English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - F
|face like a bulldog chewing a wasp||To say that someone
has a face like a bulldog chewing a wasp
means that you find them very
unattractive because they have a screwed-up
ugly expression on their face.
Not only was he rude but he had a face like a bulldog chewing a wasp!
|face like thunder||
If someone has a face like thunder,
they look very angry.
When Dad is really angry, he has a face like thunder!
|face like a wet week-end||If someone has a face like a wet
week-end, they look sad and miserable.
What's wrong with Pete? He's got a face like a wet week-end!
|face only a mother could love||This is a humorous way of saying that
someone is ugly or unattractive.
The poor guy has a face only a mother could love.
|face that would stop a clock||Someone who has a face that would
stop a clock has a shockingly
You'll recognize him - he's tall and thin, with a face that would stop a clock!
|face the music||If you have to face the music,
you have to accept the unpleasant
consequences of your actions.
He was caught stealing. Now he has to face the music.
|face value||If you take something at its face
value, you assume that it is genuinely
what it appears to be.
The car seems to be in good condition, but don't take it at its face value; get a mechanic to check it out.
|poker face||If you have a poker face, you
show no emotion at all.
All during the trial the criminal kept a poker face.
|straight face||If you keep a straight face,
you look serious although you really want to
Our teacher was dressed so strangely that it was hard to keep a straight face!
|fact of the matter is||This expression is used to emphasize
the reality of a situation, or what is
His mother thinks Sammy needs help with his homework, but the fact of the matter is : Sammy is just lazy!
|facts speak for themselves||When the facts of a situation are so
clear that no further explanation or extra
details are necessary, the facts speak
No need to tell you that the situation is disastrous. The facts speak for themselves.
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