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Winter Idioms

Winter Idioms
If someone asked you to “put a project on ice” 
you might think they mean to go put it in the freezer. What they actually mean is to stop working on it for a short time. Similarly, if someone asks you on your wedding day if you have cold feet, you might think it is a strange question.
“Of course not,” you say, “I am wearing socks!”
This actually means to be scared enough to not do something as planned.
There are many phrases and idioms that use winter vocabulary. As you know from learning about idioms, the meanings of these phrases often cannot be understood from just the words being said, which makes them very confusing.
Here are 5 more common winter idioms, so you will be able to understand what people mean. Learn them all so you know how to use them in conversation:

(To) be on thin ice — to do something that is risky or might get a person in trouble.
  “After not showing up for work, Mark is on thin ice with his boss.”




(To) break the ice — to start a conversation in order to get to know someone or to make it more comfortable socially.
“We had a list of questions to ask in class to help us break the ice with our new partners.”


(To) have a snowball’s chance in hell — having no chance of something happening.
 “I told my friend Mike that he has a snowball’s chance in hell of dating his favorite celebrity.”

(To) give someone the cold shoulder — to act unfriendly or to ignore someone.
“She gave me the cold shoulder the day after I embarrassed her by dancing in front of her friends.”


(To) leave someone out in the cold — to not involve someone or keep them out of group situation.

 “My boss left me out in the cold when deciding on the new project with the other managers.”
Using a variety of different winter-related words and phrases will help you converse naturally with others about the season. Idioms can be integrated into regular conversation at any time during the year, whether at the office or out for a night on the town.

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