Food Idioms 

50 popular food idioms and sayings: 

popular food idioms

An apple a day keeps the doctor away: eating an apple a day will keep you healthy



Bring home the bacon: to earn an income, bring home money



Gravy train: to have it easy

 

Hard nut to crack: difficult personality



A piece of cake : when something is easy to do.

Butter me up: to flatter someone in the hopes they will do you a favor



Bread and butter: go to together well

 

The big cheese: very important person

 

Selling like hotcakes: very popular, selling a lot of something

 

Cherry pick: to hand pick something in your favor


What's cookin… good lookin…?: how are things/ what's happening


Cool as a cucumber: very calm and collected

 

Something’s fishy: something seems odd or unusual


 A Fish out of water: a person who is out of place seems uncomfortable or doesn’t know how to act

Couch potato: being lazy

 

Nuttier than a fruitcake: crazy or mad

 

Don’t cry over spilled milk: no reason to get upset over something simple

 

Bigger fish to fry: there are more important things to worry about

 

Icing on the cake: the one thing that pushes you over the edge.

 

Making lemonade out of lemons: turn a negative into a positive



As flat as a pancake: something is very flat

 

As slow as molasses: someone is very very slow at doing a task

 

She’s/he’s a bad apple: rotten, not a good person

 

Big enchilada: important person, the boss

 

Cooked my goose: got yourself in trouble

 

Cream puff: soft, or sensitive

 

Cream of the crop: the best of the best



Not my cup of tea: something you're not interested in or good at.

 

Got egg on your face: got caught doing wrong

 

Feast or famine: you either have it all or you have nothing

 

Food for thought: something to think about

 

Forbidden fruit: something that is forbidden or taboo

 

Go bananas: go crazy

 

Full of beans: telling a story

 

In a pickle: in a difficult situation

 

Bun in the oven: pregnant

 

Cheesy: silly

 

Have your cake and eat it too: getting everything you want

 

Don’t put all your eggs into one basket: don’t count on just one thing, diversify your efforts. 


Use your noodle: use your brain



Spill the beans: tell what you know

 

Not for all the tea in China: won’t do it for anything

 

Chew the fat: make casual conversation

 

Don’t cut the mustard: don’t do something that produces no effect.

 

Eat humble pie: apologize when you are wrong

 

He/she fell off the turnip truck: not smart

Take it with a grain of salt: don’t take what they say seriously, probably not true.



Like nailing jello to a wall: an impossible task



Packed like sardines: crowded



Piece of Cake: Easy

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