (See caught flatfooted)

flatliner -- a person whose emotions do not change
The doctor is a flatliner. His face shows no joy, no sorrow.

flattery will get you nowhere -- saying nice things will not help you, kiss the blarney stone
When I complimented Anna on her hair, she said, "Thanks, but flattery will get you nowhere."

fleeting glance -- (See a fleeting glance)

flesh out -- add information, make complete
Here's the outline, Pat. You can flesh it out later.

Fletcherize your food -- chew your food many times, chew your food until it is easy to digest
"Here, Fletcherize this." "Yuk, your pancakes are as tough as leather!"

flew the coop -- departed, left home
Brian flew the coop last night. He packed a suitcase and left.

F18. flip -- Florida green Internet link flip

flip -- be surprised, freak out
Mom nearly flipped when I told her we got married.

flip-flop -- change of opinion, move to the other side
We often see politicians do a flip-flop after they're elected.

flip you for it -- flip a coin to decide who pays
When our food check arrived, Al said to me, "I'll flip you for it."

flip your lid -- become angry, blow your stack
If you get another speeding ticket, Dad will flip his lid.

flipping -- consarned, darn, friggin,
If you don't like the flippin' rules, you don't have to play.

float your boat -- arouse you, interest you, to each his own, turn you on
Personally, I'm not into athletic girls, but whatever floats your boat.

flog a dead horse -- (See beat a dead horse)

floor it -- push the gas pedal down, pedal to the metal
Buddy floors it from every stoplight. He drives too fast.

floor you -- surprise you, shock you, bowl you over (see bowl me over)
The odor from a turkey farm is enough to floor you.

Florida green -- yellow traffic light, amber warning light
Oops! I just drove through a Florida green. Any cops around?

F19. flunk out -- fold Internet link flunk out

flunk out -- fail a school program, fail a course
If you flunk out of college, you will have to find a job.

fly-by-night -- bad, dishonest, not to be trusted
He put his money in a fly-by-night company and lost it all.

fly by the seat of your... -- (See by the seat of your pants)

fly in the face of -- contradict, be opposite to
These errors fly in the face of our reputation for accuracy.

fly in the ointment -- small problem, troublesome detail
The fly in the ointment is that a boy saw you kissing Lola.

fly low -- drive a vehicle very fast, drive so fast you nearly fly
On the freeway I was flying low - going over 200 km per hour.

fly off the handle -- become angry suddenly, lose your temper
After Charlie flew off the handle he apologized for his temper.

fly on the wall -- (See a fly on the wall)

foggiest -- (See haven't the foggiest)

fold -- quit, stop operating
The store folded during the recession - went bankrupt.

F20. follow me -- footloose and fancy free Internet link follow me

follow me -- understand what I am saying, understand my meaning, get my drift
"Do you follow me?" "Yes, except for the idioms."

follow the rules -- read the rules and do what they say, toe the line
If everybody follows the rules, we'll have fewer accidents.

follow through -- do what you promise, see it through
If you promise to help, try to follow through.

food for thought -- ideas worth considering, interesting suggestions
Your comments on Quebec have given me food for thought.

fool and his money... -- (See a fool and his money are soon parted)

fool around -- play, play around, goof off, horse around
We don't fool around in her class. She's very strict.

fool around -- have sex with someone who is not your spouse, have an affair
Rita asked Jon for a divorce. She knows he's been fooling around.

fool you -- trick you, deceive you
Paul was fooling you. He owns a Ford, not a Ferrari.

foot the bill -- pay all of the expenses, pay the shot
It's not right for Dad to foot the bill for your trip to Vegas.

footloose and fancy free -- carefree, not committed, devil-may-care
When the kids moved out, we were footloose and fancy free!

F21. for a dog's age -- for gosh sake Internet link for a dog's age

for a dog's age -- a long time, 10-15 years, in a coon's age
We haven't seen Aunt Sophie for a dog's age - for years.

for a song -- for a little money, for a low price
Look at this sweater. I got it for a song at a second-hand store.

for all the tea in China -- (See not for all the tea in China)

for better or worse -- during good times and bad times, through thick and thin
When you marry someone for better or worse, you hope for better but prepare for worse.

for crying out loud -- before I start crying, for gosh sake
For cryin' out loud will you stop playing those drums!

for dear life -- to save your life, because a life is in danger
When the bear stood up on its hind legs, we ran for dear life.

for good -- forever, permanently
Remember, a tattoo stays on your skin for good - forever.

for good measure -- adding enough or a bit more than required
For good measure, we added a bottle of wine to the punch.

for goodness sake -- for the good of everyone, please
For goodness sake, don't drive so fast! The roads are icy.

for gosh sake -- for god's sake for goodness sake
For gosh sake! Where did you get that monstrous hat?

