English Vocabulary: Idioms and Food Part I – “Egg”

Howdy partner,

We’re going to be looking at idioms with the words “egg”, “bread” and “soup”. With a special bonus on idioms with the concept of “cooking”.

Idioms are an essential part of any language, but English in particular. We use them all the time in both written and spoken situations, so it’s important to understand as many as possible.


Idioms with “egg”

To be a bad egg – to be a bad person.
Example: “The man that owns the fruit shop is a bad egg, he’s always trying to rip people off”

*to rip people off: to steal from or cheat (someone).

To egg someone on – to encourage someone to do something, usually bad or wrong or dangerous.
Example: “All the boys egged Peter on to steal some beer from the shop”

To be a good egg – to be a good person.
Example: “Everyone loves Raymond, he’s a good egg and is always helping people”

To have egg on one’s face – to be embarrassed by an error committed.
Example: “Sarah has egg on her face since everyone knows she was lying to her best friend”

To put all one’s eggs in one basket – to risk everything at once.
Example: “Don’t invest in just one company, that’s putting all your eggs in one basket. If the company fails, you will lose all your money”

To teach one’s grandmother to suck eggs – to try to tell someone who has more knowledge that you how to do something.
Example: “Don’t tell Lisa how to cook, she’s a chef. It’s like teaching your grandmother how to suck eggs”

To walk on eggshells – to be very cautious and careful around someone so that they don’t get angry.
Example: “My boss is always in a terrible mood. Whenever I’m around him, I’m walking on eggshells”


baby-chick-and-an-eggSuggested exercise: Write down 5 to 10 idioms, make a sentence with them and memorize them. You can post your sentences in the comments’ section and if there are any errors, we will correct them for you!

Writing and repeating out loud are two of the best ways to remember a new language and get used to hearing your voice pronouncing it.

So do it now!

Write down a couple of sentences, repeat them 5 times and let us know!

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I have been teaching English for 9 years. I currently work for ABA English but I also teach English in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I love vegan cooking, my pets and everything to do with social media!

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