Flogging a dead horse
(UK) If 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.
Flowery speech is full of lovely words, but may well lack substance.
Fly by the seat of one’s pants
If you fly by the seat of one’s pants, you do something difficult even though you don’t have the experience or training
Fly in the ointment
A fly in the ointment is something that spoils or prevents complete enjoyment of something.
Fly off the handle
If someone flies off the handle, they get very angry.
Fly on the wall
If you are able to see and hear events as they happen, you are a fly on the wall.
Fly the coop
When children leave home to live away from their parents, they fly the coop.
Fly the flag
If someone flies the flag, they represent or support their country. (‘Wave the flag’ and ‘show the flag’ are alternative
forms of this idiom)
Food for thought
If something is food for thought, it is worth thinking about or considering seriously.
Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me
This means that you should learn from your mistakes and not allow people to take advantage of you repeatedly.
Fools rush in where angels fear to tread
This idiom is used where people who are inexperienced or lack knowledge do something that more informed people
Foot the bill
The person who foots the bill pays the bill for everybody.
Football’s a game of two halves
(UK) 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.
For a song
If you buy or sell something for a song, it is very cheap.
For donkey’s years
(UK) If 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.
(UK) A person who talks for England, talks a lot- if you do something for England, you do it a lot or to the limit.
If you do something for kicks, or just for kicks, you do it purely for fun or thrills.
For my money
This idiom means ‘in my opinion’.
For the time being
For 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.
Something enjoyable that is illegal or immoral is forbidden fruit.
If the result of, say, a football match is a foregone conclusion, then the result is obvious before the game has even
Forest for the trees
(USA) If 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.
If the police suspect foul play, they think a crime was committed.
Four corners of the earth
If something goes to, or comes from, the four corners of the earth, it goes or comes absolutely everywhere.
Flogging a dead horse