144+ List of Idioms Starting with F | Idioms with Meaning

An idiom is a phrase or expression that typically presents a figurative, non-literal meaning attached to the phrase. Some phrases which become figurative idioms, however, do retain the phrase’s literal meaning. Categorized as formulaic language, an idiom’s figurative meaning is different from the literal meaning.

Here are the list some of the Idioms starting with F:

Idioms Starting With F

Sr. No.IdiomMeaning
1Face like thunderIf someone has a face like thunder, they are clearly very angry or upset about something.
2Face only a mother could love When someone has a face only a mother could love, they are ugly.
3Face the musicIf you have to face the music, you have to accept the negative consequences of something you have done wrong.
4Face valueIf you take something at face value, you accept the appearance rather than looking deeper into the matter.
5Face your demonsIf you face your demons, you confront your fears or something that you have been trying hard to avoid.
6Facts of lifeWhen someone is taught the facts of life, they learn about sex and reproduction.
7Failure is the mother of successFailure is often a stepping stone towards success.
8Faint heart never won fair ladyThis means that you will not get the partner of your dreams if you lack the confidence to let them know how you feel.
9Fair and squareIf someone wins something fair and square, they follow the rules and win conclusively.
10Fair crack of the whipIf everybody has a fair crack of the whip, they all have equal opportunities to do something.
11Fair shake of the whipIf everybody has a fair shake of the whip, they all have equal opportunities to do something.
12Fair thee wellMeaning completely and fully: I am tied up today to a fair-thee-well.
13Fairweather friendA fairweather friend is the type who is always there when times are good but forgets about you when things get difficult or problems crop up.
14Fall by the wayside To fall by the wayside is to give up or fail before completion.
15Fall from graceIf a person falls from grace, they lose favor with someone.
16Fall off the back of a lorryIf someone tries to sell you something that has fallen of the back of a lorry, they are trying to sell you stolen goods.
17Fall off the turnip truckIf someone has just fallen off the turnip truck, they are uninformed, naive and gullible. (Often used in the negative)
18Fall off the wagonIf someone falls off the wagon, they start drinking after having given up completely for a time.
19Fall on our feet If you fall on your feet, you succeed in doing something where there was a risk of failure.
20Fall on your sword If someone falls on their sword, they resign or accept the consequences of some wrongdoing.

21Familiarity breeds contempt This means that the more you know something or someone, the more you start to find faults and dislike things about it or them.
22Famous last wordsThis expression is used as a way of showing disbelief, rejection or selfdeprecation.’ They said we had no chance of winning- famous last words!’
23Fast and furiousThings that happen fast and furious happen very quickly without stopping or pausing.
24Fat cat A fat cat is a person who makes a lot of money and enjoys a privileged position in society.
25Fat chance!This idiom is a way of telling someone they have no chance.
26Fat head A fat head is a dull, stupid person.
27Fat hits the fireWhen the fat hits the fire, trouble breaks out.
28Fat of the land Living off the fat of the land means having the best of everything in life.
29Fate worse than deathDescribing something as a fate worse than death is a fairly common way of implying that it is unpleasant.
30Feast today, famine tomorrow If you indulge yourself with all that you have today, you may have to go without tomorrow.
31Feather in your capA success or achievement that may help you in the future is a feather in your cap.
32Feather your own nestIf someone feathers their own nest, they use their position or job for personal gain.
33Feathers fly When people are fighting or arguing angrily, we can say that feathers are flying.
34Fed up to the back teethWhen you are extremely irritated and fed up with something or someone, you are fed up to the back teeth.
35Feel at homeIf you feel relaxed and comfortable somewhere or with someone, you feel at home.
36Feel freeIf you ask for permission to do something and are told to feel free, the other person means that there is absolutely no problem.
37Feel like a millionIf you feel like a million, you are feeling very well (healthy) and happy.
38Feel the pinchIf someone is short of money or feeling restricted in some other way, they are feeling the pinch.
39Feeling blueIf you feel blue, you are feeling unwell, mainly associated with depression or unhappiness.
40Feet of clayIf someone has feet of clay, they have flaws that make them seem more human and like normal people.

