Idioms are word combinations that have a different figurative meaning than the literal meanings of each word or phrase. They can be confusing for people learning a language as they don’t mean what they say. Using the correct English idioms makes you sound like a native English speaker. However, English idioms are diverse and colorful. Hence; it is very difficult to remember all them. In the previous article, we shared a list of animal-related idioms. In this one, we would like to share you interesting weather-related idioms, hoping to help you find it easier to remember longer.
Here is the list of super cool weather idioms that you should write down, keep in mind, and try to use them in the English daily communication:
1. Have a face like thunder: to look extremely angry
What’s up with him today? He has a face like thunder!
2. A fair-weather friend: someone who is a good friend when it is easy to be one and who stops being one when you are having problems
I’m a bit disappointed in John and David. It turned out they were only fair-weather friends.
3. A storm in a teacup: a lot of unnecessary anger and worry about a matter that is not important
Don’t worry about those two arguing. It’s just a storm in a teacup.
4. As right as rain: to feel healthy or well again
Don’t worry about me, I’m as right as rain after my knee operation.
5. Be a breeze: to be extremely easy
Our English exam was a breeze. I’m sure I’ll get top marks.
6. Be snowed under: with too much work to deal with
We’re snowed under with applications for the job.
7. Every cloud has a silver lining: every difficult or sad situation has a comforting or more hopeful aspect, even though this may not be immediately apparent.
I got laid off from work yesterday, but every cloud has a silver lining and now I can spend more time writing my book.
8. Get wind of: begin to suspect that (something) is happening; hear a rumor of.
He got wind of the closure of the company so started looking for a new job immediately.
9. It’s raining cats and dogs: something that you say when it is raining heavily
Take you umbrella and a jacket because it’s raining cats and dogs outside.
10. On cloud nine: o be extremely happy and excited
They were both on cloud nine during their honeymoon.
11. Any port in a storm: used for saying that you will accept any help or take any opportunity if you are in a bad situation
I accepted the job although it was below my expectations. Any port in a storm, you know!
12. Bolt from the blue: something important or unusual that happens suddenly or unexpectedly
The news that they are getting a divorce was a bolt from the blue
13. Weather the storm: if someone or something weathers the storm, they successfully deal with a very difficult problem
They lost everything they had, but somehow they weathered the storm.
14. Ray of hope: something that provides a small amount of hope or happiness in a difficult situation
Don’t worry too much, there is a ray of hope after all.
15. In a fog: at a loss and confused
After he heard the bad news, he was in a fog for a moment.
16. Lovely weather for ducks: wet, rainy weather
A: What’s the weather like there?
B: It’s a lovely weather for ducks.
17. Under the weather: mildly ill.
A: How have you been?
B: I’ve been under the weather. But it’s OK now
18. Have your head in the clouds: to not know the facts of a situation
She always has her head in the clouds. She has done nothing successful until now.
19. It never rains but it pours: said when one bad thing happens, followed by a lot of other bad things that make a bad situation worse
He lost his job and lost love. It never rains but it pours.
20. Put on ice: to delay doing anything about a plan or idea
The project has been put on ice until our boss decides what to do next.
21. Storm is brewing: there is going to be trouble or emotional upset in the near future.
That a storm is brewing. You did broke your mom favorite vase.
22. Take a rain check: used to tell someone that you cannot accept an invitation now, but would like to do so at a later time
I love that dress, but could I can’t buy it now. Could I take a rain check on that?
23. Calm before the storm: a quiet or peaceful period before a period during which there is great activity, argument, or difficulty
Oh, enjoy the calm before the storm. Tomorrow the kids will come back and you will be mad with them.
24. Chase rainbows: to try to get something that you can never have
They told me that I’m chasing rainbows, but I don’t care, I believe myself.
25. Come rain or shine: whatever happens
I’ll be there with you come rain or shine, don’t worry.
26. Throw caution to the wind: to do something without worrying about the risks and danger involved.
Don’t throw caution to the wind. You know you will lose your job if you do that.
27. Save for a rainy day: to reserve something, especially money for use in a time or period of unforeseen difficulty, trouble, or need.
I save a portion of my wages each month for a rainy day.
28. Not have the foggiest (idea): to not know or understand something at all
I didn’t have the foggiest idea what he was talking about.
29. To shoot the breeze: to have a casual conversation
We sat out on the porch, just shooting the breeze
30. To make hay when the sun shines: to make the most of an opportunity while it lasts
A: “There’s a sale at Kmart this week – You wanna see if the have something for your sister’s birthday?”
B: ” Sure – Might as well make hay while the sun shines, and get her something at cut price!”