English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Food & Drink
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
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
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
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
|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
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
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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