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English Weather Idioms

Added by Tomasz H. 29 May 2014 in category: English, Lexicon

Weather Idioms

snowed under

to have so much work that you have problems doing it all

e.g. I'm absolutely snowed under with work this week.

under a cloud

to not be trusted or popular because people think you have done something bad

e.g. The prime minister left office under a cloud after a scandal.

under the weather

to be or feel ill

e.g. I'm feeling a bit under the weather - I think I've caught a cold.

weather a storm

you survive a dangerous event or deal with a difficult situation.

e.g. In the next few weeks we will see if the ambassador can weather the political storm caused by his colleagues.

ray of sunshine

a happy person who makes others feel happy, especially in a difficult situation

e.g. I love look after my nephew. He's a ray of sunshine!

Have your head in the clouds

out of touch with the everyday world and can be unrealistic or naive as a result

e.g. It's impossible to talk with him. He has his head in the clouds!

make hay while the sun shines

make good use of the chance to do something while it lasts.

e.g. While my husband's out of town, I'm going to watch all the movies he wouldn't take me to see. I make hay while the sun shines.

raining cats and dogs

say "it's raining cats and dogs" if it's raining very hard

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

e.g. I had a lot of money and I knew a lot of people, but most of them turned out to be fair-weather friends.

quick as lightning / quick as a flash / quick as a wink

If you're as quick as a flash, or quick as a wink, or quick as lightning, you're very quick.

e.g. Quick as a flash, he snatched the book and ran out of the room.

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