15+ Interesting Idioms Related to Weather in English

People love talking about the weather and there are lots of weather related idioms in English


  • A storm in a teacup

Meaning: Unnecessary anger or worry about an unimportant or trivial matter

Example: Our argument was no big deal – just a storm in a tea cup

  • It never rains but it pours

Meaning: Bad luck and bad things tend to happen at the same time

Example: I lost my wallet and now I’ve lost my phone. It never rains but it pours!

  • Take a rain check

Meaning: Decline an invitation but maybe you will accept it another time

Example: No thanks. I’ll take the rain check. Enjoy the party!

  • Be snowed under

Meaning: Be extremely busy with work or things to do

Example: I’m snowed under with work. I’ve got so much to do.

  • Be/feel under the weather

Meaning: Be/feel unwell or ill

Example: I can’t finish my work today. I feel under the weather.

  • Have your head in the clouds

Meaning: Not know what is happening around you or out of touch with reality

Example: I can’t talk sense into him. He has his head in the cloud.

  • Soak up the sun

Meaning: To enjoy the sun

Example: Let’s go out and soak up some sun

  • Catch some rays

Meaning: To sit or lie outside in the sun

Example: yesterday, I lay on the beach and catch some rays.

  • Dog days of the summer

Meaning: The hottest day of summer

Example: It has been at least 50 degrees every day this week!. The dog days of summer are here!

  • On cloud nine

Meaning: very happy

Example: When my boyfriend proposed to me, I was on cloud nine.

  • In the dark

Meaning: Not informed

Example: I was kept in the dark about the intervention until a few minutes before it was a reality.

  • Heavens open

Meaning: Start to rain heavily

Example: Let’s come back soon before the heavens open!

  • Once in a blue moon

Meaning: Very rarely

Example: He has very little contact to his family. He came home once in a blue moon.

  • Come rain and shine

Meaning: Do regularly, whatever the circumstances

Example: I listen to the music every day, come rain or shine.

  • Raining cats and dogs

Meaning: Raining very heavily

Example: We have to cancel the outing, it is raining cats and dogs

  • Stormy relationship

Meaning: Relationship that has a lot arguments and disagreement

We broke up because we found our relationship to be stormy one.

  • Chasing rainbow

Meaning: Try to get something they will never obtain

Example: He wants to be a singer but I think he is chasing rainbow.

  • Brainstorm

Meaning: To generate many ideas quickly

Example: Before writing, our teacher asked us to brainstorm the topics for essays.

  • Break the ice

Meaning: To get something started, particularly by means of a social introduction or conversation

Example: It can be difficult to break the ice at formal events.

  • Rain on someone's parade

Meaning: To spoil someone's happy feelings

Example: I’m in a great mood, so don’t rain on my parade!

  • A snowball's chance in hell

Meaning: To be very unlikely to succeed at something

Example: The small boat had a snowball's chance in hell of surviving the storm.

  • Dead of winter

Meaning: The coldest, darkest part of winter

Example: It feels like the dead of winter out there.

  •  To be on thin ice

Meaning: To be in a risky situation

Example: If you keep asking him about his ex-girlfriend, you'll be on thin ice.

  • Pure as the driven snow

Meaning: To be innocent and chaste (frequently used ironically)

Example: I never thought Madonna was pure as the driven snow, but the book she wrote is crazy!

  • To break the ice

Meaning: To create a more friendly and relaxed atmosphere

Example: Charmaine was great at breaking the ice, she always knows what to say to people.

  • To run hot and cold

Meaning: To be unable to make up one's mind

Example: Alexi's feelings about her run hot and cold, one minute he loves her, and the next, he's bored of her.

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