41Feet on the groundA practical and realistic person has their feet on the ground.
42Fence sitter Someone that try to support both side of an argument without committing to either is a fence sitter.
43Few and far betweenIf things are few and far between, they happen very occasionally.
44Fiddle while Rome burnsIf people are fiddling while Rome burns, they are wasting their time on futile things while problems threaten to destroy them.
45Fifth columnist A fifth columnist is a member of a subversive organization who tries to help an enemy invade.
46Fifth wheel A fifth wheel is something unnecessary or useless.
47Fight an uphill battleWhen you fight an uphill battle, you have to struggle against very unfavorable circumstances.
48Fight tooth and nail If someone will fight tooth and nail for something, they will not stop at anything to get what they want. (‘Fight tooth and claw’ is an alternative.)
49Fighting chance If you have a fighting chance, you have a reasonable possibility of success.
50Find your feetWhen you are finding your feet, you are in the process of gaining confidence and experience in something.
51Fine and dandy If thing’s are fine and dandy, then everything is going well.
52Fine tuningSmall adjustments to improve something or to get it working are called fine tuning.
53Fine words butter no parsnipsThis idiom means that it’s easy to talk, but talk is not action.
54Finger in the pieIf you have a finger in the pie, you have an interest in something.
55Fingers and thumbsIf you are all fingers and thumbs, you are being clumsy and not very skilled with your hands.
56Fire awayIf you want to ask someone a question and they tell you to fire away, they mean that you are free to ask what you want.
57Fire in the hole!This is used as a warning when a planned explosion is about to happen.
58Fire on all cylindersIf something is firing on all cylinders, it is going as well as it could.
59First come, first servedThis means there will be no preferential treatment and a service will be provided to those that arrive first.
60First out of the gateWhen someone is first out of the gate, they are the first to do something that others are trying to do.

61First port of call The first place you stop to do something is your first port of call.
62Fish in troubled watersSomeone who fishes in troubled waters tries to takes advantage of a shaky or unstable situation. The extremists were fishing in troubled waters during the political uncertainty in the country.
63Fish or cut baitThis idiom is used when you want to tell someone that it is time to take action.
64Fish out of waterIf you are placed in a situation that is completely new to you and confuses you, you are like a fish out of water.
65Fishy If there is something fishy about someone or something, there is something suspicious; a feeling that there is something wrong, though it isn’t clear what it is.
66Fit as a fiddleIf you are fit as a fiddle, you are in perfect health.
67Fit for a king If something is fit for a king, it is of the very highest quality or standard.
68Fit like a gloveIf something fits like a glove, it is suitable or the right size.
69Fit of pique If someone reacts badly because their pride is hurt, this is a fit of pique.
70Fit the billIf something fits the bill, it is what is required for the task.
71Fit to be tiedIf someone is fit to be tied, they are extremely angry.
72Five o’clock shadowA five o’clock shadow is the facial hair that a man gets if he doesn’t shave for a day or two.
73Flash in the panIf something is a flash in the pan, it is very noticeable but doesn’t last long, like most singers, who are very successful for a while, then forgotten.
74Flat as a pancakeIt is so flat that it is like a pancake- there is no head on that beer it is as flat as a pancake.
75Flat out If you work flat out, you work as hard and fast as you possibly can.
76Fleet of foot If someone is fleet of foot, they are very quick.
77Flesh and bloodYour flesh and blood are your blood relatives, especially your immediate family.
78Flogging a dead horseIf someone is trying to convince people to do or feel something without any hope of succeeding, they’re flogging a dead horse. This is used when someone is trying to raise interest in an issue that no-one supports anymore; beating a dead horse will not make it do any more work.
79Flowery speechFlowery speech is full of lovely words, but may well lack substance.
80Fly by the seat of one’s pantsIf you fly by the seat of one’s pants, you do something difficult even though you don’t have the experience or training required.

Read More – Future Perfect Tense in Hindi

81Fly in the ointmentA fly in the ointment is something that spoils or prevents complete enjoyment of something.
82Fly off the handleIf someone flies off the handle, they get very angry.
83Fly on the wall If you are able to see and hear events as they happen, you are a fly on the wall.
84Fly the coopWhen children leave home to live away from their parents, they fly the coop.
85Fly the flagIf someone flies the flag, they represent or support their country. (‘Wave the flag’ and ‘show the flag’ are alternative forms of this idiom)
86Foam at the mouthIf you foam at the mouth, you are very, very angry.
87Follow your noseWhen giving directions, telling someone to follow their nose means that they should go straight ahead.
88Food for thoughtIf something is food for thought, it is worth thinking about or considering seriously.
89Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on meThis means that you should learn from your mistakes and not allow people to take advantage of you repeatedly.
90Fools rush in where angels fear to treadThis idiom is used where people who are inexperienced or lack knowledge do something that more informed people would avoid.
91Foot in mouth This is used to describe someone who has just said something embarrassing, inappropriate, wrong or stupid.
92Foot in the doorIf you have or get your foot in the door, you start working in a company or organization at a low level, hoping that you will be able to progress from there.
93Foot the billThe person who foots the bill pays the bill for everybody.
94Football’s a game of two halves If something’s a game of two halves, it means that it’s possible for someone’s fortunes or luck to change and the person who’s winning could end up a loser.
95For a songIf you buy or sell something for a song, it is very cheap.
96For donkey’s yearsIf people have done something, usually without much if any change, for an awfully long time, they can be said to have done it for donkey’s years.
97For EnglandA person who talks for England, talks a lot- if you do something for England, you do it a lot or to the limit.
98For kicksIf you do something for kicks, or just for kicks, you do it purely for fun or thrills.
99For my moneyThis idiom means ‘in my opinion’.
100For Pete’s sakeThis is used as an exclamation to show exasperation or irritation.

