English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - F
|fair and square||If something is obtained or won fair
and square, it is done in an honest and
open manner, the rules are respected and
there is no cheating or lying.
Gavin won the competition fair and square - there was no doubt about the result.
|fair hearing||When accused of wrongdoing, if someone
gets a fair hearing, they get an
opportunity to present evidence or give
their side of the story, usually in court.
I can guarantee that you will get a fair hearing.
|fair-weather friend||Someone who acts as a friend when times
are good, and is not there when you are in
trouble, is called a fair-weather
I thought I could count on Bill, but I've discovered he's just a fair-weather friend.
|fait accompli||This French
expression refers to something that has been
done and cannot be changed.
He used his savings to buy a motorbike and then presented his parents with a fait accompli.
|fall at first hurdle||If you fall at
the first hurdle, you fail to overcome
the first difficulty encountered.
Scott fell at the first hurdle. He didn't study enough and failed his first exam.
|fall between stools||If something falls between two
stools, it is neither totally one thing
nor another, and is therefore
The book didn't sell because it fell between two stools. It appealed neither to historians nor to the general public.
|fall by the wayside||If a plan or
project falls by the wayside, it
remains unfinished or people stop trying to
Local residents protested so strongly that plans for a new motorway
fell by the wayside.
|fall flat||If a joke, a story
or a form of entertainment falls flat,
it does not amuse people, or fails to have
the effect that was intended.
He made a few attempts at humour during his speech but most of his jokes fell flat.
|fall from grace||To say that someone
has fallen from grace means that
they have done something wrong, immoral or
unacceptable, and as a result have lost
their good reputation.
The Finance Minister fell from grace as a result of a sex scandal.
|fall into one's lap||If something good
falls into your lap, it happens to you
without any effort on your part.
She's not making much effort to find work. Does she think a job is going to fall into her lap?
|fall into place||When different
elements fall into place, they fit well
together or become organised so that
progress can be achieved in a satisfactory
The preparatory work was difficult but gradually everything fell into place and the project was finished on time.
|fall on deaf ears||If something you
say falls on deaf ears, it is
either ignored or attracts no attention.
Her warning about the need to repair the roof fell on deaf ears.
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