11 Idioms Using Vegetables
Hi English learners. Welcome to a new lesson. We are going to look at 11 idioms using vegetables.
Here is the list:
- As thick as pea soup
- Carrot and stick
- Cool as a cucumber
- Couch potato
- Full of beans
- Hot potato
- In a pickle
- Like two peas in a pod
- Hold out/offer an olive branch
- Spill the beans
- Small potatoes
As thick as pea soup
Meaning: an American idiom, that refers to something very thick or heavy. It is often used to describe fog.
- It’s warm today but the humidity is as thick as pea soup.
- No wonder the flight was cancelled. The fog is as thick as pea soup.
Meaning: the idiom refers to a method of persuasion when you offer someone both treat and punishment in order to make them do something.
- The manager applied a carrot-and-stick approach to the problem. He offered the employees a reward and told them they’d be punished if they didn’t improve their communication with the customers.
- A carrot-and-stick method is usually very effective with children.
(As) cool as a cucumber
Meaning: when someone is calm in a stressful situation.
- While people were in panic after the earthquake, Garreth was as cool as a cucumber.
- When in an emergency, everyone must keep as cool as a cucumber.
Meaning: the idiom refers to a person who watches a lot of TV, eats too much junk food and drinks alcohol.
- After he got unemployed, Martin turned into a couch potato.
- Moira is such a couch potato at weekends.
Full of beans
Meaning: refers to a person who is energetic and lively.
- Although in his 60s, James was usually full of beans in the morning.
- I feel so full of beans when I do yoga.
Meaning: a situation or an issue no one wants to talk about because of too many arguments or disagreements.
- The issue of abortion is a hot potato in the country. No one wants to talk about it.
- The government should find a way to deal with that hot potato.
In a pickle
Meaning: to be in a difficult situation.
- We are in a pickle. We spent all the money and we won’t get paid for another two weeks.
- I don’t like going downtown. I’m always in a pickle because I can’t find a place to park.
Like two peas in a pod
Meaning: used to say for people or things that are similar.
- The twins were sitting at the bench like two peas in a pod.
- Susie’s never met Sara’s sister before but she recognized her because they were like two peas in a pod.
Hold out/offer an olive branch
Meaning: use the expression to say that you want to end a disagreement with someone.
- The management of the company was holding an olive branch to the strikers.
- The last time we had an argument my wife offered an olive branch first.
Spill the beans
Meaning: to tell a secret.
- We made a surprise party for Brenda but someone must have spilt the beans because she found out.
- Louis can’t keep a secret. He always spills the beans.
Meaning; a small, insignificant amount, especially when comparing things.
- Although our house is quite big, it is small potatoes compared to her house.
- My business is a small potatoes compared to some other businesses.
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