- 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.