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ENGLISH COOKING IDIOMS - Free Quiz and Audio Lesson

 

Do you know these 5 English cooking idioms?

English Cooking Idioms - Free DailyStep English Quiz and Audio LessonTake this free DailyStep English Quiz and Audio Lesson to learn these 5 great English idioms related to cooking.  Be on the back burner? Boil over? A piece of cake? Can you use these and other cooking-related idioms in conversation?  There is a FREE PDF download of the lesson, and a second writing quiz to test your understanding.

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Cooking Idioms (part 1)
By Jane Lawson at DailyStep.com

Idiom:
1.  To be  on the back burner

Meaning:

To be something that is considered low priority and which will be addressed a later date

Examples:  1. It is a great idea, but it’s on the back burner for now until I finish this current project.

2. We had to put our holiday plans on the back burner after I lost my job.

note: this idiom originates from the fact that when we are cooking, we put the pots that don’t require immediate attention at the back of the stove, on the back  burner.


2. A half-baked idea

 

An idea that has not been properly developed or lacks adequate planning

Example: He often comes to meetings with half-baked ideas which will never work in practice.

note: we can also say ‘half-baked plan’, ‘half-baked scheme’ and so on.


3.A piece of cake


Something that is very easy and does not require effort

Example:  This exam should be a piece of cake for him as he has studied so hard for it and his level is so high.


4.  Boil down to something


Be essentially a matter of something

 

Examples: 1. It all boils down to one thing - we haven’t got enough money to do it.

2. This problem really boils down to lack of communication.

 

notes: 1. if you boil a pot down to the point where all the liquid is gone, you will only have a small amount of something left in the bottom. This is the image in this idiom

2. ‘Boil down to’ is a phrasal verb - in other words, a verb that has 2 or more words and an idiomatic meaning.


5. Boil over


Become more heated to the point of losing control

Example: Sometimes at political protests, frustration and anger boil over into violence and disorder.

 

notes: 1. If a pot of water boils over, it means that the water becomes boils and rises over the top of the pot, and spills on to the stove.

2.  ‘Boil over’ is a phrasal verb - in other words, a verb that has 2 or more words and an idiomatic meaning.

 
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