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Vegetable Idioms

Updated on September 21, 2014

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.

"Hot Potato."

A way of saying that something is a very sensitive or controversial subject.

"Vegin Out"

A way of saying that you are relaxing.

Cool Cucumber
Cool Cucumber

"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.

"Full of Beans"

A way of saying that someone is very energetic.

"It Cost Peanuts"

A way of saying that something was very cheap.

Vegetable Idioms - BBC Learning - YouTube video

"Carrot and Stick"

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

"Without a Bean"

A way of saying that you have no money at all.

"Like two Peas in a Pod"

A way of saying that a person is very similar to someone else. To be very alike, if not identical.

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    • teelover profile image

      teelover 3 years ago

      Great lens!!! Very informative for non native english!

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      @lesliesinclair: Thank you.

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      Such a colorful idea to share all these expressions as a resource for those of us who want to express our relationships to vegetables. Fun.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @Ibidii: Thank you.

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      Ibidii 4 years ago

      In San Francisco, "Full of Beans" means full or hot air, or full of the wrong information. LOL!!! Great pages about idioms! I will have to go and read the rest! Great job of gathering information!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @missmary1960: Thank you.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @missmary1960: Thank you.

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      missmary1960 4 years ago

      So cute ;)

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @Lady Lorelei: Broccoli added to poll - thank you.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      Gasp no Broccoli on your list! I love broccoli. It is my favorite vegetable. Please please please add it to your list of veggies. (I would be so very grateful).

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      Fruitfulvine2 4 years ago

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      victoria91 lm 4 years ago

      This was such a fun read. Great lens.

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      Fruitfulvine2 4 years ago

      @Ben Reed: Lol. You're welcome.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      @Fruitfulvine2: Well I was full of beans when I received your comment - thank you.

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      Fruitfulvine2 4 years ago

      Learned a new one today from you "Full of beans". It was fun reading these.

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      Avi Wolfson 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great lens!

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      I like Vegetable Idioms.

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      SailingPassion LM 4 years ago

      Fantastic subject - loved the lens :-)

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      srsddn lm 5 years ago

      Great of you to have thought about this subject. Great lens.

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      KandDMarketing 5 years ago

      Great lens. I like idioms, limericks, or pretty much anything that puts a twist into the manner in which something is said or inferred ...

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      wreathmaker 5 years ago

      What a clever lens!

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      Fun lens!

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Excellent, so many vegetable expressions, and put together in a great amusing way too.

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      CrazyPirate 5 years ago

      "In a Jam" To add to your Pickle jar. Jam is made with vegetables matey bwahahahah!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Always fun, am trying to think of a vegetable idiom for those of us who spend too much time in front of a computer.

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Idioms of all sorts are so interesting!