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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions

Alphabetical List of Idioms - F

(Idioms F page 1 : face like a bulldog  → facts speak for themselves)

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 unattractive face.
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 laugh.
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 really true.
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 for themselves.
No need to tell you that the situation is disastrous.  The facts speak for themselves.

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