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Summer English Idioms, Part 1

Ah yes, summertime - everybody’s favorite season! Boundless sunshine, warm breezes and an excuse to travel makes summer the greatest time of the year. Here are 10 common English idioms relating to summer!

Summer Idioms, Part 1

1. Like a Fish Out of Water means to feel completely out of place.

“Stan stood there in his rented white tuxedo, looking like a fish out of water.”

“When I spend time with your friends, I feel like a fish out of water.”

2. A Drop in the Ocean means a very small amount compared to the amount needed.

“Our government is sending a ton of food to the homeless, but that is just a drop in the oceancompared to what is needed.”

“I know that $1 is just a drop in the ocean, but if everyone donated $1, it would make a big difference.”

3. Thrown in at the Deep End means to make someone do something difficult without preparing them for it or helping them.

“On my first day at my new job, I was thrown in at the deep end and was asked to give a 30 minutes presentation in front of the CEO.”

“Our manager likes to throw new staff in at the deep end. He says it makes them learn faster.”

4. Swim Against the Tide/Current means to do something difficult; to do the opposite of everybody else.

“Mark swam against the tide and took a chance at buying stocks. He became a very rich man!”

“I feel like I’m swimming against the tide because my homework is so difficult.”

5. Make a Splash means to get a lot of public attention.

“John’s new book wasn’t a bestseller, but it did make quite a splash selling many copies.”

“The minor independent film from Asia made quite a splash in the U.S.”

6. Hot Off the Press means freshly printed; sensational and exciting.

“The news about the CEO’s resignation is hot off the press.”

“Here is a copy of the new Harry Potter book. It’s hot off the press.”

7. A Place in the Sun means a job or situation that makes you happy and gives you everything you need and want.

“David finally reached his dream of becoming an engineer. He finally found his place in the sun.”

“After struggling for years to run a successful business, Greg finally earned his place in the sun this year.”

8. Put the Heat on (Someone) means to put pressure on someone to do something.

“Jeff is putting the heat on his staff to reach the monthly sales goal.”

“The suspect wouldn’t talk so the police were putting the heat on him to confess.”

9. Take the Heat means to receive or put up with pressure and criticism (for something).

“I took the heat from our parents about the broken window, so now you owe me a favor.”

“Jack took a lot of heat for his comments but was able to pull through and get his point across.”

10. To Heat Up means to become more exciting or combative (often refers to a competition).

“The team scored another goal and now the game is tied! This game is really heating up!”

“The policy debate was beginning to heat up between the two representatives who had very different ideas.”

Phew, that’s all for now! Can you think of other idioms with a summer theme? If you are going to go on summer holiday, I hope you have an awesome time. As for me, I’m planning to travel soon to see a huge fireworks festival and enjoy barbecuing with friends and family.

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