Eating and Idioms


Popular idioms have a particular taste. They depict our gestures and usages, explain our feelings in special images, and are often very funny. 

Here are some in French. They show our attitude when we are eating. Some others contain the name of a food: strawberry, peach, apple, dandelion, cabbage, yogurt, wheat, but their meanings don’t have anything to do with food.


A – to dance in front of the kitchen dresser
B – to sugar the strawberries
C – to have one’s stomach in one’s heels
D – to have the peach / the french fries
E – to eat on the thumb
F – To fall down among the apples
G – To put the big dishes on the small dishes
H – to eat the dandelion by the roots
I – to be in the Lord’s vineyard
J – to make white cabbage
K – to have eyes bigger than one’s belly
L – to pedal in the yogurt
M – to eat his 
wheat as grass
N – to feel the wind in their sails

In English, we say:

to push up the daisies
to have eyes bigger than one’s belly
to count one’s chickens before they are hatched
to be six sheets to the wind

1 – to be dead and buried
2 – to try to prepare and to serve an good meal
3 – to swoon
4 – to be very hungry
5 – to not reach what we try to do
6 – In a difficult case, to do stupid and useless endeavours
7 – to have nothing to eat
8 – to be drunk
9 – to spend all one’s money before receiving it
10 – to be a little drunk, to be unable to walk straight
11 – to feel very good
12 – to eat standing, quickly, without any plate/eat « on the run »
13 – to take a big helping, but to be not able to eat it all
14 – to shake, to became senile or doddering

I leave you guess the meaning of each expression and think about the way the language you speak expresses these situations.
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