Idioms and Expressions about WINTER

Hi English learners! Welcome to a new lesson. Winter is just around the corner in the northern hemisphere, so I thought it was time for idioms and expressions about winter. 😀

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Here is the list of idioms:

  • Blanket of snow
  • Break the ice
  • Bundle up
  • Catch your death (of cold)
  • Dead of winter
  • Leave someone out in the cold
  • Not a snowball’s chance in hell
  • Put something on ice
  • Snowed under
  • The tip of the iceberg
  • Walking on thin ice
  • When hell freezes over

Blanket of snow

Meaning: a thick covering of snow.

  • When I looked through the window this morning, I could see a blanket of snow everywhere.
  • The river was frozen under the thick blanket of snow.

Break the ice

Meaning: refers to a small talk situation when you say something in order to make the conversation flow more easily.

  • Mark tried to break the ice by talking about sports.
  • The best way to break the ice at parties is by interacting with others.

Bundle up

Meaning: to put on some warm clothes or wrap someone in warm clothes.

  • It’s freezing cold outside, you’d better bundle up well.
  • When I was little, my mum would bundle me up when it was cold.

Catch your death (of cold)

Meaning: to catch a very bad cold.

  • If you go to school in that jacket, you’ll catch your death of cold.
  • I was standing in the rain for half an hour. I thought I would catch my death.

Dead of winter

Meaning: the coldest part of winter.

  • It was the dead of winter and there were snow and ice everywhere.
  • This plant can flourish even in the dead of winter.

Leave someone out in the cold

Meaning: to exclude someone from the group or ignore them.

  • After he’d broken up with his girlfriend, Mike felt left out in the cold by his friends.
  • The farmers were left out in the cold when the new law came to power.

Not a snowball’s chance in hell

Meaning: to have no possibility of doing something.

  • You have a snowball’s chance in hell of getting that job in that suit.
  • The traffic is terrible. We have a snowball’s chance in hell of arriving on time.

Put/keep something on ice

Meaning: to postpone something.

  • His plan of buying a new car was put on ice because he was short on funds.
  • She kept her career on ice while her son was a baby.

Snowed under

Meaning: having a lot of work or some other things to do.

  • Simon was completely snowed under with work.
  • When they first opened the online shop, in the first month they were snowed under with orders.

The tip of the iceberg

Meaning: refers to a small part of a problem which is actually much bigger.

  • Some scientists believe that the Coronavirus is just the tip of the iceberg.
  • Dealing with her husband’s drinking problem was just the tip of the iceberg. The problem was much bigger.

Walking/skating on thin ice

Meaning: to be doing something dangerous or risky.

  • He didn’t know he was walking on thin ice when he lied to his boss.
  • You are skating on thin ice by being late for work so frequently.

When hell freezes over

Meaning: never.

  • If you continue getting up at noon you’ll graduate from college when hell freezes over.
  • You can beg me until hell freezes over, but I still refuse to lend you my car.
Idioms and Expressions about WINTER
Idioms and Expressions about WINTER

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