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15 hidden meanings of popular food phrases

Discover the hidden meanings of some of your favorite food phrases. 

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2. "Cool as a cucumber"

Meaning: Super totally cool

Cucumbers don’t seem to be all that cool. I mean, they don’t have BMX bikes, Kanye West glasses, or even know how to do the robot. But this expression is taken from a literal characteristic of cukes. The inside of a cucumber is actually 20 degrees cooler than their outsides. So even without some Ed Hardy gear, cucumbers are pretty cool.

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