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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List of Idioms - F 

(Idioms F page 13 :   friends in high places   →   fur coat )

friends in high places If you know important or influential people in business or government, you have friends in high places.
He wouldn't have succeeded without help from friends in high places.
eat the frog/eat that frog! This expression 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.
Original expression:
“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 win.
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 healthy.
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 worthwhile.
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 vitality.
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 business.
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 knickers'.
Don't let her impress you.  She's what we call  'fur coat and no knickers'!
   
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