WEATHER IDIOMS

under the weather – to be or feel under the weather is to be or feel ill.

fair-weather friend – a fair-weather friend is someone who is your friend when things are going well for you, and who stops being your friend when you are having problems.

as right as rain – to feel as right as rain is to feel completely well again. This expression is often used as a reassurance.

raining cats and dogs – if it is raining cats and dogs it is raining very heavily.

come rain or shine – come rain or shine means whatever happens or whatever the weather.

bucket down (phrasal verb) – to bucket down is to rain very heavily.

take a rain check (on something) – if you take a rain check on something you postpone it until another time.

save for a rainy day – to save for a rainy day is to save something (especially money) for a time in the future when it might be needed unexpectedly.

it never rains but it pours – this proverb means that when one bad thing happens, other bad things will inevitably happen at the same time or quickly one after the other.

snowed under – to be snowed under is to have too much work to do.

break the ice – to break the ice is to do or say something that makes people feel less shy, nervous or embarrassed, and more relaxed, in a social setting.

put on ice – to put something on ice is delay or postpone it.

the tip of the iceberg – if something is the tip of the iceberg it is only a small, easily visible, part of a problem – there is much more to the problem than is immediately obvious.

a ray of hope – if there is a ray of hope there is a small chance that something positive will happen. The negative form, not a ray of hope, is often used

under a cloud – if someone is under a cloud they are suspected of having done something wrong.

on cloud nine – if you are on cloud nine you are extremely happy.

have one’s head in the clouds – to have one’s head in the clouds is to be out of touch with reality: to have ideas and thoughts that are not sensible or practical.

every cloud has a silver lining -the proverb every cloud has a silver lining means that something good always comes from something bad, and there is always a reason to hope, even in the worst situations.

People often use this expression to try and cheer up someone who is having a difficult time.

a cloud on the horizon – a cloud on the horizon is a problem that is likely to happen in the future

To not have the foggiest (idea) is to not know or understand something at all.

sail close to the wind – to sail close to the wind is to do something that is dangerous or only just legal or socially acceptable.

put the wind up someone – to put the wind up someone is to worry or frighten someone.

To get the wind up is to become worried or frightened.

get wind of – to get wind of something is to find out about something, usually accidentally or from a confidential source.

there’s something in the wind – if there’s something in the wind, it means one suspects that something important or significant is about to happen.

a windfall – a windfall is a sum of money that you win or receive from someone unexpectedly.

A windfall is also a fruit blown down from a tree by the wind.

a windbag – a windbag is someone who talks a lot but says nothing of any importance.

long-winded – if talking or writing is long-winded it has too many words and is tediously long.

the calm before the storm – the calm before the storm is a quiet or peaceful period just before a period of great activity, excitement or arguments.

a storm in a teacup is a big fuss made about something of little importance.

have a face like thunder – to have a face like thunder is to look very angry.

like greased lightning or like a streak of lightning – extremely fast.

spring clean – to spring-clean a place is to thoroughly clean it, especially in spring.

In the northern hemisphere, spring is the months of March, April and May.

People sometimes use the expression spring-cleanwhen they are thoroughly cleaning their home at other times of the year.

Indian summer – an Indian summer is a period of warm sunny weather in late autumn or early winter in the Northern Hemisphere, usually occurring after a period of cold or frosty weather.

An Indian summer is also a time of great happiness or success that happens late in a person’s life or career.