I couldn’t possibly finish my ‘What’s Cooking in the Kitchen’ series without sharing some cooking idioms with you! So here are some idioms (and phrasal verbs) that are often used in General and Business English.

1. To cook the books – to record false information in the accounts of an organisation.
1. To cook the books — 在一个组织的账户上面记录错误或者假的信息。
When the company went bankrupt, it was discovered that one of the directors had been cooking the books for years.在公司破产的时候才发现一个董事会成员一直做假账做了好多年。

2. To go from/get/jump out of the frying pan into the fire – to go from a bad situation to a worse one.
2. To go from/get/jump out of the frying pan into the fire — 逃脱小难又遭大难。

She had always had problems with her Sales Manager, so was relieved when he was sacked. However, she went from the frying pan nto the fire with the new Sales Manager!

3. Too many cooks spoil the broth – too many people managing a job can actually create more problems
3. Too many cooks spoil the broth —人多反误事。

Look, we need to decide once and for all who is managing this project because we have a situation of too many cooks spoiling the broth at the moment.

4.To Cook Something Up – to organise something
4. To Cook Something Up — 组织事情

Leave the organisational details of the party to me. I will cook something up and it will be fantastic. You’ll see.

5. To grill someone -to question someone without stopping
5. To grill someone — 不停地质问某人

The police grilled the suspect for seven hours and still couldn’t get a confession out of him.

6. To boil over (phrasal verb) – when someone cannot control their anger and start to argue or fight
6. To boil over(动词短语) — 当一些人不能控制他们的愤怒从而开始争吵或是打架

The situation was so tense in the boardroom that people’s tempers were boiling over by the end of the meeting.

7. To simmer down (phrasal verb) – to become calm
7. To simmer down(短语动词)— 冷静下来

Hey, simmer down and relax. Getting angry won’t change things.

8. To Simmer with rage/anger – to be filled with negative emotions like rage and anger
8. To simmer with rage/anger — 像愤怒和生气一样充满负面情绪

Susan simmered with rage when she saw the disaster the builders had caused to the extension

9. To stew(v) or to be in a stew(noun) – to be mentally agitated
9. To stew or to be in a stew — 使其处于烦恼中

After the interrogation, the police let Tom stew for a few hours before releasing him.审问过后,警察在释放汤姆之前,让他烦恼了一会。

10. Half-baked ideas (informal) – ideas that have not been thought out enough
10. Half-baked ideas(非正式)— 未经过深思熟虑想出来的方法

James is always coming to me with his half-baked ideas on how we can increase sales. He is so annoying.