Idioms beginning with F

from cradle to grave

Meaning: The phrase is used to refer to something that spans a human lifetime.

Example: He was a difficult man; from the cradle to the grave, he was constantly angry or upset. Read on

faint of heart

Meaning: to not be strong enough to handle a situation.

Example: This movie is not for those who are faint of heart. You better go to bed right now. Read on

fall on deaf ears

Meaning: to disregard or ignore.

Example: His protestations that the project would put the firm over budget fell on deaf ears. Read on

fiddle while Rome burns

Meaning: to perform an inconsequential task or act irresponsibly in the midst of a disastrous event.

Example: Vacuuming the carpet while her co-worker was in with the boss, trying to steal her job, felt like fiddling while Rome burned. Read on

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

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dig own grave

dig own grave Meaning: do something stupid that will seriously harm oneself, cause one’s own ruin or downfall. Example: If she continues to behave like this to her … Read on

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