These are English idioms based on Nature and natural phenomena. You can also try this Nature Idioms Quiz
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If an amount is a drop in the ocean, it's a very small portion of the amount that's needed.
Something is a ray of sunshine if it brings happiness to someone.
You're a voice in the wilderness, or a voice crying in the wilderness, if you're expressing an unpopular opinion or insight.
If you answer the call of nature, you go to the toilet.
If you're at sea, or all at sea, you're confused about something and not sure what to do.
If you beat around the bush, or beat about the bush, you don't say something directly, usually because you don't want to upset the person you're talking to.
If you can't see the forest for the trees, you can't see the whole situation clearly because you're looking too closely at small details, or because you're too closely involved.
If you can't see the wood for the trees, you can't see the whole situation clearly because you're looking too closely at small details, or because you're too closely involved.
If someone is down to earth, they are practical and sensible.
If you go with the flow, you relax and go along with whatever is happening.
If you're in deep water, you're in some sort of trouble or in a difficult situation.
If you make a mountain out of a molehill, you make a small problem seem to be a much bigger problem.
If you make hay while the sun shines, you make good use of the chance to do something while it lasts.
A neck of the woods is a neighbourhood or a district, usually rural.
If you reach for the moon, or reach for the stars, you are aiming to achieve something great, or do something very challenging.
You can say something is the tip of the iceberg when it's just a small part of something much bigger.
If someone is under a cloud, they are suspected of having done something wrong.
If you are under the weather, you're not feeling well.
You can say something is virgin territory if it's never been explored before or never been done before.
If you weather a storm, you survive a dangerous event or deal with a difficult situation.