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The Strangest-Sounding English Foodie Phrases

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Cool as a cucumber, the big enchilada, earn your bread and butter… English speakers certainly “have a taste for” food-related idioms! Let’s take a look at some of the strangest sounding ones, and what they mean.

Butter Someone Up

This means to flatter someone in order to get them to do what you want.

E.g. I’ll have to butter up the boss to get that promotion!

Bring Home the Bacon

To earn money to support your family.

E.g.  You can’t rely on your mother forever – soon you’ll have to get a job and start bringing home the bacon.

Couch Potato

Someone who sits on the sofa too much and doesn’t get enough exercise.

E.g.  My brother is such a couch potato. All he does is watch TV.

Easy as Pie

Very simple and easy to do.

E.g. You distract the security guard and I’ll sneak in behind him. Easy as pie!

Doesn’t Cut the Mustard

This means that something isn’t good enough.

E.g. I’m sorry, but the quality of your homework just doesn’t cut the mustard. You’ll have to try harder.

Crying Over Spilt Milk

Getting upset about something that has already happened, when it’s too late to change it.

E.g. I know you’re angry that you broke your phone, but there’s no use crying over spilt milk.

Not Someone’s Cup of Tea

A polite way of saying that you don’t like something, by suggesting that it doesn’t match your taste, not that there is something wrong with it.

E.g. It’s better if you give the ticket to someone else. Musical theatre isn’t really my cup of tea.

Cool as a Cucumber

Completely calm and in control.

E.g. I was so nervous during that Poker game, but Sandra was cool as a cucumber!

Bigger Fish to Fry

This means that you have more important things to worry about.

E.g. Forget about the argument with the traffic warden, we’re late for the meeting – we have bigger fish to fry!

Egg On Your Face

When you do something to embarrass yourself, especially when you’ve been found out or shamed in public.

E.g. Gary tried to blame me, but the boss told everyone in the meeting it was his fault. He really had egg on his face after that.

Spill the Beans

To share a secret or tell someone something that had been kept private before.

E.g. Come on, spill the beans! Is it true you’re having a baby?

Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread

The best thing that has ever been invented / the best thing or person that has ever existed.

E.g. Ever since Bobby got that motorbike, Charlie thinks he’s the greatest thing since sliced bread!

To Sugarcoat Something

To describe a piece of bad news in a way that makes it seem nicer, better, or less scary.

E.g. Don’t try to sugarcoat it. You’re breaking up with me, aren’t you?

Full of Beans

To have lots of energy or enthusiasm.

E.g. The kids are full of beans this morning – I can’t make them sit still.

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