Five-finger Discount

Meaning of Idiom ‘Five-finger Discount’ A five-finger discount refers to an act of shoplifting or stealing from a retail shop. 1Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,2Pare, May. Body Idioms and More: For Learners of English. United States?: Mayuree Pare, 2005.  Usage Five-finger discount is usually reserved for acts of shoplifting but it … Read more

Firsthand (first-hand, first hand)

Also: At firsthand Firsthand information Firsthand account Firsthand knowledge Firsthand evidence Meaning of Idiom ‘Firsthand’ or ‘Firsthand Information’ Firsthand information is informaton is information that comes directly from the source or origin, without any intermediary source. 1Brenner, Gail Abel. Webster’s New World American Idioms Handbook. Wiley, 2003.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. … Read more

Fix Your Wagon

Also: Fix your little red wagon. In use since at least the 1940’s. Meaning of Idiom ‘Fix Your (or one’s) Wagon’ To fix someone’s wagon means to hurt them, get revenge on them, punish them, make them fail, etc. When said to a child, it usually means that spanking or some other form of punishment is … Read more

Fit Like A Glove

Meaning of Idiom “Fits (one, you) Like a Glove’ To fit like a glove, in regards to clothing, means to be the right size and to fit one perfectly. Figuratively, the idiom means to be well suited or to be in conformity.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to my YouTube channel! Usage … Read more

Fit as a Fiddle

Meaning of Idiom ‘Fit as a Fiddle’ To be fit as a fiddle means to be in extremely good health. It may sometimes mean to have good physical conditioning or to be healthy and fit.  Want to see more videos from Idioms.Online? Subscribe to our YouTube channel! Usage “You’re 85 and fit as a fiddle,” said … Read more

Fish In Troubled Waters

Meaning of Idiom ‘To Fish in Troubled Waters To fish in troubled waters means to take advantage of unfortunate circumstances, confusion, difficulties, and problems in order to benefit oneself. 1Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.,2Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Usage This expression can apply to widespread or … Read more

Fine and Dandy

Meaning of Idiom ‘Fine and Dandy’ Fine and dandy means excellent, fine, well, good, nice, all right, etc. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008. Usage This idiom is just as often used sarcastically as sincerely. “Fine and dandy,” when used this way, … Read more