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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.
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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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They prevent blood-sugar levels falling and tiredness, faintness or irritability setting in.
I used to think that faintness on voters' radar was an impediment to running.
Heatstroke occurs when someone's body temperature increases significantly (above 104[degrees]F) and shows symptoms of the following: strong rapid pulse, lack of sweating, dry flushed skin, mental status changes (like combativeness or confusion), staggering, faintness, or coma.
Around noon, fatigue resulting from staying hungry, followed by a lack of rest, may result in dehydration, low blood pressure and also a feeling of faintness, he explained.
Peering deep inside the heart of Abell 1689, Hubble detected the visible-light glow of 10,000 globular clusters, some as dim as 29th magnitude, which is 1 one-billionth the faintness of the dimmest star that can be seen with the naked eye.
The app advised me that my symptoms; chest pain, trouble breathing, faintness, a rapid pulse and profuse sweating were all signs of a cardiac arrest and to call 999.
She also described one episode of dizziness and a feeling of faintness while walking.
Eric Holder's faintness of heart with regard to the big banks seems to extend to the tobacco companies.
Symptoms of allergic reactions can range from mild (hives, redness and itchiness of the skin) to severe (swelling of the back of the throat, trouble breathing, drop in blood pressure, and faintness or dizziness).
From an amateur perspective, detection of the rotational light variation poses an interesting challenge, given not only the object's faintness but also its motion.
According to sources federal minister was ready to leave home for Karachi , when all of a sudden he felt faintness due to which he fell down on floor and received minor bruises .
Symptoms triggered by histamine poisoning may include a tingling or burning sensation in the mouth, a rash on the upper body and faintness.
Ismail Moulay Salma's faintness in Washington is due to "the emotion and tension" that came over him since the abduction of Mustapha Salma, Mohamed Sheikh told the press in the Rabat-Sale airport upon his father's return from a trip to the United States.
The themes included biographical data regarding Catherine of Alexandria, who probably never existed; the emergence of her cult in Latin hagiography; the faintness of her presence in medieval Russian Christianity; the creation of the non-public cult within Romanov family precincts; and the ultimate formal manufacturing of Catherine as legitimizer of female rule.
Those symptoms include a pressing type of chest discomfort during physical exertion, heart palpitations, faintness or weakness.