Sayings About Food #1

The missing words are foods or drinks. See if you can guess them.
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Last updated: November 13, 2018
First submittedOctober 20, 2010
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Saying
As flat as a pancake
Couch potato
Don't cry over spilled milk
Oil and water don't mix
Let them eat cake
The proof is in the pudding
Variety is the spice of life
Beef, it's what's for dinner
As cool as a cucumber
An apple a day
keeps the doctor away
Saying
Too many cooks spoil the broth
If life deals you lemons, make lemonade
Don't put all your eggs in one basket
The greatest thing since sliced bread
The carrot and the stick
Man does not live by bread alone
Like taking candy from a baby
Champagne taste on a beer budget
Not for all the tea in China
You'll catch more flies with honey
than with vinegar
Saying
Not worth a hill of beans
Take it with a grain of salt
Cream rises to the top
Turn water into wine
Stew in one's own juices
Tough nut to crack
Wake up and smell the coffee
The toast of the town
Humble pie
You can't squeeze blood
from a turnip
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Level 73
Apr 11, 2013
Good quiz. Just one criticism. The proverb is 'The proof of the pudding is in the eating' (not 'The proof is in the pudding').
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Level 57
Apr 16, 2018
Just throwing this out there, but if a lot of people make the same mistake...then is it a mistake, or have they modified and created a new proverb? Just because it's not the original one, doesn't mean it isn't a proverb...
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Level 14
Apr 17, 2018
Just because people are not knowledgeable or culturally literate does not make the falsely circulated idiom the correct one. the Original is always right while modern society is wrong. that's just how it is.
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Level 80
Feb 17, 2019
I don't see why the same wouldn't apply to words then. The whole of English language is ignorant and culturally illiterate and the original is always right ...
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Level 67
Mar 22, 2019
@yellowcloud. So each and every word you type is wrong, because none of them were in the original language.
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Level 74
Sep 9, 2020
I'm with Yellowcloud in this case. The proof is in the pudding makes no sense. I am aware that language is like a river - constantly moving - but this phrase is often mis-quoted. In this case, 'proof' means what it used to mean, namely 'test'.
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Level 70
Jun 28, 2021
It's just like language itself... ever evolving. If millions of people for a hundred years adopt the same saying and it becomes common, who is anyone to say it's wrong? It is pretentious to call people stupid for saying something that has been around for so long. Some people are just so pedantic and can't accept that things change and evolve with time, however "stupid" they may think it seems. It's the same way with grammar nazis. It doesn't make you look as smart as you think it does to criticize someone's grammar, especially in the internet age. I probably have a dozen grammar mistakes in this comment that could be picked apart. Who cares? This isn't a novel or textbook. I'm not invested enough in this comment to give a crap. Did you get what I meant by what I wrote? If you speak English, of course you did! Get over it.
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Level 57
Oct 15, 2021
Exactly. “Proof” as in maths or geometry.

“What are you doing? Get that proof out of the pudding, or it will get soggy!”

