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ENGLISH WEATHER IDIOMS - Free Audio Lesson + Weather Idiom Quiz

 

Do you know these 5 English weather idioms?

English Weather Idioms - bolt from blueTake this free Quiz and Audio Lesson to learn these 5 great English idioms related to weather.  A storm in a teacup? A bolt from the blue? Can you use these weather-related idioms in conversation?  There is a FREE PDF download of the lesson, and a second writing quiz to test your understanding.

But first, take this QUIZ to find out if you know these idioms:

Next, listen to this lesson, and then take the second quiz below it, to check that you can use these idioms properly!

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Weather Idioms (part 1)
By Jane Lawson at DailyStep.com

Idiom:
1.  Take a rain check

Meaning:

We use this when we want to  refuse an offer in a polite way, implying that we may accept it in the future.

Example:  I’ll have to take a rain check on that dinner tomorrow. I’m afraid I have to work late so let’s make it another time.

(note: This idiom has its origin in American baseball, where in the 1880s paying spectators were offered a piece of paper called a “rain check”, entitling them to future admission for a game that was postponed or finished early because it was raining.)


2. The calm before the storm


a peaceful, quiet time that comes before a busy or difficult time.

Example: The whole family is coming to stay for a week so I am trying to relax a little in the calm before the storm!


3.Break the ice


To do or say something to remove tension when you first meet someone, or after an argument

Examples:  1. After the argument, there was a bad atmosphere between them, until John broke the ice by offering her a cup of tea.

2. The new class of students felt a little uncomfortable at first, but then one of them broke the ice by starting a conversation and making a joke.


4.  A storm in a teacup
( British English)

A tempest in a teapot
(American English)


A situation where people get very worried or angry about something that is not really important

Examples: This argument is just a storm in a teacup! It’s not important at all! (British or Australian English)



This argument is just a tempest in a teapot! It will be forgotten by tomorrow. (American English)


5. A bolt from the blue


Something that is totally unexpected

Example: When he told me the news that he was emigrating, it was a bolt from the blue, because I thought he loved living here.



(note: “A bolt from the blue” is a bolt of thunder that comes out of a blue sky. Usually, thunder occurs only during a storm, but sometimes it can also happen when the sky is blue - and in this case it is totally unexpected.)


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