“Fruits” idioms with meaning and examples…
FRUIT IDIOMS in English – Video
1. The apple of your eye
- Meaning: The person who you are very fond of
- E.g. She has three children, but her youngest son is the apple of her eye.
2. Go bananas
- Meaning: To become very angry, crazy or annoyed
- E.g. She’ll go bananas if she sees the house in this (dirty) condition.
3. A bite at the cherry
- Meaning: An opportunity to achieve something:
- E.g. He definitely wants a bite of the cherry.
4. Not give a fig
- Meaning: Not to feel interested in something
- E.g. You can do what you want. I don’t give a fig.
5. Apples and oranges
- Meaning: To be different from each other
- E.g. My mom and my mother-in-law are just apples and oranges.
- Meaning: A vehicle that does not work properly
- E.g. The car dealer sold me a lemon.
- Meaning: A person or thing that is beautiful
- E.g. You brought me coffee? Ah, you’re a peach.
8. Go pear-shaped
- Meaning: To fail; to be unsuccessful
- E.g. What are we going to do this weekend if our plans go pear-shaped?
9. A plum job
- Meaning: Very good job
- E.g. He got a plum job in an insurance company.
10. The apple never falls far from the tree
- Meaning: To say that “the apple never falls far from the tree” is to suggest that a person’s personality traits are close to those of the person’s parents.
- E.g. Her daughter soon showed her own musical talent, proving that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
11. Bad apple (especially US)
- Meaning: a person who is corrupt or wicked
- E.g. It is hoped the inquiry will pick out the bad apples in the police force.
12. Upset the apple cart
- Meaning: To “upset the apple cart” is to ruin plans.
- E.g. Look, he’s not trying to upset the apple cart—he just needs to meet laterin the day now, that’s all.
13. Second banana
- Meaning: A “second banana” is a subordinate, and the “top banana” is the leader.
- E.g. I generally don’t mind playing second banana when I’m with such a legendary comedian, but it would be nice to be the one getting all the laughs once in a while.
14. Top banana
- Meaning: The “top banana” is the leader.
- E.g. You’ll have to ask the top banana. He’s out right now.
15. Life is a bowl of cherries
- Meaning: “Life is a bowl of cherries” means that life is easy.
- E.g. Life’s not exactly a bowl of cherries when you’re an international champ.
- Meaning: To “cherry-pick” is to select carefully.
- E.g. I can’t believe he left the company and then cherry-picked the best employee in my department!
17. Peaches and cream
- Meaning: When everything is “peaches and cream,” life is going well.
- E.g. I’ve heard that women in older times actually bathed with milk to maintain a peaches-and-creamcomplexion.
18. As American as apple pie
- Meaning: “As American as apple pie” means that something is quint essentially representative of American culture or values.
- E.g. Baseball is as American as apple pie.
19. Speak with a plum in (one’s) mouth
- Meaning: To speak in a manner that is indicative of a high social class. Primarily heard in UK.
- E.g. He spoke with such a plum in his mouth that none of us working-class sods could stand to listen to him.
20. Sour grapes
- Meaning: One is said to have “sour grapes” when one be littles something one covets but cannot obtain.
- E.g. Criticizing it is just sour grapes, but you still really want it.