Idioms – F
(a) Face only a mother could love
- This is a funny way to say that a person is very ugly.
Failure is the mother of success
- People must fail before they can reach success. Failure leads to success.
Few and far between
- If something is “few and far between” this means that it happens only occasionally and not often.
First come, first served
- This means that the first people to arrive are the first people who get to eat (or participate in something).
- Just for fun (“I’m not a professional basketball player. I just play for kicks.”)
From rags to riches
- If someone goes “from rags to riches,” this means that they start life poor and become rich.
Full of hot air
- If you say someone is “full of hot air” this means that you don’t believe them.
Advice and Answers
Using the idioms, give advice or answers to these people:
Frank: I taught my dog how to talk, and I have conversations with it all the time.
Fiona: Oh no! I didn’t get into a good school! Now I’ll never be able to be a doctor!
Fred: Hey! I’m older than him! I should get to eat first!
Now, fill in the blanks with suitable idioms:
When Phil was young, his friends liked to tease him because he looked different and was poor. They said he had a _______________________ and they hit him every day just _______________________. Not many people liked Phil, and his friends were _______________________. All of that changed when Phil got older. His mother taught him that _______________________, so he worked hard and went _______________________. Now, he is wealthy and successful, and no one picks on him anymore!