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20个与食物有关的谚语 20 Delicious English Expressions That Feature Favorite Foods

  发表于 Apr 10, 2022 03:45:27 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
(It is) easy as pie

This English expression has nothing to do with the crispy, crumbly, mouth-watering delicacy that is pie. Well, it is true that pie is super easy to bake. It is also easy to eat an entire pie in one sitting.

In fact, when something is said to be as easy as pie, that means that it is very simple to do, so simple that anyone could do it.

(To) go bananas

Though I can't be sure, this idiom may be related to monkeys because monkeys do love bananas.

When someone says “that man has gone bananas,” it means that they've become hyper, wild or crazy. So, it might be helpful to think about a monkey jumping through the trees, seeking bananas.

(You are) the apple of my eye

Hey, romantic English learners, watch out. When you tell your lover that they are the apple of your eye, you mean to say that they are the one who you admire, love and want. So, this apple isn't meant to be tossed around lightly. You've been warned.

(To be) full of beans

Like the last expression, to be full of beans means to be hyper or have a lot of energy. English speakers generally use this phrase to refer to children who can't seem to sit still, and it can be interchangeable with the expression “you've got ants in your pants!”

(To) spill the beans

Same beans, different meaning. If someone claims “you've spilled the beans!” it means that you have accidentally said something you shouldn't have. For example, you may have accidentally told someone too much information about a surprise party. You may have told someone the truth after they've been lied to, or you may have told someone's secret. Be careful with who you are talking to!

(To) butter somebody up

Hmm…butter. Just the thought of it makes me want to boil corn on the cob or make some popcorn in the microwave.

But I have to focus! When you butter someone up, you are praising or flattering them. Maybe they deserve it, maybe they don't, but you're doing this because you want something from them. You might want a promotion or a raise at work, a better grade in school or a little bit of that warm, buttery popcorn they just brought from the microwave.

Have your cake and eat it too

If there's anything that can rival butter in terms of deliciousness, it's cake. Just imagine having a beautiful cake in front of you right now. You want to eat it all immediately—but you'll be sad when it's all gone and eaten. You want to have your cake and eat it too. You want do to both—but you just can't.

This phrase is used when you want to have the best possible outcome for a situation even though that outcome is not possible.

That's the way the cookie crumbles

Where there's cake, there better be cookies. This expression though doesn't have anything to do with cookies. It's just a way of saying “that is the way things happen” and acknowledging that sometimes things turn out in a way that we can't control.

(To be) the cream of the crop

To be the cream of the crop means to be the best of the best. It essentially refers to people or things that are of high excellence.

This phrase mentions cream because the cream is the yummiest part of fresh milk—it's the best.

(To) eat you out of house and home

Having a lot of food is a great thing when you get to eat it all, but when others take over and eat your food it's not as fun.

To have someone eat you out of house and home means to that this person has eaten all your food and left you with scraps (or nothing). They have eaten so much of your food that you ran out of money and have no home left.

(To) have all your eggs in one basket

When someone puts all their eggs in one basket, it means that they have put too much faith in one thing. In fact, they've put so much faith into something that when it fails, they will be left with nothing.

(To) buy a lemon

There are those lemons you can buy at the grocery store, and then there's one other kind of lemon you can buy. This second kind of lemon is actually a car.

If you went to the car dealership and bought a lemon, then you bought a car that doesn't function well or needs a lot of additional repairs. That's really too bad for you—when someone buys a lemon, they often have to buy a new car.

There's no use crying over spilled milk

This expression is normally used when someone is sulking (feeling sad) or complaining about a past mistake or circumstance. This phrase means to say that one shouldn't complain about things that have already happened or that can't be changed.

(To) go nuts

Along the same lines of being full of beans or going bananas, when someone goes nuts they are hyper or have a lot of energy. It can also mean to become insane.

(To be) paid peanuts

When someone is paid peanuts, it means that they work for a low wage. Essentially, the work they do is worth a lot more than what is being paid.

Two peas in a pod

If you've found the apple of your eye, chances are good that you might be two peas in a pod. This phrase refers to two people who work well together or get along really well.

The pod is the small pouch that protects peas while they grow. Now you can imagine two little peas nice and cozy inside their pod.

(To be) in a pickle

Though this expression is an odd thing to think about (how does one get into a pickle?), it actually means “to be in a difficult situation.” I guess it would be a very difficult situation if you were stuck inside a tiny pickle, so it almost makes sense.

(To) take something with a grain of salt

If someone makes a promise they can't keep, you might be told to take it with a grain of salt. For example, someone might tell you: “Be careful, airplanes are dangerous. But that's just my opinion so take it with a grain of salt.” This expression advises someone to be skeptical of some promise or statement or to not take things literally or harshly.

(To) drop like a sack of potatoes

When I fall down a flight of stairs, my mom loves to say that I fell like a sack of potatoes. It means that someone or something has fallen quickly and hit the ground hard. A sack of potatoes is so heavy that it falls fast and makes a really loud sound. For the record, I'm not injured. Thanks for asking, Mom…

The proof is in the pudding

And so this list ends full circle (finishes at the beginning): First we had butter, next was cake, and now we end with something just as yummy: pudding.

This phrase means that something is successful and useful because it has been tried before. It essentially says that something is deemed good quality because it has a record for being good and reliable. “He won the last ten races so he'll definitely win this race! The proof is in the pudding!“

But why pudding? The original British English phrase is “the proof of the pudding is in the eating,” meaning that you don't know how delicious the pudding is until you have tasted it. You test the pudding's quality by eating it.

However, American English speaks only say, “the proof is in the pudding.”

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