25 Food Idioms You Must Know!
25 FOOD IDIOMS YOU MUST KNOW
Here are some common idioms based on food and drinks. Each food idiom includes its literal meaning and its figurative use in a sentence. Before starting food idioms, we will explain: what is an idiom?
WHAT IS AN IDIOM?
An idiom is a combination of words or a short phrase, which has a figurative meaning contrary to the literal meaning of that words or phrase. More than 25,000 idioms are used in spoken English language. Native speakers use them frequently in their daily life conversations, but non-native hesitate to use idioms in their speeches. Today, we will talk about few idioms that are all about food.
LIST OF COMMONLY USED FOOD IDIOMS
A Baker’s Dozen
Meaning: One free with a dozen. (Thirteen)
Example: Excuse me! One egg may break in the basket and we are 12 people, could you please make it a baker’s dozen.
A Couch Potato
Meaning: A lazy person who sits on a sofa all the day.
Example: He is a couch potato. I never saw him outside his apartment except to go to work.
Meaning: untrusted person
Example: We should remove bad eggs from our team.
Meaning: very important person (VIP)
Example: I thought I was just going to interview the secretary, but they let me talk to the big cheese himself.
Bread And Butter
Meaning: necessities, the main thing
Example: Writing for different niches is only my bread and butter.
Butter Someone Up
Meaning: be extra nice to someone (usually for selfish reasons)
Example: We will have to butter Julia up before anyone tell her the news about her brother’s accident.
Meaning: person with red or orange hair
Example: Macon is the first carrot top I have ever seen in my city.
Cheap As Chips
Meaning: Something very cheap or having low cost
Example: I bought three watches for you because watches were as cheap as chips on sale.
Cool As A Cucumber
Meaning: very relaxed
Example: I thought I was afraid of riding, but I was cool as a cucumber all the way to farm.
Cream Of The Crop
Meaning: the best
Example: We hired the cream of the crop to generate a good revenue this year.
Cry Over Spilled Milk / Cry Over Spilt Milk
Meaning: get upset over something that has happened and cannot be changed
Example: The window pan is broken into pieces and we cannot fix it. There is no need to cry over spilt milk.
Go On A Crash Diet
Meaning: start a controlled diet to lose weight very quickly.
Example: Rida went on a crash diet and lost 5 kg in three weeks.
Hard Nut To Crack
Meaning: difficult to understand (often a person)
Example: John is a hard nut to crack. No one can drive him out of his way.
Have A Bun In The Oven
Meaning: be pregnant:
Example: I do not think Jane will come to the party this month because she has a bun in the oven.
Meaning: a controversial or difficult subject
Example: Choosing a new chairmen for the board is a hot potato now a days.
In A Nutshell
Meaning: simply, in conclusion
Example: In a nutshell, We should hire a van to catch train.
In A Pickle
Meaning: In a difficult situation
Example: After buying an expensive car, he is in a pickle to afford a driver.
Meaning: Easy steps of a task; very easy solution
Example: To pass an initial class admission test is like low-hanging fruit for me.
Not My Cup Of Tea
Meaning: something you enjoy (usually used negatively)
Example: Networking is not exactly my cup of tea. I am IT master.
One Smart Cookie
Meaning: a very intelligent person
Example: My son is one smart cookie. He reads much higher than his grade level.
Piece Of Cake
Meaning: very easy
Example: My recruitment exam was a piece of cake.
Sell Like Hot Cakes
Meaning: bought by many people
Example: The new brand of Apple smartphone sold like hot cakes
Spill The Beans
Meaning: reveal the truth
Example: On coming Friday, I am going to spill the beans about my plans regarding study.
To Have Bigger Fish To Fry
Meaning: To have more important plans/tasks to go with
Example: I cannot stay here to receive a low paying project. I have bigger fish to fry.
Use Your Noodle
Meaning: use your brain
Example: You have to use your noodles to understand this enigma. It is not much difficult as you are considering.
Watch Your Figure
Meaning: I refers to refuse certain food because she wants to stay slim. When someone says like this (generally females), it means she want her figures to look good by taking care for her food/intake.
Example: I need to watch my figure.