English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - F
|fat chance||The expression
fat chance is used to indicate that
something is not very likely to happen.
The boss is thinking of me for the job? Fat chance!
|fat hits the fire||When trouble breaks
out, or a situation deteriorates as a result
of something said or done, it is said that
the fat hits the fire.
The situation was already tense, but the fat hit the fire when Larry was accused of cheating.
|to a fault||To say that someone
has a good quality to a fault means
that they have a lot, or even too much, of
My aunt is generous to a fault, always ready to help anyone who claims to be in need.
|feast your eyes on||If you feast
your eyes on something, you are
delighted and gratified by what you see.
As he drove along the coast, he feasted his eyes on the beautiful scenery.
|feather in one's cap||To describe
someone's achievement as a feather in
their cap means that it is something
they can be proud of.
The overwhelming victory of the team was a feather in the cap for the new manager.
|feather one's nest||To say of someone that they are feathering their nest means that they are taking advantage of their position in order to obtain money and enjoy have a comfortable life.|
|knock down with a feather||To say 'you
could have knocked me down with a feather'
emphasizes the fact that you were extremely
When I heard the name of the winner, you could have knocked me down with a feather!
|feed someone a line||If you feed
someone a line, you tell them something
that may not be quite true, often as an
When I asked for a pay increase, the boss fed me a line about the number of contracts that had not been renewed.
|feed the kitty||If you feed the
kitty, you contribute to a collection
of money called a 'kitty' in order to help a
Come on! Every little helps. You should feed the kitty for a good cause!
|feeding frenzy||A situation in
which a lot of people attack, pursue or
compete with each other in an excited or
frantic way, because they all want to obtain
something, is called a feeding frenzy.
As soon as the reconstruction plan was announced, there was a feeding frenzy among major companies to obtain contracts.
|feel on top of world||If you feel on
top of the world, you feel wonderful or
ecstatic about something.
I've been feeling on top of the world since I got the results - I'm qualified!
|feel the pinch||When someone
feels the pinch, they begin to suffer
from a lack of money.
With the drop in tourism, hotels and restaurants are beginning to feel the pinch.
|feet of clay||If someone who is
admired is found to have a weakness, fault
or defect of character, they are said to
have feet of clay.
No one is perfect. Many successful people have feet of clay.
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