Real Life English: Food Idioms

Kaplan Big Cheese English Idiom

Do you feel like your vocabulary in English is boring? Do you not know enough idioms to express yourself like you would in your native language?

Make Your English More Exciting

A broad vocabulary is a vital part of learning any language, so today let’s enrich our English vocabulary with eight fantastic expressions related to food.

You can really surprise native speakers by mastering and using these expressions and knowing them will make you the top banana of other learners.

Don’t be a couch potato! Let’s learn Real Life English!

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food idioms

Use These Expressions in Real Life

Let’s take our learning to the next level with some examples:


1.  Josh got 100% on all three chemistry exams, what an egg head!

2. Steve Jobs was the big cheese of the technological world.

3. It’s a beautiful day outside! Don’t be such a couch potato; go and play with your friends.

4. Jose got a 51% on his last English test, but he’s a tough cookie. He won’t give up.

5. Many people agree that George Clooney is the top banana of Hollywood actors, but I think Johnny Depp is much better.

6. My brother said I must be a bad apple after I went to jail for drinking and driving.

7. His criticisms of our iPhones are just sour grapes because his parents won’t buy him one.

8. Bob’s new car broke the day after he bought it. Luckily, he was protected by lemon law and exchanged it for another one.

Improve Your English Even More

Want to take your learning even further? Then remember to put these expressions in Anki to help you memorize them and start using them every day. Don’t have Anki? Learn more about this magnificent tool here.

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Want to practice? Make your own examples with these expressions and post them in the comments below. We’ll correct you if you make mistakes.

  • Patricia says:

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  • Lalito Cynara says:


  • Thanks for the article! It gave me lots of food for thought regarding idioms!

  • Bertha Feng says:

    fun expressions

  • Ethan Zinho says:

    Hahaha, "food for thought," love it!

  • Ethan Zinho says:

    Thanks for reading! Hope it was helpful (y)

  • Ethan Zinho says:

    I hope it'll make you an egg head XD

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    This page is the top banana of English learning pages! Nice work, bro!

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