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Online ESL Idioms
An online collection of common English idioms.


This is a common phrase that may be used at a meal. The phrase does not literally mean that a person's eyes are actually bigger than the person's stomach. It basically means that a person has ordered more food than they are actually able to reasonably eat.

The phrase is common with children because they may often order more food than they can eat at a restaurant. Here is an example in conversation: "My daughter ordered a lot of food, but her eyes are bigger than her stomach."

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