|first pancake is always spoiled
||(See the first pancake is always spoiled)
||first on the list, the first thing to do
||On our list of things to do, the broken copier is first up.
|fish and company stink after three days
||fish should be eaten while it is fresh, and guests should not stay too long
||Grandfather had this sign on the wall of his garage:
Fish and company stink after three days!
|fish for a compliment
||hint that he wants a compliment
||If Al mentions cars, he's fishing for a compliment on his Jaguar.
|fish or cut bait
||do it instead of talking about it, less talk and more action,
shit or get off the pot
||You've been bragging about what a great cook you are, so you
make dinner. It's time to fish or cut bait!
||not right, not fair, something smells
||"Why don't you like this deal?" "Because it's fishy. Nobody
sells a Mercedes for such a low price."
|fit as a fiddle
||very fit, in good physical condition
||Uncle Doug is fit as a fiddle. He does aerobic exercises.
|fit to be tied
||very angry, mad, see red
||He was fit to be tied when you said the accident was his fault.
|fits and starts
||moving unevenly, stop and go
||The new crew worked in fits and starts, not at a steady pace.
|five o'clock shadow
||visible whisker growth toward the end of the day
||"If we're going out tonight I better shave my five o'clock shadow."
"Don't bother, honey. You look good showing some beard."