English is so amazing that a word can have many different meanings. Words about food can also be seen in many idioms that we hear. For example: ‘a piece of cake’ and ‘my cup of tea’.


Let’s learn 8 more idioms about food today and see how many you know.


1. Have a beef with

To have an unsettled dispute or disagreement with someone or something


I have a beef with Peter.


2. Beef about

To complain or gripe about someone or something


He always beefs about his grumpy boss.


3. Cool as a cucumber

Extremely calm and relaxed


The exam is in less than an hour, how come you can still be as cool as a cucumber?


4. Egg someone on

To incite a person to take a course of action


I egged on my sister to grab a free lobster for me at the buffet.


5. Spill the beans

Reveal secret information unintentionally and indiscreetly


Don’t spill the beans to Peter, otherwise he will not be impressed!


6. Bigger fish to fry

A much more pressing issue to attend to


It is not worth struggling on one question. I have got bigger fish to fry.


7. Salad days

The period when one is young and inexperienced


I miss my salad days a lot, when I could hang around with my friends in uniform.


8. Sour grapes

A putting down or expression of disdain about something that one desires but cannot have


I don’t think it is such a great job, and that’s not just sour grapes because I didn’t get it.



Have you thought of any other foods that can be related to any idioms?