B2 C1 C2 Expressions Sessions about food

B2 C1 C2 expressions about food

If you are studying for your B2 C1 or C2 level or are simply an English language learner, you know there are tons of expressions to learn. Here we offer you some B2 C1 C2 expressions about food. Let’s face it, expressions about food are the best sort of expressions!

A piece of cake

  • Everyone likes cake. It’s easy to like cake. So, if something is a piece of cake, it means that it is easy to do. It comes from the same meaning of ‘easy as pie’ referring to how easy it is to eat a sweat dessert.
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Spill the beans

  • If you spill the beans, you have said something you shouldn’t have. This is usually when there is a surprise party and you accidently mention it in front of the person whose party it is or if you intentionally tell a secret that someone asked you not to tell.
    • Henry spilled the beans to my mom and now I am grounded for two days.

Go bananas

  • Go bananas or ‘Go ape’ (a less commonly used expression) refer to someone acting in a wild or crazy way. So, it comes from the idea of monkeys (or apes) jumping or swinging around and eating bananas. Sometimes it is difficult to know if the expression means someone is very happy or over-reacting to a situation. It depends on the tone of voice used to say the expression. 
    • They bought a new house and they are just going bananas about it.

There’s no use crying over spilled milk

  • This probably depends on what your parents were like when you were a child. If they yelled at you when you spilled milk, then this expression doesn’t work. The idea is that kids knock over their milk quite often due to being clumsy and since crying won’t bring the milk back, they should just clean it up and get another one. Parents literally would say, there’s no use crying over spilled milk. However, you can apply this to any situation where someone is upset about a past mistake or situation to tell them, it can’t be changed so they just need to accept the consequence and move on.  
    • You lost your keys. There’s no use crying over spilled milk. Get them replaced and move on.

Take it with a grain of salt

  • If someone tells you to take it with a grain of salt, it is a small warning that maybe it’s not 100% true what they are telling you or what they heard. This could be for a number of reasons:
    • They don’t have all the information,
    • Someone is giving you their opinion, not facts,
    • He or she does not think they got it from a reliable source, or
    • maybe they don’t remember all the details.
    • Kelly told me that she is going to make the team, but take it with a grain of salt (because Kelly sometimes lies or exaggerated the truth).

Bring home the bacon

  • This is one of my favorites, simply because it says bacon. Mmm. To bring home the bacon means that you earn money and therefore your house (or home) has money to buy such things as food (bacon). It used to be used mainly in a sexist way, saying women work at home and men bring home the bacon, but this has changed and is now used for anyone who is earning a wage.
    • I got a new job! I’ll finally be able to bring home the bacon.

Butter someone up

  • If you are buttering someone up, it means you are flattering them or saying nice things to them because you need something in return from them. You may tell your teacher she is your favorite teacher before telling her you didn’t do your homework. You may offer to help your boss as much as possible saying you enjoy working for him or her so you can later ask for a raise. Maybe you tell your dad how wonderful his cooking is before asking permission to go to a concert. Either way, you are buttering someone up so they are more likely to give you what you want. Naturally, everything is better with butter.
    • Are you buttering me up? What do you want?

That’s the way the cookie crumbles

  • If you eat a good cookie, it should crumble a bit because that’s just what happens when you eat a cookie. This is a metaphor for life, sometimes things just happen and there’s not much we can do about it. Sometimes things will go in your favor and other times they won’t. Your team played the best they could but they lost the game. You had a great interview but they gave the job to someone else. You like a boy but he likes your best friend. That’s just the way the cookie crumbles sometimes and there’s not much we can do about it.
  • I’m really sorry to hear that you didn’t make the team. That’s just the way the way the cookie crumbles sometimes.

Now that you’ve learned these B2 C1 C2 Expressions about food, learn more from other Expressions Sessions

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  • Have no place in – used to say that someone or something does not belong in a particular area, town, country, body, etc.
    • Racism has no place in politics.
  • A place of my own – to have an apartment or house that is yours.
    • If our son doesn’t want to live with us anymore, he will have to buy a place of his own.
  • No place for – used to say that someone or something does not belong in a particular place or situation.
    • This party is no place for small children.
  • A place in history – to be relevant in a historical sense.
    • Martin Luther King has made a place in history as one of the most famous human rights activist.
  • Have your heart in the right place – used to say that someone has good intentions.
    • She doesn’t always make the best decisions, but her heart is in the right place.
  • go in my place – to have someone physically be in your situation.
    • I have to work tonight so I was wondering if you would like to go in my place to the concert.
  • in the first place – in the beginning
    • I should never have agreed to go to the party in the first place.

