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Food and Drink Idioms


a bad apple                            a bad egg

a banana republic                a bite of the cherry

a bite to eat                        a bone to pick with

above the salt                     a bunch of baloney

acquire a taste                    Adam’s ale

a different kettle of fish        a fine kettle of fish

a finger in every pie             a hard nut to crack

a piece of cake                    apple of your eye

a big cheese                        a carrot and stick

a hot potato                        all the tea in China

a couch potato                    a full plate

a good egg                          a smart cookie

apples and apples.               apples and oranges

apple-pie order                    as alike as two peas

a rotten egg                        as American as apple pie

as busy as popcorn on a skillet

a coffee table book              a fig leaf

a grain of truth                    a greasy spoon

a knuckle sandwich              a liquid lunch

a meal ticket                       a nest egg

a piece of the pie                   a pretty kettle of fish

a rotten apple                         a square meal

as clear as vodka                   as cool as a cucumber

as easy as pie                     as flat as a pancake

apple polisher                         as easy as shelling peas

as nutty as fruitcake              as useful as a chocolate teapot                     as warm as toast

a second bite of the cherry   a slice of the pie

a tempest in a teapot            an old chestnut

as nice as pie                          a stud-muffin

a sweet deal                           a sweet tooth

a tough cookie                        a tough nut



a fig leaf (something that is used to hide an embarrassing fact or situation): They claim that the NGO humanitarian aid is just a fig leaf, and its real purpose is to make money.

a liquid lunch (drink alcoholic drinks instead of eating food at lunchtime): We had just a liquid lunch at John’s house, I’m starving.

a meal ticket (a source of regular income or livelihood): Gone are the days when a university degree was a meal ticket for life.

a nest egg (a sum of money saved for a future purpose): He did not even build up a nest egg for his retirement.

a piece of the pie (a share of something): Since profits are higher this year, we will get a bigger piece of the pie.

a rotten apple (a bad person who has a bad effect on others in a group): There may be a rotten apple in the company, but the others are clean and honest.

a square meal (a big or nutritious meal): I need a square meal after all that exercise.


apple polisher (someone who is nice to a person in authority in order to be liked or treated better): John is an apple-polisher.

as warm as toast (pleasantly warm): It was freezing outside, but I was as warm as toast in front of the fire.

a second bite of the cherry (a second opportunity to do something): We missed a cup, but we hope for a second bite of the cherry.

a tempest in a teacup (a lot of anger or worry about something that is not important): They are continually quarreling, but it is usually a tempest in a teacup.

an old chestnut (subject, idea, or joke that has become uninteresting through constant repetition): I can’t stand that old chestnut, I heard that a hundred times.

as nice as pie (surprisingly nice and friendly): He was as nice as pie, as if nothing had happened.

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