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Idioms with kitchenware
1. Life is just a bowl of cherries
Meaning:Life is very pleasant.
Ex: Now that I have been promoted to manager, life is just a bowl of cherries.
2. Have too much on one’s plate
Meaning: a lot to do, to be too busy
Ex: As I have become a manager in this company now, I just have too much on my plate.
3. Fork something out (to someone)
Meaning: to pay, especially with hesitation
Ex: My mom is not ready to fork out a few dollars for my trip.
4. See the glass half full
Meaning: to view the situation optimistically, hopefully
Ex: Even with this lost in my business; I see the glass half full for the future.
5. See the glass half empty
Meaning: to view the situation pessimistically
Ex: Things have been disappointing for me with the new policy of this company and I see the glass half empty.
6. Have one in the oven
Meaning: to be pregnant
Ex: She has twins in the oven and it's due next month.
7. Have a memory like a sieve
Meaning: forget things easily
Ex:You know well that her memory is like a sieve, how can you expect her to do such a difficult job to remember all the list of products?
8.A watched pot never boils
Meaning:Time feels longer when you’re waiting for something to happen
Ex: It will take time to remove all the viruses from your computer. Don’t be impatient, a watched pot never boils.
9. The pot calling the kettle black
Meaning: to say something about someone else could equally apply to them.
Ex: Don’t feel bad about children’s mistakes; you were a child too once, it’s like a pot calling the kettle black.
10. Born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth
Meaning: Born into a wealthy family
Ex: I cannot buy that expensive necklace because I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth.
11. Go under the knife
Meaning: To have a medical operation
Ex: If necessary, you must go under the knife for your heart problem.
12. Out of the frying pan into the fire
Meaning- Going from bad situation to worse
Ex: She lost her husband a few months ago. She went out of the frying pan into the fire when she also lost her son.
13. Not one’s cup of tea
Meaning- Something one dislikes
Ex: You play football very well but it’s not my cup of tea.
Use the above idioms in the following exercise. Make the necessary changes where it is required.
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