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Idiomatic Expressions
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Geography and Weather Idioms




Example Sentence

(on) cloud nine

extremely happy

Andrea was on cloud nine when she bought her new car.

dig deep

look hard for information

I had to dig deep to find my old report cards.

dirt cheap

very inexpensive

The clothes at the thrift shop are dirt cheap.

down to earth

natural or real (personality)

Lucile is really down to earth for a woman with so much money.

fair-weather friend

a person who is only a friend in good times

I can't talk to Nancy about my boyfriend problems. She's only a fair-weather friend.

a field day

a very enjoyable time

The kids had a field day at the water slide park.

go downhill

get progressively worse

My grades started going downhill when I got a part-time job.

go with the flow

continue in the same way as others

Nobody trained me at work. I just went with the flow.

hit the hay

go to sleep

I'm exhausted. I think I'll hit the hay early tonight.

hit the road


It's getting late. We had better hit the road.

keep one's head above water

have just enough money to live

It's hard to keep my head above water with all of these medical bills.

know which way the wind blows

know how things will turn out

Who knows which way the wind will blow? I just hope Jesse gets one of the jobs he's applied for.

make a mountain out of a molehill

make a small problem seem big

The car only got a tiny dent. You're making a mountain out of a molehill.

out of the woods

clear of danger

The doctor said my heart is doing better, but I'm not out of the woods yet.

over the hill

past middle age

I knew I was over the hill when I started needing glasses to read.

rain on someone else's parade

ruin somebody else's happiness

Whenever I had a dance recital, my older brother always rained on my parade.


a loner or person who won't join in

They didn't bother inviting Charles to the party because he's alway a stick-in-the-mud.

(as) quick as lightning

very fast

Wow! Your shower was as quick as lightning.

the tip of the iceberg

a small part of a large problem

The lost tickets were just the tip of the iceberg.

take a raincheck

accept at a later date

I'd love to go out for dinner, but can I take a raincheck?

under the weather


I was feeling under the weather so I went back to bed.

up the creek

in trouble

If my Dad finds out I had a party I'll be up the creek.

win by a landslide

win by a lot of points

The skiier in the green coat won by a landslide.

(get) wind of something

overhear something about someone or something (often gossip)

My Dad has a new girlfriend. I got wind of it over dinner tonight.