Food Idioms

source: Oxford Online English     2015年2月24日
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Idioms and phrases connected with food are very common in English. In this lesson, you can learn five useful idiomatic expressions connected with food. We'll give you examples and explanations to help you understand the meaning of these English idioms. You can also see how to use the food idioms in a sentence.

The five food idioms you can learn about in this lesson are:
1) To butter someone up—this means to say nice things to someone, because you want something from them.
2) To take something with a pinch of salt—this means to doubt something. We use it to talk about things which probably aren't true.
3) A piece of cake—used to talk about something which is extremely easy to do.
4) To go pear-shaped—this means a situation goes very badly wrong. We often use it to talk about plans which do not work out.
5) Not my cup of tea—a useful phrase which you can use to talk about things you are not interested in, or which you dislike.

All of these English food idioms are commonly used in spoken English, and by using idiomatic phrases like these you can make your conversational English sound more natural.

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