WINTER-TIME IDIOMS & EXPRESSIONS

It’s that time of year again here in Atlanta where the weather turns very cold and we even get some snow (usually in January or February). There are a lot of idioms in English related to the snow and winter. Below are just a few you might enjoy. If you want to learn even more, come study at our accredited ESL school!

snowball’s chance in hell – to be very unlikely to succeed at something

ex: The little boat had a snowball’s chance in hell of surviving the storm.

dead of winter – the coldest, darkest part of winter

ex: It feels like the dead of winter out there.

to be on thin ice – to be in a risky situation

ex: If you keep asking him about his ex-girlfriend, you’ll be on thin ice. He’ll probably start yelling at you.

pure as the driven snow – to be innocent and chaste (frequently used ironically)

ex: Madonna isn’t exactly pure as the driven snow, but the book she wrote is excellent!

to break the ice – to create a more friendly and relaxed atmosphere

ex: Alexandra is great at breaking the ice, she always knows what to say to people.

to run hot and cold – to be unable to make up one’s mind

ex: David’s feelings about Lisa run hot and cold; one minute he loves her, and the next, he’s bored of her.