English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - F
|friends in high places||If you know
important or influential people in business
or government, you have friends in high
He wouldn't have succeeded without help from friends in high places.
|eat the frog/eat that frog!||
is used to encourage someone do the most
difficult or most unpleasant task of the day
first, before anything else, rather than
avoiding or postponing it. In that way
nothing worse can happen all day.
“If you have to eat a frog, don’t look at it for too long.”
|frog in one's throat||A person who has
a frog in their throat has difficulty
in speaking clearly because they have a
cough or a sore throat.
Teaching was difficult today. I had a frog in my throat all morning.
|from the word go||The expression
'from the word go' means from the very
beginning of an activity.
Right from the word go he was rejected by the rest of the group.
|front runner||In a contest, race
or election, the front runner is
the person who is most likely to succeed or
Who are the front runners in the coming elections?
|out of the frying pan into the fire||This expression
means to go from one difficult situation to
another one which is usually even worse.
The flight was delayed because of snow. When the plane eventually took off, it had to turn back because of engine trouble - out of the frying pan into the fire!
|full of beans||A person who is
full of beans is lively, active and
He may be getting old but he's still full of beans.
|full of hot air||Someone who is
full of hot air is full of nonsense and
talks a lot without saying anything
Don't listen to Alex - he's full of hot air!
|full of the joys of spring||If you are full of the joys of
spring, you are happy, enthusiastic and
full of energy.
Barbara is full of the joys of spring at the moment! Has she got a new boyfriend?
|full of piss and vinegar||People who are
full of piss and vinegar are very
lively, boisterous or full of youthful
I had to look after a group of kids full of piss and vinegar.
|in full swing||When something,
such as an event, gets into full swing,
it is at
its busiest or liveliest time.
When we got back to the office, the Christmas party was in full swing.
|full as a tick||If someone is (as)
full as a tick, they have eaten or
drunk too much.
The little boy ate biscuits and drank lemonade until he was as full as a tick.
|funny business||A business which is
conducted in a deceitful, dishonest or
unethical manner is called funny
I've got suspicions about that association. I think they're up to some funny business.
|fur coat and no knickers||A person who tries
to appear distinguished but has no real
class is referred to as 'fur coat and no
Don't let her impress you. She's what we call 'fur coat and no knickers'!
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