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English Collocations and Expressions Relating to Summer

Hi English learners! Summer is a great time to learn some new English vocabulary. In today’s lesson, we are going to look at English collocations and expressions relating to summer. 

Not a cloud in the sky

Blue sky without any clouds is so typical for the summer, wherever you may live. We can understand it literally or use it metaphorically to say that there are no problems or worries.

  • It’s going to be another hot summer day. There is not a cloud in the sky. We should go to the beach.
  • I don’t have any problems at the moment. There is not a cloud in the sky of my life.

Soak up the sun

Lying on the beach and sunbathing is the best example of a person soaking up (absorbing) the sun. 

  • We are going on holiday next week. I can’t wait to sleep properly and soak up the sun after lunch.
  • Brenda was sitting in the back garden, having a cup of cold tea and soaking up the sun.

English idioms and expressions relating to summer

A scorcher

A scorcher is a very hot summer day.

  • They said on the weather forecast that it’s going to be a scorcher today.
  • It’s a scorcher outside. We should stay at home.
English collocations and expressions relating to summer
English collocations and expressions relating to summer

High season

The collocation high season has to do with the most popular months for tourists, such as July and August.

  • You should avoid going on holiday in the high season because prices are at their peak then.
  • This karaoke bar operates in high season only.

English idioms and expressions relating to summer

Summer heat

We usually talk about summer heat when the temperatures are high.

  • Make sure you water the flowers every evening. Don’t let them wilt in the summer heat.
  • I like to drink ice tea during the summer heat. It’s so refreshing.

A ray of sunshine

This expression usually refers to a positive person who makes other people happy. 

  • Mr. Smith likes looking after his grandchildren. They are his ray of sunshine.
  • Laura’s weekly visits brought a ray of sunshine into her mother’s life while she was ill.

English idioms and expressions relating to summer

Brighten up someone’s day

Here is another “sunny” idiom. It also means to make someone happy. 

  • The good news regarding his family living abroad brightened up his day.
  • Stuart had lunch with his cousin and that brightened up his day.

Indian summer

This expression refers to unusually dry and warm weather in autumn or winter.

  • It was Indian summer just the other day and it’s so cold now.
  • People in Melbourne have been enjoying the Indian summer this week.

English idioms and expressions relating to summer

A place in the sun

If you have a place in the sun, then you have a good and fortunate position.

  • Ryan has been studying and working hard in the past decade, so he deserves his place in the sun.
  • Anyone who wants a place in the sun has to put up with a lot of pressure.

Hot under the collar

If you are hot under the collar, you are angry because of something.

  • Talk calmly if you think you’re right; don’t get hot under the collar.
  • You should control yourself at work and try never to get hot under the collar.

English idioms and expressions relating to summer

Like a cat on a tin roof

This idiomatic expression is used to describe a person who is extremely anxious and nervous.

  • When my children don’t come home on time at night I feel like a cat on a tin roof.
  • Sandra is always like a cat on a tin roof before the competition.

Make hay while the sun shines

If you make hay while the sun shines, you take advantage of an opportunity.

  • You should take advantage of this lifetime opportunity to work abroad. Make hay while the sun shines.
  • The high season won’t last forever so let’s make hay while the sun shines.

English idioms and expressions relating to summer

Come  rain or shine

If you say that you do something “come rain or shine”, you do it regularly, whatever the circumstances.

  • The competition is on Saturday at 2 pm, come rain or shine.
  • Greg promised to visit us at the weekend, come rain or shine.
English collocations and expressions relating to summer
English collocations and expressions relating to summer

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