Idioms beginning with F

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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 ➺


feet of clay

Meaning: have a flaw or weakness most people are unaware of.

Example: Despite his success in business, it was later revealed that the CEO had feet of clay when it came to personal ethics. Read more ➺


food for thought

Meaning: an idea or subject to think about.

Example: The manager's meeting today has given me a lot of food for thought about whether I want to continue working for this company. Read more ➺


foot in the door

Meaning: succeed with a first step.

Example: Mary was so excited to get her foot in the door with her new internship. Read more ➺


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 more ➺


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 more ➺


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 more ➺


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 more ➺


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 more ➺


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