Expressions for the summer
As the temperatures start to soar, it’s a good time to start learning some English expressions connected to the sun and heat! Here are 9 expressions. Choose one you like and try and use it next time you converse in English. You’ll put the sunshine into someone’s day!
To put the sunshine into someone’s day.
Meaning: to make someone happy.
Maria really put the sunshine into our day when she announced that we were all going to get a bonus for our hard work.
To make hay while the sun shines.
Meaning: to act on an opportunity when it arrives – don’t wait.
We’ve got some days off work so let’s make hay while the sun shines and repaint the kitchen.
To be full of hot air.
Meaning: to boast about things, to brag.
My new colleague is so full of hot air. He’s always telling us how great he is at his job.
An Indian summer
Meaning: a period of warm weather in the autumn.
With this Indian summer, we’ve been able to eat outside every lunch time.
Like a cat on a hot tin roof.
Meaning: to be nervous or worried.
Sophie was like a cat on a hot tin roof while she was waiting for her exam results.
If you can’t stand the heat, keep out of the kitchen!
Meaning: don’t persist with a task if the pressure is too much (used as a criticism).
I have no sympathy for the minister. If he can’t stand the heat, he should get out of the kitchen.
In the heat of the moment.
Meaning: To do or say something while temporarily excited or angry, without stopping to think.
Many people have regretted things that they have said in the heat of the moment.
To take the heat off.
Meaning: To remove the pressure.
The deputy’s resignation over the affair has taken the heat off her superior.
The heat is on.
Meaning: The pressure or a period of intense activity has started.
The heat is on to get all the contracts agreed and signed by the end of the month.
Philippa Stacey a fondé Eureka en 2007. Elle vit et enseigne l’anglais aux professionnels en France depuis 1993.