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Learn Food Idioms

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"Jemima is a tough cookie, she doesn't give up easily." When we describe someone as a tough cookie, we are saying they are a strong person.

8 Food Idioms

Here are eight idioms which include a type of food.

1- As useful as a chocolate teapot

Meaning: Totally useless! When someone or something has no use it is about as useful as a chocolate teapot. Can you imagine trying to put boiling water into a pot made of chocolate? It would melt!
"Because it's so hot in my country, big coats are as a useful as a chocolate."

2 - The apple of someone's eye

Meaning: Usually used to describe a family member that you love very much, typically when an older family member loves a younger member.
"Thomas just became a father. His new baby daughter is the apple of his eye."

3 - As cool as a cucumber

Meaning: This expression is a simile (a figure of speech that directly compares two different things, usually by employing the words "as" or "like"). When someone is as cool as a cucumber they are very calm; they don't worry about things even in difficult/stressful situations.
"Even during the fire, Simon was as cool as a cucumber."

4 - Spill the beans

Meaning: To tell someone a secret, especially when you should not.
"I've bought Sarah a necklace for her birthday. If you see her, please don't spill the beans."

5 - Big cheese

Meaning: Simply, the big cheese is the boss or leader.
"He loves being the big cheese of his company."

6 - Couch potato

Meaning: A lazy person who likes to sit on the couch (sofa) and watch TV. They don't do enough exercise.
"I used to play a lot of sport in school, but I've become a bit of a couch potato since I started my job."

7 - As flat as a pancake

Meaning: When something is very flat we can compare it to a pancake i.e. it is as flat as a pancake.
"There are no hills or mountains where I live. The countryside is as flat as a pancake."

8 - Like two peas in a pod

Meaning: When two things, especially people, are very similar.
"James and I are like two peas in a pod. We like the same things and we are always together."

In each idiom, try to decide which food completes the sentence correctly:

  • 1. That vacuum cleaner is about as useful as a ___ teapot, it doesn't get anything clean!




  • 2. My daughter is the ___ of my eye. I can't believe how beautiful she is.




  • 3. Look at her she's not nervous about the competition at all. She's as cool as a ___.




  • 4. Go on then, spill the ___. Did you kiss James last night?




  • 5. Emily is the big ___ around here. Only talk to her if you have a really important issue that no one else can solve.




  • 6. How many hours of TV have you watched today? You're such a couch ___.




  • 7. The bread I tried to make turned out as flat as a ___.




  • 8. Hannah and Becky are like two ___in a pod. They're always together and they're so similar it's scary!