food Idioms & Phrases


angel food cake

  • noun a light sponge cake made without egg yolks
    angel cake.
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bird food

  • noun food given to birds; usually mixed seeds
    bird feed; birdseed.
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breakfast food

  • noun any food (especially cereal) usually served for breakfast
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buy food

  • verb purchase prepared food to be eaten at home
    take out.
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canned food

  • noun food preserved by canning
    canned goods; canned food; tinned goods.
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canned foods

  • noun food preserved by canning
    canned goods; canned food; tinned goods.
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cat food

  • noun food prepared for cats
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comfort food

  • noun food that is simply prepared and gives a sense of wellbeing; typically food with a high sugar or carbohydrate content that is associated with childhood or with home cooking
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convenience food

  • noun any packaged dish or food that can be prepared quickly and easily as by thawing or heating
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dehydrated food

  • noun food preserved by dehydration
    dehydrated food.
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dehydrated foods

  • noun food preserved by dehydration
    dehydrated food.
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delicatessen food

  • noun ready-to-eat food products
    delicatessen.
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devil's food

  • noun very dark chocolate cake
    devil's food.
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devil's food cake

  • noun very dark chocolate cake
    devil's food.
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dog food

  • noun food prepared for dogs
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fast food

  • noun inexpensive food (hamburgers or chicken or milkshakes) prepared and served quickly
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finger food

  • noun food to be eaten with the fingers
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food additive

  • noun an additive to food intended to improve its flavor or appearance or shelf-life
    artificial additive.
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food allergy

  • noun allergic reaction to a substance ingested in food
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food and agriculture organization

  • noun the United Nations agency concerned with the international organization of food and agriculture
    FAO; Food and Agriculture Organization.
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food and agriculture organization of the united nations

  • noun the United Nations agency concerned with the international organization of food and agriculture
    FAO; Food and Agriculture Organization.
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food and drug administration

  • noun a federal agency in the Department of Health and Human Services established to regulate the release of new foods and health-related products
    FDA.
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food bank

  • noun a place where food is contributed and made available to those in need
    • they set up a food bank for the flood victims
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food cache

  • noun food in a secure or hidden storage place
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food chain

  • noun (ecology) a community of organisms where each member is eaten in turn by another member
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food color

  • noun a digestible substance used to give color to food
    food coloring; food colour; coloring; colouring; food color.
    • food color made from vegetable dyes
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food coloring

  • noun a digestible substance used to give color to food
    food coloring; food colour; coloring; colouring; food color.
    • food color made from vegetable dyes
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food colour

  • noun a digestible substance used to give color to food
    food coloring; food colour; coloring; colouring; food color.
    • food color made from vegetable dyes
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food colouring

  • noun a digestible substance used to give color to food
    food coloring; food colour; coloring; colouring; food color.
    • food color made from vegetable dyes
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food company

  • noun a company that processes and sells food
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food court

  • noun an area (as in a shopping mall) where fast food is sold (usually around a common eating area)
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food cycle

  • noun (ecology) a community of organisms where there are several interrelated food chains
    food cycle.
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food elevator

  • noun a small elevator used to convey food (or other goods) from one floor of a building to another
    dumbwaiter.
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food faddist

  • noun a person who adheres briefly to different diets
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food fish

  • noun any fish used for food by human beings
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food for thought

  • noun anything that provides mental stimulus for thinking
    food; intellectual nourishment.
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food grain

  • noun foodstuff prepared from the starchy grains of cereal grasses
    grain; cereal.
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food hamper

  • noun a hamper for packing and transporting food
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food manufacturer

  • noun a person who manufactures food products
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food market

  • noun a marketplace where groceries are sold
    grocery; market; grocery store.
    • the grocery store included a meat market
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food poisoning

  • noun illness caused by poisonous or contaminated food
    gastrointestinal disorder.
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food processor

  • noun a kitchen appliance with interchangeable blades; used for shredding or blending or chopping or slicing food
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food product

  • noun a substance that can be used or prepared for use as food
    foodstuff.
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food pyramid

  • noun (ecology) a hierarchy of food chains with the principal predator at the top; each level preys on the level below
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food shop

  • noun a shop selling ready-to-eat food products
    deli; delicatessen.
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food stamp

  • noun a government-issued stamp that can be used in exchange for food
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food turner

  • noun cooking utensil having a flat flexible part and a long handle; used for turning or serving food
    turner.
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Food vacuole

  • (Zoöl.), one of the spaces in the interior of a protozoan in which food is contained, during digestion.
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food waste

  • noun food that is discarded (as from a kitchen)
    scraps; refuse; garbage.
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food web

  • noun (ecology) a community of organisms where there are several interrelated food chains
    food cycle.
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Food yolk

  • . (Biol.) See under Yolk.
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fresh food

  • noun food that is not preserved by canning or dehydration or freezing or smoking
    fresh food.
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fresh foods

  • noun food that is not preserved by canning or dehydration or freezing or smoking
    fresh food.
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frozen food

  • noun food preserved by freezing
    frozen food.
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frozen foods

  • noun food preserved by freezing
    frozen food.
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health food

  • noun any natural or prepared food popularly believed to promote good health
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Isodynamic foods

  • (Physiol.), those foods that produce a similar amount of heat.
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junk food

  • noun food that tastes good but is high in calories having little nutritional value
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Maigre food

  • (R. C. Ch.), food allowed to be eaten on fast days.
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miraculous food

  • noun (Old Testament) food that God gave the Israelites during the Exodus
    manna from heaven; manna.
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Nitrogenous foods

  • . See 2d Note under Food, n., 1.
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pet food

  • noun food prepared for animal pets
    petfood; pet food.
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pet-food

  • noun food prepared for animal pets
    petfood; pet food.
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plant food

  • noun any substance such as manure or a mixture of nitrates used to make soil more fertile
    fertilizer; fertiliser.
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Plastic foods

  • . (Physiol.) See the second Note under Food.
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rabbit food

  • noun an uncooked vegetable
    raw vegetable.
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rechewed food

  • noun food of a ruminant regurgitated to be chewed again
    cud.
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Respiratory foods

  • . (Physiol.) See 2d Note under Food, n., 1.
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snack food

  • noun food for light meals or for eating between meals
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solid food

  • noun any solid substance (as opposed to liquid) that is used as a source of nourishment
    food.
    • food and drink
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soul food

  • noun food traditionally eaten by African-Americans in the South
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spoon food

  • noun a diet that does not require chewing; advised for those with intestinal disorders
    pap; soft diet.
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takeout food

  • noun prepared food that is intended to be eaten off of the premises
    takeout; takeaway.
    • in England they call takeout food `takeaway'
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To be off one's food

  • to have no appetite. (Colloq.)
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