Food idioms

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    Food idioms

    All these idioms use food items in some way.

    be the apple of someone's eye = be someone's favourite person: "She's the apple of her father's eye."
    in apple-pie order = in perfect order: "Her house was in apple-pie order, with nothing out of place."
    be as nice as pie = be extremely nice and charming, so that you can fool people: "She can be as nice as pie, but don't trust her!"
    eat humble pie = have to take back what you said, because you have been proved wrong: "He'll have to eat humble pie now. Serve him right - he tried to make us all look bad."
    have your fingers in every pie = be involved in many different things: "You can't do anything without him knowing - he has his fingers in every pie."
    a piece of cake = be extremely simple: "This program is a piece of cake to use."
    sell like hot cakes = sell quickly in large quantities: "His book is selling like hot cakes."
    full of beans = be full of energy: "You're full of beans today - it's nice to see you so lively!"
    beef about something = complain about something: "He's always beefing about the pay."
    beef something up = give something extra appeal: "If we beef up the window display, more people might come into the shop."
    be your bread and butter = be your main source of income: "Although they run a taxi service, car sales are their bread and butter."
    be like chalk and cheese = be completely different: "I don't know why they got married - they're like chalk and cheese."
    be like peas in a pod = be identical to someone: "Those two are like peas in a pod."
    cheesy = predictable and unimaginative: "I don't want to see that film again - it's really cheesy."
    sour grapes = say something bad because you didn't get what you wanted: "Don't listen to him complain - it's only sour grapes because you got the job and he didn't."
    play gooseberry = go somewhere with a couple who would prefer to be on their own: "I'd rather not come to the cinema with you two - I'd just feel I was playing gooseberry."
    a couch-potato = someone who never goes out or exercises: "He watches TV all day - what a couch-potato!"
    like butter wouldn't melt in your mouth = appear innocent: "When I asked her about the missing money, she tried to look like butter wouldn't melt in her mouth."
    bring home the bacon = earn money for necessary things, like food: "He brings home the bacon in that family."
    the way the cookie crumbles = the way things are: "I'm sorry I didn't get the promotion, but that's the way the cookie crumbles."
    have someone eat out of your hand= have control over someone: "He has her eating out of his hand - it's sad."
    eat someone out of house and home = eat a lot of food: "Her children eat her out of house and home."
    eat into your savings = spend some of your savings: "We can't afford a new car, unless we eat into our savings."
    eating for two = be pregnant and so eating more: "Good news, darling. The doctor says I'm eating for two now."
    eat your heart out! = telling someone they should be jealous of you: "I'm going on holiday to Jamaica - eat your heart out!"
    not your cup of tea = something that you don't like much: "Football isn't my cup of tea."
    a square meal = a filling meal: "You need a square meal after all that exercise."
    it smells fishy = something that is suspicious: "He wants to do all the housework for you? That smells fishy to me!"
    small fry / small beer = something or someone unimportant: "Sales last year are small fry compared to now - we're doing really well."
    roll out the barrel = prepare to have a good time: "Roll out the barrel - we're celebrating our exam results."
    rhubarb, rhubarb = saying something completely unimportant: "There's that politician again on televison - rhubarb, rhubarb."
     



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