Can You Identify These Food Idioms?

Becky Stigall

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About This Quiz

Pudding, eggs, peanuts, mustard, bread, etc. All of these are part of expressions we use every day to convey meaning. Can you identify these 35 idioms?

All your ____ in one basket.

Putting all your eggs in one basket is typically not a good thing. It means that you're risking everything at once.

Alike as two ____ in a pod.

The phrase "alike as two peas in a pod" typically refers to people who are very similar in thought or actions, but who are not actually twins.

The _____ of my eye.

The apple of one's eye is someone who is held dear, someone special.

As cool as a ________.

Someone who is as cool as a cucumber is absolutely unflappable.

Back to the ____ mines.

As working in the salt mines is likely not an ideal job, someone who says this might be indicating that they have to go to an undesirable or unfulfilling job.

Like a hot knife through ______.

"Like a hot knife through butter" is a phrase used to indicate that something is very easy. Piece of cake.

He's a bad _______.

Someone who is a bad apple is an individual who inspires others to be bad. One bad apple certainly can spoil the whole bunch.

Good/bad _____.

We often refer to people as good or bad eggs. This is simply a reference to whether the individual is trustworthy or not.

Best thing since sliced _____.

Sliced bread was a pretty cool invention. Something referred to as such is likely a good thing.

Bring home the _____.

The person who brings home the bacon is the breadwinner. Hmmm.... breadwinner is another idiom.

I bet ______ wouldn't melt in her mouth.

If butter won't melt in your mouth, you must be cool as a cucumber. Or at least you're innocent of what you've been accused of.

The ____ is not worth the candle.

That must be a pretty sad cake!

Crack a ____ with a sledgehammer.

A little finesse, please!

Cut the _______.

To cut the mustard is to be capable... or not. Did you cut the mustard?

Different kettle of ____.

A different kettle of fish is like a horse of a different color. So many idioms!

About as useful as a _________ teapot.

We have to admit, a chocolate teapot is not very useful, which is the gist of this statement.

Don't cry over spilled _______.

Don't cry over spilled milk is an expression used to indicate that we shouldn't waste time on things we can't do anything about.

Dropped like a hot ______.

If you drop something like a hot potato, you get rid of it fast before you get burned. Some people use cake instead of potato.

Easy as _____.

Something that is easy as pie is a piece of cake. Personally, we aren't sure that pie or cake are easy.

You have _____ on your face.

If you have egg on your face, you are likely embarrassed. That would be embarrassing.

Fall off the ______ truck.

"Just fell off the turnip truck" is an expression used to indicate that someone, the person who fell off the truck, is gullible.

Flat as a _______.

Pancakes are pretty flat. And delicious.

Go fry ______.

"Go fry an egg" means get lost. We might also say go pound salt.

Half a ____ is better than none.

Seriously, half of just about anything is better than nothing, right?

How do you like them ______?

"How do you like them apples?" is an expression used to indicate surprise or bragging. It's always "them apples" - never "those apples."

If life gives you ______, make lemonade.

"If life gives you lemons, make lemonade" is an expression used to indicate that it's a good idea to make the best out of a bad situation.

On the _____ train.

The gravy train is easy money. (Unless you're a dog, then it's a brand of food.)

In a ______.

If you're in a pickle, you're probably in a sticky situation.

In the ____.

Being in the soup is a bit like going from the frying pan into the fire. It's not a good thing.

Know which side your _____ is buttered on.

If you know which side your bread is buttered on, you know what's good for you. Bread and butter is always delicious, right?

Life is just a bowl of ________.

"Life is just a bowl of cherries" means that life is good. Although this can be used sarcastically, to mean the opposite.

Like watching _______ getting made.

There's just some stuff we'd prefer not to see. If you've used the phrase "like watching sausage getting made," you probably feel the same.

The ______ and potatoes of it.

The meat and potatoes of something is all about the nitty-gritty.

I don't give a _______.

If you don't give a fig, you just don't care. It's quite polite, compared to other phrases you could say.

The proof of the _______ is in the eating.

"The proof of the pudding is in the eating" means that something must be judged only on the end result. It's also sometimes phrased as "the proof is in the pudding."

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