Fruit and Veg expressions
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I am planning to become a vegetarian.
I know it'll be difficult but I'm going to give it a go.
I went to a vegetarian restaurant yesterday to see if I could get any ideas for recipes. I wasn't really impressed. Vegetarian meals, on the whole, don't look very appetizing.
Here is a list of idioms that contain fruit or vegetables. Can you guess the meanings?
(a) His youngest daughter was the apple of his eye.
(b) I don't want to upset the apple cart now by asking you to change the date of the meeting.
(c) One bad apple spoils the barrel. Now we all have to suffer because of what he did.
(d) Your Dad is going to go bananas when he sees this mess.
(e) They're nice kids but they are so full of beans that it gets a bit tiring.
(f) Why did they suddenly break up? Come on! Spill the beans!
(g) He went beetroot/ went as red as a beetroot when he realized that he had said something stupid.
(h) Sometimes I just have to resort to the carrot and stick approach with my children.
(i) The politician was as cool as a cucumber throughout the interview despite the agressive questioning.
(j) Now he says that he doesn't care if he didn't get the job as it doesn't pay very well. I think it is just a case of sour grapes.
(k) By reducing military spending, the government is holding out an olive branch to rival countries.
(l) If you want to know anything about computing, ask Dave. He really knows his onions. (old fashioned expression) = He really knows his stuff.
(m) We'd planned to go away for the weekend but it all went pear-shaped.
(n) They are not twins but they are like two peas in a pod.
(o) I'm turning into a couch potato. I just get home after work and lie on the sofa watching telly.
(p) The issue of immigration is a political hot potato in the UK.
to give it a go -
on the whole -
to upset -
a cart -
to spoil -
a barrel -
a mess -
to break up -
to spill -
a bean -
a beetroot -
to resort to stg -
a stick -
an approach -
to hold out
an olive -
a branch -
a shape -
a twin -
a pea-pod -
to turn into stg -
a couch -
to lie -
the telly -