Things About Fruit
October 23, 2007 10:06 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for phrases, sayings, anything that incorporates a fruit. For example: "Apple of my eye" or "Cherry on top." Thanks!
posted by KevinSkomsvold to Writing & Language (45 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
 
Peachy keen, jelly bean.
posted by spec80 at 10:08 AM on October 23, 2007


The "Orange you glad I didn't say banana?" joke.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 10:08 AM on October 23, 2007 [1 favorite]


"Why so glum, sugar plum?"
posted by pinksoftsoap at 10:10 AM on October 23, 2007


Going bananas
Peachy keen
Grapes of wrath
Comparing apples to oranges
Adam's apple
Pop one's cherry (NSFW)
posted by Faint of Butt at 10:10 AM on October 23, 2007


Plum assignment
posted by pointystick at 10:11 AM on October 23, 2007


"the apple doesnt fall far from the tree"

"it wasnt the apple in the tree, but the pair on the ground that caused all the problems"
(paraphrased from a scene in the film "for your consideration")
posted by The_Auditor at 10:13 AM on October 23, 2007


One bad apple spoils the whole bunch.
posted by trip and a half at 10:14 AM on October 23, 2007


hot tomato
yes we have no bananas
an apple a day keeps the doctor away
time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana - Groucho Marx
pretty pretty please with a cherry on top
you're a peach
peach fuzz
cherry top (police car)
blowing raspberries
you're my huckleberry
huckleberry hound
posted by iconomy at 10:15 AM on October 23, 2007


A Russian saying... if a room is really crowded, they will say "There was not enough room for an apple to drop."
posted by BobFrapples at 10:15 AM on October 23, 2007


Sour grapes
Sweet as a peach (southern only?)
Two peas in a pod
That person is nuts
I got kicked in the nuts
Nuts to that idea
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade
Limey bastard (UK only?)
posted by Ynoxas at 10:16 AM on October 23, 2007


something going pear-shaped (i.e. going wrong)
buying a lemon (bad car)
Limeys (the British)
going up the apples and pears (Cockney slang for stairs)
"Oranges and lemons sing the bells of St. Clemens" (children's song)
posted by cadge at 10:17 AM on October 23, 2007


An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
The Big Apple
I didn't come down the Clyde in a banana boat. (Old Glasgow expression!)
Plum crazy
That's a peach! (to express that something is an excellent example)
Everything's peaches 'n' cream (All is well)
It's all gone pear shaped (It's all gone wrong)
To blow a raspberry.
To play gooseberry (three's a crowd etc)
Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb (meaningless chatter)
Lemon (cockney rhyming slang for your girlfriend - lemon curd - bird)
Limey (Yank slang for British soldier)
Sour grapes (Spite)
posted by brautigan at 10:23 AM on October 23, 2007


Wow! This is great. I should tell you what goal I am trying to accomplish. This will be for a song (country, of course). Beer drinkin' and cheatin' has already been well documented so it's time to move on to one of the food groups.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 10:29 AM on October 23, 2007


To get a strawberry (a rash or scrape)
Make like a banana and split (4th grade only?)
William Tell's apple
Apple for teacher
As American as Apple Pie
She's my Cherry Pie (put a smile on your face, 10 miles wide)
You can't get blood from a turnip (veggie?)
Working for peanuts
My twig and two berries (Austin Powers only?)
You put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up
Nuttier than a fruitcake

What did the grape say when the gorilla sat on him? Nothing, he just let out a little wine.
posted by Ynoxas at 10:30 AM on October 23, 2007


top banana
cool as a cucumber
banana republic
upset the apple cart
cherry pick
pear-shaped
in a pickle
life is a bowl of cherries
big apple
nutty as a fruitcake
"Do you like apples? I got her number. How do you like them apples?"

