Idioms with Food. Part 4

Idioms with Food. Part 4

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It's always easier to learn a new word in context. 

The same goes with idioms! This is Part 4 of the Idioms with Food series! 

And with this great series you will learn 5 idioms with food in just 5 minutes!


Written by Mary Mironova

Voiced by Christina Kristian

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Idioms with Food. Part 4

Hi, guys! Bon appetite!

Food idioms are back on the track, and this is part four!

I'm planning a party this week, and several people are in charge of the food. At first I wanted to ask only Annie to help me with the cooking, but then I decided that I shouldn't put all of my eggs in one basket, and asked Kelly to cook, too.

Did you hear a food idiom there? I did! 'to put all of my eggs in one basket'.

What does that mean? It means 'to rely on one thing'. So in my case, if Annie didn't cook, then I would be in trouble. That's why I asked Kelly as well, so that I would have at least two people responsible for the food.

If you're looking for a job, how many jobs do you apply for? Only one or many? Do YOU put all your eggs in one basket?

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I'll tell you a secret. This party that I'm planning is a surprise party for John. He has no idea that we're gonna surprise him! Please don't spill the beans. I don't want to spoil the surprise.

Did I use a food idiom? Yep, I did. Did you notice it? 'to spill the beans'.

What does it mean? It means 'to tell a secret, to give away secret information'.

When was the last time you asked someone not to spill the beans? Has anyone ever threatened to spill the beans about you to someone?

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Celia asked Joanna to help her with her English homework. Joanna refused, saying: “Celia, darling, I simply don't have time! I have bigger fish to fry with this upcoming project!”

What did she mean? Was she going to make fish for lunch? No, of course not. That was just another food idiom. 'To have bigger fish to fry'. Sometimes, people say 'to have other fish to fry', not bigger.

What does it mean? It means that we 'have some more important things to do'.

Would you tell a child that you had other fish to fry if he asked you for help?

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All my classmates were invited to Sarah's birthday party, all but one – Kevin. He had offended Sarah so she didn't invite him.

“It's a stupid party, anyway.” Kevin said. “Nobody will have fun!”
“Girls, don't listen to him,” Sarah answered. “That's just sour grapes talking.”

What did Sarah mean? She meant that Kevin had criticized her party just because he was jealous that he hadn't been invited. So ' sour grapes' is an expression we use to say that someone is criticizing something out of jealousy.

Have you ever said something that was sour grapes?

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Everybody came to Sarah's party and had a wonderful time, despite Kevin's predictions. Sarah is a very active person; she has a finger in every pie. She's a member of the debate club, head of the cooking club and participates in a great number of activities.

What did I tell you about pie? I said that Sarah has a finger in every pie.

What does that mean? It means that this person is active, is involved in a lot of activities. Sometimes, this idiom has a negative side, meaning that this person is meddling, he has influence in a lot of things in a way that people do not approve.

Do you like having a finger in every pie? Do you think a person who has a finger in every pie should stop meddling?

So now you know some more idioms with food! Come back for more Улыбаюсь Our fridge is always full!