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It’s time for more fun with idioms!

There are a handful of English idioms that use words and terminology from the world of food; most of which have nothing to do with gastronomy or comestibles in any way. If you regularly read this blog, you have certainly come across one or more of the following sayings before. Here is what we were meaning by them.


We can start with the egg category:

To have egg on one’s face

Conspicuous embarrassment caused by one’s own indiscretion or faux pas.

To lay an egg

To fail wretchedly.

To walk on eggs

To act with extreme caution.


Eat your words

To accept publicly that you were wrong about something you said.

Hard to swallow

If something that someone says is hard to swallow, it is difficult to believe. I found her story rather hard to swallow.

Take with a grain of salt

To listen to a story or an explanation with considerable doubt. You must take anything she says with a grain of salt. She doesn’t always tell the truth.

Cream of the crop

The best of all. These three students are very bright. They are the cream of the crop in their class.

The upper crust

The highest social class or group; especially : the highest circle of the upper class

Easy as pie

Very easy

Bread and butter

  1. Means of support; livelihood.
  2. The essential sustaining element or elements; the mainstay: “As ever, politics, vulgarity and sentimentality were the bread and butter of the Academy Awards” (David Ansen).

In a nutshell

In a few words; concisely: Just give me the facts in a nutshell.

Not my cup of tea

  1. Something that one excels in or enjoys: Opera is not my cup of tea.
  2. A matter to be reckoned or dealt with: Recreational sport is relaxing. Professional sport is another cup of tea altogether.