Learn these English winter phrases


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Winter has arrived! There are many phrases and idioms in English that include winter words.


Firstly, here are the winter words. ❄️🏔️🥶


Snow

Snowball

Snowman

Ice

Iceberg

Freeze

Cold

Frost


Some English winter phrases mean something completely different to what you might expect. Learn these winter terms today!



Dead of winter


Meaning: during winter.

“You can’t go to the beach in the dead of winter!”



Cold snap


Meaning: cold weather for a short amount of time.

“We had a cold snap last week.”



On thin ice


Meaning: to be in a risky situation.

“They are skating on thin ice in this job because they are underperforming.”



Pure as snow


Meaning: to be innocent.

“She is as pure as snow.”


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Break the ice


Meaning: to begin something or to end awkwardness.

“The team meeting with the new staff members will break the ice.”



Snowball effect


Meaning: things have added up.

“Ever since I put more money into the business, it has snowballed into profit.”



Snowed under


Meaning: to be overwhelmed or to have a lot going on.

“I am snowed under with all the work I have to do before Friday.”



Out cold


Meaning: to be unconscious.

“He won’t wake up. He is out cold.”



Tip of the iceberg


Meaning: a small part of a much bigger problem.

“The supply issues are just the tip of the iceberg of what is wrong with this company!”


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Put something on ice


Meaning: to temporarily pause something.

“How about we put this argument on ice for a while?”



Freeze


Meaning: to stop moving or working.

“My computer has frozen!”



Left out in the cold


Meaning: to not be told what is happening.

“He left me out in the cold right before the business meeting!”



Go cold turkey


Meaning: to stop something you are addicted to completely.

“I am going cold turkey with smoking cigarettes so I am throwing them all away.”



Cold shoulder


Meaning: to be unfriendly. “He is giving me the cold shoulder. He has not spoken to me all evening.”



Break out in a cold sweat


Meaning: to be scared.

“I break out in a cold sweat before sitting exams!”



Learn common idioms from native speakers with a General English course at Think English.

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