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Learn these English winter phrases

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

Firstly, here are the winter words. ❄️🏔️🥶









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.”

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!”

Put something on ice

Meaning: to temporarily pause something.

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


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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