FOOD IDIOMS - Exercises to improve vocabulary


PART 1

1. She’s the ___________ of his eye.
Candy
Apple
Dessert

Meaning – She is very special to someone.

2. He drinks like a _______________.
Fish
Horse
Shark
Meaning - He drinks a lot of alcohol.

3. There’s no use crying over spilt _____________.
Wine
Tea
Milk

Meaning – If something bad happens, there’s nothing you can do to change it. There's no point in dwelling on it.

4. I wouldn’t do it for all the _____________ in China.
Tea
Silk
Rice

Meaning – You won’t do something no matter what.

5. That kid’s a bad ____________.
Fruit
Egg
Mushroom

Meaning – That person is bad and cannot be trusted.

6. They’re like 2 _____________ in a pod.
Pies
Beans
Peas

Meaning – Two people are so similar they are identical.

7. It’s the best thing since _________________.
Chocolate cake
Sliced bread
Frozen food

Meaning - Something is excellent.

8. They’re like chalk and _____________.
Salt
Butter
Cheese

Meaning - Two people are completely different to each other and have nothing in common.

9. She has a ____________ in the oven.
Loaf
Pie
Bun

Meaning - She is expecting a baby.

10. I bring home the ___________ in our house.
Bacon
Beef
Pork

Meaning - I earn the money in this household.

11. That company has been ____________ the books for years.
Cremating
Cooking
Simmering

Meaning - The company has not been honest about their real income.

12. He’s a couch ____________.
Crepe
Burger
Potato

Meaning - He is a lazy slob and doesn’t do much.

13. He was no match for her; she ate him _____________.
Raw
Alive
With bread

Meaning – She defeated or overwhelmed him completely.

14. That gave us food for _____________.
Happiness
Appetite
Thought

Meaning -It made us think about things carefully.

15. That child is full of _____________.
Beans
Peas
Onions

Meaning - The child is full of energy.

16. He was left with ______________ on his face.
Soup
Spaghetti
Egg

Meaning – He was embarrassed or humiliated.

17. They have their finger in more than 1 ____________.
Pie
Casserole
Lasagne

Meaning - They have an interest in or are involved in more than one thing.

18. You should take whatever he says with a grain of ___________.
Chilli
Salt
Herbs

Meaning - Don’t believe everything he says.

19. People treat that organisation like a ____________train.
Gravy
Chocolate
Condiment

Meaning - People take advantage of something and gain money/benefits from it without making an effort.

20. It’s a piece of ____________.
Bread
Fruit
Cake

Meaning – Something is very easy.

ANSWERS
1 apple, 2 fish, 3 milk, 4 tea, 5 egg, 6 peas, 7 sliced bread, 8 cheese,  9 bun, 10 bacon, 11 cooking, 12 potato, 13 alive, 14 thought, 15 beans, 16 egg, 17 pie, 18 salt, 19 gravy train, 20 cake.

PART 2 - Read the sentences below and fill out with the best expression for that situation.

1. I love my new i-phone. It really is ___________.

2.  I can’t tell the sisters apart. They look the same, speak the same, think the same ________.

3. I wouldn’t want to have an argument with your mom, she’d __________.

4. I really don’t know why they are together, they’ve nothing in common. They’re ________.

5. Don’t worry about that test, I did it before and I found it really easy. It’s a __________.

6. Has Marie put on weight? Oh, haven’t you heard the news? She has a ___________.

7. David I asked you to take out the rubbish while I was gone and you just sat there instead. You such a ____________.

8. Your little brother keeps running and jumping around. He’s ____________.

9. He’s well known for stretching the truth. I’d take everything he says with a __________.

10. I try not to favor any of my grandchildren, but our youngest is so much fun. He’s the ________.

11. Most of the kids in the class are nice and they’ll do what you ask, but there’s always 1 ______ that disrupts everything.

12. You sent the wrong email to your boss? Oh well, what’s done is done. There’s no point _________.

13. That business was recently audited and fined by Revenue. It turns out they have been _______ for years.

14. That’s an interesting perspective, I hadn’t thought of it like that before. You’ve given me ___________.

15. It makes me sick to see those bankers earning huge unjustifiable sums of money for doing nothing. They’ve been riding the __________ for years.

16. The wedding crowd has been drinking beer all day. They drink ____________.

17. He owns the bakery, the local supermarket, 3 apartments and a pub. Wow! He has his _________.

18. He invited her to a meal at a restaurant but didn’t show up. Oh no! So she was left there with ___________.

19. The parents don’t work because of their disability, but the daughter works a 60 hour week. She’s the one who brings ____________.

20. I hated working there. The money was awful and so was the boss. I wouldn’t go back for _____________.

ANSWERS

1. the best thing since sliced bread.
2. They’re like 2 peas in a pod.
3. eat me alive.
4. like chalk and cheese.
5. piece of cake.
6. bun in the oven.
7. couch potato.
8. full of beans.
9. grain of salt.
10. apple of my eye.
11. bad egg.
12. crying over spilt milk.
13. cooking the books.
14. food for thought.
15. gravy train.
16. like fish.
17. finger in more than 1 pie.
18. egg on her face.
19. home the bacon.
20. all the tea in China.

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