Weather idioms

English idioms that use the weather.

a face like thunder = to look very angry: “What’s up with him today? He has a face like thunder!”

a fair-weather friend = a friend who doesn’t support you in bad times: “I’m a bit disappointed in John and David. It turned out they were only fair-weather friends.”

a snowball’s chance = very little chance (as much chance as a snowball has in hell): “We don’t have a snowball’s chance of winning that contract!”

a storm in a teacup = a lot of fuss over something small: “Don’t worry about those two arguing. it’s just a storm in a teacup.”

be a breeze = to be easy: “The exam was a breeze.”

be snowed under = to be very busy: “We’re snowed under at work.”

blow hot and cold = to keep changing your attitude: “They’re blowing hot and cold over this issue. It’s impossible to know what they want!”

brass-monkey weather = very cold weather: “It’s brass-monkey weather today. You’d better wrap up warm!”

come rain or shine = whatever happens: “He’s always working in his garden – come rain or shine.”

the lull before the storm = a quiet time before a busy or difficult time: “It’s going to get very busy on Thursday. Today and tomorrow are just the lull before the storm.”

save up for a rainy day = put money aside for when you might need it later: “I don’t want to spend this extra money. I’ll save it up for a rainy day.”

see which way the wind blows = to analyse a situation before doing something: “I’m going to see which way the wind blows before asking her about a raise.”

steal someone’s thunder = do what someone else was going to do and get all the praise: “You’ll steal her thunder if you wear that dress tonight!”

take a rain check = postpone something: “I don’t really want to go the cinema tonight. Can we take a rain-check on it?”

under the weather = not feel very well: “I’m feeling a bit under the weather at the moment.”

weather the storm = to survive a difficult situation: “This recession is quite serious and it’s becoming difficult to weather the storm.”