English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - F
|forty winks||If you have
forty winks, you have a short sleep or
rest, generally during the day.
Dad likes to have forty winks after a game of golf.
|foul one's own nest||If you act in a way
that harms your own interests, your position
or your reputation, you foul your own
He fouled his own nest by wrongly accusing his boss.
|on all fours||If you are on
all fours, you are down on your hands
When I arrived, he was on all fours playing with his grandchildren.
|fraught with danger||An activity or
situation that is fraught with danger
is full of risks or serious
His journey across the mountains was fraught with danger.
|free as a bird||If someone is as
free as a bird, they are completely
free to do as they please.
My dad's very happy - he's as free as a bird since he retired.
|free-for-all||This term refers to
an uncontrolled situation such as a
discussion, argument or fight where everyone
present can do or say whatever they like.
It started as a serious debate but turned into a free-for-all.
|free hand||If you have a
free hand, you have permission to make
your own decisions, especially in a job.
My boss gave me a free hand in the choice of supplier.
|free lunch||The expression
'there's no such thing as a free lunch'
means that nothing is free. If somebody
helps you, they always expect some form of
payment in return.
If you accept his offer, he'll be forever asking you for favours. There's no such thing as a free lunch!
|free ride||Someone who
gets a free ride benefits from a
collective activity without participating in
Only those who share the work can share the benefits - nobody gets a free ride!
|of your own free will||If you do something
of your own free will, you do it
voluntarily, without any pressure from
He decided to tell the truth, and he did it of his own free will.
|freeze someone out||If you deliberately
isolate someone or prevent them from
participating in a social or business
activity by treating them unfairly or
harshly, you freeze them out.
Pablo was treated unfairly. He was frozen out of the project by the rest of the team.
|French leave||If you leave an
official or social event without notifying
the person who invited you, you take
Is Bill coming back for the closing speech or has he taken French leave?
|fresh as a daisy||Someone who is
(as) fresh as a daisy is lively and
attractive, in a clean and fresh way.
I met Molly the other day. She looked as fresh as a daisy.
|Freudian slip||A Freudian slip is
a mistake made by a speaker which is
considered to reveal their true thoughts or
So you got the job - I'm so sad ... Sorry, I mean 'glad'!
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