Idioms in English | Idioms Referring to the Natural World

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There are many idioms that refer to parts the natural world, such as the weather or animals. Because these things are already common in English vocabulary, it’s only natural that they end up being part of idiomatic expressions.

Here are just a few of the most common:

Raining cats and dogs
When you hear someone say “it’s raining cats and dogs’’ you can
bet that there is a downpour of heavy, torrential rain. Don’t forget
your umbrella!

Hold your horses
Calm down when you hear this expression. It doesn’t mean you
literally have horses, instead it means that someone is asking you
to take it slow, and reconsider before acting.

Make hay while the sun shines
The expression above is an order: don’t waste time; work hard
whenever you have the opportunity. Here, “hay’’ means ‘’money’’,
so, this expression probably arose from the fact that farmers
have to take advantage of the good weather if they want to grow
profitable crops.

Under the weather
If one day you don’t feel very well, you can show off your English
and say ‘’I am feeling under the weather,’’ which means that you
are feeling ill

When pigs fly
If someone says ‘’I’ll do it when pigs fly’’, it really means that they
will never do it.

Over the moon
Have you ever felt like jumping for joy? You feel that way when
you’re “over the moon.” This means you’re extremely happy.

Till the cows come home
Cows are known for wandering very slowly. If someone wants to
say in English that someone is slow or takes too long, they could
use this expression. For example: “He loves reading. He could stay
at the library till the cows come home.” (He loves to read, so he
could be in the library until wee hours of the night.)

It is like herding frogs
Imagine how difficult it would be to gather hundreds of frogs in the
same space. Can you picture the chaos? This expression means
that an action is complicated, chaotic or nearly impossible.

A sitting duck
If you hear someone say, “Her silly comments made her a sitting
duck for jokes,’’ it means that the silly comments she made left
her as an easy target for jokes. So, a sitting duck means an easy
target to attack.

Every rose has its thorn
Roses are beautiful and elegant, but they all have thorns. Like
roses, all good things have a negative side, and that is exactly what
this phrase means

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