1. Raining Cats and Dogs
"It's raining cats and dogs today!"
This is a phrase you may often hear during heavy rain. It literally means heavy rain. No one is certain where this phrase came from, although there are some good guesses such as the link to animals dying during rain storms in the 17th century. It's certainly an interesting one though and difficult not to conjure up a funny image.
2. Feeling Under The Weather
"I'm feeling a bit under the weather. I don't think I can go to school today."
This expression means to feel unwell or sick. It's not usually used to refer to serious illnesses though - just a cold or migrane for example. It was originally used to refer to sailors becoming ill because of the bad weather on ships, but nowadays it's used in any situation.
3. To Miss The Boat
"You've missed the boat on getting tickets for that concert. It's sold out now!"
To miss the boat means to miss an opportunity. Imagine your problems (in the case the concert tickets) are sailing away on a boat. Have you missed the boat on any opportunities in the past?
4. On the Fence
"I'm on the fence about coming to the party. It would be good to meet people but I'd rather stay in bed."
If you are on the fence, you are unable to decide something. For example, if there is a party to go to and you are on the fence, then 50% of you wants to go and 50% of you wants to stay home. Each side of the fence represents a choice to make, and you are in-between both.
5. Don't Put All Your Eggs In One Basket
"Don't put all your eggs in one basket and only apply for one job!"
This expression is a useful reminder not to depend on one thing to succeed. The eggs represent your resources, if you drop the basket then all of your resources are gone! Put them in multiple baskets so if one plan fails, you always have a back-up.
Leave a comment with your favourite idiom or expression. Maybe there's an English one you like, or perhaps one in another language.