Funny Idioms Lesson – Delicious Idioms for Kids!

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Funny Idioms Lesson – Tasty Idioms

In this idioms lesson, we are going to look at some funny idioms and meanings and I will be giving examples to show how to use idioms in a sentence. These are good idioms to use when writing or speaking as they are amusing but be warned! They may have you raiding your fridge at midnight!

Now I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that you will enjoy this latest video on idioms.

When someone tells you to keep your fingers crossed it means that they are wishing for something to happen the way they want it to. When I said earlier, that I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that you will enjoy this latest video, I am wishing that you will enjoy this video.

The origin of this idiom and action of actually crossing your fingers when wishing for something, is explained in Charles Panati’s book, “Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things” where crossing your fingers is seen as making a sign of luck as it resembles a cross. The cross was a symbol of unity and making a wish on a cross was believed to make that wish come true. Now when we say, ‘Cross your fingers’ its a figure of speech to mean the same thing without actually crossing the fingers.

Now, that was as easy as pie wasn’t it? The idiom, ‘Easy as pie’ means something is very easy or simple to do. It is an idiom of American origin and does not mean that making a pie is easy. Rather it refers to how easy it is to EAT pie. The first reference to easy as pie was in 1887, in the Rhode Island newspaper ‘The Newport Mercury‘  about an amusing conversation between 2 people discussing that it was easy as pie to steal silver ware and sell it for a few dollars.

From pie to cake or rather a piece of cake. This idiom means the same thing as easy as pie. 

Finding the solution to the puzzle was a piece of cake for Kiran as he is good at puzzle solving.

Finding the solution to the puzzle was as easy as pie for Kiran as he is good at puzzle solving.

Now that was a piece of cake!

Still on the dessert menu of idioms, this one is the icing on the cake. There doesn’t seem to be a specific origin to this delicious idiom, except that when a bonus good thing happens on top of something already good, then that extra good thing is called the icing on the cake. Taken literally, cake is already a sweet treat. So when it is iced as well, this icing is that extra sweet treat you get on top of the cake.

My daughter got a place in a good school, but the icing on the cake for her was getting a tuition scholarship as well.

If my daughter had done badly in her exams, I would have chewed her out. When you chew someone out, it means to really scold them. This idiom refers to the movement of the mouth while scolding, its like grinding the person being scolded, with your teeth! Chewing out! This idiom has been around since WWII, but recorded in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1948, it is an army reference to being told off by a superior officer. Later it came into use in everyday life.

The school principal chewed me out when he found out about the prank I played on my teacher.

We are nearly done with our yummy idioms for today. Lets’s go back to square one and do a quick recap! Mmmmm…..did I just say back to square one? There’s another idiom for you. It means starting all over again.

This idiom may have originated from the game of Snakes and Ladders, where landing on the square with the snakes head takes you back to the first square. It was first used in print as an idiom in the Economic Journal in 1952,

“He has the problem of maintaining the interest of the reader who is always being sent back to square one in a sort of intellectual game of snakes and ladders.”

But this idiom could have come from the game of hop-scotch as well, where you hop from square to square and back again to square one!

Have fun with funny idioms!

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