Idioms and Phrasal Verbs to talk about Eating

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Hey guys!

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

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