283 – Five Idioms Based on Food Words

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For today’s English Lesson, let’s have a look at five idioms that use food-related words. The idioms are bring home the bacon, get something for peanuts, not my cup of tea, out to lunch, & a smart cookie.

Here are the example sentences. To get the details of this English lesson, you need to listen to the podcast or the check the transcript for the details:

What does bring home the bacon mean?

  • Jack brings home the bacon.
  • In Tom’s family, he stays home taking care of the kids, and his wife brings home the bacon.

What does get something for peanuts mean?

  • I got this new computer for peanuts!
  • At the flea market in Brooklyn, you can get a lot of stuff for peanuts.

What does not my cup of tea mean?

  • Playing sports is really not my cup of tea. I prefer listening to music.
  • Jenny said that going to clubs is not her cup of tea. She likes to watch plays and musicals.

What does out to lunch mean?

  • The new manager is a bit out to lunch. I don’t think he will be working here much longer.
  • I think the guy we saw on the subway was a bit out to lunch.

What does smart cookie mean?

  • The new manager is a smart cookie. She learned the computer system right away.
  • Tomoko is a smart cookie. She speaks three languages and is an amazing piano player.

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