Everybody knows the importance of learning some phrasal verbs, idioms and colloquial expressions, especially when you live in a foreign country. We always learn a lot of them by communicating with native speakers or watching movies and series. In this post, you learn some phrasal verbs, idioms and expressions to communicate in a more natural way when speaking English in a foreign country.
* grab / have a bite (to eat) – get a small meal.
You’ll feel better once you’ve had a bite to eat.
* be full up – have had enough to eat.
The cake was deliciou, but I’m completely full up, thanks.
* pick at sth – eat only small amounts of food because you’re not hungry.
Judy just picked at her food, I guess she’s not so hungry.
* make your mouth water – when the food looks or smells so good that you want to eat it immediately.
The smell of that bacon cooking is making my mouth water.
* leftovers – food remaining from a meal after you have eaten.
We still have some leftovers from yesterday’s dinner.
* eat like a horse – eat a lot.
He eats like a horse.
* eat like a bird – don’t eat much.
She eats like a bird.
* the best thing since sliced bread – sth you think it’s excellent.
This dish is the best thing since sliced bread!
* have someone’s eating out of one’s hand – make sb like you so much that they agree to everything you say.
She thinks the world of him; He’ll have her eating out of his hand.
* have an egg on one’s face – be embarrassed because sth you tried to do went wrong.
If this plan fails, I’ll have an egg on my face.
* out of the frying pan, into the fire – when sb was in a bad situation and is now in an even worse situation.
My last job was hard enoug, but this one is awful – it’s out of the frying pan, into the fire!
* a couch potato – a person who spends too much time watching TV.
That boy is a real couch potato!
* bite off more than you can chew – try to do too much or do sth that is difficult.
He’ll never cope in that job. He’s bitten off more than he can chew.
* butter wouldn’t melt in sb’s mouth – when sb looks innocent and kind, but really they are not.
She tells lies and then acts as if butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth.
* have a finger in every pie – be involved and influential in a lot of different activities.
He’s one of the businessmen who’s got a finger in every pie.
* cry over spilt milk – waste time worrying about sth that has already happened and cannot be changed.
I shouldn’t have left her, but it’s no use crying over spilt milk.
* full of beans – having a lot of energy.
He’s 65 but he’s full of beans.
I hope you learned some new phrasal verbs and idioms today, see you next time!
Source: Idioms and Phrasal Verbs – Advanced / Ruth Gairns and Stuart Redman – Oxford