Idioms based on food and cooking. Select an idiom for more details. Also try Food Idioms Quiz.
You have egg on your face if you've said or done something wrong, and it's made you feel embarrassed or stupid.
Your bread and butter is your livelihood or the source of your income.
You can say someone's a couch potato if they're very lazy and they spend a lot of time sitting around watching TV and eating junk food.
You can say something or someone is a flash in the pan if they're popular or effective for a short time only.
If you give someone a knuckle sandwich, you punch them.
If you say that something is a piece of cake, you mean that it is extremely easy.
Something is a recipe for disaster if it's going to cause trouble or serious problems.
If you chew the fat, or chew the rag, you have a long, friendly chat with someone.
If someone drinks like a fish, they drink a lot of alcohol.
If something's as easy as pie, or easy as abc, it's very easy.
If you eat humble pie, you admit that you are in the wrong and behave apologetically.
If you eat your words, you admit that something you said was wrong.
If something goes down a treat, it's a great success and everyone enjoys it.
If you grease someone's palm, you pay them a bribe.
If something is half-baked, it hasn't been properly thought out or planned.
Something that someone has said is hard to swallow if it's difficult to believe.
You can say "in a nutshell" if you're about to describe something as briefly as possible, or you're going to sum something up.
Food that is bad for us because it contains large amounts of harmful substances like artificial colouring, preservatives, salt, refined sugar, and so on.
If you kill the goose that lays the golden egg, you destroy something that has made you a lot of money.
If something is not your cup of tea, it's not what you like or what you're interested in.
If a plan or a project is on the back burner, it isn't being worked on at present, but it might be completed in the future.
If you put all your eggs in the one basket, you put all your efforts or resources into one person, one thing or one plan, and if things don't work out, you lose everything.
If you take what someone says with a grain of salt, or with a pinch of salt, you have doubts about the truth or accuracy of what they say.
If you talk turkey, you discuss something seriously, usually to do with business or money.
If something or someone is in the cream of the crop, they are among the best of a class of things or people.
If something is the icing on the cake, or the frosting on the cake, it makes a good situation or a good result even better.
If you are one of the upper crust, you are a member of society's highest class.
If you upset the applecart, you do something that causes trouble or upsets someone's plans.
If something whets your appetite, it makes you want something, or it stimulates your desire for something.
You can say "you are what you eat" when you want to point out the connection between food and health.