By the Campfire: potato, fish, sausage, wine
Idioms with potato
|a couch potato||a lazy person||I enjoy being a couch potato on Sundays.|
|small potatoes (always plural)||something that is unimportant or insignificant when compared to something else||In comparison to your news, my new job is small potatoes!|
|hot potato||a controversial topic||The new power plant is a hot potato in the press.|
|the meat and potatoes||the basic, most essential part of something||The meat and potatoes of this job is customer service.|
Idioms with fish
|a different kettle of fish||something totally different or unrelated to the topic at hand||—I’m a native speaker, teaching English should be easy for me.
—Speaking a language is one thing but teaching it is a different kettle of fish.
|like shooting fish in a barrel||very easy||Once the other team went down to ten players, we won easily. It was like shooting fish in a barrel.|
Other campfire idioms
|how the sausage gets made||the unpleasant, behind-the-scenes process that creates a product, service or situation||People buy fast fashion, but they ignore the realities. No one wants to know how the sausage gets made.|
|age like a fine wine||improve with age||My grandma is 82 and she looks fantastic, she’s ageing like a fine wine!|
|meat in the room||a person or group of people who are present just to give the impression that a space is full or an event is well-attended||—You’ve invited so many people to the wedding, I don’t know half of them.
—We just need meat in the room.