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« Topic Start: April 21, 2009, 11:00:39 am »

 Hello everybody I'm not sure if is there a topic about food, but I was thinking about phrases that are reated to food... can you help me posting some??
I just know a few :
-"cook the books".
-"eat my words".
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« Reply #1: April 21, 2009, 11:21:03 am »


half-baked: an idea or concept that's not fully thought-out, and often more than a little crazy

hot-dogging: showing off (I think this started with the surfing culture of the 60's but I can't be sure)

boiling mad

bread and butter: the things that are the most important to a business ("Medical supplies are their bread and butter")

meat-and-potatoes: used adjectivally, meaning usual, normal, standard ("He's a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy, no fancy stuff for him")

beet red: to describe someone's face when they're embarrassed, or when they're boiling mad :-)

a few fries short of a Happy Meal, a few sandwiches short of a picnic, etc.: synonymous with "not playing with a full deck," said of someone who's not entirely mentally sound (certainly unflattering, perhaps even perjorative, depending on the speaker and the subject)

I'm sure there are more but I'll leave them for someone else. I play well with others. (Sometimes.)
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« Reply #2: April 21, 2009, 11:59:46 am »



I'm sure there are more but I'll leave them for someone else. I play well with others. (Sometimes.)


Bun in the oven. Same expression in Norwegian for pregnancy.

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« Reply #3: April 21, 2009, 12:10:01 pm »


Reminds me of this one, because buns make me think of:

Best thing since sliced bread (really great)

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« Reply #4: April 21, 2009, 12:17:38 pm »


To butter someone up is to do nice things for them so they'll feel obliged to do the same for you when asked.

Then there's the expression "to have the whole enchilada", that is, to have it all without having to share or give up any of the nice little extras or anything.

If one is involved in a lot of different projects, one might be said to have one's hand/fingers in many pies.

Pie-in-the-sky ideas are idealistic (possibly unrealistically so).

Getting your share is getting your slice of the pie.

...I want pie now.  LOL
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« Reply #5: April 21, 2009, 03:55:47 pm »


You can't have your cake and eat it too. (you have to make a choice; either one thing or the other, but not both.)
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« Reply #6: April 21, 2009, 04:04:11 pm »


Some I heard of:

"Happy as a clam"

"Drunk as a clam"

Apparently I have seafood on my mind Roll Eyes
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« Reply #7: April 22, 2009, 12:00:10 am »

You can't have your cake and eat it too. (you have to make a choice; either one thing or the other, but not both.)


The opposite also exists: Have your cake and eat it too.

 Cheesy Mm, cake.
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« Reply #8: April 22, 2009, 07:56:45 am »


Clams got me thinking:

Shrimp(y): short, small, undersized

Fish out of water: Someone or something out of his/its element

(Fine) kettle of fish: similar to "hot water," a troublesome situation

That's a whole 'nother animal: Something entirely different in comparison

Garden-variety: average, usual (That's just a garden-variety bread knife, it's nothing special)

Fishy: suspicious

Fish-eyed: having eyes that "bug out", protrude; also, a glassy stare

All that and a bag of chips: akin to "the whole enchilada," a complete package, everything you could want

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« Reply #9: April 22, 2009, 09:23:23 am »


More fish:  Something that's "like shooting fish in a barrel" is remarkably easy.
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« Reply #10: April 22, 2009, 10:40:02 am »

More fish:  Something that's "like shooting fish in a barrel" is remarkably easy.

Is there an english equivalent to "standing like herring in a barrel"? Meaning to be extremely crowded.

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« Reply #11: April 22, 2009, 11:03:46 am »

Is there an english equivalent to "standing like herring in a barrel"? Meaning to be extremely crowded.

We sometimes talk about being "packed in like sardines", which sounds like the same idea.
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« Reply #12: April 22, 2009, 11:08:46 am »


What Star said.

Peas in a pod: Very much alike ("Those two aren't related, but they're surely peas in a pod.")

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree: The child is very like the parent. "His dad was always like that, and you know, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree."

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« Reply #13: April 22, 2009, 11:10:03 am »

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree: The child is very like the parent. "His dad was always like that, and you know, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree."

Which is an amusing statement, given that apples are actually WILDLY unlike their parent trees. Cheesy
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« Reply #14: April 22, 2009, 01:22:51 pm »

 I have another one:
 - "Rubbing salt in the wound"
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