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  • to move on – to change from one subject to another or to show that you would like to continue with what you were saying.
    • OK, so if no one has any more questions, I’m going to move on to my next point.
  • to expand on – to give more details about something you have said or written.
    • I was hoping you could expand a bit more on your second point that you mentioned.
  • to digress – to move away from the subject you are talking about to talk about something else.
    • I think we are digressing. I would like to get back to the topic at hand.
  • to go back – to return to a previously mentioned topic.
    • I would like to go back to the first topic where I mentioned our objectives.
  • to recap on – to repeat or summarize the main points of a presentation, explanation or description.
    • Could you recap on what the main points of the presentation were?
  • to turn to – change direction from one subject to another.
    • I’d like to turn your attention to page 5 of the handout.
  • to summarize – to express the most important facts, ideas or concepts about what someone has said or written in a short and clear way.
    • I will summarize the main points in an email after the meeting.
  • to conclude – to make the last point to end the meeting or presentation.
    • To conclude, there are more benefits than disadvantages to working with multi-cultural teams.
  • to elaborate on – to add more information to or continue to explain something you have said.
    • Could you please elaborate on your first point you made?
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Expressions Sessions – Idioms with eggs

Expressions with the word egg.

  • to egg someone on – to urge someone to do something, especially if it’s negative.
    • Stop egging him on. He doesn’t have to jump if he doesn’t want to.
  • to be a good egg – a good and reliable person.
    • She always has her homework done. She’s a good egg.
  • to be a bad egg – a person who does bad things
    • He’s such a bad egg. He’s always lying and hurting people.
  • egg on your face – to feel embarrassed because of something silly you did
    • The government really ended up with egg on its face due to this latest scandal.
  • to put all eggs in one basket – to put all your success in one person, action or plan in a risky way.
    • I don’t like to put all my eggs in one basket so I diversify my stock options.
  • to walk on eggshells – to be very careful not to offend or hurt someone.
    • I’m always walking on eggshells with him because he upsets easily.
  • to have a nest egg – some money saved to spend on a certain occasion.
    • We have a nest egg saved up to travel to Mexico next year.
Expression Sessions - Time

Expressions Sessions – Time

Expressions sessions - Time

The CAE, C1 exam is full of expressions. Here are just a few that are important, not just for the exam, but because we use them all the time!

  • play for time – delay something until you are ready
    • The actors aren’t ready yet. You’ll have to play for time with the audience for at least another 15 minutes.
  • take your time – spend the time you need to complete something OR – slow down.
    • Stop rushing! Take your time. We still have another hour before they arrive.
  • have a great time – Used to tell someone to enjoy themselves OR to express that you enjoyed yourself. It can also be used with other adjectives: bad time, good time, an ok time.
    • Have a great time at the wedding. I’m sure it will be fun!
    • We had such a good time going through the old photos.
  • do something to pass the time – To do something to keep busy while you are waiting.
    • How about we play a game to pass the time while we wait for the food to be ready?
  • make up for lost time – to enjoy something as much as possible now because you didn’t have the opportunity or didn’t want to do it before.
    • Every time I go to the US, I make up for lost time with my best friends and we talk for hours about everything that has happened since we last saw each other.
  • arrive in good time – finish a journey faster than expected.
    • Although there was some construction on the road, they made it in good time to the party.
  • be on time – to arrive somewhere at the exact time or earlier than the time that was arranged.
    • I have to leave now if I want to be on time for the theatre.
  • make time for something – to block off or organize some time to complete something or to be with someone.
    • She had a really busy morning but she made some time for us to have a coffee.
  • did something in no time – to do something in very little time or very quickly.
    • The shipment will be ready to go in no time.
    • The children finished their homework in no time and went to the patio to play.
  • did something time after time – to do the same thing over and over again, repeatedly.
    • I have to tell me children to pick up their wet towel off the floor time and time again.
  • time flies – used to say that the time spent doing something has gone by very quickly.
    • I can’t believe it’s already 7:30! It’s true that time flies when you’re having fun.
  • ran out of time – To have no more time to finish something or to get somewhere.
    • We are running out of time. The deadline for the tenner is this Friday.