I wanted to get a cup of joe after work today, but I’m a bit tired of the usual MegaBucks coffee shop, so I went to a new café I saw the other day. It recently opened near the station, so getting there was a piece of cake. The clerk seemed to be a bit out to lunch when he took my order, and in the end, I got a nice cup of espresso for peanuts! It was a nice treat for working hard in order to bring home the bacon!
For today’s free English Lesson, we are going to look at ten idioms that use food related words. Have a look at the paragraph above once more and then check the lesson.
A cup of joe
- How to use it: You can buy, drink, make, etc. a cup of joe.
- Explanation: Joe is a slang word for coffee and so a cup of joe means a cup of coffee.
- Example: I like to start my day with a cup of joe.
A piece of cake
- How to use it: [something] is a piece of cake
- Explanation: Something that is a piece of cake is easy to do.
- Example: Using computers is a piece of cake for me.
Bring home the bacon
- How to use it: [someone] brings home the bacon
- Explanation: When you bring home the bacon, you support your family.
- Example: Jack brings home the bacon.
Get something for peanuts
- How to use it: [someone] gets [something] for peanuts
- Explanation: When you get something for peanuts, you buy it for a low price.
- Example: I got this new computer for peanuts!
Meat and potatoes
- How to use it: [something] is the meat and potatoes of a situation
- Explanation: The meat and potatoes of something is the main and important part of it.
- Example: It took half an hour for the CEO to get to the meat and potatoes of his speech.
Not my cup of tea
- How to use it: [something] is not [a person's] cup of tea
- Explanation: Something that is not your cup of tea is something you do not like.
- Example: Playing sports is really not my cup of tea. I prefer listening to music.
Out to lunch
- How to use it: [someone] is out to lunch
- Explanation: Someone who is out to lunch is a bit crazy or strange.
- Example: The new manager is a bit out to lunch. I don’t think he will be working here much longer
- How to use it: [someone] is a smart cookie
- Explanation: Someone who is a smart cookie is very intelligent.
- Example: The new manager is a smart cookie. She knows the computer system very well.
- How to use it: [someone] has or gets the munchies
- Explanation: When you have the munchies, you are hungry.
- Example: I get the munchies after a night of drinking.
- How to use it: [someone] vegges out
- Explanation: When you veg out you relax doing nothing in particular.
- Example: I like to spend some time at night just vegging out to relax.
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