English idioms about breakfast

be toast – быть в беде

1. To be in serious trouble; to be ruined, finished, or defeated.

If Mom and Dad find out we took their car out last night, we’re toast!

Down by 45 points with only two minutes left in the game, it’s pretty safe to say that the home team is toast at this point.
2. To be completely broken, wrecked, or destroyed.

A: “Is there any way we can salvage the machine?”

B: “No way, the whole motherboard is toast.”
3. If someone is toast, they are about to lose their job or position or are about to be punished or killed.

Her only comment on his dismissal was: `I told you he was toast.’ If you don’t do what they say, you’re toast.


from hell to breakfast☕ -повсюду

Across a wide area.
The cops are looking from hell to breakfast for you—you better stay in hiding a while longer.
We searched from hell to breakfast, but never did find the runaway kid. I tracked that deer from hell to breakfast, but never got a shot at it.


(if you) sing before breakfast, (you’ll) cry before night не радуйся раньше времени

proverb. One should not celebrate one’s achievements before one’s business has actually begun.
A: “This new product is going to launch our company back to the forefront of the industry!” B: “Maybe let’s wait until it’s actually on the market before patting ourselves on the back. If you sing before breakfast, you’ll cry before night.”
Alan: Good morning, dear! Isn’t it a wonderful day? I feel great.

Jane: Sing before breakfast, you’ll cry before supper.

☕hope is a good breakfast but a bad supper ☹

proverb. Optimism is best-suited to the start of something.
Sure, it’s OK to feel hopeful now, only a few days into the project. But if you don’t have results as it wraps up, get ready for disappointment—after all, hope is a good breakfast but a bad supper.
Lisa began the day hoping that she would find work, and by the end of the day she had learned that hope is a good breakfast but a bad supper.


power lunch/power breakfast‍♂

1. A high-powered business meeting conducted during a lunch at a restaurant.

The boss has always used power lunches as an effective means of securing deals with potential clients and contractors. Whenever I travel for business, I always try to schedule power breakfasts with clients the morning after I arrive in order to maximize my time.

2. Any lunchtime meal that is considered especially nutritious and energy-rich.

For an incredible power lunch, try a poached egg and smashed avocado on thick-cut wholegrain toast, with a side salad full of green superfoods like spinach and kale.


shoot (one’s) breakfast

slang! To vomit.

I knew as soon as I got on the boat that I was going to shoot my breakfast.


shoot (one’s) cookies

slang! To vomit, especially violently or profusely.

With the way that boat was rocking back and forth, I felt like I was going to shoot my cookies over the side at any minute.

My roommate came back from his birthday celebrations and promptly started shooting his cookies into the trash can.

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