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What is an Idiom?
An idiom is a phrase or an expression that cannot be taken literally.
When you use an idiom in everyday language, then it has a different meaning than the basic meaning or definition of the words as found in a dictionary.
An example of this might be "Give someone the axe." If taken literally, then you are being told to give a person an axe. However, this phrase, or idiom is often used by people to say that someone is being sacked.
There are a number of idioms that are related to Vegetables. Some are negative and derogatory, but some can be positive and complimentary.
"In a Pickle."
A way of saying that you are in a tights spot or facing a predicament.
A way of saying that something is a very sensitive or controversial subject.
A way of saying that you are relaxing.
"As Cool as Cucumber"
A way of saying that someone is remarkably calm. Usually when facing a difficult or traumatic situation.
"To Spill The Beans."
A way of saying that you should reveal the secret or talk about something confidential.
A way of saying that someone is very energetic.
A way of saying that something was very cheap.
Vegetable Idioms - BBC Learning - YouTube video
A way of saying that you might encourage someone to do something - offer them a carrot - or tell or instruct them to do something by taking a much more disciplined approach
A way of saying that you have no money at all.
A way of saying that a person is very similar to someone else. To be very alike, if not identical.