Breakfast 1: eggs, bread and butter
Idioms with bread and butter
|the best thing since sliced bread
|a brilliant invention or something you find fantastic
|I finally got some wireless headphones. I can’t believe I waited so long, they’re the best thing since sliced bread!
|your bread and butter
|a person’s main source of income
|Steve does some custom work, but fitting kitchens is his bread and butter.
|butter someone up
|flattering someone before asking for a favour so that they are more likely to do what you want
|—I’m going to ask Alan to cover my shift tomorrow.
—Make sure you butter him up first or he will just say no.
|know which side your bread is buttered (on)
|know when you have an advantage or a good situation
|—Every time Michael visits his grandma, she gives him £20.
—No wonder he visits so often, he clearly knows which side his bread is buttered!
|(look) like butter wouldn’t melt
|appear innocent (even if this may not be the case)
|I heard the vase smash and when I turned around the cat was just sitting there like butter wouldn’t melt.
|a clumsy person
|Kathy spilled red wine all over her white dress, she’s such a butterfingers
Idioms with egg
|a bad egg
|a person who is dishonest, unreliable or of questionable character
|Stay away from Colin, he’s a bad egg.
|a chicken and egg situation
|when it’s impossible to identify the beginning or root cause of an issue
|Is the team unproductive because the boss is mean, or is the boss mean because the team is unproductive? It’s a chicken and egg situation.
|egg someone on
|encourage someone to do something bad, foolish or dangerous
|He jumped off the roof because his friends egged him on.
|you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs
|in order to achieve something you have to make mistakes and/or experience negative effects
|—I fell off my skateboard again. I’m never going to be able to do this.
—Keep going! You can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.