Restaurant: cook, meal, customer, till, apron, bill
|cook the books
|change facts and figures to make things appear better than they are/hide that you have stolen money
|Turns out our accountant has been cooking the books for years and now we have no money!
|too many cooks spoil the broth
|when too many people do something it will not be done well
|It took hours to write a simple email because there were too many of us writing it. I could have done it faster myself…too many cooks spoil the broth.
|cook somebody’s goose
|stop somebody from becoming successful by damaging their reputation or spoiling their plans
|I cooked my own goose by arriving 30 minutes late for a job interview.
|make a meal out of something
|make something more serious than it is/do something with more care and attention than is required
—Where is Johnny? I’m going to kill him when he gets here!
|a meal ticket
|a person or thing that is only a means of food or money
|Milly is a dancer but teaching is her meal ticket.
|wait on somebody hand and foot
|do almost everything for somebody
|My grandmother expects me to wait on my husband hand and foot.
|a tough customer
|a person who knows what they want and isn’t easily swayed by others.
|You’ll have a hard time convincing Jane to change her mind, she’s a tough customer.
|have your fingers/hand in the till
|steal small amounts of money from work
|Joel lost his job because he had had his fingers in the till.
|tied to somebody’s apron strings
|controlled or influenced too much by somebody
|You’re really tied to her apron strings. You can’t even make a simple decision on your own.
|foot the bill
|pay for something, usually large sums of money
|The record company was forced to foot the bill after the band trashed multiple hotel rooms.