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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #114047: Vocabulary: idioms-a few vegetals 1/2
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    Vocabulary: idioms-a few vegetals 1/2

    Here are some more idioms: they will all deal with vegetals (different fruits, grass and lawn, ill weeds and hay!



    1) First, apples!


                    The apple of my eye

                  = a very precious thing

                    It's as easy as apple-pie

                         = extremely easy

         A room in apple-pie order = Very tidy                The Big Apple = New York City
     A rotten apple= a black sheep= somebody different

              There's a bad apple in every basket

                     = Not everyone is good...


              The apple doesn't fall far from the tree

                   = You take after your parents...

               An apple a day keeps the doctor away

               = an apple is the token of good health

    2) Peaches, plums, grapes, gooseberrie (Yuk! ), grass and lawn, ill weeds... and hay!    

         She's a peach!= She's a very beautiful girl!
           It's a peach!= Wow! It's GREAT!

                He has a plum in his mouth

                 = He speaks in a snobbish way.

                  A plum job= An exceptional job

             They're sour grapes, as the fox says=

              These grapes are bad, said the fox!

                (not big enough to catch them!)

                       The grapevine= gossip


             ... found under a gooseberry bush

          = babies are supposed to be found there.

              To feel like a gooseberry

                     = to feel useless

         To play gooseberry= to be the third wheel


            To lead someone up/down

        the garden path= To pull somebody's leg


                   He's green as grass

       = To be inexperienced, pure and non corrupt.

                 You could hear the grass grow

                = There was no noise at all



              To grow like a weed

                = to grow very fast

                   Ill weeds grow apace

             = Weeds row faster than grass!

                          To pull weeds

                     = to throw weeds away

           Hay fever = an allergy to pollens         To hit the hay= To go to bed

                    To find a needle in a haystack

                           a difficult thing to find

    There you are! You have many expressions to learn, and they're not always what we'd have expected. Good luck for a wonderful success.  


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