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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List of Idioms - F 

(Idioms F page 11 :   fool's paradise   →   forewarned is forearmed)

fool's paradise If someone is living in a fool's paradise, they are in a state of contentment that will not last because their happiness is based
on illusion or false hope.
Lisa is living in a fool's paradise if she thinks her boss is going to marry her.
my foot! This expression is used to show that you do not believe something that has just been said.
He said he had a summer home? My foot, I doubt if he owns a tent!
foot in the door To say that someone has a foot in the door means that they have a small but successful start in something and will possibly do well in the future.
With today's unemployment, it is difficult to get a foot in the door in any profession.
foot in the grave A person who is either very old or very ill and close to death has one foot in the grave.
It's no use talking to the owner.  The poor man has one foot in the grave.
foot in one's mouth If you put your foot in your mouth, you do or say something that offends, upsets or embarrasses someone else.
She really put her foot in her mouth when she mentioned the housewarming party - Andy hadn't been invited!
put one's foot down To put one's foot down means to exert authority to prevent something from happening.
The child wanted to sleep on the sofa, but his father put his foot down and made him go to bed.
right/wrong foot To get off (or start off) on the right/wrong foot means to start a relationship well or badly.
I was looking forward to working with Anna but we seem to have started off on the wrong foot.
get a foothold If you get a foothold somewhere, you secure a position for yourself in a business, profession or organisation.
The contract got the firm a foothold in the local administration.
footloose and fancy free A person who is footloose and fancy free has few responsibilities or  commitments of any kind and feels free to do as they please.
John will never get married. He says he prefers to be footloose and fancy free.
for the birds If you think something is for the birds, you consider it to be uninteresting, useless or not to be taken seriously.
As far as I'm concerned, his theory is for the birds.
for the time being If you talk about how a situation is for the time being, you mean that it is temporary and will probably change in the future.
Laura has left Ben and is living with her parents for the time being.
force of habit When something is done out of force of habit, it has become automatic through frequent repetition.
Why do I always park here? Out of force of habit I suppose.
force someone's hand If you force someone's hand, you make them do something unwillingly or sooner than planned.
The interviewer forced Brad's hand and made him reveal his relocation plans.
forewarned is forearmed This expression means that if you know something is going to happen, you can be prepared for it.
The Chairman is going to attend the meeting tomorrow.  Your presentation had better be good.  Forewarned is forearmed!
   
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