Idioms from Fruit and Veggies
Each example below has an
idiom related to a fruit or vegetable. Can you guess the meaning
of each idiom from the context? Try to match each idiom (1-6) with
its definition (a-f).
Most teachers are very hardworking and
professional, but there are a few bad apples
who don't care too much students.
Janet is the apple
of his grandfather's eye. His grandfather adores
Amy is a very tidy person. Her room is
always in apple-pie order.
Everyone was nervous about the race except
Bill, who was as cool as a cucumber.
They tried very hard to work on the project
but it didn't bear fruit.
Sam is very shy. If a girl starts
talking to him, he will go as red as a beet.
a bad apple
a person or thing that is very
precious and loved most
the apple of one's eye
to be very calm and relaxed, especially in a
to be in apple-pie order
one bad person in a group of people who are
as cool as a cucumber
to produce successful results
to bear fruit
to become very red in the face, usually
because you are embarrassed
to go as red as a beet
to be very tidy and in good order
Hazel says, "I love my dog
Hana very much - she is
the apple of my eye!"
A. Each sentence below
has an idiom, but there is something wrong with each idiom. Can
you find and correct each one?
1. Joe is a very organized person.
Look at his desk - it's always in lemon-pie order.
2. We were all disappointed to find our
newly conceived project didn't bear fruits.
3. He went as red as an apple
when his girlfriend kissed him.
4. I expected him to be all nervous before his
interview but he was as cold as a cucumber.
5. The baby is
the apple of her mother's eyes. She thinks he's adorable.
6. You will always find one or two bad pears
in every organization.