#IOTW: Idioms related to food

  1. As busy as popcorn on a skillet. Meaning: very active.
    • Example:
      • ” The students were as busy as popcorn on a skillet when the teacher entered the classroom.”
  2. As nutty as a fruitcake. Meaning: silly, crazy.
    • Example:
      • “The man in the supermarket was as nutty as a fruitcake.”
  3. Bring home the bacon. Meaning: to earn your family`s living.
    • Example:
      • “Recently, I have been working hard to bring home the bacon.”
  4. Big cheese. Meaning: an important person, a leader.
    • Example:
      • “My uncle is a big cheese in his company, so you should be very nice to him.”
  5. Butter (someone) up or butter up (someone). Meaning: to flatter someone in order to get his or her favor or friendship.
    • Example:
      • “The man spends much time trying to butter up his boss so that he will not have to work so hard.”
  6. Couch potato. Meaning: someone who spends a lot of time on a couch watching television.
    • Example:
      • “My cousin is a couch potato and he never wants to leave his house.”
  7. Cut the mustard. Meaning: to succeed, to do adequately what needs to be done.
    • Example:
      • “My brother was not able to cut the mustard and he had to leave the army after only one year.”
  8. Life is a bowl of cherries. Meaning: only good things happen in life.
    • Example:
      • “Ever since my father retired from his job he believes that life is a bowl of cherries.
  9. Rotten apple. Meaning: a bad person.
    • Example:
      • “Sometimes there is one person who is a rotten apple in a group of people.”
  10. Top banana. the person who is the boss or the top person in a group or organization.
    • Example:
      • “The famous actor in the movie was the top banana in the story.”
  11. Icing on the cake. Meaning: something that makes a good situation or activity even better.
    • Example:
      • “I found a good job and the fact that I can work where I want is the icing on the cake.”
  12. Lay an egg. Meaning: to give a bad performance of something.
    • Example:
      • “The singer laid an egg during her concert last month.”
  13. Forbidden fruit. Meaning: something that one finds attractive partly because it is illegal or immoral or prohibited.
    • Example:
      • “Entering the old building was forbidden fruit for the kids.”
  14.  Hard nut to crack. Meaning: a difficult person or thing to deal with or get to know.
    • Example:
      • “My friend is a very serious person and is a hard nut to crack.”
  15. Pie in the sky. Meaning: an idea or plan that you think will never happen.
    • Example:
      • “My sister’s plans are usually pie in the sky and will never happen.”

Compiled and written by @fabfebby at @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, July 29, 2012.



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