Idiom Category: Food, Page 2
Don't cry over spilt milk
When something bad happens and nothing can be done to help it people say, 'Don't cry over spilt milk'.
Dropped like a hot cake
If something is dropped like a hot cake, it is rejected or disposed of very quickly.
(USA) If something is duck soup, it is very easy.
Easy as beans
Something that is so easy that anyone can do it is easy as beans.
Easy as pie
If something is easy as pie, it is very easy indeed.
(UK) If something is easy peasy, it is very easy indeed. ('Easy peasy, lemon squeezy' is also used.)
Eat humble pie
If someone apologises and shows a lot of contrition for something they have done, they eat humble pie.
Eat someone alive
If you eat someone alive, you defeat or beat them comprehensively.
Eat something for breakfast
If you eat something for breakfast, you can do it effortlessly, and if you eat someone for breakfast, you can beat them easily.
Egg on your face
If someone has egg on their face, they are made to look foolish or embarrassed.
When a person is very attractive, they can be described as eye candy - sweet to look at!
Fair suck of the sauce bottle
(AU) If you demand a fair suck of the sauce bottle, the other person is being unreasonable in what they are asking or suggesting you do. ('Fair suck of the sav' is also used.)
Fall off the turnip truck
(USA) If someone has just fallen off the turnip truck, they are uninformed, naive and gullible. (Often used in the negative)
Fine words butter no parsnips
This idiom means that it's easy to talk, but talk is not action.
Finger in the pie
If you have a finger in the pie, you have an interest in something.
Fish in troubled waters
Someone who fishes in troubled waters tries to takes advantage of a shaky or unstable situation. The extremists were fishing in troubled waters during the political uncertainty in the country.
Flat as a pancake
It is so flat that it is like a pancake- there is no head on that beer it is as flat as a pancake.
Food for thought
If something is food for thought, it is worth thinking about or considering seriously.
Something enjoyable that is illegal or immoral is forbidden fruit.
From soup to nuts
If you do something from soup to nuts, you do it from the beginning right to the very end.
Full of beans
If someone's full of beans, they are very energetic.
Glutton for punishment
If a person is described as a glutton for punishment, the happily accept jobs and tasks that most people would try to get out of. A glutton is a person who eats a lot.
If you go bananas, you are wild with excitement, anxiety, or worry.
Go fry an egg
(USA) This is used to tell someone to go away and leave you alone.
If someone goes nuts, they get excited over something.
(UK) If things have gone wrong, they have gone pear-shaped.
Go pound salt
(USA) This means 'Get lost' or 'Go away'('Go pound sand' is also used.)
(UK) If things have gone pear-shaped they have either gone wrong or produced an unexpected and unwanted result.
A person who can be relied on is a good egg. Bad egg is the opposite.
Grain of salt
If you should take something with a grain of salt, you shouldn't necessarily believe it all. ('pinch of salt' is an alternative)
If someone is on the gravy train, they have found and easy way to make lots of money.
Half a loaf is better than no bread
It means that getting part of what you want is better than getting nothing at all.
(UK) Hard cheese means hard luck.
Have your cake and eat it too
If someone wants to have their cake and eat it too, they want everything their way, especially when their wishes are contradictory.
Have your lunch handed to you
If you have you lunch handed to you, you are outperformed and shown up by someone better.
A problem or issue that is very controversial and no one wants to deal with is a hot potato.
How do you like them apples
(USA) This idiomatic expression is used to express surprise or shock at something that has happened. It can also be used to boast about something you have done.
I should cocoa
(UK) This idiom comes from 'I should think so', but is normally used sarcastically to mean the opposite.
Icing on the cake
This expression is used to refer to something good that happens on top of an already good thing or situation.
If you are given lemons make lemonade
Always try and make the best out of a bad situation. With some ingenuity you can make a bad situation useful.
In a nutshell
This idiom is used to introduce a concise summary.
In a pickle
If you are in a pickle, you are in some trouble or a mess.
In the gravy
If you're in the gravy, you're rich and make money easily.
In the soup
If you're in the soup, you're in trouble.
It's no use crying over spilt milk
This idiom means that getting upset after something has gone wrong is pointless; it can't be changed so it should be accepted.
Jam on your face
If you say that someone has jam on their face, they appear to be caught, embarrassed or found guilty.
(UK) This idiom is used when people promise good things for the future that will never come.
Keen as mustard
(UK) If someone is very enthusiastic, they are as keen as mustard.
Know which side one's bread is buttered on
If you know which side one's bread is buttered on, you know where your interests lie and will act accordingly to protect or further them.
Know your onions
If someone is very well-informed about something, they know their onions.
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