Winter Idioms

Here are five chilly winter idioms to keep you going during these cold days.

I am writing this little post because (1) it snowed so much here on the East Coast of the United States this past week, and (2) I love idioms!

outgoingTo break the ice 

This means to start having a conversation with someone you don’t know yet in a social situation. Usually it is a social situation where people feel a little nervous or shy.

Example: Nobody in the room knew each other, so the teacher started the first class with a game to break the ice.

To be on thin ice

This means that you are in a risky situation! Imagine that if you really are standing on thin ice, it is very easy to fall in.

Example: John keeps showing up to work late, and is on thin ice with the boss. (He might get fired!)

snowmanTo have a snowball’s chance in hell/heck

This means not likely to succeed. Saying “heck” instead of “hell” is sometimes considered more polite by some people.

Example: Edmund did not study for his test. He has a snowball’s chance in heck to get a good grade.

To have a snowball effect

When a problem or situation keeps growing bigger or more serious. This can also be used in a positive way, if something keeps getting better and better.

Example: They say smiling can have a snowball effect. If you smile at one stranger, they will smile at the next person, and soon everyone on the street is smiling!

footprintTo get cold feet

To be afraid to complete something. This is often used to describe people before their wedding, when they are very nervous and become unsure if it is the right decision.

Example: Angela was going to go bungee jumping, but she got cold feet at the last minute and didn’t go. 


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