Well, they definitely weren’t speaking about the weather. They were using an idiom, i.e. a phrase whose collective meaning is different to the meaning of its individual words.
Here are six common weather idioms to impress your friends with.
raining cats and dogsThis is used to describe very heavy rain.
It’s terrible weather outside; it’s raining cats and dogs.
to weather the stormTo get through a difficult time and survive.
The government is in a crisis but they look like they will weather the storm.
to be snowed underTo have too much work or things to do.
Oh, no! Not another new project. I’m already snowed under. I don’t have time to do any more.
every cloud has a silver liningYou can always find something positive in a bad situation.
Don’t worry about losing your job, it might be the best thing that’s happened to you. Remember, every cloud has a silver lining!
stormy watersTo be in trouble. To be going through a period of problems.
The government is in stormy waters over its new transportation policy.
I’m in stormy waters with my girlfriend; I didn’t get home till 2 o’clock this morning.
to be a bit under the weatherTo feel ill, sick; not feeling completely well.
I’m taking the day off work today – I’m feeling a bit under the weather.
You look a bit under the weather, John. Aren’t you feeling well?