English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Weather - Atmosphere
|bolt from the blue||
To refer to something as a bolt from the
means that it happened totally unexpectedly.
The chairman's resignation came as a bolt from the blue.
|on cloud nine||A person who is
on cloud nine is very happy because
something wonderful has happened.
When the boss announced my promotion, I was on cloud nine.
|cloud on the horizon||A problem or
difficulty that is predictable, or seems
likely to arise in the future, is called a
cloud on the horizon.
They are happily married and for the moment there appear to be no clouds on the horizon.
|in the dark||If someone is kept or left in the
dark about something, they are not
informed about it.
The personnel was kept in the dark about the merger until the last minute.
|fair-weather friend||Someone who acts as a friend when times
are good, and is not there when you are in
trouble, is called a fair-weather
I thought I could count on Bill, but I've discovered he's just a fair-weather friend.
|heavens open||When the
heavens open, it suddenly starts to
As soon as the race started, the heavens opened and the runners were soaked.
|once in a blue moon||If something
once in a blue moon, it happens
Bill has very little contact with his brother. They see each other once in a blue moon.
|reach for the moon||If you reach for the moon, you
are very ambitious and try to achieve
something even if it is difficult.
His parents were hardworking people who encouraged their children to reach for the moon.
|come rain or shine||If a person does something come rain
or shine, they do it regularly,
whatever the circumstances.
He goes to the gym club every day, come rain or shine.
|never rains but it pours||This expression is used to comment on
the fact that when something bad happens,
other bad things often happen too, and make
the situation even worse.
First he forgot his briefcase, then he lost his wallet, and when he reached the car park, his car had been stolen - it never rains but it pours!
|take a rain check||To say that you take a rain check
means that you cannot accept an
invitation or offer now, but you will be
happy to accept it later.
Do you mind if I take a rain check on that lunch invitation? I'm going to be away all week.
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