Idioms beginning with F

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feel like a million bucks

Meaning: describes a state of peak physical well-being and high energy.

Example: After my morning run and a healthy breakfast, I feel like a million bucks. Read more ➺


fall between two stools

Meaning: to come between two alternatives, and so fail to fulfill either of them.

Example: This book cannot be an academic one, nor can it be a popular commercial one; it falls between two stools. Read more ➺


forty winks

Meaning: a brief nap or short sleep.

Example: The bank manager caught the security guard taking forty winks on duty. Read more ➺


fish rots from the head down

Meaning: poor leadership leads to the decline of an organization.

Example: The company was bound to be closed sooner or later, considering the kind of managers that they had hired. A fish rots from the head down, after all. Read more ➺


filthy rich

Meaning: extremely rich.

Example: To be filthy rich means that you can choose and buy whatever you want; window shopping is for the less fortunate. Read more ➺


faux pas

Meaning: embarrassing or tactless action or remark.

Example: Jenny realized she had committed a faux pas when the guest of honor left in a huff. Read more ➺


fly in the ointment

Meaning: something that spoils a pleasant or enjoyable experience.

Example: The fly in the ointment was that the proposal still needed board approval. Read more ➺


fly on the wall

Meaning: to see or listen to something without being noticed.

Example: Even though Janice was not invited to the wedding, she decided to be a fly on the wall. Read more ➺


face to face

Meaning: meeting or seeing someone in person.

Example: We need to have a face-to-face meeting in order to sort out this issue. Read more ➺


scared to death

Meaning: to be extremely afraid or frightened.

Example: A shadow appeared in the doorway and scared me to death. Read more ➺


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