Winter Idioms in English
snowball’s chance in hell – to be very unlikely to succeed at something
ex: The small boat had a snowball’s chance in hell of surviving the storm.
dead of winter – the coldest, darkest part of winter
ex: It feels like the dead of winter out there.
to be on thin ice – to be in a risky situation
ex: If you keep asking him about his ex-girlfriend, you’ll be on thin ice.
pure as the driven snow – to be innocent and chaste (frequently used ironically)
ex: I never thought Madonna was pure as the driven snow, but the book she wrote is crazy!
to break the ice – to create a more friendly and relaxed atmosphere
ex: Charmaine was great at breaking the ice, she always knows what to say to people.
to run hot and cold – to be unable to make up one’s mind
ex: Alexi’s feelings about her run hot and cold, one minute he loves her, and the next, he’s bored of her.
the snowball effect – when something small keeps growing in importance or significance
ex: Gangnam Style’s popularity was such a snowball effect.
put something on ice – to stop doing something
ex: Herbert is going to put the project on ice until he gets a response from his supervisor.
snowed under – to be overwhelmed, usually with responsibilities
ex: I’m sorry I can’t go to the party tonight, I’m snowed under with homework.
to be stranded - to be unable to leave a certain place
significance – importance, distinction
abundance – a large amount of something