English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - F
|back on your feet||If you are back
on your feet, after an illness or an
accident, you are physically healthy again.
My grandmother had a bad 'flu, but she's back on her feet again.
|drag one's feet||If you say that a
person is dragging their feet, you
think they are unnecessarily delaying a
decision which is important to you.
The government is dragging it's feet on measures to reduce pollution.
|find one's feet||To say that someone
in a new position is finding their feet
means that they are learning what to do and
Our new trainee is beginning to find his feet.
|get cold feet||If you get cold
feet about something, you begin to
hesitate about doing it; you are no longer
sure whether you want to do it or not.
I wanted to enter the competition but at the last minute I got cold feet.
|have itchy feet||A person who
has itchy feet is someone who finds it
difficult to stay in one place and likes to
move often and discover new places.
Scott never stays long anywhere. He's got itchy feet!
|keep feet on ground||A person who
keeps their feet on the ground
continues to act in a sensible and practical
way, even if they become successful.
Success hasn't changed him. He has always kept his feet on the ground.
|rushed off your feet||If you are
rushed off your feet, you are extremely
I'd love to have lunch with you but I'm rushed off my feet at work!
|think on one's feet||A person who
thinks on their feet is capable of
making good decisions without previous
thinking or planning.
Good lawyers need to be able to think on their feet when pleading a case.
|two left feet||If you have two
left feet, you are clumsy or awkward in
I'm afraid I'm a bad dancer! I've got two left feet!
|on the fence||When faced with a
choice, a person who is on the fence
has not yet reached a decision.
The candidates have such similar ideas that many electors are still on the fence.
refers to a minor car accident in which
there is little damage and no injuries.
I can't believe that a small fender bender can cause a major traffic jam!
|fever pitch||If a situation or
feeling reaches fever pitch, it
becomes very intense and exciting.
Reaction to the affair has reached fever pitch all over the country.
|few and far between||Items, places or
events which are few and far between
are rarely found or do not happen very
Restaurants in this part of the country are few and far between.
|play second fiddle||If you play
second fiddle to someone, you accept to
be second in importance to that person, or
have a lower position.
John resented having to play second fiddle to the sales manager when the company was restructured.
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