Idioms beginning with F

fake it till you make it

Meaning: portray yourself like the person you always wanted to become

Example: I had no idea that her family is so illiterate as she always pretended to be classy. Fake it till you make it. Read on

feather one’s (own) nest

Meaning: If you say that you are feathering your own nest, you mean that you are working so hard to gather resources (money) to live a comfortable life in the future.

Example: John is so much concerned about helping others instead of feathering his own nest. Read on

fight like cat and dog

Meaning: argue jealously and violently all the time

Example: The married couple fought like cat and dog the entire time they were together. Read on

feel blue

Meaning: to feel sad or depressed

Example: Yesterday I felt blue, and nothing seemed to cheer me up. Read on

fly off the handle

Meaning: To lose one's temper and get angry for seemingly no reason (does not usually refer to situations that would warrant an emotional response).

Example: I was so happy to find a parking spot and get out of the store when Jim came flying off the handle and yelled at me in front of everyone in line. Read on

fan the flames

Meaning: make a bad situation even worse

Example: The president's racist comments are really going to fan the flames of hatred among the crowd. Read on

fight tooth and nail

Meaning: to fight very fiercely

Example: I want this job so I'm going to fight tooth and nail for it. Read on

fair and square

Meaning: done according to the rules

Example: The supporters for the other team were angry but we won the game fair and square. Read on

for a while

Meaning: a short period of time

Example: I will be able to sit with you for a while, but I need to get home soon. Read on

from the bottom of my heart

Meaning: with sincere and deep feeling

Example: I am really happy with the new job and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. Read on

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call bluff

Meaning: to challenge to prove one's claim, when they are likely attempting to deceive

Example: When the employee threatened to quit if he was not given a pay rise, the boss called his bluff. Read on

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