Using English Eating Idioms

Written by Meryem Kennedy

Meryem has worked with students of all ages from all over the world. As a teacher for over 25 years, she has taught at high schools, universities, colleges, and language institutions, in addition to private tutoring. Her education includes three university degrees: English Teaching, Applied Linguistics, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).


Do you gobble up your food or snarf it down?

We are enjoying nice fall weather now that it is November, which brings to mind a holiday that brings family and friends together in the United States.

On the fourth Thursday of every November, we celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Most American families typically eat a big dinner or a “feast” on Thanksgiving. It consists of roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, and pumpkin pie.

It is hard to resist the great food available at the Thanksgiving meal, so some of us eat a lot. Then we complain about eating too much and too fast because we feel uncomfortable.

There are some special idioms we can use to describe the act of eating during the Thanksgiving meal or on any other occasion.

In this video, I explain some idioms we use to describe either eating a lot and greedily, eating fast, eating slow and little.

Now you can sound like a pro when you describe the way we eat using these idioms. I encourage you to step into the world of figurative language as you get better in English. It adds variety and imagery to our sentences.

 Just be careful when you use these idioms about other people’s eating. I am sure you would not want to hurt their feelings or offend them!

 Remember I can help you reach your goals faster as a mentor and a coach.


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