Is it ok to use this phrase when somebody ask you to do lunch sometime and you actually do not want to go but want to be polite?
If you actually do not want to give the option of doing Lunch another time, what is the best way to say “no” politely without hurting this person”s feelings?
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I am not feeling up for it is not idiomatic to me. It appears to be a conflation of two different expressions.
I am not feeling up to it.
means “I am not well enough to do …”,
I am up for it
means “I am willing to take part in …”, with an implication that the activity is in some way challenging.
“I”m not feeling up for it” is an expression used in the US to indicate that, while the speaker might be willing to engage in the proposed activity some time in the future, right now they”re so tired/ill/busy/nauseated by the other party that they don”t feel like participating at the current moment.
The expression has the “advantage” that some degree of fatigue/illness is implied to be the cause of this rejection (and it”s not generally polite for the other party to “pry” as to the reason for the “feeling”), so it”s not (overtly) a reflection on the other party or on the proposed activity. As such, it”s a reasonably polite way to refuse an invitation.
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