10 Useful Vegetable Idioms

Food is an important part of people's daily lives, so it is not surprising that food also makes up a big part of people's daily conversations and expressions.

In this second post, we take a look at some of the more common idiomatic phrases that are derived from vegetables.


Bean Idioms

To be full of beans – to have a lot of energy and enthusiasm.
Example: “We were young and full of beans.”

To spill the beans  – to give away a secret or a surprise.
Example: "Does Steven know about our plan?" "Yes, someone must have spilled the beans."

 
 

Pea Idioms

A pea brain –  a person who watches a lot of television and does not have an active life.
Example: “You should start exercising. being such a couch potato can't be good for you."

To be (like) two peas in a pod – to be very similar.
Example: “The twins are like two peas in a pod."

 
 

Potato Idioms

A couch potato –  a person who watches a lot of television and does not have an active life.
Example: “You should start exercising - being such a couch potato can't be good for you."

A hot potato – a controversial issue or situation which is awkward to deal with.
Example: “You should start exercising. being such a couch potato can't be good for you."

 
Idiom: a hot potato
 

Small potatoes – something that does not seem important when compared to something else.
Example: “Our monumental worries are often small potatoes in the larger scheme of life.”


Other Vegetable Idioms

To be (as) cool as a cucumber – to be very calm and in control.
Example: “She walked in as cool as a cucumber, as if nothing had happened.”

 
 

To be in/to get into a (right) pickle – (old fashioned) to be in a difficult situation.
Example: “Jamie had gotten himself into a right pickle before his brother came to help him."

 
 

A vegetable - (informal/offensive) a person lacking normal senses, responses, intelligence, etc.
Example: “He was fine for the first couple years of marriage, but then he turned into a vegetable."

 

Can you think of any more vegetable related idioms or would you like to practice making your own sentences using any of these idioms? Leave a comment below...

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