Idioms with Food. Part 5

Idioms with Food. Part 5

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

The same goes with idioms! 

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


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Idioms with Food

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Welcome back to our food idioms. Let's discuss them!

You know, I'm always hungry after writing or recording a Food Idiom Podcast. What about you? Do you run off to grab a snack as soon as you finish listening to a food podcast? or are you chewing something now as well? Huh? 

I went to a bookshop yesterday; I wanted to buy a new bestseller. But after looking for it everywhere, I asked the shop assistant to help me.

Do you want the new Potter book?” he asked, raising his eyebrows. “They're gone! They sold like hot cakes!

Did you find a food idiom in my story? I sure did! 'to sell like hot cakes'. What does it mean? Are hot cakes bought fast and still hot or do they get cold in shops? They sell really fast.

So 'to sell like hot cakes' means to be sold quickly or easily.

What else sells like hot cakes, besides new bestseller novels?

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Kevin spends all his free time in front of a TV. He's such a couch potato, it's boring to be with him.

What's wrong with Kevin? Does he eat potatoes too much? No!
He IS a couch potato. What's a couch? It's a sofa. So a couch potato is a person who prefers to spend his free time on a couch in front of a TV instead of going somewhere.

Are you a couch potato? Are your friends couch potatoes?

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Joanne was very arrogant, she laughed at anyone who made a mistake. So when she finally made a mistake herself, she was forced to eat humble pie.

What does ' eat humble pie' mean? It means that Joanne had to say “I'm sorry, I was wrong.” A person who eats humble pie is humbled, humiliated, shamed. He has to admit his mistake and apologize.

Have you ever had to eat humble pie?

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I listened to an interesting seminar about getting happier. It said that happiness is in our own hands, and if a person is unhappy it is his or her own unconscious choice. It was food for thought for me.

What is food for thought? Did the seminar get me thinking? Did it give me something interesting to consider? Yes, it did.
So ' food for thought' is something that we can think about for a long time, something that provides a mental challenge.

What is food for thought for you?
Where do you usually get food for thought?

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Daniel forgot about his mother's birthday. When he came down to breakfast and didn't congratulate her, she went bananas. She threw around the dishes and broke several cups.

Did you notice a food idiom here? Yep, to go bananas. Did Daniels' mom act normally? No, she went crazy!
So 'to go bananas' means to act in a crazy manner, to become slightly crazy for a while.

Have you ever gone bananas over something your friends did?

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I was walking along the street when I saw two young men walking towards me. They were not twins, but you could easily tell that they're brothers – they are like two peas in a pod.

What did I just say about the guys I met? I used the expression 'to be like two peas in a pod'. Can you imagine a pod of peas? They're small, green and absolutely the same. So when we say that two people are like two peas in a pod, we mean that they are really similar.

Do you know any people who are like two peas in a pod?

Well, now I've told you about some more food idioms!

Bon appetit!


Sell like hot cakes – продаваться нарасхват
Couch potato – лодырь, лентяй
Eat humble pie – униженно извиняться
Food for thought – пища для размышлений
Go bananas – рехнуться, (едет крыша)
Like two peas in a pod – похожи как две капли воды