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be not for the faint-hearted

To be unsuitable for those who are easily stressed or frightened. That horror movie is definitely not for the faint-hearted. I don't scare easily, and I screamed the whole time! Working in an operating room is not for the faint-hearted.
See also: not

not have the faintest idea

To have no knowledge or understanding about something. I do not have the faintest idea where I left my car keys. He does not have the faintest idea how hard it is to run a business.
See also: faint, have, idea, not

damn someone or something with faint praise

Fig. to criticize someone or something indirectly by not praising enthusiastically. The critic did not say that he disliked the play, but he damned it with faint praise. Mrs. Brown is very proud of her son's achievements, but damns her daughter's with faint praise.
See also: damn, faint, praise

faint dead away

Fig. to faint and fall unconscious. I almost fainted dead away. David will faint dead away when he reads this.
See also: away, dead, faint

faint from something

to faint because of something. I nearly fainted from fear! Three people along the parade route fainted from the heat.
See also: faint

Faint heart never won fair lady.

Prov. A timid suitor never won his lady. (Used to encourage boys or men to be bold in courting women.) Bill: I'd really like to go out with Alice, but what if she says no? Alan: You won't know till you ask her. Faint heart never won fair lady. Don't be so shy about talking to Edith. Faint heart never won fair lady.
See also: faint, fair, heart, lady, never, won

faint of heart

Fig. people who are squeamish; someone who is sickened or disturbed by unpleasantness or challenge. The pathway around the top of the volcano, near the crater, is not for the faint of heart.
See also: faint, heart, of

not have the faintest idea

also not have the foggiest idea
to not know anything at all about something not have the foggiest notion I didn't have the faintest idea where I was or which way I was going – I simply knew I had to get away. These people don't have the foggiest idea what America's really like.
Usage notes: also used in the forms I have no idea and I haven't the slightest idea
See also: faint, have, idea, not

damn (somebody/something) with faint praise

to show only slight approval for someone or something By qualifying his support, you could argue he was damning these leaders with faint praise. Maybe I'm damning them with faint praise, but the Yankees are easier to like than the Atlanta Braves in this series.
See also: damn, faint, praise

damn somebody/something with faint praise

to praise something or someone in such a weak way that it is obvious you do not really admire them She damned Reynolds with faint praise, calling him one of the best imitators in the world.
See also: damn, faint, praise

not have the faintest (idea)

to have no knowledge of or no information about something 'Do you know where Anna is?' 'I haven't the faintest.' (often + question word) I haven't the faintest idea what you're talking about.
See also: faint, have

not be for the faint-hearted

if something is not for the faint-hearted, it is not suitable for people who become frightened easily The drive along the winding coast road is not for the faint-hearted, particularly when it's foggy.

damn with faint praise

Compliment so feebly that it amounts to no compliment at all, or even implies condemnation. For example, The reviewer damned the singer with faint praise, admiring her dress but not mentioning her voice . This idea was already expressed in Roman times by Favorinus (c. a.d. 110) but the actual expression comes from Alexander Pope's Epistle to Doctor Arbuthnot (1733): "Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer, and, without sneering, teach the rest to sneer."
See also: damn, faint, praise
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I've no idea yet what's going on in this faintly disturbing, faintly fascinating world created by Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton.
THE day had a brilliance beyond belief, The atmosphere sharp and intoxicating, It etched itself on to all my living senses, Memories, so long hidden surfacing, The brook running from the tarn bubbled Faintly, its little cascades alive in the New dawn, Up the rise, the mighty loch was awesome, I picked up a stone, and weighed it in my hand, Perfect; It fitted into the curves of thumb and forefinger, I faced the silver-surface, bent side on and Whipped my wrist, It sped and struck the perfect sheen not once - Twice-thrice-again-again-again-again-again Into circles into oblivion.
FAINTLY Drawn Lines is the exhibition now on at Wolstenholme Projects.
THERE'S something faintly pathetic about George Osborne taking his begging bowl on his hols.
The heart of the fragrance is faintly floral, hinting at sweetness with notes of lily of the valley, orange blossom and jasmine.
Why else have the europhiles always fled anything that looks even faintly democratic?
The soft, colorful, and faintly impressionistic art style adds the perfect dollop of gentle warmth to this wonderful story, ideal for bedtime reading.
I FIND these continuing episodes of the Slash/CIA/Cardiff council saga faintly ridiculous to be honest.
Jamie, 25, said: "It was as a joke between my friends over somethingwe found amusing and faintly disgusting.
It came with a heap of faintly curried sweet potato fries.
In an increasingly globalised, on-demand world, local nuance is gradually being flattened out or eroded and any suggestion of modifying behaviour to suit climate is seen as faintly risible (the Mediterranean siesta is now under increasing threat, for instance).
Yet if, for some reason, he is unable to take up the post, wouldn't it be faintly ridiculous if we ruled out the next best man purely on the grounds of his nationality?
Still, there was a sense of mild disappointment, faintly detectable under the composed party-smiles of the magazine's staff, that no one more interesting had turned up.
The result, a virtual model of his own body, is Dupont's raw material, but the two-foot-tall figures in this exhibition have been put through further paces: They are variously widened, attenuated, or pulled along a diagonal axis so that one edge of the body seems to advance, dragging the rest behind it (and, in so doing, faintly echoes Marcel Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase, 1912).
Not 20 feet up, even acrophobes turn believers: Sun warms the skin, insects buzz faintly, and it smells like Christmas.