Because there are so many food-related idioms in other languages, coming up with this list was a piece of cake for us – or a ‘bread roll with butter’ as the Polish would say.

If these examples aren’t enough to whet your appetite, you can add your mustard in the comment section below.

1. Mind your own onions

onions

Language: French
Idiom: Occupe-toi de tes oignons.
What does it mean? Mind your own business.

2. To add one’s mustard

mustard

Language: German
Idiom: Seinen Senf dazugeben.
What does it mean? Have one’s say.

3. To be like cabbages for a snack

cabbage

Language: Italian
Idiom: Entrarci come i cavoli a merenda.
What does it mean? To be out of place.

4. To peel the pineapple

pinapple

Language: Portuguese
Idiom: Descascar o abacaxi.
What does it mean? To solve a complicated problem.

5. To have clean flour in one’s bag

flour

Language: Swedish
Idiom: Ha rent mjöl i påsen.
What does it mean? To have no skeletons in the closet.

6. A bread roll with butter

breadrolls

Language: Polish
Idiom: Bułka z masłem.
What does it mean? Something easily achieved.

7. It is no good eating cherries with him/her

cherries

Language: German
Idiom: Mit dem/der ist nicht gut Kirschen essen.
What does it mean? It’s best not to tangle with him/her.

8. To be as good as bread

bread

Language: Italian
Idiom: Essere buono come il pane.
What does it mean? To be as good as gold.

9. To cost the same as bananas

banana

Language: Portuguese
Idiom: A preço de banana.
What does it mean? Cheap as chips.

10. To draw a cake to satisfy one’s hunger

cake

Language: Chinese
Idiom: 画饼充饥
What does it mean? Feed on illusions.

11. To add butter to the spinach

spinach

Language: French
Idiom: Mettre du beurre dans les épinards.
What does it mean? To earn a bit extra.

12. A little butter won’t spoil your porridge

butter

Language: Russian
Idiom: Кашу маслом не испортишь.
What does it mean? There can never be too many good things.

written by Oxforf Dictionaries

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