20 weather idioms that will put you on cloud nine
- Writing will be a breeze with these English words and phrases all about the weather
- Have you ever felt snowed under by the amount of work you have?
The weather has been gloomy and it’s been raining cats and dogs lately in Hong Kong. While we all wait for our moment in the sun, let’s take a look at these phrases related to weather that will make your writing flourish.
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Storm in a teacup
Meaning: Great outrage or excitement about a trivial matter.
Example: I’m sure this is just a storm in a teacup; Alvin and Sarah will patch things up in no time.
Meaning: To be overwhelmed with a very large amount of something, especially work.
Example: I was snowed under with final exams last week.
Lightning never strikes the same place twice
Meaning: A lucky or unusual situation or event is unlikely to happen again in exactly the same circumstances or to the same person.
Example: The team was lucky to get that win but lightning never strikes the same place twice. They may not do as well next time.
The calm before the storm
Meaning: A period of unusual tranquillity or stability that comes before difficult times.
Example: It looks nice outside but this is just the calm before the storm; the Observatory said that a typhoon is coming.
To catch lightning in a bottle
Meaning: to succeed in a way that is very lucky or unlikely.
Example: He caught lightning in a bottle with the success of his very first book.
Rain or shine
Meaning: Whatever the weather or circumstance.
Example: Every Wednesday, rain or shine, Alison visits the elderly home with warm food.
On cloud nine
Meaning: To be extremely happy.
Example: I was on cloud nine when I won the competition.
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Rain on someone’s parade
Meaning: To prevent someone from enjoying an event; spoil someone’s plans.
Example: I’m sorry to rain on your parade but you’re not allowed to eat on the premises.
Throw caution to the wind
Meaning: To act in a completely reckless manner.
Example: After thinking about it for years, he finally threw caution to the wind, quit his job, and started his own company.
Steal someone’s thunder
Meaning: To prevent another person from getting success or attention by doing or saying something they were planning to do; to take credit for someone else’s idea, or to overshadow someone.
Example: Sam stole my thunder when he said he’d done all the work; I actually did it all.
Weather the storm
Meaning: to deal with a difficult situation without being harmed or damaged too much.
Example: Newspapers are weathering the storm of the emergence of online media.
When it rains, it pours
Meaning: Misfortunes or difficult situations tend to follow each other in rapid succession or arrive all at the same time.
Example: I never had an injury before in my life but in the last year, I’ve had a sprain and a broken foot. It’s true what they say about injuries: when it rains, it pours
Life isn’t all rainbows and unicorns
Meaning: Real life does not just consist of innocent, carefree happiness; there is more hardship or suffering in reality than one realises.
Example: Life isn’t all rainbows and unicorns, so you have to get used to it and be brave.
To whistle down the wind
Meaning: Let something go; abandon something.
Example: Once I found out that she had lied, I had to whistle her down the wind.
It’s a breeze
Meaning: very easy to do or achieve.
Example: After all the hard work he put in, the exam was a breeze.
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Cooking up a storm
Meaning: to do something with a lot of energy and often skill; to enthusiastically make a lot of food in a short period of time
Example: Rob was in the kitchen cooking up a storm for the holiday.
On thin ice
Meaning: In a precarious or risky situation.
Example: I’m on thin ice with my boss because I’ve been late two days in a row.
Pure as the driven snow
Meaning: Completely virtuous or innocent; having no moral flaws.
Example: I would not claim that politicians are as pure as the driven snow.
Make hay while the sun shines
Meaning: To make the most of a favourable situation while it lasts.
Example: We’ve got a few days off work so let’s make hay while the sun shines and go camping.
Moment in the sun
Meaning: A time of being popular or getting a lot of attention.
Example: It was lovely to see my teachers get their moment in the sun.