F22. for heaven's sake -- for the fun of it Internet Link for heaven's sake

for heaven's sake -- for the sake of everyone, for goodness sake
For heaven's sake, don't give her a teapot. She has four!

for kicks -- for fun, for enjoyment
"What do you guys do for kicks?" "I play computer games."

for laughs -- for fun, for amusement
For laughs, we watch old movies.

for long -- for a long time, for many minutes or days
She wasn't in the water for very long - just a couple of minutes.

for love nor money -- not for any reason, never, no way
I won't skydive for love nor money. It's too dangerous.

for openers -- as a first activity, to begin
For openers, let's discuss the budget. It's very important.

for Pete's sake -- for the good of "Pete" and everybody, please
For Pete's sake, don't talk when your mouth is full of food!

for sure -- yes, certainly, no doubt
I'll pay you back tomorrow for sure. I promise.

for the birds -- poor quality, crummy, the pits
It was a beautiful wedding, but the food was for the birds.

for the fun of it -- for fun, for a good time, for laughs
"Why did you take my bike?" "Just for the fun of it."

F23. for the life of me -- four-letter words Internet Link for the life of me

for the life of me -- it is a mystery to me, why in the world
For the life of me, I don't know why she stays with him.

force of habit -- from habit, because of a habit
She still cooks enough food for five people. It's force of habit.

foregone conclusion -- (See a foregone conclusion)

forever and a day -- for a long time, for an eternity
This treaty will last forever - forever and a day.

forget it -- do not continue, stop it, I do not want it, drop it
I'm not interested in joining the club. Forget it.

forget your manners -- forget to be polite, forget to say please etc.
When I reached in front of Mac, he said, "Forget your manners?"

fork over -- pay, pay up
They said, "Fork over, man. Pay your share of the bill."

found money -- money found on the street, money saved by nature
Wind power is like found money. I save what I paid for electricity.

found out -- discovered, caught
If you cheat on the exam, you'll be found out. They'll see you.

four-letter words -- bad words, profanity: damn, hell, shit etc. [B]
He gave a good speech, but he used a lot of four-letter words.

F24. fraidy cat -- freeze wages Internet Link fraidy cat

fraidy cat -- a child who is afraid to jump etc., chicken
"Fraidy cat, fraidy cat!" the boys shouted. "Ali's afraid to jump!"

frame -- cause you to look guilty, set you up
He framed you. He lent you his car, then reported it as stolen.

frame of mind -- mood, mental attitude, state of mind
I'm not in the right frame of mind to listen to your poem.

frazzled -- having tired nerves, going in circles
I'm frazzled! Gift shopping takes all my nervous energy.

freak/freak out -- show surprise or disbelief, flip, go ballistic
Mom will freak when I tell her we're married.

free-for-all -- (See a free-for-all)

freebie -- a free ticket etc., a sample
Some drug companies advertise through freebies - free pills.

freeload -- receive free food or rent, a handout
Do social programs encourage freeloading? It's a good question.

freeze-up -- when the lakes and ground freeze (November)
We want to dig the hole for the basement before freeze-up.

freeze wages -- keep wages the same, not increase wages, dig in their heels
To control spending, the board is going to freeze our wages - no salary increases for one year.

F25. fresh -- from day one Internet Link fresh

fresh -- (See get fresh)

fresh legs -- players who are rested, players who are not tired
"We need fresh legs out there!" the coach yelled. "They're tired!"

fresh out -- do not have any, all used up
I wish I could lend you some rice, but I'm fresh out.

fresh pair of eyes -- (See a fresh pair of eyes)

fresh start -- (See a fresh start)

freshen up -- wash your hands etc., use the washroom
If you want to freshen up, you can use our bathroom.

friends with -- a friend of, a good friend
"Are you friends with Carla?" "Yes. She's my best friend."

friggin -- damn, cotton-picking, darn, flipping
Then the friggin string broke and the friggin marbles fell all over the friggin floor!

frightened to death -- very afraid, scared spitless, scared stiff
She said she was frightened to death when she heard the shot.

from day one -- from the beginning, from the first day
From day one, Carol has been a good employee.

