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Food and cooking
- Nosh / grub – These are informal words for food.
- Lets go out for a slap up dinner. / Let’s pig out and stuff our faces! – Let’s go out and have a lot to eat!
- The food was fusion. – There was a mix of two types of food, e.g. Thai and western European.
- I really fancy an Indian! – You’re not in love with someone from India – you just want to go for a curry [spicy Indian food]!
- Fancy a ruby? – Here, ‘ruby’ is rhyming slang for ‘curry’. [Ruby Murray was one of the most popular singers in the UK in the 1950s.]
- I’m starving. I could eat a horse! – you are extremely hungry!
- I’m just a bit peckish. – You are not particularly hungry but feel like having something to eat.
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- A greasy spoon – A café that sells cheap, filling food.
- A good fry up / a full English breakfast – Bacon eggs, sausage, tomatoes, mushrooms and anything else people can cram on their plates.
- Pub grub – food you find in your local public house [the pub].
- A starter, a main course, and pudding / dessert. – A three course meal is served in this order.
- Service not included – If you see this on your bill at the end of the meal you’ll need to add on the tip.
After the meal
- That hit the spot!
- I’m absolutely stuffed!
- I’m full!
- I couldn’t eat another thing if I tried!
- I think I’ve eaten too much!
These are all informal expressions meaning you’ve eaten well and can’t eat any more.