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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Food & Drink

(idioms, page 1 :  acquired taste  → slice of the cake )

 acquired taste Something that you dislike when you first taste it, but begin to like after trying it several times, is an acquired taste.
Tony has always loved olives, but for me it was an acquired taste.
apple of your eye A person, usually a child, who is the apple of your eye is one for whom you have great affection.
My grandson is the apple of my eye.
apple-pie order If something is in apple-pie order, it is well organised or in perfect order.
They made sure the house was in apple-pie order before their parents arrived back home. 
go bananas If someone becomes very emotional and starts behaving in a crazy way, they go bananas.
If you announce that you are going to drop out of school, your parents will go bananas!
full of beans A person who is full of beans is lively, healthy and active.
He may be getting old but he's still full of beans. 
spill the beans If you spill the beans, you reveal a secret or talk about something private.
Come on!  Spill the beans!  What did he say?
brown as a berry To say that someone is as brown as a berry means that they are very tanned.
Judy came back from her holiday as brown as a berry.
that takes the biscuit! This expression refers to something very annoying or irritating.
After waiting for an hour, we were told there no seats left.  That took the biscuit!
know which side your bread is buttered If you know which side your bread is buttered, you know where your interests lie or what will be to your advantage.
Jack never argues with his father-in-law.  He knows which side his bread is buttered.
take the bread out of
somebody's mouth
If you take the bread out of somebody's mouth, you take away their means of earning a living.
The decision to ban street vendors took the bread out of the mouths of many people.
butter somebody up When you butter someone up, you flatter them or you are very nice to them, especially if you want to obtain something.
He was so keen to get the job that he spent his time buttering up the boss.
butter wouldn't melt in your mouth If you say that someone looks as if butter wouldn't melt in their mouth, you mean that they look completely innocent, but that they are capable of doing unpleasant things.
The boy who stole the purse looked as if butter wouldn't melt in his mouth.
piece of cake To refer to something as a piece of cake means that you consider it to be very easy.
The English test was a piece of cake!
slice/share of the cake(or pie) When people feel entitled to a share of the profits or benefits, they want a (larger) slice of the cake.
Since profits are higher this year, the workers feel they deserve a bigger slice of the cake.
   
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