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Level 56
Apr 16, 2018
The original phrasing isn't very relevant when many people don't say all of the words. I, for one, have never heard "the proof of the pudding is in the eating." Every time I hear that idiom, it's always "the proof is in the pudding." Perhaps this is regional?
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Level 90
Apr 11, 2013
Request the addition of bacon for coffee. Besides being the way I usually hear and say it, it's bacon!!
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Level ∞
Aug 7, 2015
Okay, bacon will work now.
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Level 69
Mar 15, 2021
I don't think that "wake up and smell the bacon" is overly common. It's a cute way of saying the original phrase, but Google nGram suggests that "wake up and smell the bacon" is just not a thing. I put in "up and smell the bacon" to get around the 5 word limit, and there is virtually no use of the phrase in writing. "up and smell the coffee", on the other hand, popped up in the 1960s and became very popular in the 2000s.
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Level 56
Jun 28, 2021
I've always heard it with bacon, never coffee
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Level 80
Aug 2, 2017
I thought it was, "wake up and smell the roses", but I guess not too many people eat roses.
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Level 72
Dec 15, 2017
You're thinking of "Stop and smell the roses."
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Level 18
Apr 13, 2013
Would you accept juice instead of juices? And I thought it was wake up and smell the bacon...
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Level 75
Oct 6, 2014
I just thought the same thing! (and didn't get the point :( )
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Level ∞
Aug 7, 2015
Juice (singular) will work now.
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Level 20
Apr 16, 2013
This is a great and fun quiz. I love quizzes with food or idioms/quotes in them, and this hit both of 'em! Thanks!
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Level 77
Oct 11, 2015
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Level 32
Apr 21, 2013
since when was oil a drink!
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Level 77
Jan 5, 2017
It isn't a drink, but it's a food. Oil and vinegar dressing?
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Level 20
Jul 16, 2014
i immediately went Wake up and Smell the Hummus! Sorry its Aladdin's fault!!
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Level 8
Jun 1, 2015
100% Yay!
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Level 74
Oct 11, 2015
I have never heard the expression "You can't squeeze blood from a turnip". From a stone, yes.
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Level 70
Nov 14, 2020
Seconded. Must be an American one.
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Level 47
Nov 24, 2020
Yeah I never heard of this either.
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Level 32
Jun 11, 2021
American (b. 1982), and also haven't heard it.
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Level 28
Oct 11, 2015
Maybe it's different in England but I know it to be "Stew in one's own filth" and "You can't squeeze blood from a stone".
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Level 48
Oct 11, 2015
People in my country say that "squeeze blood from a crab".
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Level 71
Oct 12, 2015
Poor old crab!
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Level 55
Oct 15, 2015
If life gives you lemons...shut up and eat your lemons.
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Level 83
Mar 1, 2017
LOL!! Glad my father never heard that one. Brussel sprouts were bad enough.
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Level 74
Apr 27, 2016
I have never heard the phrase "You can't squeeze blood from a turnip" in my life. Always heard it as "You can't squeeze blood from a stone".
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Level 83
Mar 1, 2017
Actually, the way I always heard the stone phrase was "you can't GET blood from a stone." I quickly discerned that most people don't consider rocks to be food, and then noticed that the quiz said "squeeze" and not "get", so I broke out the mental crowbar and managed to dig up turnip.
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Level 34
Nov 21, 2016
We have always said the greatest thing since buttered toast.
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Level 87
Jul 6, 2019
That still doesn't explain how "toast of the town" is the least guessed with 19%.
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Level 47
Nov 24, 2020
Maybe because toast in this case doesn't refer to the food but rather the act of toasting someone/something … although I suppose that still implies a drink hmmm. It's still pretty easy to guess.

Three I never heard of: beef, turnip and hill of beans. Those must be American.

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Level 57
Jul 26, 2021
I think it's much more common to say 'talk of the town' rather than toast of the town, which isn't one I've heard
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Level 50
Jan 11, 2017
We're overdue for someone saying they've never heard of 'can't squeeze blood from a turnip'. If you do, make sure to mention you've always heard 'squeeze blood from a stone'.
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Level 87
Jul 6, 2019
You can squeeze blood from a burger.
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Level 44
Dec 13, 2017
I thought it was wake up and smell the roses
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Level 23
Mar 9, 2018
roses are not foods are they?
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Level 76
Apr 14, 2018
Well, I've eaten salads that included rose petals. Not particularly tasty, though.
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Level 80
Feb 17, 2019
Rose water is a popular aroma for sweets in parts of Balkans and Middle East.
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Level 82
Apr 14, 2018
Top banana?
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Level 67
Apr 14, 2018
Sour grapes?
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Level 55
Apr 14, 2018
30/30 very easy.....don't understand why people always have to debate these things. I mean even if you never actually heard one of these said in person, you've never read books or watched tv/movies

Where people have said things? Like in my area i never heard the stick one but I remembered a book I read ten years ago that said that.

