45+Useful Weather Idioms with Meaning and Examples 1

45+Useful Weather Idioms with Meaning and Examples

Learn common Weather idioms in English with meaning and examples.

Useful list of 45+ Weather Idioms in English.

Weather Idioms

(A Breath of) Fresh Air

  • Meaning: Something new and innovative, especially in contrast to a stagnant state of affairs
  • Example: I 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
  • Example: The 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
  • Example: It’ll be a cold day in July when our team wins the championship. We’re terrible.

Note: Generally used with “it’ll be.”

A snowball’s chance in hell

  • Meaning: To be very unlikely to succeed at something
  • Example: That small boat has a snowball’s chance in hell of surviving the hurricane.

A storm in a teacup

  • Meaning: Unnecessary anger or worry about an unimportant or trivial matter
  • Example: Their arguments were like a storm in a teacup.

All Wet

  • Meaning: Completely mistaken
  • Example: If you think I’m going to climb that rickety ladder, you’re all wet!

Note: All Wet

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.

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Blood and Thunder

  • Meaning: A dramatic, spectacular performance
  • Example: The heavy metal concert ended with a piece that was truly blood and thunder.

Blow Hot and Cold

  • Meaning: Shift one’s level of enthusiasm repeatedly
  • Example: I can’t figure out Stephanie’s attitude toward the trip-she’s blowing hot and cold about it. First she’s all excited, but then she seems reluctant to go.

Bolt from the Blue

  • Meaning: Something completely unexpected
  • Example: When Nick broke up with me, it was a bolt from the blue. I was stunned.


  • 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.

Catch some rays

  • Meaning: To sit or lie outside in the sun
  • Example: Yesterday, I lay on the beach and catch some rays.

Chase Rainbows

  • Meaning: To pursue unrealistic goals
  • Example: It might seem like chasing rainbows, but I’m convinced my research will have important applications someday.

Cold Day in Hell

  • Meaning: A condition for something that would be extremely unlikely to occur
  • Example: It’ll be a cold day in hell before I’ll go out with him!

Note: You can also say “When hell freezes over.”

Come Hell or High Water

  • Meaning: No matter what happens
  • Example: Come hell or high water, we will be in New York for the meeting tomorrow morning.

Come rain or shine

  • Meaning: Do regularly, whatever the circumstances
  • Example: I listen to the music every day, come rain or shine.

Cook Up a Storm

  • Meaning: Cook a great deal of food
  • Example: Why don’t you come over to our house for Thanksgiving? My mom will be cooking up a storm, and there’ll be more food than we can possibly eat.

Dead of winter

  • Meaning: The coldest, darkest part of winter
  • Example: I find myself dreaming of tropical islands every year in the dead of winter.

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!

Have (one’s) head in the clouds

  • Meaning: Not know what is happening around you or out of touch with reality
  • Example: My son always has his head in the clouds as he walks home from school.

Heavens open

  • Meaning: Start to rain heavily
  • Example: Let’s come back soon before the heavens open!

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.

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!

Old Man Winter

  • Meaning: Winter
  • Example: Old Man Winter is hanging around this year-it’s the middle of March, and we still have a lot of snow.

On Cloud Nine

  • Meaning: Extremely happy
  • Example: Cindy was on cloud nine after her boyfriend proposed to her.

Note: This formerly had the connotation of drug usage (as in the song of this title by the Temptations), but it’s now more generally used.

On Thin Ice

  • Meaning: In a risky situation, especially in an interpersonal relationship
  • Example: I have to go to work. I’ve been late twice this week already, and I’m on thin ice with the boss.

In a Fog

  • Meaning: Confused, not mentally alert
  • Example: I made a huge mistake. I stayed up all night studying, and I was in a fog when it came time to start the exam.

Get Wind of

  • Meaning: Hear about
  • Example: A large stone sculpture was stolen from our backyard last night. If you get wind of anyone trying to sell one, please let me know.

(Be) a Breeze

  • Meaning: Very easy
  • Example: I stayed up all night studying for that exam, and then it turned out to be a breeze!

Bone Dry

  • Meaning: Completely dry, totally without moisture
  • Example: Several of the smaller rivers and reservoirs in Cape Town are bone dry, and without conservation measures the city could run out of water.

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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.

Perfect Storm

  • Meaning: A rare combination of disastrous occurrences
  • Example: I’m sorry we damaged your car. It was a perfect storm-bad weather, poorly maintained brakes, and an inexperienced driver.

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!

Note: This idiom was popularized by the George Clooney film of the same name.

Rain Cats And Dogs

  • Meaning: Rain heavily
  • Example: It’s been raining cats and dogs all day. I’m afraid the roof is going to leak.

Rain on Someone’s Parade

  • Meaning: Spoil someone’s plans
  • Example: I’m sorry to rain on your parade, but the park is closed tomorrow, so we can’t have our picnic there.

Right as Rain

  • Meaning: Absolutely correct
  • Example: Once again, John is right as rain. We should sell the Chicago office building.

Soak up the sun

  • Meaning: To enjoy the sun
  • Example: Let’s go out and soak up some sun.

Spit into The Wind

  • Meaning: Wasting time on something futile
  • Example: We’re just spitting into the wind when we try to enter that market. Local companies dominate it, and always have.

Steal Someone’s Thunder

  • Meaning: Upstage someone
  • Example: Kim stole Ted’s thunder at the meeting today. He had been working on his presentation for weeks, but she dropped the big news about the new president.

Stormy relationship

  • Meaning: Relationship that has a lot arguments and disagreement
  • Example: We broke up because we found our relationship to be stormy one.

Take a Rain Check

  • Meaning: Decline an invitation but suggest that you’ll accept it at a later time.
  • Example: I have to attend a work retreat tonight, so I can’t go out with you. But can I take a rain check?

Three Sheets to the Wind

  • Meaning: Very drunk
  • Example: I just saw Frances at the bar. She’s three sheets to the wind – I think I should go back and make sure she gets home safely.

Throw Caution to the Wind

  • Meaning: To act in a daring way, without forethought
  • Example: Throwing caution to the wind, he bet all the money he brought on his trip at the roulette table.

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.

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.

Under the Weather

  • Meaning: Feeling ill
  • Example: Louise said she was going home early – she’s under the weather.

When Hell Freezes Over

  • Meaning: Never
  • Example: Tom stole cameras when he worked here. I’ll hire him back when hell freezes over.

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