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Weather Idioms

Weather Idioms

We native English language speakers like our idioms, we all know that, but North American speakers in particular like to use turns of phrase, which make use of weather and atmospheric terms.

Here are a few of the most popular and commonly used weather related idioms:

Blue skies: an optimistic outlook or disposition

Any port in a storm: in an emergency, any solution, even one that wouldn’t normally be an option, is acceptable

Brighten up the day: something has happened to make you feel positive and happy

Calm before the storm: calm before a period of a flurry of activity or argument 

Chasing rainbows: someone is trying to do something which they will never succeed at or achieve

On cloud nine: means you are extremely happy

Cloud of suspicion: someone is not believed or trusted 

Come rain or shine: something is going to happen no matter what, and no type of weather will stop it

Come hell or high water - no matter what happens

Dry spell: someone is having a dry spell if they are not being as successful at the moment 

Every cloud has a silver lining - you should never feel hopeless because difficult times always lead to better time

Face like thunder - have a very angry  expression

Fair-weather friend - someone who is a friend only when things are going well

Get wind of- to learn of something or to hear about something

Greased lightening - something fast or powerful

Head in the clouds - to be absentminded or impractical

In a fog - dazed, not paying attention to what is going on around them 

Know which way the wind blows - to know what is happening in changing circumstance, to be able to anticipate future events

Lightening fast - something happens extremely fast

Not know enough to come in out of the rain - to be very stupid

Rainy day - a time of need or trouble

Rain on your parade - to spoil something for someone

Sail close to the wind - to take risks, generally refers to something that might not be legal

Three sheets to the wind - drunk

Shoot the breeze - have a conversation

Made in the shade - to be set for life

When it rains it pours - bad times or difficult situations follow in rapid succession or happens all at one time 

Steal someone’s thunder - to do something that takes attention away from what someone else is doing or has done

Take a raincheck - to tell someone that you cannot accept their invitation but would like to try to reschedule at a laster time

Take by storm - to conquer something in a fury or to succeed overwhelmingly 

Throw caution to the winds - to behave or speak rashly

Under a cloud - to be suspected of something

Raining cats and dogs - to be raining a great amount

Storm is brewing - there is going to be trouble or an upset

Under the weather - to be ill or sick

Once in a blue moon - to happen very seldom

Weather the storm - to experience something and survive it or get through it

The tide had turned - to cause a reversal in direction of particular events or in public opinion

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