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Food and drink idioms, colloquialisms and other expressions

Use a dictionary or internet to find the definitions of these expressions. There is a sentence at each expression to help you to understand how to use the phrase.

a piece of cake
(inf.) =
 The interview was a piece of cake.


as red as beetroot
=
 She became very embarrassed and her face turned red as beetroot.


bananas
=
 You’re mad, crazy, completely bananas!


butterfingers
=
 I’m always dropping things. I’m such butterfingers.


as cool as cucumber
(inf.) =
 Andy never panics. He’s as cool as cucumber.


different as chalk and cheese
=
 I don't have anything in common with my brother. We're like chalk and cheese.


different kettle of fish
(inf.) =
 Of course their economic policy is a different kettle of fish altogether.



cup of tea
=
 Opera is not my cup of tea.


peanuts
(inf.) =
 We’re tired of working for peanuts.


sour grapes
=
 Such complaints are nothing more than sour grapes.


spill the beans
(inf.) =
 There is a surprise party for Heidi on Wednesday. Please don't spill the beans.


the flavour of the month
=
 Crocs shoes are suddenly the flavour of the month.


the salt of the earth
=
 Farmers were described as the best, the salt of the earth, when their products fed the army.


to pack together like sardines
=
 They packed us in like sardines. There was no room to breathe.


there’s trouble brewing
=
 There is trouble brewing in the government. The prime minister may resign.


warm as toast
=
 The baby will be warm as toast in that blanket.
Food and drink idioms, colloquialisms and other expressions – TEACHER’S NOTES

a piece of cake (inf.) = sth that is very easy
 The interview was a piece of cake.

as red as beetroot = very red in the face, especially when you are embarrassed
 She became very embarrassed and her face turned red as beetroot.

bananas = silly or crazy
 You’re mad, crazy, completely bananas!

butterfingers = sb who has tendency to drop things
 I’m always dropping things. I’m such butterfingers.

as cool as cucumber (inf.) = very calm and relaxed, especially in a difficult situation
 Andy never panics. He’s as cool as cucumber.

different as chalk and cheese = two people are completely different from each other
 I don't have anything in common with my brother. We're like chalk and cheese.

different kettle of fish (inf.) = e.g. a situation that isn’t related to the one you talk about
 Of course their economic policy is a different kettle of fish altogether.

cup of tea = sth that one excels in or enjoys
 Opera is not my cup of tea.

peanuts (inf.) = a very small amount of money
 We’re tired of working for peanuts.

sour grapes = criticism of sth that you make because you’re annoyed that you can’t have it
 Such complaints are nothing more than sour grapes.

spill the beans (inf.) = to tell sb sth, often sth that should be kept secret
 There is a surprise party for Heidi on Wednesday. Please don't spill the beans.

the flavour of the month = sb or sth that has become very popular, but may not be popular for long
 Crocs shoes are suddenly the flavour of the month.

the salt of the earth = an ordinary man who is respected because they are honest and good
 Farmers were described as the best, the salt of the earth, when their products fed the army.

to pack together like sardines = to squeeze in as many people or things as possible
 They packed us in like sardines. There was no room to breathe
may resign.

warm as toast = warm and comfortable
 The baby will be warm as toast in that blanket.
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