What is the difference between an average ESL student and an excellent one? In my opinion, the students that understand idioms are always the strongest ones. This guide shows some ESL idioms regarding food.
#1 Food for thought– This gives you something to think about.
Example: Eric’s guidance counselor gave him very surprising stats about the college he wants to attend. He was just giving him food for thought.
#2 Get out of a jam- This means to get out trouble.
Example: Eric is always in trouble. He really knows how to get out of a jam.
#3 Variety is the spice of life– You need to change up how you do things often.
Example: Eric plays video games for 5 hours every Friday after school. Justin tells him to change this because variety is the spice of life.
#4 Eye candy- This is when somebody is very attractive.
Example: Eric thinks that Janice is great eye candy. She is very pretty.
# 5 Couch potato– This is somebody who doesn’t exercise much.
Example: Eric has lots of problems. But, he exercises a lot. He is not a couch potato.
#6 In a nutshell– This is a quick summary of something.
Example: In a nutshell, Eric is an athletic boy. He is also smart. He still gets in a lot of trouble.
#7 Go bananas– This means to go crazy about something.
Example: Eric always goes bananas when his mom calls him by his nickname, Junior.
#8 Spill the beans– This is to tell the truth about something.
Example: Eric is excellent at keeping a secret. He never spills the beans.
#9 Walking on Eggshells– Eric didn’t do his homework for a month in History. He is walking on eggshells.
What is your favorite expression? What one is the funniest to you?