Hopefully these aren't all low-hanging fruit.
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 10:30 AM on October 23, 2007


top banana
sweet as apple pie
posted by Gungho at 10:32 AM on October 23, 2007


beans, beans, the magical fruit
the more you eat, the more you toot

Hey! They're not a fruit! you would quickly object
But botanically speaking, you would not be correct

posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 10:34 AM on October 23, 2007


Banana....Montana.... I'm feeling it!
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 10:34 AM on October 23, 2007


Wow; on preview, I'm slow. :)

Here's a couple that I didn't see already:

"apple of dischord"
"a peach of a [noun]"
The orange that is too hard squeezed yields a bitter juice.
posted by ElectricBlue at 10:40 AM on October 23, 2007


Who gives a fig?
posted by cairnish at 10:41 AM on October 23, 2007


comparing apples to oranges
posted by phearlez at 10:43 AM on October 23, 2007


Bending someone over the apple barrel (to do wrong, take advantage of)
Upset the apple cart (to make a mess of things)
Saying someone's skin is wrinkled like a raisin.
Do you like PiƱa Coladas (a stretch I know)


Sounds like a novelty song, KS. I look forward to hearing it.
posted by Ynoxas at 10:44 AM on October 23, 2007


Honeydew is the money melon.
posted by nicwolff at 10:46 AM on October 23, 2007


Sounds like a novelty song, KS. I look forward to hearing it.

You're right, ynoxas and I'm trying hard not to make it one. I must give in to the force though, if it starts leaning in that direction.
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 10:50 AM on October 23, 2007


Someone who annoys you "gives you the pip." Couldn't swear to the derivation, but certainly sounds fruity.
And if you need crap puns I've just made up , how about "damson in distress"?
posted by Abiezer at 10:58 AM on October 23, 2007


"That girl is shaped like a gourd."

"That girl bruises like a banana."
posted by Curry at 11:44 AM on October 23, 2007


You can't have your cake and eat it too.
posted by effigy at 11:47 AM on October 23, 2007 [1 favorite]


I yam what I yam
Out of his gourd
posted by mightshould at 12:15 PM on October 23, 2007


Use your coconut.
posted by aubilenon at 12:43 PM on October 23, 2007


Forbidden fruit
posted by shinybeast at 12:58 PM on October 23, 2007


Raisin in the sun

And, within the universe of C&W songs:
Raisin hell and getting a date
posted by GrammarMoses at 1:24 PM on October 23, 2007


Babies arm holding an apple
posted by puddpunk at 2:02 PM on October 23, 2007


Turning into a pumpkin: "You're going to turn into a pumpkin!" (Cinderella)

Is a pumpkin a fruit?
posted by cabingirl at 2:06 PM on October 23, 2007


Plum out of ideas
posted by CAnneDC at 2:15 PM on October 23, 2007


Use your melon?
posted by CAnneDC at 2:17 PM on October 23, 2007


"Fruit of one's loins."
posted by skryche at 2:22 PM on October 23, 2007


"I heard it through the grapevine..."
posted by skryche at 2:43 PM on October 23, 2007


If you're willing to let in the vegetables, the tune's all ready to go for My Melon Collard Baby.
posted by cairnish at 2:49 PM on October 23, 2007


Blow a raspberry.
posted by Reggie Digest at 2:54 PM on October 23, 2007


One rotten apple spoils the whole barrel.
posted by BrotherCaine at 4:18 PM on October 23, 2007


You say "tomAYto", I say "tomAHto".
posted by tristeza at 4:57 PM on October 23, 2007


What's the difference between an orange?
(don't be silly, motorcycles don't have windshield wipers)

Nothing rhymes with orange.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 5:50 PM on October 23, 2007


What do you get when you cross an elephant and a grape?

Beats me, but its magnitude is elephant grape sin θ.
posted by nicwolff at 6:13 PM on October 23, 2007


Gooseberry for extra woman in a bunch of couples...from L.M. Montgomery's Anne of the Island.
posted by brujita at 9:37 PM on October 23, 2007


Oh. My. Gourd.
posted by flutable at 4:15 AM on October 24, 2007


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