Phrasal-Nouns – Letter F

–  Phrasal-Nouns – Letter F  –


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All-Time Favorite – This is a phrasal noun which is used to describe someone’s favorite (referring to anything) that has always been his or her’s favorite, has never NOT been a favorite, and will probably always BE the favorite…  “I have a lot of favorite songs, and my musical taste changes from time-to-time, but, no matter what, my all-time favorite song is “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel.”  –  (See Also:  “Current Favorite”)


(a) Ball-Park Estimate/Figure – See:  Phrasal Adjectives – Letter “B”, for “Ball”


(a) Control Freak – This is a derogatory phrasal noun, used to describe a person who thinks, feels, and believes that he or she absolutely needs to have everything exactly as he or she wants them and gets, not only very uncomfortable when they are not, but also makes things very uncomfortable and difficult for others, when he or she does not “get his/her way”…  “My ex-girlfriend Amy is an impossible control freak when it came to our relationship, that she she even tried to set rules for what I was allowed to do in my PAST, before we even met!!!”


Current Favorite – This is a phrasal noun which is used to describe the favorite (referring to anything) of some person’s that may not have always been that person’s favorite and it may not be, but happens to be at the current time…  “My all-time favorite love song is “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel, but my current favorite is “Woman In Chains” by Tears For Fears.”


(to be) Dragging (one’s) Feet – See:  Phrasal Verbs – Letter “D”, for “Dragging”


(a) Driving Force – In this phrasal noun, the word “driving” is referring to the figurative definition, which is a synonym of “inspiring” & “motivating“, and the word “Force” is referring to any thing that has the power and energy to make a significant change in a person’s life…  “Not wanting to go back to being homeless and hungry was a major driving force in me learning to manage my time more wisely.”


(a) Fan-Base – This phrasal noun is used to describe all the people who are someone’s or some team’s fans.  Essentially it is the single unit of all the people (like the word “family” or “team”) which make up the entirety of that person’s or team’s fans…  “Despite being an absolutely horrible singing group, N-Sync had a huge fan-base that made them incredibly rich for the rest of their lives.”


(a) Figure Of Speech – See:  Phrasal Nouns – Letter “S”, for “Speech”


(one’s) First (Big) Break – See: Phrasal Nouns – Letter “B”, for “Break”


(a) Flat Tire – See:  Phrasal Nouns – Letter “T”, for “Tire”


(someone’s) Flow – See:  Glossary Of English Slang – Letter “F”


Foot-Dragging – This is a phrasal noun which comes from the situation wherein a person is so incredible tired from walking that they can’t even pick their feet up enough that they drag on the ground with each step.  This phrase, then, is used to describe, not being very tired but being very lazy, procrastinating and wasting time by not wanting to do something.  (Imagine the child who is told to go clean his/her room and how they lumber off to do it.)…  “There has been a lot of *foot-dragging* going on in this department and because of it, we are now way behind schedule.  I expect people to do their job on time and not complain about it!”  –  (see also “Dragging (One’s) Feet”)


Frame Of Mind – See:  Phrasal Nouns – Letter “M”, for “Mind”


(a) Frequent Flyer – This is a phrasal noun which describes a person who travels by air on a regular or semi-regular basis.  It is also the name of the program of bonus rewards that most major airlines give to people who use their service on a regular basis, which allows them to get discounts and receive benefits…  “I earned so many points in the frequent flyer program that I was able to get the tickets for my vacation for free!”


(a) Gut-Feeling – This is an idiomatic phrasal noun which refers to the kind of feeling a person gets (usually “bad” but not “always”) which cannot be explained rationally or logically but the person “just knows”.  It is a phrasal version of the word “intuition”.  We refer to it this way because when the feeling is very strong a person can literally feel it in his or her “gut” (stomach & intestines.)…  “If I would have gone to school that day, I would have ended not seeing the space shuttle explosion until the replay on the news.  But I had a gut-feeling that I should stay home that day, and so I got to see the whole thing on TV before anyone else in my class.”


Mind-Frame – See:  Phrasal Nouns – Letter “M”, for “Mind”


Red-Eye Flight – This is idiomatic term for a flight which leaves very late at night and/or arrives very early in the morning and/or takes all night to get from one place to another.  The term comes from the fact that the people on the flight were not able to get the proper rest that they usually get and therefore in the morning they are very tired, and therefore, quite often they have “red” blood-shot “eyes”…  Thus the name red-eye.


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