09 November 2020
We all know how much the British love to talk about the weather. According to sociological statistics, nine out of ten Britons discuss the weather throughout the day. Oscar Wilde believed that only those people who lack imagination to discuss other topics support the talk about the weather. And the writer Bill Bryson said that the most remarkable thing about these conversations is that there is nothing remarkable about them.
British weather and the British habit of constantly discussing it have always surprised foreigners.
Undoubtedly, such an interest in this topic could not but be reflected in the English language. That is why a considerable number of idioms are associated with the weather.
Before looking at them, let's remember what idioms are. Idioms, or phraseological units, are stable expressions, having heard which, do not try to translate them literally, unless only to cheer yourself up. Idioms should only be translated using a dictionary.
Now, let's move on to some of the commonly used English weather idioms.
They always get wind up when they see a dog.
The scientist went down a storm after discovering new medicines.
He was in a fog when he knew that he had been fired.
If I had got wind of the sale on time, I would have bought that set with a low price.
When he made a proposal to Jane, she felt on cloud nine.
If you really want to marry her, you definitely need to break the ice.
A new train has a very fast speed. It is really lightning fast.
The chief is in a good mood. You need to make hay while the sun shines if you want to get a promotion.
New films are running hot and cold. I can't choose which film to watch.
After the robbery in the museum each employee was under a cloud of suspicion.
We realized that only spring clean can save this old house.
All staff will be under a cloud if the government decides to close the factory.
He won a million, but he decided to save some money for a rainy day.
When I got into trouble, I asked my friend to help me, but unexpectedly he refused. I couldn't imagine that he was a fair-weather friend.
Science that we learned at school was just the tip of the iceberg.
She had to put their meeting on ice because of the work difficulties.
Author: German Goryaynov
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