A selection of the most "tasty," interesting, and common idioms about food is offered to your attention in this article. Perhaps, British cuisine is not a favorite for gourmets and does not stand out with variety, however, any resident of the United Kingdom can boast of the number of set expressions associated with food in English speech.
London is the capital of not only world fashion, but also lovers of delicious food. Paradoxically, but true. A gourmet nation cannot do without a huge amount of food mentions in their speech.
In English, there are 45 synonyms for the word "food", that sounds impressive! We will save you from reading long lists of new words, but with some of the most frequently used variants we will acquaint you:
Board – meal on a plate, associated with a set-out table or plates on it; Also, it can designate the provided food to the paid hotel number, for example;
Chow – foodstuff (slang word);
Cuisine – food cooked in accordance with cultural traditions; Culinary arts;
Dish – cooked food in a separate cookware, as well as cooking utensils;
Eats – food, forage, nutrition, easy to cook food (slang word);
Groceries – provisions or food bought in the store;
Meal – food intake, food;
Mess – a group of people who eat at a common table (on a ship, in the army), or simply meals at a common table;
Nutriment – food that satisfies the need for nutrition;
Refreshment – snack or a small portion of food designed to maintain strength until the next meal;
Take-out – the food received from the restaurant to be eaten elsewhere; Takeaway food;
Victual – edible supplies, provisions, food.
If you have heard a cherished word "eat" among the incomprehensible words, do not rush to grab the knife and fork. English idioms with the word "eat" do not always have much in common with the food itself. What is hidden behind such a pleasant to our ear word "eat"?
Eat away at (something) – to corrode, grind off, gnaw round, destroy;
Eat crow – to admit your mistake or defeat;
Eat dirt – to endure humiliations, insults, feel in a humiliating role;
Eat like a bird – eat a little, eat very small portions;
Eat like a horse – eat large portions, over-eat;
Eat one's cake and have it too - pursue two mutually exclusive goals, try to combine the incompatible or simply straddle two worlds;
Eat one's words – take your words back;
Eating someone – to worry, care about something very much.
In addition to the verb "eat," there is a great variety of names for all kinds of products, dishes, and delicacies. The English, without thinking twice, decided to fill in their speech with frequent references to tasty food in their vocabulary.
In apple-pie order - in perfect order;
Be as nice as pie - to be extremely pleasant and charming, that you can even mislead someone;
Eat humble pie - take your words back, because you were wrong;
Have your fingers in every pie - be involved in many different things at once;
A piece of cake - extremely simple;
Sell like hot cakes - sell quickly and in huge quantity;
Beef about something - to complain about something;
Be your bread and butter – be the main source of income;
Be like chalk and cheese - to be cardinally different;
1) predictable and without any imagination;
2) stupid and ridiculous.
Bring home the bacon - make money for the most necessary things, like food, for example;
It smells fishy - something suspicious, dubious, and shady;
(Have a) bun in the oven - be pregnant;
Big cheese – a very important person (VIP);
Butter someone up - to be a very good person (usually for selfish reasons);
Cream of the crop - the best, "cream" in the meaning of something of the best class/level;
Hard nut to crack - most often, it is a person who is hard to understand, to see through;
Out to lunch - crazy or sad;
Souped up - make it cooler and more stylish;
Spice things up - make something more interesting, exciting;
Take something with a pinch (grain) of salt - do not take something for granted, do not take it at face value;
Use your noodle - use your mind;
What's cooking? – "What happened?”;
In the soup - getting into a serious mess, the problem.
If you have not yet discovered the talent of an outstanding culinary expert and have not opened your own show, where you teach the whole country to cook lasagna, do not despair! Perhaps, in the number of learned phrases with a mention of something edible and tasty, you will give the best chefs on the planet a start.