Food Idioms

We all know how important food is in our day-to-day lives. We go to great lengths to cook fabulous meals and get excited when we have the chance to eat at a new and interesting restaurant. When you travel, one of the best things you get to discover is the local cuisine. Whether you are trying the world-famous Philly Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia, or indulging in a bit of Fish and Chips in a British seaside town like Bournemouth, there is so many dishes to discover around the world. So how do we use food in our everyday language? We’ve put together a list of some of the most popular food-related idioms, looking closer at what they mean and how to use them.

 

As cool as a cucumber

Cool as a cucumber

Meaning: This is another way to say that someone is calm and composed.

 

Bad egg

Bad egg

Meaning: Someone who is described as a “bad egg” is someone who is dishonest or behaves poorly on a regular basis.

 

Bigger fish to fry

Bigger fish to fry

Meaning: This means that you have more important things to do.

 

Bring home the bacon

Bring home the bacon

Meaning: The person who “brings home the bacon” is someone who is earning  the most money.

 

Full of beans

Full of beans

Meaning: This is another way of saying that a person has a lot of energy and enthusiasm.

 

Hard nut to crack

Hard nut to crack

Meaning: A problem that is difficult to solve is also known as “a hard nut to crack.”

 

Piece of cake

Piece of cake

Meaning: This is another way of describing a task as easy or simple.

 

With a pinch of salt

With a pinch of salt

Meaning: Taking something “with a pinch of salt” means that you are listening to a story or an explanation with a sense of doubt or uncertainty.

 

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