People love talking about the weather and there are lots of idioms related to weather in English.
List of Weather Idioms with Meaning and Examples
List of Idioms Related to Weather
- 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.
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.