finger idioms list
Let’s look at some popular body idioms that contain the word ‘finger’.
- all fingers and thumbs
meaning – a clumsy person
example – Don’t pass the ball to Hannah, she’s all fingers and thumbs.
- five-finger discount
meaning – shoplifting, stealing
example – Do you like my new shoes? I got them with my five-finger discount.
- have green fingers/green fingered
meaning – good at gardening
example – My nan was green fingered. I must get it from her.
- have one’s fingers in lots of pies
meaning – be involved in many different things
example – She does yoga, Pilates, running and karate. That woman has her fingers in lots of pies.
- keep one’s fingers crossed
meaning – hope for good luck/a good outcome
example – Good luck with your driving test tomorrow. I’ve got my fingers crossed for you.
- not lift a finger
meaning – do nothing to help
example – My teenagers don’t lift a finger around the house. I’m fed up of being treated like a slave.
- point the finger
meaning – accuse/blame someone
example – Someone stole money from my desk. I don’t want to point the finger, but I think it was Katy.
- pull one’s finger out
meaning – stop wasting time and start working/concentrating
example – Logan has pulled his finger out and is working to support his child.
- put one’s finger on something
meaning – identify something
example – I can’t put my finger on which employee is stealing from me. I’ve narrowed to down to 3.
- sticky fingers
meaning – a tendency to steal things
example – Don’t leave your bag lying around. I bet the people who drink here have sticky fingers.
- work one’s fingers to the bone
meaning – work very hard
example – My dad worked his fingers to the bone then dies a week after he retired.
- wrap around one’s little finger
meaning – have complete control over somebody
example – I caught my teacher doing something wrong. Now, he’s wrapped around my little finger.
finger idioms list with pictures
Here’s some real life picture examples.