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    Default You can ask Steve to help you, he is always as keen as mustard

    Hello,

    I asked my students to make up sentences with the idioms they are currently studying. Here is one of them:

    You can ask Steve to help you, he is always as keen as mustard.

    The expreession is 'as keen as mustard'.
    The idea is Steve is always keen to help.
    Is this expression still in use? I have not come across it often.

    Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: You can ask Steve to help you, he is always as keen as mustard

    * not a teacher

    I've never heard "keen as mustard" used in American English. It's quite possible that its common in BrE as they use the word "keen" far more.

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    Default Re: You can ask Steve to help you, he is always as keen as mustard

    Yes, it's fairly common in BE.

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    Default Re: You can ask Steve to help you, he is always as keen as mustard

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Yes, it's fairly common in BE.

    Rover
    And why is mustard described as keen?

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    Default Re: You can ask Steve to help you, he is always as keen as mustard

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    And why is mustard described as keen?
    Pass.

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    Default Re: You can ask Steve to help you, he is always as keen as mustard

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    And why is mustard described as keen?
    One meaning of "keen" is "strong/intense".

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    Default Re: You can ask Steve to help you, he is always as keen as mustard

    I haven't used "cut the mustard" or "keen as mustard" since they let me out of the trenches in 1918.

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    Default not a teacher

    Never heard this in AmE.

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