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Geography and Weather Idioms


Idiom Meaning 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 leave 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.
stick-in-the-mud 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 ill 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.

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Geography and Weather Idioms Quiz

1 The tickets were cheap because it was a last minute sale.
2 I guess it's time I . I have to go make dinner.
3 I was the only one who wasn't in costume. I felt like .
4 Business has been going ever since the bad weather started.
5 On Tonya's 50th birthday we made her a sign that said: .
6 I was on cloud when Doug asked me to marry him.
7 I'll be up the if I don't get to work on time.
8 The President won the election by .
9 We'll have to take a check on dinner. My husband has flu.
10 The broken window is just the tip of the . We need new brakes and tires too.

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