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Idioms About Weather with Examples and Explanations

1. raining cats and dogs - pouring, raining very heavily
- Where are you going, can’t you see it’s raining cats and dogs? You’ll get soaked in a minute if you go out now.
- They didn’t go to the theme park because it was raining cats and dogs almost all day.
2. face like thunder - being clearly very angry or upset
- I don’t know what was happening, I just saw that a man with a face like thunder was chasing a little boy out of the grocer’s shop.
- She didn’t say anything but her face was like thunder; she slammed the door as she left, and we haven’t seen her ever since.
3. storm in a teacup - exaggerating a problem, anger or worry about something unimportant
- Their debate was only a storm in a teacup – actually neither of them took the problem too serious.
- The reports about the demonstration are a storm in a teacup – there wasn’t as much violence there as they say.
4. chase rainbows - waste time trying to achieve something impossible
- My wife never believed I would make it as an executive manager; she always thought I was just chasing rainbows.
- Can’t you see you’re only chasing rainbows? There’s no way to get this girl marry you.
5. lightning fast - extremely fast
- I don’t think we can keep up with him, he’s got a lightning fast bike.
- The robbery lasted only a minute, and then the robbers disappeared in a lightning fast car.
6. head in the clouds- having unrealistic or impractical ideas, daydreaming
- Is your sister in love? I see her walking around all day with her head in the clouds.
- You have your head in the clouds if you think Mary will come to your birthday party after the nasty things you’ve done to her.
7. snowed under - having too much to do
- I’d love to help you, but I’m completely snowed under at the moment.
- Could you come over and fix the tap in the bathroom? But of course, only if you aren’t snowed under, it’s not so urgent.
8. under the weather - ill, sick, feeling unwell, sad or lacking energy
- Do you mind if I stay out of work today? I’m feeling under the weather, I may have the flu.
- I heard you were ill yesterday. Are you feeling better now or are you still under the weather?

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Comment by Icha on December 1, 2015 at 15:34

Many thanks Linda for your kindness, actually I have the grammar e-books, need refresh and practicing more I think.

Comment by Mila on December 1, 2015 at 15:10

I can send a book to you with excellent explanation of English grammar

Comment by Icha on December 1, 2015 at 12:42

Hi Linda, thanks for your remarks, I think more better than me, it is undetstandable for others. 

Actually I feel glad if anyone reviews and makes some remarks for my sentences. I need it. Thank you so much.

Comment by Mila on December 1, 2015 at 12:16

Icha, I'm not English taecher, but I try to make some remarks.

On my opinion the phrase "my place had a raining" is wrong. It is better to say: "It was raining cats and dogs at my place last week.

I tried  to reach my home lightning fast.

 "So, because of that, for the next day I felt unwell or under the weather." - Because of that I felt under the weather the next day.

Comment by setareh on December 1, 2015 at 7:51
Dear Linda, thanks for sharing all these interesting ideams. Some of them were new to me. Big like.:D
Comment by Icha on November 30, 2015 at 16:40

Good encourage Linda, I will try, please correct me if Iam wrong. 

Last week my place had a raining cats and dogs, at that time I was outside nearly from my place, when it come, I tried for lightning fast to reach my home. Unfortunately I was getting wet before arrived my place. So, because of that, for the next day I felt unwell or under the weather. Might be went to the doctor was the best solitution for healing my illness.

Comment by Mila on November 30, 2015 at 16:10

Thank you friends for your comments. But it would be great if everyone who visit this blog tried to write sentences using these idioms.

Comment by Mohammad on November 30, 2015 at 10:35

It was an informative blog, thanks for sharing

Comment by Bala from India on November 30, 2015 at 8:01

Very useful blog...

Comment by Elen on November 30, 2015 at 7:54

Nice, thank you Linda, and you explain them very well with many examples!

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