11/4/18 15 English idioms related to weather (Part 1)

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  • Break the ice

Meaning: to get a conversation started in a social situation, break the awkward silence when meeting someone new.
Example: I met a nice girl for coffee yesterday. At first it was a bit awkward, but I broke the ice with my camp story.

  • As right as rain

Meaning: to feel well, alright.
Example: I took some medicine before I went to bed and the next morning I was as right as rain.

  • To be under the weather

Meaning: to feel sick or unhealthy.
Example: Are you coming to the party on Friday? Unfortunately not, I feel a bit under the weather so I want to stay in.

  • A fair-weather friend

Meaning: someone who is your friend only when you’re in a good situation and they don’t support you in difficult times.
Example: I though Megan would support me when John dumped me, but she turned out to be a fair-weather friend.

  • Calm before the storm

Meaning: a quiet and peaceful time before something with great activity or difficulty happens.
Example: When the day started out peacefully I knew it was just the calm before the storm. I was expecting a busy day at the office.

  • Every cloud has a silver lining

Meaning: there’s something good in every bad situation.
Example: I’m really sick and feel awful, but I get to stay home, so I can thoroughly prepare for the test on Monday. Every cloud has a silver lining.

  • It never rains but it pours

Meaning: is used to comment on a situation that when something bad happens usually other bad things happen as well.
Example: First she got locked out of her apartment, then she lost her purse and when she was crossing the road she got splashed by a car. It never rains but it pours!

  • It’s raining cats and dogs

Meaning: it’s raining very hard, it’s pouring.
Example: I think I’m going to stay in today and read a book. It’s raining cats and dogs.

  • A storm is brewing

Meaning: there is going to be trouble or an argument.
Example: Everybody is getting on John’s last nerve with all these questions. A storm is brewing.

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