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
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
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
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Vegetable Idiom #10
"Without a Bean"
A way of saying that you have no money at all.
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.
Vegetable Idiom #15
Used to describe a thick fog or something that is very dense.