F26. from hand to mouth -- from the frying pan into the fire Internet link from hand to mouth

from hand to mouth -- poor, spending every cent on necessities
They lived from hand to mouth, never enjoying luxury or travel.

from hunger -- poor quality, poor taste, the pits
Tanya can sing, but her hair style is strictly from hunger.

from pillar to post -- from one problem to another
After getting fired, he went from pillar to post - more bad luck.

from rags to riches -- from poverty to wealth, from bum to millionaire
She went from rags to riches when she gambled in Vegas.

from scratch -- (See start from scratch)

from soup to nuts -- (See everything from soup to nuts)

from square one -- (See back to square one)

from stem to stern -- from top to bottom, from head to tail
The '64 250 GTO was Enzo's masterpiece: Ferrari from stem to stern!

from the bottom of my heart -- sincerely, with deep feeling
For your kindness, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

from the frying pan into the fire -- from bad to worse
I went from farming to fishing - from the frying pan into the fire!

F27. from the get-go -- fuck off [B] Internet Link from the get-go

from the get-go -- from the beginning, from day one
First, a dog has to learn who's boss - right from the get-go.

from the horse's mouth -- (See straight from the horse's mouth)

from the word go -- from the beginning, from the start
You knew I worked for the KGB. You knew it from the word go.

from time to time -- once in awhile, occasionally
They visit us from time to time - every year or two.

front man -- one who performs before the star goes on stage
Mic is the front man for Dolly. He sings before she does her act.

front me -- lend me money for now, put up the money
If you will front me, I can buy the car and then repay you.

front runner -- leader, one of the best
With this new model, Nissan will be a front runner again.

frosty Friday -- (See that'll be the frosty Friday)

fuck all [B] -- nothing, zero, diddly, zip
You know what I get for helping him? Fuck all - that's what. I just do it because I want to.

fuck off [B] -- go, get out of here, get lost, take off
When I asked him to move his truck, he told me to fuck off.

F28. fuck that noise [B] -- full of herself Internet Link fuck that noise [B]

fuck that noise [B] -- that is not a good idea, down with that plan
"Let's return the TVs we stole." "Fuck that noise. Let's sell 'em."

fuck up [B] -- cause a mistake, make a booboo, screw up
If you fuck up, don't worry - but learn from your mistakes.

fucked by the fickle finger of fate [B] -- feel that luck is against you; cheated by fate
A flood ruined my business. I was fucked by the fickle finger of fate.

fuddle duddle* -- fiddlesticks, friggin, nuts, phooey  (* This expression is attributed to former Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau speaking in the Canadian House of Commons.)
I did not use the F-word. I said, "Oh, fuddle duddle!"

fudge it -- create, fake it, make up
If you can't remember a name, fudge it. Answer every question.

full as a tick -- very full, bloated, plump full
Oh, I drank too much water! I'm full as a tick!

full blast -- as loud as possible, pull out all the stops
When we got home, the kids had the stereo on full blast.

full blown -- all the symptoms, every sign
It often takes years for the virus to develop into full-blown AIDS.

full Monty -- fully nude, completely naked, birthday suit, strip
"Should I take off all my clothes?" "Yes, we want the full Monty!"

full of herself -- impressed with her own work, too proud of herself
The actor was proud - too full of himself - during the interview.

F29. Idioms: full of it [B] -- fun and games Internet Link full of it [B]

full of it [B] -- full of lies, full of shit, full of BS
You're full of it if you think I took that watch. I am not a thief.

full of piss and vinegar [B] -- lively, full of energy
That little kid is full of piss and vinegar. He won't sit still.

full out -- as fast as you can go, flat out, full tilt
He was skating full out, but he couldn't catch Messier.

full plate -- (See a full plate)

full steam ahead -- as much power as we have, full throttle
I told the Captain about the ice, but he said, "Full steam ahead!"

full strength -- not weakened or diluted, straight up
Did John Wayne drink bourbon full strength? Without water?

full throttle -- gas pedal to the floor, pedal to the metal
He drove the Mercedes at full throttle on the freeway.

full tilt -- as fast as possible, flat out
Were you going full tilt when you passed us - as fast as it would go?

full up -- full, no more room
This bus is full up. We'll have to wait for the next one.

fun and games -- a good time, a lot of fun
"How was the office party?" "Oh, fun and games!"

F30.  funny in the head -- fuzz Internet link funny in the head

funny in the head -- a little crazy, not rational, a little off, spinny
Poor Mike. He's been funny in the head since his horse died.

funny money -- counterfeit money, fake money
Don't accept any funny money. We can't spend it.

funny stuff -- tricks, pranks, monkey business
"No more funny stuff," the principal said as we left his office.

fuss over -- care for too much, pay much attention to
Bertha's always fussing over her cats. She even warms their milk.

future looks bright -- future looks good, success will come to you
Vi was promoted to Department Head. Her future looks bright.

fuzz -- policemen, cops, pigs
The boys ran away when the fuzz drove up in a patrol car.

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