This is the last in a series of posts on idioms containing words for different types of weather. Today, we’ll mainly be looking at ‘ice’ and ‘wind’ idioms, but we’ll start with a very common idiom containing the word ‘weather’ itself. If someone is under the weather, they feel rather ill: I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather all week, as if I’m getting a cold.
If you break the ice, you say or do something to make people feel more relaxed with each other: We usually start the session with a fun activity to break the ice. An activity that is used in this way is called an ice breaker: It’s a useful ice breaker for a class who don’t know each other very well.
If something that someone says cuts no ice with you, it doesn’t make you change your mind: I’ve heard his excuses and they cut no ice with me. I don’t want to see him again.
A plan that is on ice has been delayed: We no longer have premises for the café so for now, the whole project is on ice.
We use the simile as cold as ice for something that is very cold: Oh your poor hands – they’re as cold as ice!
Moving on now to ‘wind’ idioms, if someone gets wind of something secret, they find out about it: I’m worried that If Sarah gets wind of our plans, she’ll try to stop us.
Something that is in the wind may happen soon: Changes are in the wind, and not all of them good ones.
If something takes the wind out of your sails, it makes you suddenly and unexpectedly feel less sure of what you are saying or doing: I was all set to tell him what I thought about his behaviour but then he smiled and offered me a chair and it took the wind out of my sails.
In UK English, something that puts the wind up someone makes them feel worried or afraid: Tell them you’ll report them to the police if they do it again. That should put the wind up them.
To throw caution to the wind(s) is to deliberately do something that you know is not sensible and has risks. (This phrase is often used humorously): We could throw caution to the wind and buy the most expensive one.
A rather literary expression is the chill wind of… The chill wind of something is the problems caused by it: Are we, in fact, starting to feel the chill wind of a global economic slowdown?
This is the last of the weather idiom posts. We hope you’ve enjoyed them and found them useful!