Food Idioms List with Meanings, Examples, & PDFs

Food Idioms List

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Food Idiom Worksheets for ESL Students

PDF Worksheet A: Defining Idioms & Writing Sentences with Idioms

PDF Worksheet B: Reading Idioms in Context & Describing Meanings

Fun Food Idiom Games for the Classroom

PDF Food Idioms Crossword

PDF Food Idioms BINGO

39 Idioms and Phrases About Food

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*Updated: April 25, 2018

Idiom / PhraseMeaningExample Sentence
apple of my eyean adored personMy precious daughter is the apple of my eye.
bad egga troublesome personBart is the bad egg of the class. He is always throwing paper airplanes.
basket caseerratic or panickyShe became such a basket case when she discovered her ex was at the party.
be nuts aboutreally enjoyShe is nuts about her new boyfriend.
big cheesean important personWhere is the director? I want to talk to the big cheese.
bite off more than one can chewtake on more responsibility than what is manageableHe was multitasking and getting stressed, so I told him not to bite off more than he could chew.
bitter pillsomething unpleasant that must be acceptedAwarding the trophy to her enemy was a bitter pill to swallow.
bread and butternecessities or main pointsTell me the bread and butter of the article and explain the general idea of it.
bring home the baconearn incomeMy mother has to bring home the bacon for the family because my dad is unemployed.
butter someone upbe really nice to someoneYou had better butter me up if you want a raise in salary.
cheap as chipsvery inexpensiveThis cup of coffee was only 50 cents. Cheap as chips!
couch potatolazy personDon't be such a couch potato and do some work for once!
cream of the cropthe bestThe team has the cream of the crop of draft picks. They will probably win the cup soon.
cry over spilled milkget upset over something insignificant or about something irreversibleI know you forgot your phone, but there is no need to cry over spilt milk. You can live without it for an hour.
cup of joecup of coffeeLet's get a cup of joe at Starbucks.
cut the cheesefartWho cut the cheese? It smells awful in here.
cut the mustardmeet expectationsGeorge's work ethic didn't cut the mustard, so he got fired.
egg someone onto urge or provoke someoneThe hockey player tried to egg his opponent on by dropping his gloves.
freeze your buns offbe very coldYou will freeze your buns off in Antarctica.
full of beansenergeticThe elementary students are always full of beans.
gravy trainhigh pay for minimal workGovernment workers ride the gravy train while sitting at their desks doing nothing.
hard nut to crackdifficult to understand or persuadeThe criminal was a tough nut to crack. He never revealed any of his accomplices.
have a bun in the ovenbe pregnantMary has a bun in the oven so she can't drink alcohol.
have your cake and eat it toowant more than you needFrank is married but he also wants to date other women. He wants to have his cake and eat it too.
heard it through the grapevinehear a rumorI heard it through the grapevine that you were getting nose surgery.
hot potatoa controversial subjectTrump's last Tweet was a hot potato in the news.
in a nutshellto sum upIn a nutshell, she is sick because she drank too much last night.
make from scratchmake with original ingredientsMy wife made me a delicious omelette from scratch.
my cup of teasomething enjoyableMusicals aren't my cup of tea. I prefer regular movies.
on a silver platterreceive benefits without workingTom gets everything from his parents on a silver platter. He even got a new car for his birthday.
out to lunchcrazy or distracted or confusedThat guy is so out to lunch. He is difficult to get business done with.
piece of cakevery easyThe final exam was a piece of cake.
piss in my cornflakesto annoy out of spiteShe always pisses in my cornflakes because of what I did to her last year.
put all of the eggs in one basketrely on one thingHe dedicated all of his time to baseball. If he puts all of his eggs in one basket, he may not have an alternative career to rely on.
smart cookiean intelligent personGeorge is one smart cookie. He got 100 percent on all his tests.
spice things upmake more excitingSara spiced up her room by hanging paintings on the walls.
spill the beansreveal a secretWho spilt the beans about my brother's surprise birthday party?
take the cakeespecially good or outstandingHis slapshot definitely takes the cake. It's the best in the league!
take with a grain of saltdon't believe it is completely accurateI always take whatever I read in the news with a grain of salt.

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