Food Idioms
My father always wines and dines his new clients.

Food Idioms

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Idioms can be a lot of fun and they are used quite frequently in the English language. Because of their frequent use, this quiz will deal with a few of the idioms that are related to food. As a quick review, an idiom is a word or set of words that are used to express a figurative meaning rather than a literal meaning.

For example, if you were to say, “He was given the boot,” it would not mean that he was “literally” given a boot to wear but, rather, that he was fired or kicked out of a place.

Idioms are found in many areas of language, including clothing, places, occupations and foods. This quiz will deal with idioms that relate to food. So check out the following idioms and see if you can find the true meaning of the underlined idioms.

1.
His explanation to his parents for getting home so late just cooked his goose for using the car this weekend.
damaged his chances
explained his reasoning
earned him a punishment
seemed ridiculous
When someone “cooks their goose” it refers to ruining or damaging their chances. Answer (a) is correct
2.
Mable had to be careful not to spill the beans to her siblings.
eat more than her share
reveal a secret
give more food
reveal the truth
To “spill the beans” means to reveal a secret. Answer (b) is correct
3.
Allison did not go to the movie with her friends because the picture wasn’t her cup of tea.
what she believed in
allowed by her parents
something she enjoyed
a concern of hers
When something isn’t someone’s “cup of tea” it means that it isn’t something that they would enjoy. Answer (c) is correct
4.
That meal should stick to his ribs for a while!
make him feel hungry
last
cause him indigestion
remain in his stomach
When using the idiom “stick to your ribs” it means that it will last for a while. Answer (b) is correct
5.
Jackson is the bad apple in the family.
sickly one
troublemaker
youngest one
loner
To be the “bad apple” refers to being the troublemaker. Answer (b) is correct
6.
Sandra better understand which side her bread is buttered before she makes a decision.
future leads to
friends are on
food is provided
loyalties lie
To know one’s “bread is buttered” means to know where your loyalties lie and/or who truly supports you. Answer (d) is correct
7.
After the comment Stanley made at the school’s assembly, he’ll be eating crow for weeks.
admitting to a mistake
apologizing
eating more food at lunch
highly embarrassed
To “eat crow” means to admit that you made a mistake. Answer (a) is correct
8.
My father always wines and dines his new clients.
gets them extremely drunk
carefully persuades
treats with respect
treats someone to an expensive dinner and entertainment
To “wine and dine” someone means to treat them to an expensive meal and entertainment. Answer (d) is correct
9.
Getting an “A” on his English test was just icing on the cake to getting a scholarship!
sweet
a discouragement
a better advantage
an assurance
“Icing on the cake” is a way to say that a situation was made even better so, in this case, his chances to getting a scholarship just got a better advantage. Answer (c) is correct
10.
She is the apple of her father’s eye.
brightest one
reddest one
sweetest one
favorite one
To be the “apple” of someone’s eye means to be their favorite. Answer (d) is correct
Author:  Christine G. Broome

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