The weather in San Diego and San Francisco is beautiful this weekend, but in other parts of the world, winter is in full force! To cheer up our future and former students as they endure winter temperatures, we have a list of snow and cold weather-related idioms for you to practice. We hope that you remember these long after the snow has melted!
Come in from the cold (also “bring someone in from the cold”): to accept someone into a group or society.
“When I went to my new school, I had no friends. Thankfully, I met Tom, and he brought me in from the cold. Now, Tom’s friends are my friends and I love my school!”
“I was really lost after college, but my new boss brought me in from the cold when he offered me my job. I owe him my success and happiness.”
Give someone the cold shoulder: to not speak to someone because you do not like them or you are angry with them.
“After I got the new manager job, my co-workers gave me the cold shoulder. I think they are jealous.”
“Lee and Marta were dating for a few weeks, but Marta gave Lee the cold shoulder after she discovered that Lee went on a date with her friend.”
Leave (someone) out in the cold: to ignore or not include someone.
“All my friends went to the movies and left me out in the cold. I can’t believe they didn’t invite me!”
“Sarah told everyone that she is dating Eddy . . . except me. She totally left me out in the cold.”
Snowed in: unable to travel or leave the house because the snowfall is very high.
“We are snowed in after last night’s storm. The snow is up to the windows!”
“I can’t come to work because my car is snowed in.”
Snowed under: having too much work to do
“I am completely snowed under after my vacation. I have 300 emails to read!”