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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions

Food & Drink

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drop like a hot potato If you drop someone or something like a hot potato, you leave them or immediately stop associating with them.
As soon as the article was published, she dropped him like a hot potato.
small potatoes Something that is small potatoes is considered to be unimportant or insignificant.
Her first publication was considered small potatoes but her new book has lead to a change of opinion.
proof of the pudding This expression means that something new can only be judged after it has been tested.
I'm going to try out my new DVD player. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, as we all know!
back to the salt mines Saying that you have to go back to the sale mines is a humorous way of talking about returning to work, usually with some reluctance.
We get two days off at Christmas and then it's back to the salt mines!
take with a grain of salt To say that certain information should be taken with a grain of salt means that you doubt its accuracy.
I hear the tuition fees are going to be reduced, but that should be taken with a grain of salt.
worth one's salt Someone who deserves respect because they do their job well is
a person who is worth their salt.
Any inspector worth their salt would have checked the papers carefully.
soup to nuts If you do something from soup to nuts, you do it all the way through, from the beginning to the end (like from the first to the last course of a meal).
She told us the whole story, from soup to nuts.
of the first water Something that is of the first water is of the finest or most exceptional quality (like being compared to a diamond).
The violinist gave a performance that was of the first water.
(not) hold water If an explanation or argument does not hold water, it does not stand up to critical examination and can be shown to be unfounded.
The reasons given for the government's new measures just do not hold water.
in hot water To say that somebody is in hot water means that they have done something wrong and people are angry with them.
Simon has been in hot water since his boss discovered that he had been using the internet for personal purposes.
water down If you water down something such as a report, declaration or proposal, you try to make it weaker or less likely to cause anger.
When announcing the rejection of the proposal, he tried to water down the committee's negative comments.
water off a duck's back Criticism or comments which have no effect on someone is referred to as being ''like water off a duck's back'.
He's been warned of the dangers of smoking but it's like water off a duck's back.
water under the bridge If something difficult or unpleasant took place in the past but is no longer important, it is referred to as water under the bridge.
They had a serious disagreement in the past, but that's water under the bridge today.
make your mouth water Food can make your mouth water when it looks and smells extremely good.
That delicious smell from the kitchen is making my mouth water.
test the water(s) If you test the water(s), you try to find out how acceptable or successful something is before becoming involved in it.
You should go to a gym class to test the water before enrolling.
tread water If you are treading water, your situation remains stationary in spite of your efforts, with no sign of any progress.
I've been treading water for the past year hoping to find a better job.
(can't) put new wine in old bottles This expression means that you should not try to combine new concepts or innovations with an old or long-established framework or system.
You'll never get that program to work on your father's old computer.  You can't put new wine in old bottles!
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