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Food idioms : English Language

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Food idioms : English Language

  1. 1. FOOD IDIOMS
  2. 2. a group of words that, in common usage, has a different meaning IDIOM than the literal meaning of the individual words.
  3. 3. A BAD PERSON WHO HAS A BAD EFFECT ON OTHERS IN A GROUP. He’s a real bad apple. If I were you, I wouldn’t go out with him. A BAD APPLE MEANING: EXAMPLE:
  4. 4. A DISHONEST OR ILL-BEHAVED PERSON; A PERSON TO BE AVOIDED. He never phoned his mother. He was a bad egg. A BAD EGG MEANING: EXAMPLE:
  5. 5. A GOOD GUY OR A KIND PERSON (OLD FASHIONED IDIOM) Everyone loves Mike. He's a good egg and is always helping people. A GOOD EGG MEANING: EXAMPLE:
  6. 6. A VERY STUDIOUS PERSON, INTELLECTUALLY GIFTED IN THE FIELD OF ACADEMICS, A VERY INTELLIGENT PERSON. Daniel passed all of his exams. He is such an egghead! . EGGHEAD MEANING: EXAMPLE:
  7. 7. A LAZY PERSON WHO WATCHES TOO MUCH TV. Tom is always watching TV. He’s such a couch potato. A COUCH POTATO MEANING: EXAMPLE:
  8. 8. TO REMAIN CALM UNDER PRESSURE. He is always as cool as a cucumber and never worries about anything. AS COOL AS A CUCUMBER MEANING: EXAMPLE:
  9. 9. A VERY DETERMINED, DURABLE AND ROBUST PERSON; A PERSON WHO IS DIFFICULT TO DEAL WITH. Robert ran the race even though he was injured. He is a real tough cookie! A TOUGH COOKIE MEANING: EXAMPLE:
  10. 10. AN IMPORTANT PERSON, A LEADER (USUALLY ABOUT BUSINESS) He was a really big cheese in the business world. A BIG CHEESE MEANING: EXAMPLE:
  11. 11. TO BE EMBARASSED BY SOMETHING ONE HAS DONE . She ended up with egg on her face, when her teacher found out she had been lying. HAVE EGG ON ONE’S FACE MEANING: EXAMPLE:
  12. 12. A VERY SENSITIVE MATTER THAT IS DIFFICULT OR EMBARRASSING TO DEAL WITH. I sure don’t want to have to deal with that hot potato. A HOT POTATO MEANING: EXAMPLE:
  13. 13. SOMEONE THAT ONE LIKES A LOT. The little girl is the apple of her mother’s eye. THE APPLE OF ONE’S EYE MEANING: EXAMPLE:
  14. 14. TO WASTE TIME FEELING SORRY ABOUT AN EARLIER MISTAKE OR PROBLEM THAT CANNOT BE CHANGED. Yes, we made a mistake, but there’s no point in crying over spilt milk. CRY OVER MILK MEANING: EXAMPLE: SPILT
  15. 15. SOMETHING ONE PREFERS, DESIRES, ENJOYS, OR CARES ABOUT. Golf is not my cup of tea. CUP OF TEA MEANING: EXAMPLE:
  16. 16. A DIFFICULT TASK TO COMPLETE ; A CHALLENGING OR UNREASONABLE PERSON TO UNDERSTAND OR DEAL WITH. Getting an A in Physics will be a hard nut to crack. A NUT TO CRACK MEANING: EXAMPLE: HARD
  17. 17. TO RISK EVERYTHING IN ONE PERSON OR THING. I'm applying for several jobs because I don't really want to put all my eggs in one basket. TO PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET MEANING: EXAMPLE:
  18. 18. TO BE EXTRA NICE TO SOMEONE (USUALLY FOR SELFISH REASONS) I didn’t do my homework last night. I’m just going to butter up the teacher – I’m sure she’ll give me another extension. BUTTER SOMEONE UP MEANING: EXAMPLE:
  19. 19. IN A DIFFICULT OR MESSY SITUATION I’m in a pickle… I’ve forgotten to pick up my daughter from school! (TO BE) IN A PICKLE MEANING: EXAMPLE:
  20. 20. TO SELL QUICKLY AND IN LARGE AMOUNTS J.K. Rowling’s books sell like hot cakes. TO SELL LIKE HOT CAKES MEANING: EXAMPLE:
  21. 21. She wants to have good marks but she doesn’t want to study. She wants to have her cake and eat it too. TO WANT MORE THAN SOMEONE CAN HANDLE OR DESERVES; TO TRY TO HAVE TWO INCOMPATIBLE THINGS. MEANING: EXAMPLE: HAVE ONE’S OWN CAKE AND EAT IT
  22. 22. A TASK THAT IS EASILY ACCOMPLISHED This test was a piece of cake. A PIECE OF CAKE MEANING: EXAMPLE:
  23. 23. TO SUMMARIZE OR DESCRIBE SOMETHING IN ONLY A FEW WORDS. In a nutshell, this app helps you to learn English. IN A NUTSHELL MEANING: EXAMPLE:

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