With Thanksgiving approaching, let’s get in the mood for a feast with a few food idioms. Use these today to season your speaking, and your English will sound delicious!
Feast or famine – a situation on which everything is either very good or very bad
Last week I got four evenings of babysitting work, and this week I can’t get any. This job is really feast or famine.
To feast one’s eyes on something – to enjoy looking at something
We drove to mountains last weekend and feasted our eyes on the beautiful scenery.
To have a lot on one’s plate – to have many tasks to complete
Beth is teaching five classes this term and leading the conversation partners program. She has a lot on her plate.
To pig out – to eat a lot
Everyone brought a delicious dish to share for International Lunch, so I really pigged out. Now I need to take a nap!
To bite off more than one can chew – to take on more responsibilities than one can manage
Do you think you are biting off more than you can chew by taking classes and working full-time?
To bring home the bacon – to make money to support one’s family
With a house payment, a car payment, and a child to feed, I work hard to bring home the bacon.
To make one’s mouth water – to make one hungry
I can smell the delicious chili that Adia is cooking for the welcome lunch, and it makes my mouth water.
There’s no such thing as a free lunch – You can’t get something without working for it
The student wanted to keep his visa without attending class, but Duane explained that there’s no such thing as a free lunch.
(photo credits: smallgods, mailloux, Anders Adermark)