20 Cooking and Food Idioms

Apples in a bundt tin

  • to acquire a taste for something – start to like something.
  • bad apple or bad egg – a bad person.
  • big cheese or big enchilada – someone who is very important.
  • a bitter pill to swallow – something that must be accepted, but is hard to accept.
  • to butter someone up – to flatter someone so you can get something.
  • to cheese off someone – to make someone annoyed or angry.
  • to chew the fat with someone – to chat with someone.
  • to cook someone’s goose – to destroy or damage someone (reputation).
  • to cook with grease or cook with gas – working very efficiently.
  • to cut the mustard – to succeed.
  • to eat crow – to admit you made a mistake.
  • to egg on someone – to encourage someone to do something stupid.
  • for peanuts – do something for very little money or reward.
  • gravy train – a job that pays more than it should.
  • hot potato – a topic that is controversial and hard to settle.
  • out to lunch – someone who is crazy and uninformed.
  • pie in the sky – a dream that probably won’t happen.
  • salt of the earth – ordinary nice people.
  • to stir the pot – intentionally raise tension and emotion.
  • sugarcoat – to make something that is unpleasant seem more pleasant.


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