Common Idioms about Fruits in English

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In this particular podcast episode, we’re going to look at idioms about fruits in English. I got that idea from actually one of my students who asked me to explain one particular fruit idiom. So I put together 10 idioms connected to fruit, let’s explain them.

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Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

INSANITY: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

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have a second bite of the cherry

Meaning: to get a second chance or a second opportunity


We got invited back to make a second presentation. At least we got a second bite of the cherry, perhaps we will do better this time. 

She has a second bite of the cherry; perhaps this marriage will be a little more successful than the first one.

the apple of your eye

Meaning: someone’s favourite person (usually a child or a grandchild) who they look after the most 


She was the apple of his eye and he could never go to bed without reading her a story.

the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree

Meaning: we use this expression to describe a person who is very similar to their parents in behaviour or physical characteristics


Little Johnny might have a little bit of a temper and he might get a little bit angry very quickly and the mother will say, ‘Ah just like your father. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.’

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low-hanging fruit

Meaning: any situation where you’re trying to make quick gains or achieve quick success


Let’s focus on a low-hanging fruit here. Selling this new product to our existing customers is certainly an easier sale.

To get better marks in your exam, always look for those low-hanging fruit questions first that you can answer more easily.

go bananas

Meaning: to go a little bit crazy (we could use it a positive or in a negative way)


My boss didn’t like the news. When I told him I was leaving and I was going to our biggest competitor, he just went bananas.

Here’s my credit card. Buy something nice, but don’t go bananas.

comparing apples and oranges 

Meaning: to compare different things


You can’t compare a holiday in the West of Ireland where it rains every day with a holiday on the Greek Islands where the sun shines, it’s like comparing apples with oranges.

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don’t give a fig

Meaning: to not care at all about someone or something


I really don’t give a fig where we go for lunch. I’m not really hungry.

I don’t give a fig that Michael got promoted, I’m going to leave anyway. 

a bad apple

Meaning: someone who has a bad reputation and has a negative impact on other people


Just because there’s one bad apple in this family it doesn’t mean everybody else is actually the same.

common idioms about fruits in English

sour grapes

Meaning: to react badly if you hear the good news that happened to somebody else


Ah, that’s only sour grapes on your part because they didn’t offer you the promotion. I think Michael is the most suitable person for the role.

a plum job

Meaning: a desirable position which is well-paid and considered relatively easy to do (for example, a job in the European Union)


Wow, Mark really landed a plum job. Now he can sit back, put his feet up and look forward to a happy retirement.

So here are my common idioms about fruits in English:

  • to have a second bite of the cherry
  • the apple of your eye
  • the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree
  • low-hanging fruit
  • to go bananas
  • comparing apples and oranges
  • don’t give a fig
  • a bad apple
  • sour grapes
  • a plum job

See if you can find any other fruits that perhaps I’ve left out. Write to me and let me know about it. 

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