Finger Idioms | Idioms Derived From The Word Finger


Idioms are common in all kinds of English, formal and informal, spoken and written. Here is a list of idioms derived from the word ‘finger’.

Burn one’s fingers or get one’s fingers burnt (suffer, often financially, as a result of foolish behaviour)

Lay a finger on somebody (touch someone with the intention of causing harm)

Slip through someone’s fingers (miss something especially an opportunity)

Work one’s fingers to the bone (work very hard)

Have something at one’s finger tips (know all the details of a subject thoroughly)

Lift one’s finger (make even the slightest effort)

Keep one’s fingers crossed (to hope for or against something)