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Vegetable Idioms

Updated on December 12, 2017
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Ben has held a life-long interest in language and has a special interest in the expressions, phrases and idioms that contribute to its use.

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.

Vegetable Idioms Numbers 1 to 3

1. Hot Potato.

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

Believed to have originated in the around in the mid 19th century.

2. Vegin Out.

A way of saying that you are relaxing.

3. 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. Similar in meaning as cut from the same cloth.

This idiom refers to the fact that any two peas in a pod are almost indistinguishable from each other.

Two Peas In A Pod

Two Peas In A Pod - Idiom
Two Peas In A Pod - Idiom

The essential quality of an animal is that it seeks its own living, whereas a vegetable has its living brought to it.

— Henry Mayhew, English Journalist, 1812 - 1887

Cool As Cucumber - Idiom

Cool Cucumber Idiom
Cool Cucumber Idiom

Vegetable Idioms numbers 4 to 6

4. As Cool as Cucumber.

A way of saying that someone is remarkably calm. Usually when facing a difficult or traumatic situation.

5. To Spill The Beans.

A way of saying that you should reveal the secret or talk about something confidential.

6. In a Pickle.

A way of saying that you are in a tight spot or facing a predicament.

Vegetable Idioms - BBC Learning - YouTube video

Vegetable Idioms Numbers 7 to 9

7. Full of Beans

A way of saying that someone is very energetic or full of enthusiasm.

An example would be: "I don't know how Joe does it - he is always so full of beans before breakfast".

8. It Cost Peanuts.

A way of saying that something was very cheap. That it cost a paltry amount.

An example of this idiom would be: "I need a pay rise - I am tired of working for peanuts".

9. 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.

Carrot and Stick

Carrot Idiom
Carrot Idiom

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Vegetable Idiom #10

"Without a Bean"

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

Without A Bean - Idiom
Without A Bean - Idiom

Vegetable Idioms Numbers 11 to 14

11. Pea Brained.

Always used in a derogatory way. To suggest that someone is stupid, foolish or narrow-minded.

12. Couch Potato

Describes a person who is dislikes physical activity or exercise.

An example would be: Bill is such a couch potato; all he does is sit in front of the television".

13. Salad Days.

This idiom is used with reference to the youthful period of one's life.

14. Small Potatoes.

Used to describe someone or something small and insignificant.

Pea Brained

Pea Brained - Thinking Is Allowed
Pea Brained - Thinking Is Allowed

Vegetable Idiom #15

"Pea Soup"

Used to describe a thick fog or something that is very dense.

Fog - Thick as Pea Soup
Fog - Thick as Pea Soup

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      4 years ago

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

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      Ben Reed 

      4 years ago from Redcar

      @lesliesinclair: Thank you.

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      4 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 

      5 years ago from Redcar

      @Ibidii: Thank you.

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      5 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 

      5 years ago from Redcar

      @missmary1960: Thank you.

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      Ben Reed 

      5 years ago from Redcar

      @missmary1960: Thank you.

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      5 years ago

      So cute ;)

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      Ben Reed 

      5 years ago from Redcar

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

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 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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      victoria91 lm 

      5 years ago

      This was such a fun read. Great lens.

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      5 years ago

      @Ben Reed: Lol. You're welcome.

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      Ben Reed 

      5 years ago from Redcar

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

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      5 years ago

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

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      Avi Wolfson 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great lens!

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      6 years ago

      I like Vegetable Idioms.

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      SailingPassion LM 

      6 years ago

      Fantastic subject - loved the lens :-)

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      srsddn lm 

      6 years ago

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

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      6 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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      6 years ago

      What a clever lens!

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      6 years ago from East Central Florida

      Fun lens!

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      Tony Payne 

      6 years ago from Southampton, UK

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

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      7 years ago

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

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      7 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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      7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Idioms of all sorts are so interesting!


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