Cooking Idioms

I have found some idioms on the net which all are related to cooking, and I want to share them here:

be/put on the back burner

Which means when something is temporarily not being dealt with. To memorize it, imagine that you are cooking and would put the stuff that does not need immediate attention at the back of the stove.

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P H
3 years ago

Very useful post, thank you! And here are some typical examples: After retirement, he was ready to set off on a tour of the world, but then he had a heart attack and was forced to put his plan on the back burner. He still hopes to do it one day when he gets better. This is another of the new president’s half-baked ideas that is never going to work. Learning English is a piece of cake compared with learning Chinese. Businesses may claim that they just want to provide a service and have happy customers, that they want to… Read more »

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Reply to  Azadeh H
3 years ago

Thanks, this was well done. And by well done I do not mean well cooked, I mean well done. ;)

P H
3 years ago

Let me add one more to your list:

Cook up

It means inventing a story, plan, or excuse (usually dishonestly) in order to gain an advantage, escape punishment etc.

  • He was late for the meeting so he cooked up an excuse about his car breaking down.
Hassan S
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3 years ago

We also have:

Cook someone’s/somebody’s goose

It means to spoil someone’s plan or to prevent their success.

Hassan S
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3 years ago

The title of the article is interesting too.
Altering/Changing idioms, or idioms about cooking?

P H
Reply to  Hassan S
3 years ago

Very interesting remark! The double meaning had escaped me. I wonder if Azadeh really meant it or if it happened by chance…

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