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Level 83
Apr 14, 2018
Sam Malone: You know what they say, you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Woody Boyd: Maybe I shouldn't be butting in here, but you can catch the most with dead squirrels.
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Level 87
Jul 6, 2019
Woody Harrelson has always played a bit of himself from day 1.
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Level 63
Apr 14, 2018
Carrot and the stick very low? Very well known in the uk but not so USA?
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Level 25
Apr 14, 2018
I'm surprised the saying "If life gives you lemons, make lemonade" isn't here
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Level 70
Aug 2, 2018
Um... it is.
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Level 60
Apr 16, 2018
Wake up and smell the carrot.
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Level 71
Nov 26, 2018
Well snowmen do!
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Level 67
Mar 9, 2020
it is hard to smell with a carrot.. mainly the lack of nostrils makes it difficult
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Level 87
Jul 6, 2019
Mill donkeys dream about them.
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Level 44
Apr 18, 2018
A commercial tagline is not a saying.
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Level 57
Apr 24, 2018
I argue that it's a saying now. It's evolved from its humble beginnings.
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Level 80
Feb 17, 2019
And it's US-centric :) Anyway if we're talking about healthy, light meals are much better for dinner ...
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Level 70
Nov 14, 2020
Assuming that’s the “...it’s what’s for dinner” question, I have to agree. An advertising slogan that isn’t used in Britain is kinda tough for us Brits to guess. It’s narrowed down to any food stuff that isn’t already an answer. That’s quite a wide field.
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Level 77
Aug 15, 2018
Never heard the turnip one. But it's true, clearly.
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Level 74
Sep 9, 2020
Turnip and beef are both unknown to me, as a non-US person. Still, you live and learn, right? However, I do think that brioche ought to be permitted, as it stems from the (apocryphal) phrase of Marie-Antoinette, "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche..."
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Level 39
Mar 19, 2019
Can Egg be accepted for Eggs?
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Level 50
Jul 9, 2019
I've only ever heard "talk of the town", could that be accepted?
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Level 85
Aug 5, 2019
"talk of the town" wouldn't be a saying about food, though.
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Level 56
Sep 2, 2019
please include stone, as in 'you can't, get blood out of a stone'. I have never heard of turnip!
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Level 83
Mar 9, 2020
submit a video of you eating a bowl full of stones and we'll consider making the change.
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Level 73
Mar 26, 2020
I was just thinking humble pig like from Charlotte's web
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Level 67
Sep 10, 2020
Never heard of the beef one. I misread it as "what's for dinner?" as if someone was asking, so I tried honey and sugar, imagining a 50's husband walking through the door and asking his wife what she was cooking.
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Level 69
Mar 15, 2021
I believe that isn't a phrase, but a marketing slogan for an American beef board of some kind. It was a popular commercial and became part of American culture. It's like "Got Milk?", I believe.
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Level 44
Oct 9, 2020
I've only heard a tough cookie to crack. Strange
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Level 57
Jul 26, 2021
is cookie-cracking a thing, though?
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Level 38
Oct 21, 2020
Can you make a saying about food quiz but where the answers change every time
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Level 31
Nov 16, 2020
cream of the crop could be another cream related one...
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Level 74
Jan 20, 2021
I never understand what's supposed to be so good about sliced bread. It dries out too fast. Give me a bread knife and unsliced bread any day.
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Level 65
Mar 15, 2021
Could you accept "let them eat brioche"? It's the original sentence ("Qu'ils mangent de la brioche") and I had no idea it was mis-translated as "cake" in English.
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Level 69
Mar 15, 2021
According to Google nGram, squeezing blood from a stone is common in the US and Britain whereas the turnip phrase is only common in the US. The turnip phrase appears to have initially been more common in the 1850s and the stone phrase slowly caught up, and now both are common in the US. The turnip phrase is not common in the UK.
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Level 69
Mar 15, 2021
As for the pudding discussion, "the proof of the pudding is in the eating" is definitely the correct phrase, for it was FAR more common until very recently in the USA, and the "in the eating" phrase is still more common in British English. The "in the eating" phrase appears to be from about the 1730s and the corruption started in the 1860s. Also, the phrase, "the proof is in the pudding," doesn't make logical sense, but I grew up with that phrase, knowing what it meant, but not knowing why.
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Level 59
Aug 15, 2021
Got Juice by accident cuz I was like "Turn water into juice??"
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Level 55
Nov 18, 2021
When you say “rice” and it gives you “tea”
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Level 68
Feb 25, 2022
The saying I’m familiar with is “scum always floats to the top” although obviously that is not really a food-related answer.
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Level 32
Mar 13, 2022
Can you accept sweets for candy from a baby? That’s the uk term I think, it’s what I’ve used for years…
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Level 71
May 19, 2022
I'm British and I've never heard it with sweets, always candy.