Common Food Phrases and Idioms

Below you will find a list of common phrases and idioms related to food and drinks. Underneath each saying is its meaning; for additional details on an expression, simply tap it.

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A List of Common Food Phrases & Idioms

A Piece of Cake
An activity or task that is simple to do, requiring little effort.


An Apple a Day Keeps The Doctor Away
Eating fruits, vegetables or other healthy foods can help improve one’s health and thus keep the doctor away.


Bigger Fish To Fry
Having other, more important matters to deal with; having other problems that require attention.


Cut The Mustard
Meeting the required standards; something that fills expectations.


Driving Me Nuts
If someone says: “You’re driving me nuts!” it means they are very annoyed.


Easy As Pie
This phrase means something is very easy to do. (Assembling this office chair was as easy as pie.)


Eat My Dust
People use this phrase when they are confident that they will outrun or outdo another person at something.


Eat My Hat
Having confidence in a certain outcome. (I’ll eat my hat if the Bobcats lose tomorrow’s game.)


Finger Lickin’ Good
Good tasting food; delicious. (The fudge you made for dessert was finger lickin’ good.)


How Do You Like Them Apples?
This is another way of saying: “How’d you like that?”


Icing On The Cake
An addition to something that is unnecessary, but it’s nice for it to be there.


If You Can’t Stand The Heat, Get Out Of The Kitchen
If the circumstances of a situation are too much for someone to handle, they should probably leave.


In a Pickle
A common phrase people use when they are in a precarious situation; being in a tough spot.


Quit Cold Turkey
Quitting an unhealthy habit immediately; stopping something right then and there.


Spill The Beans
To reveal secret information. (Drew spilled the beans about what happened at work.)


Stick a Fork In It
Someone or something that is exhausted, finished, or broken. (My portable heater is busted. Stick a fork in it, it’s done.)


Take It With a Grain of Salt
To take something lightly; not too seriously.


The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree
This phrase refers to children who act like their parents.


Two Peas In a Pod
An idiom meaning two people are similar in how they look or in what they like to do.


What Am I, Chopped Liver
Someone who feels their opinion is being given less consideration than somebody else.


You Can’t Have Your Cake And Eat It Too
When a person wants two things, but they can’t because those two things conflict with each other.


Drink Sayings

Cry Over Spilled Milk
It’s pointless to worry about things that have already happened because these things cannot be undone.


Cup of Joe
This is a nickname for coffee. (Since you’re up early, would you like a cup of joe to start your day?)


Milk (Something) For All It’s Worth
Taking full advantage of a situation, perhaps even excessively so.


Not My Cup Of Tea
Something that is not to one’s liking. (Pineapple on pizza is not my cup of tea.)