Download the Weather Idioms List & PDF Worksheets
View the updated web-version of the weather idioms list in the table below.
The idiom worksheets and games are also free to download.
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Weather Idiom Worksheets for ESL Students
Fun Weather Idiom Games for the Classroom
Weather Idioms Checklist (for BINGO)
29 Idioms and Phrases About Weather
*Updated: January 2019
|Idiom / Phrase||Meaning||Example Sentence|
|a breeze||easy||Riding a tricycle is such a breeze.|
|break the ice||doing something first in a social setting||Let me break the ice and buy everyone a drink.|
|calm before the storm||a peaceful period before mayhem||The teacher is enjoying the calm before the storm. All of the students will arrive soon.|
|chase rainbows||attempt something that will never be achieved||You're chasing rainbows if you think you're going to be a rock star.|
|every cloud has a silver lining||be optimistic||She got fired but found a better job she. Every cloud has a silver lining.|
|fair-weather friend||a person who is only a friend in good times||I try to avoid fair-weather friends. They aren't very sincere.|
|get a second wind||have new energy after an attempt||I was exhausted after 3 kilometers of running, but I got a second wind after I passed the beach.|
|get wind of something||overhear something about someone or something (often gossip)||Sherry got wind that her ex-boyfriend was coming to the same bar, so she went home.|
|have your head in the clouds||to be unaware or oblivious||You always have your head in the clouds. Do you have any idea what's happening?|
|know which way the wind blows||know the end result||Nobody knows which way the wind will blow. Just try to be positive.|
|on cloud nine||very happy||Elizabeth was on cloud nine when she put on the diamond ring.|
|put on ice||postpone||Let's put this problem on ice and get back to it tomorrow.|
|rain on someone else's parade||infringe on someone's happiness||Stop raining on my parade whenever you get miserable.|
|raining cats and dogs||raining heavily||It's raining cats and dogs. Remember your umbrella.|
|ray of hope||a slight chance that something positive will occur||She still had a ray of hope that she would get into medical school.|
|right as rain||feeling very well or fit||After a walk through the park, I feel as right as rain. My mind feels clear.|
|save for a rainy day||save money in case something unfortunate happens||You should save for a rainy day. You could get injured or become unemployed.|
|shoot the breeze||chitchat||Let's grab lunch and shoot the breeze.|
|skate on thin ice||do something risky||He was skating on thin ice when he insulted the boss.|
|snowed under||having too much work to do||I'm really snowed under now. Can I do the report tomorrow?|
|steal someone's thunder||to take credit for someone else's achievement||Some companies steal another's thunder and ignore copyright laws.|
|storm in a teacup||make a small problem bigger than it is||Don't make a storm in a teacup. We can go to another restaurant that doesn't require reservations.|
|storm is brewing||an indication that something bad could occur||A feel like a storm is brewing and the stock market is about to crash.|
|take a raincheck||reschedule at another time||Can I take a raincheck? I don't have time to hang out tonight.|
|take the wind out of my sails||to feel deflated||You really took the wind out of my sails when you laughed at my new invention.|
|the tip of the iceberg||a small part of a bigger problem||The tax evasion was just the tip of the iceberg. The company has committed countless other crimes.|
|throw caution to the wind||to let go of all responsibilities and have fun||Let's throw caution to the wind, quit our jobs, and go on vacation!|
|under the weather||feel sick||Sorry, I can't come to work today. I'm feeling a bit under the weather.|
|when it rains, it pours||many misfortunes often occur all at once||Last week, my dog died and I broke my leg. When it rains, it pours.|
Extra Examples of Weather Idioms in Use
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