#IOTW: Idioms Inspired by Nature

Hi, fellas! Holiday is coming! Yeaay! It’s like a breath of fresh air, isn’t it? I’m sure all of you are walking on air!

Today, I’m going to give you some idioms inspired by nature! :)

  1. A breath of fresh air. Meaning: something new and different, and makes everything seem more exciting.
    • Example:
      • “Holiday seems like a breath of fresh air in the middle of this hectic schedule.”
  2. Come under fire. Meaning: to be criticized.
    • Example:
      • “My brother has come under fire for being so mean to his clients.”
  3. Fan the flames. Meaning: to intensify or stir up feeling; to make situation worse.
    • Example:
      • “I found him annoying and his attitude really fans the flames.”
  4. Make waves. Meaning: to cause trouble.
    • Example:
      • “Please don’t make waves if you want to get along with everybody.”
  5. Salt of the earth. Meaning: a very good person.
    • Example:
      • “My mom is the salt of the earth. She fosters five of her children, including me, alone and never complains.”
  6. Walk on air. Meaning: very happy or excited.
    • Example:
      • “All of us were walking on air on the last day of school test.”
  7. Be in the land of the living. Meaning: to be awake.
    • Example:
      • “She was partying so hard I’m not sure that she will be in the land of the living today.”
  8. Calm before the storm. Meaning: a quite period just before a period of great activity or excitement.
    • Example:
      • “He is still very nice even though he caught his girlfriend cheated. But be careful, this is only the calm before the storm.”
  9. Castles in the air. Meaning: plans that are unlikely to happen.
    • Example:
      • “Gita told me her future plans for her career, but I think it’s all just castles in the air.”
  10. Sell ice to Eskimos. Meaning: to persuade people to go against their best interests.
    • Example:
      • “He’s such a smooth talker, he could sell ice to Eskimos.

That’s a wrap, fellas! Thank you for reading and have a great Friday!


Compiled and written by  @Patipatigulipat  at  @EnglishTips4U on Friday, August 2, 2013.




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