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Weather Word Idioms

Idioms are great. They help us make our speech interesting and lively. They also help us express our ideas quickly and clearly. On top of that, they carry unique cultural information with them and are like windows into a culture.


Are you ready to learn a few new ones? Here are 5 weather-related idioms you really should know.


HEAD IN THE CLOUDS

Be out of touch with reality or unrealistic

We all really like Mark, but no one asks him for advice.

He’s always got his head in the clouds.


CHASE RAINBOWS

Pursue an impossible or unrealistic goal

A lot of people think that we’re chasing rainbows

when we talk about sending humans to live on Mars.

What do you think? Is it possible?


A STORM IN A TEA CUP

A small problem that has been exaggerated and now seems bigger than it really is

All this discussion about which color plates to use at the party

seems like a storm in a tea cup to me.

Is it really that important?


GET WIND OF SOMETHING

Hear about something, but usually not the whole story

The museum got wind of a plot to steal the Mona Lisa

so it added more security cameras and guards to all of its rooms.


STEAL SOMEONE’S THUNDER

Take attention away from someone on their special day or during a special moment for them

John stole Lucy’s thunder when he told everyone

about his engagement at Lucy’s going away party.



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