Common Nature Idioms in English with Meaning and Examples

An idiom is a figure of speech established by usage that has a meaning not necessarily deductible from those of the individual words. Here is the list of most common Nature Idioms in English which are illustrated with pictures and examples.

Nature Idioms | Animal Idioms

(A) Different Kettle of Fish

  • Meaning: Not comparable (with something that has been under discussion
  • ExampleYou may think you know sailing, but the currents at Tierra del Fuego are a different kettle of fish.

(A) Leopard Can’t Change Its Spots

  • Meaning: People can’t successfully disguise or change their essential natures.
  • Example: Judith swears she’ll tell the truth from now on, but a leopard can’t change its spots.

(Bird in a) Gilded (Golden) Cage

  • Meaning: In a luxurious but confining situation
  • ExampleTheresa married a rich guy, but all she does is sit at home and log on to social media. She’s a bird in a gilded cage.


Common Nature Idioms in English with Meaning and Examples

Nature Idioms | Fruits Idioms

(The) Last Straw

  • Meaning: A problem, burden, or mistake that finally makes someone run out of patience
  • ExampleI’ve put up with all your mistakes on this project, but this is the last straw. I’m removing you from the team.

Note: A related idiom is “the straw the broke the camel’s back.”

A bite at the cherry

  • Meaning: An opportunity to achieve something
  • Example: He definitely wants a bite of the cherry.

A plum job

  • Meaning: Very good job
  • ExampleHe got a plum job in an insurance company.

Geographical Features Idioms

Across The Pond

  • Meaning: On or to the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.
  • ExampleAcross the pond, you’ll find that the English language changes quite a bit!

Note: Generally refers to the UK and the USA.

Back Forty

  • Meaning: Remote, inaccessible land
  • ExampleWe have lots of land that we’re not doing anything with. We could at least put in some paths through the back forty.

Note: This idiom is American.

Back Of Beyond

  • Meaning: A remote location
  • Example: We’re so far out in the back of beyond that I can’t even get a cell phone signal.

Plants and Flowers Idioms

Weather Idioms

(A Breath of) Fresh Air

  • Meaning: Something new and innovative, especially in contrast to a stagnant state of affairs
  • ExampleI know Andrew can seem abrasive, but he wants to shake things up. To me his ideas are a breath of fresh air.

(Every Cloud Has a) Silver Lining

  • Meaning: A positive aspect of a bad situation
  • ExampleThe silver lining to the layoffs is that we all have more office space now.

A Cold Day In July

  • Meaning: (Something that) will never happen
  • ExampleIt’ll be a cold day in July when our team wins the championship. We’re terrible.

Note: Generally used with “it’ll be.”

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