15 hidden meanings of popular food phrases

Ever gone bananas? Or maybe you're cool as a cucumber. Maybe for you, finding the source of food-based idioms is a piece of cake. Even if you think you are a big cheese and already know everything, Eat24.com came up with 12 origins of popular food phrases – and then we added a few more of our own, too.

1. "It's all gravy"


Meaning: It’s all good

What’s the point of mashed potatoes, turkey, or poutine without a rich dolloping of gravy. This phrase originated from an Old English saying. Life, it explained, is meat and potatoes, and the luxuries are gravy. So essentially when you say "it’s all gravy," you’re saying "it" is all the awesome, saucy goodness in the world.

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