In this week’s podcast, you’ll learn 10 commonly-used idioms connected to food so that you can expand your vocabulary and improve your English.
What is an idiom?
A group of words that have a meaning that’s different from the meaning of the individual words (e.g. over the moon, see the light)
it’s food for thought (something that needs serious consideration) – “Your ideas for losing weight have certainly given me food for thought.”
it’s a piece of cake (easy) – “The English exam was a piece of cake. I finished it with 20 minutes to spare.”
to take something with a pinch/grain of salt (something maybe untrue or incorrect) – “Take the opinion poll with a pinch of salt because they only asked a small number of people.”
that’s the way the cookie crumbles (accept the situation for what it is, even though something negative has happened) – “I’m disappointed that I didn’t get the job but that’s the way the cookie crumbles.”
it drives me nuts/bananas (it makes me crazy) “He’s driving me nuts with his conspiracy theories.” – to go bananas (excited or angry) – “She went bananas when someone crashed into her car.”
to bite off more than you can chew (to try to do something which is too difficult) – “As soon as she opened the restaurant, she realised she had bitten off more than she could chew.”
to butter someone up (to flatter or praise someone because you want something) – “If you want something, just ask. You don’t have to butter me up with chocolates and flowers.”
to cry over spilt milk (to feel bad about something that cannot be changed) – “It’s no use crying over spilt milk. You need to get out there and find another job.”
to bring home the bacon (to earn money for the family) – “Now that Harry has been made redundant, it’s up to me to bring home the bacon.”
variety is the spice of life (doing many different things, or often changing what you do, makes life interesting) – “You should really start trying new foods instead of eating the same thing all the time. Variety is the spice of life.”
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English.
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