VOCABULARY - IDIOMS

Idioms about food

Idioms about food

  • about as useful as a chocolate teapot

    Meaning: Saying something is about as useful as a chocolate teapot means that it is totally useless.

  • above the salt

    Meaning: If someone is above the salt they are of high standing or honor.

  • all one's eggs in one basket

    Meaning: the state of having invested heavily in just one area or of having devoted all of one's resources to one thing.

  • apple of someone's eye

    Meaning: This phrase is used to describe someone or something that you love the most.

  • bad egg

    Meaning: bad person

  • banana repulic

    Meaning: A small country, especially one in Central America, that is dependent on a single export commodity (traditionally bananas) and that has a corrupt, dictatorial government.

  • be nuts about

    Meaning: If you are nuts about something, you are very enthusiastic about it or greatly in love with it.

  • bear fruit

    Meaning: The phrase bear fruit means to yield successful results.

  • below the salt

    Meaning: If someone is below the salt they are common or of low standing.

  • Big Apple

    Meaning: An informal name for New York City

  • big cheese

    Meaning: An important person in a company or organization

  • bring home the bacon

    Meaning: Earn money for one’s family

  • brown as a berry

    Meaning: If you are brown as a berry, you have tanned skin due to sun exposure. This idiom is mainly heard in the UK and Australia.

  • butter up

    Meaning: To praise or flatter excessively.

  • carrot and stick

    Meaning: If you use the carrot and stick technique to persuade people to do something, you combine both rewards if they do it and punishment if they do not.

  • chew the cud

    Meaning: The idiom chew the cud means to ponder over or meditate about something; to think carefully about something.

  • chew the fat

    Meaning: Chat for a considerable length of time

  • come to fruition

    Meaning: The phrase come to fruition means to become reality or to be completed as planned.

  • cool as a cucumber

    Meaning: very calm.

  • couch potato

    Meaning: A lazy person who watches a great deal of television

  • cream of the crop

    Meaning: If you describe things or someone as the cream of the crop, you mean they are the best of all.

  • eat humble pie

    Meaning: To admit defeat or error, to accept humiliation

  • eye candy

    Meaning: If you describe someone or something as eye candy, you mean that they are attractive or have considerable visual appeal.

  • Food for thought

    Meaning: Something that makes you think carefully

  • Forbidden fruit

    Meaning: If you refer to something as a forbidden fruit, you mean it is an illicit pleasure or something desired that cannot be had.

  • get out of a jam

    Meaning: get out of a bad situation.

  • go bananas

    Meaning: To become irrational or crazy

  • have egg on one's face

    Meaning: to be embarrassed by something one has done.

  • Hot potato

    Meaning: Hot potato

  • In a nutsheel

    Meaning: In summary.

  • into a jam

    Meaning: in a difficult situation.

  • life is like a box of chocolates

    Meaning: life is unpredictable and that it is full of surprises; you never know what will happen next.

  • like chalk and cheese

    Meaning: When things or people are like chalk and cheese, they are different although they are superficially alike.

  • low-hanging fruit

    Meaning: Easy parts of a task; solutions easy to obtain

  • meat and potatoes

    Meaning: The phrase 'meat and potatoes refers to the essential parts or aspects of something.

  • sell like hotcakes

    Meaning: Be sold very quickly

  • separate the wheat from the chaff

    Meaning: to separate things of value from things of no value.

  • she'll be apples

    Meaning: everything will be all right.

  • sour as vinegar

    Meaning: The phrase sour as vinegar very sour and disagreeable.

  • sour grapes

    Meaning: Disparagement of something that has proven unattainable

  • spill the beans

    Meaning: Reveal a secret; Give away a secret

  • take the cake

    Meaning: Be the most extreme instance

  • that's the way the cookie crumbles

    Meaning: said to show that things don't always turn out the way we hope.

  • the milk of human kindness

    Meaning: the quality of kindness and the innate sense of compassion towards other people.

  • traffic jam

    Meaning: a lot of vehicles causing slow traffic.

  • variety is the spice of life

    Meaning: frequent changes in one's life makes life interesting.

  • walk on eggs

    Meaning: To walk on eggs is an English idiom.It means to be very careful in dealing with a person or situation.

  • walk on eggshells

    Meaning: To have to act very sensitively in order to avoid offending someone

  • whet your appetite

    Meaning: to increase one's desire to have it or know more about it.

  • you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar

    Meaning: it is much easier to get what you want by being polite rather than by being rude and insolent.