10 FRUIT AND VEGETABLE EXPRESSIONS

Every day we see fresh fruit and vegetables in the supermarket. They are not only a rich source of vitamins and fibre for your body, but also a rich source of English expressions.

  1. apple of one’s eye – somebody precious e.g. “He does everything for his daughter. “She’s the apple of his eye.”.
  2. feel like a lemon – feel stupid. e.g. “I went to the airport without my passport. I felt like a lemon.”.
  3. blow a raspberry – put your tongue between your lips and blow, to say “I don’t care!”. e.g. “When I told her, her car wasn’t parked properly, she just blew a raspberry at me and walked off!”.
  4. full of beans – very happy. e.g. “It’s the last day of school before the holidays. You look full of beans!”
  5. a hot potato – a difficult subject or topic. e.g. “Let’s not talk about that. It’s rather a hot potato.”.
  6. rhubarb, rhubarb – the noise of a crowded room and conversation. e.g. “After the wedding, we arrived at the hotel and it was rhubarb, rhubarb. It was full of wedding guests.”.
  7. know your onions – know your subject, your stuff. e.g. “He had the answers, just like that. He knows his onions.”.
  8. red like a beetroot – embarrassed. e.g. “I felt myself go red like a beetroot. The manager told me that I had put the wrong price tags on all the dresses.”.
  9. plum job – a very good job. e.g. “She went to Paris and got a plum job in a modelling agency.”.
  10. peas in a pod – when people are very alike and get on well together. e.g. “Sam and Alex are very close. They’re like peas in a pod.”.

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