This is a list of about the most common weather idioms in English, with meanings and examples.
Weather Idioms in English
Raining Cats and Dogs
- Meaning: Raining very hard
- Example: Wow! Look outside. It’s raining cats and dogs.
(To be) Full of Hot Air
- Meaning: A person who talks a lot and says things that aren’t completely true
- Example: He’s always talking about how he is going to find gold in the river. I don’t believe him. I think he’s full of hot air.
When It Rains It Pours
- Meaning: Nothing happens and then everything happens
- Example: Nobody ever visits my house and then 10 people come. When it rains, it pours.
Sunny (as an adjective)
- Meaning: Happy or pleasant
- Example: The new office girl has a very sunny personality.
- Meaning: Easy
- Example: That test was a breeze.
Under The Weather
- Meaning: Feeling bad
- Example: Joan felt under the weather after she failed her history exam.
- Meaning: A wonderful place or feeling
- Example: After I got my dream job I was on cloud nine.
Weather The Storm
- Meaning: Survive during difficult times
- Example: Even though my father lost his job, we were able to weather the storm. Now everything is better.
- Meaning: Completely mistaken
- Example: If you think I’m going to climb that rickety ladder, you’re all wet!
As Right As Rain
- Meaning: To feel fine and healthy.
- Example: Don’t worry about me, I’m as right as rain after my knee operation.
- Meaning: A person who is only your friend during good times or when things are going well for you but disappears when things become difficult or you have problems.
- Example: She was a fair-weather friend because she wasn’t interested in me once I had lost my job.