101For the birdsIf something is worthless or ridiculous, it is for the birds.
102For the love of PeteUsually used in exasperation, as in ‘Oh, for the love of Pete!’
103For the time beingFor the time being indicates that an action or state will continue into the future, but is temporary. I’m sharing an office for the time being.
104Forbidden fruit Something enjoyable that is illegal or immoral is forbidden fruit.
105Foregone conclusionIf the result of, say, a football match is a foregone conclusion, then the result is obvious before the game has even begun.
106Forest for the treesIf someone can’t see the forest for the trees, they get so caught up in small details that they fail to understand the bigger picture.
107Fortune knocks once at every man’s doorEveryone gets one good chance in a lifetime.
108Foul play If the police suspect foul play, they think a crime was committed.
109Four corners of the earthIf something goes to, or comes from, the four corners of the earth, it goes or comes absolutely everywhere.
110Four-eyesA person who wears glasses.
111Four-square behindIf someone stands four-square behind someone, they give that person their full support.
112Fourth estateThis is an idiomatic way of describing the media, especially the newspapers.
113Free reinIf someone has a free rein, they have the authority to make the decisions they want without any restrictions. (‘Free reign’ is a common mistake.)
114Free-for-allA free-for-all is a fight or contest in which everyone gets involved and rules are not respected.
115French leaveTo take French leave is to leave a gathering without saying goodbye or without permission.
116Fresh from the ovenIf something is fresh from the oven, it is very new.
117Freudian SlipIf someone makes a Freudian slip, they accidentally use the wrong word, but in doing so reveal what they are really thinking rather than what they think the other person wants to hear.
118Friendly footingWhen relationships are on a friendly footing, they are going well.
119Frog in my throatIf you have a frog in your throat, you can’t speak or you are losing your voice because you have a problem with your throat.
120From a different angleIf you look at something from a different angle, you look at it from a different point of view.

121From MissouriIf someone is from Missouri, then they require clear proof before they will believe something.
122From pillar to post If something is going from pillar to post, it is moving around in a meaningless way, from one disaster to another.
123From rags to richesSomeone who starts life very poor and makes a fortune goes from rags to riches.
124From scratchThis idiom means ‘from the beginning’.
125From soup to nutsIf you do something from soup to nuts, you do it from the beginning right to the very end.
126From the bottom of your heartIf someone does something from the bottom of their heart, then they do it with genuine emotion and feeling.
127From the get-goIf something happens from the get-go, it happens from the very beginning.
128From the horse’s mouth If you hear something from the horse’s mouth, you hear it directly from the person concerned or responsible.
129From the sublime to the ridiculousIf something declines considerably in quality or importance, it is said to have gone from the sublime to the ridiculous.
130From the word goFrom the word go means from the very beginning of something.
131Full as a tickIf you are as full as a tick, you have eaten too much.
132Full boreIf something is full bore, it involves the maximum effort or is complete and thorough.
133Full circleWhen something has come full circle, it has ended up where it started.
134Full Monty If something is the Full Monty, it is the real thing, not reduced in any way.
135Full of beansIf someone’s full of beans, they are very energetic.
136Full of hot airSomeone who is full of hot air talks a lot of rubbish.
137Full of oneselfSomeone who acts in a arrogant or egotistical manner is full of himself/herself.
138Full of piss and vinegarSomeone who’s full of piss and vinegar is full of youthful energy.
139Full of the joys of spring If you are full of the joys of spring, you are very happy and full of energy.
140Full swingIf a something is in full swing, it is going or doing well.

141Full throttleIf you do something full throttle, you do it with as much speed and energy as you can.
142Fullness of timeIf something happens in the fullness of time, it will happen when the time is right and appropriate.
143Fur coat and no knickersSomeone with airs and graces, but no real class is fur coat and no knickers.
144Fuzzy thinkingThinking or ideas that do not agree with the facts or information available.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top