Idioms are a tricky concept for many ESL students. Today we’re going to look at English food idioms.
1. Apples and oranges – used when trying to compare two things that are very different
e.g. He bought a new car, it was a Mercedes. He used to drive a Fiat. It was like comparing apples with oranges. They were two totally different cars.
English Food Idioms
2. A banana skin – when something is likely to cause you to halt or to slip up
e.g. His business was doing well. However the bank were not prepared to lend any more money. This was the banana skin on which his business would slip.
3. To go nuts – to get very upset or to go mad
e.g. The car driver did not see him parked on the street and crashed into him. He went nuts when he saw all the damage.
4. A couch potato – someone who sits at home all day on the sofa watching TV
e.g. He had not been out with his friends for many months. His wife told him to stop being a couch potato and take her to the restaurant.
5. Not to put all your eggs in one basket – to spread your risks
e.g. David wanted to invest his money in an oil company. His adviser told him to invest in a number of different companies and spread his risk. He told him it was not wise to put all your eggs in one basket.
6. As cool as a cucumber – to stay very calm and relaxed, especially when everyone else around you is nervous or stressed
e.g. He stayed as cool as a cucumber during his driving test and passed it first time.
7. To go bananas – to behave in a silly or crazy way, to get angry
e.g. Mum will go bananas when she sees your school report.
8. Cup of tea – if something is your cup of tea, it means you like or enjoy it. We usually use it in a negative sentence.
e.g. My husband loves cricket, but it’s not my cup of tea.
9. Piece of cake – something is very easy to do
e.g. My English test was a piece of cake.
10. To pay peanuts – to pay very little money
e.g. I recently left my job because I’ve been paid peanuts for ages.
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