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(article, Caroline Cummins)
We think about food when we're hungry, or planning a trip to the grocery store, or just plain daydreaming. We think about food for all sorts of reasons. But how often do we think about the food idioms we use, every day, when we're not thinking about food at all? Here's a random list of ordinary figures of English speech: the apple of one's eye beefing it up bringing home the bacon buttering someone up chewing the fat chickening out cool as a cucumber counting chickens before they've hatched the cream rises to the top cut the mustard easy as pie feeling sheepish get egg on your face get on the gravy train get goosebumps going bananas going whole hog knowing which side your bread is buttered on out of the frying pan, into the fire pie in the sky pigging out the proof is in the pudding selling like hotcakes separating the wheat from the chaff slower than molasses small potatoes smelling fishy smooth like butter that's how the cookie crumbles too many cooks spoil the broth your goose is cooked walking on eggshells Got other favorites? Share them in the comments section below.