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(To) face the music:
To accept the (unpleasant) consequences of what you have done. ex. "After years of bad decision making, the CEO finally had to face the music."

Fair and square: Completely fairly. ex: "He won fair and square."

Fair-weather friend
A person who is only your friend when things are going well for you.

(To) fall flat (on one's face):
To fail. To be unsuccessful. ex. "The initiative fell flat on its face."

Fall for (v.): Believe (in a gullible way). ex: "I'm not going to fall for that old trick."

(To) fall into place:
To become organized; to fit together. ex. "Once I started meditating, everything in my life began to fall into place."

Fall short (v.): To not be enough. ex: "His efforts fell short."

(A) falling out:
A disagreement/break in a friendship. ex. "We had a falling out over what she said."

(A) far cry:
Very different (often in a worse way). ex. "This wine is nice, but it's a far cry from the wine we had yesterday."

(To) feel like a new person:
To feel refreshed, rejuvenated.

(To) feel out of place:
To feel like you don't belong. ex. "We went to Mary's party last night. There were many strange people there and I felt a little out of place, so we left."

(A) Fifth wheel:
Useless, out of place, unnecessary. ex. "There were only couples there. I felt like a fifth wheel."

(To) fill someone's shoes:
To replace someone. To do something someone else used to do. ex. "Cathy has been working here for 20 years. It's going to be hard to find someone to fill her shoes."

(A) fine line:
Not much difference. ex. "Sometimes there's a fine line between love and infatuation."

First and foremost:
First and most importantly. ex. "First and foremost, you have to treat every customer with respect."

First thing:
Before anything else. ex. "Call me first thing tomorrow morning."

(To) fish for a compliment:
To try very hard to get a compliment from someone. ex. "Stop fishing for a compliment. It's really annoying."

Fishy (adj.): Suspicious. ex:"There's something fishy about the way he's behaving." (To) fix someone (some food - like cocoa, oatmeal, etc.):
To prepare (some food) for someone. ex. "I'll fix you a cup of cocoa."

Flat broke:
Very poor. Having absolutely no money. ex. "I'm flat broke, but I don't care."

Flip out (v.): To get very upset (to the point of starting to scream, etc.); Freak out.

Flip side: Opposite/other side. ex: "The flip side of the coin", "the flip side of this argument", etc.

Folks (n.pl.): Parents. ex: "My folks live in Atlanta."

(To) follow one's heart:
To act according to your feelings/ emotions. ex. "I couldn't decide what to do, so I just followed my heart."

Food for thought:
Something to think about.

For what it's worth: This is basically like saying "I don't know whether or not this of any value, but..." ex. "For what it's worth, I never wanted things to end up like this.

(A) fork in the road:
A point when a road splits in two directions. ex. "They came to a fork in the road, and had to decide whether to go left or right."

Freak (n.): Strange person. (*these days it's usually negative, although some people use it to mean "someone who really enjoys sex"*)

Freebie (n.): Something you get for free, that you don't have to pay for.

Freak out (b.): To get very upset (to the point of starting to scream, etc.) ex: "When he found out she had been cheating on him, he freaked out."

Free and easy:
Casual. Not very serious. ex. "Sarah was looking for a free and easy relationship."

(A) fresh pair of eyes:
A new reader, someone who hasn't seen something before. ex. "Hey can you come check out this report? We need a fresh pair of eyes."

(A) full plate:
A busy schedule. ex. "P1: Mark can you help me with this project? P2: Not really, I've got a full plate right now."

Fun and games:
Playing around. Time spent doing worthless things. ex. "OK, Neil, the fun and games are over. It's time to get down to work."




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