When it comes to completely mastering the English language and actually sounding like a native, nothing will get you there sooner than idioms. Idioms are basically expressions whose meaning isn’t literal. They are a great way to sound like someone who truly has a firm grasp on the language and even knows something about the culture that surrounds it. There are literally thousands of idioms relating to any aspect of modern living.
In this article we will be looking at some popular food based or food related idioms that can help students of all levels out with their English. This will be a recurring series of articles where we will cover idioms from all possible fields, from IT to social situations, from pop-culture to medicine and everything in between.
As Easy As Apple Pie
A popular idiom used to show how easy a certain task may be. It doesn’t have to do with gastronomy and can be used to show how simple anything is. For example: “Learning how to use a computer is as easy as apple pie.” or “Finishing the roofing on that house will be as easy as apple pie.”
Bread And Butter
Another food based idiom that doesn’t have anything to do with gastronomy. Bread and butter refers to the basic utilities of life. Things like paying for basic services or food. For example: “I’m concerned that with my salary as I can’t even afford my family’s bread and butter.” The phrase doesn’t refer to actually affording bread and butter, but it refers to the basic costs of living.
Bring Home The Bacon
“Bringing home the bacon” doesn’t mean you will actually be arriving at home with delicious bacon. It refers to making money for yourself or your family. For example: “I’ve gotten a raise at work and I’m really bringing home the bacon.” or “This new factory job will really help me bring home the bacon.”
Burn To A Crisp
Burning something to crisp is mostly a food related idiom. It does not mean actually cooking something until it becomes crispy. It actually refers to burning something so badly that it basically becomes inedible. “I’ve burnt my steak to a crisp because I was paying attention to the TV.” or “If you don’t turn the heat down on the stove you’ll burn your fries to a crisp.” are both good examples of how you can use this idiom.
Bought A Lemon
As you might have already guessed, buying a lemon doesn’t actually mean buying a lemon or other citrusy fruit. The “buying a lemon” idiom refers to buying something poorly made or of no value. For example “I thought I was getting a deal with that laptop and now it doesn’t work. I think I bought a lemon.” or “I bought a lemon when I took home the shirts that were on offer as not one of them actually fits me.”
Idioms can use food related terms or can be used to help describe or address something related to gastronomy. Make sure you remember that simply using an idiom with food related terms won’t make it applicable in regards to food.