Weather idioms

Here are some idioms about celestial bodies for you to check out.

sun expressions

Let’s kick things off with idioms about our glorious sun. The sun is that great big yellow hot ball in the sky that rises in the morning and sets at night.

We call it ‘the sun’ (using the definite article) as it is unique, there is only one sun.


Did you know the word ‘sun’ is pronounced in exactly the same way as the word ‘son’ (your male child). They are spelt differently, have a different meaning but pronounced the same, they are what we call homophones.

sun expressions
sun idioms - brighten up one’s day meaning
sun expressions - make hay while the sun shines
sun idioms - ray of sunshine
sun idioms - rise and shine
sun expressions - soak up some sun
sun expressions - stick something where the sun don’t shine
sun idioms - sun shines out of someone’s backside
sun expressions - take a shine to

Now see if you can answer these questions. You can even leave your answers in the comments box at the end of the page if you like.

  • Who was the last person you told to stick something where the sun doesn’t shine?
  • When was the last time you soaked up some sun?
  • When was the last time someone brightened up your day?
  • What time do you rise and shine?
  • Have you taken a shine to anyone recently?

moon expressions

The moon is a natural satellite that orbits the Earth. It is mainly visible at night and changes shape during the month. It shines by reflecting light from the sun.

moon expressions
moon idioms - many moons ago meaning
moon idioms - once in a blue moon
moon expressions - over the moon meaning
moon expressions - reach for the moon/stars

Now see if you can answer these questions:

If you won a new car, would you be over the moon?

Do you reach for the moon with your career?

Tell me something you did many moons ago?

Do you often eat at a restaurant or only once in a blue moon?

star expressions

Stars are those twinkly luminous bodies that we see alongside the moon in the night sky. A picture of a star is typically drawn with 5 points.

Did you know that ‘star’ can also be used as an adjective to describe people? A star can be:

  • A famous person e.g. I want to be a Hollywood star.
  • Someone who has done something helpful for another person e.g. Martin was an absolute star, he came out in the pouring rain to help me change my tyre
  • A brave person e.g. Mindy was a star, she didn’t cry once during her jabs.
star expressions
star sayings - reach for the moon/stars
star expressions - star quality
star expressions - written in the stars

Was your career written in the stars?

Has anyone in your family got star quality?

Should children be taught to reach for the stars?

planet sayings

The planets in our solar system are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune and they all orbit the sun. Earth is the only planet with life inhabiting it, or is it?

Fun fact – the best way of remembering the order of the planets is to make up an acronym. Here’s mine

My Very Energetic Monkey Just Shouted Ugly

You can have a go at making one too, I’d love to hear them, post in the comments below.

planets sayings
planet sayings - men are from Mars, women are from Venus
planet sayings - on another planet

Do you agree with the phrase ’men are from Mars; women are from Venus’?

Do you know anyone who is on another planet?


earth sayings

Our beautiful Earth is a planet home to billions of people, plants, and animals. It’s comprised of land and sea with many different terrains including mountains and deserts.

There is actually a particularly good BBC show called Planet Earth. The narrator speaks very slowly so it’s good for practicing your English listening skills.

earth sayings
world expressions - all the time in the world
world expressions - carry the weight of the world on one’s shoulders
earth sayings - charge the earth
world expressions - dead to the world
world expressions - do someone the world of good
world expressions - dog eat dog world
earth sayings - down to earth
earth sayings - four corners of the earth meaning
world expressions - hand that rocks the cradle (rules the world)
world expressions - man/woman of the world
earth sayings - move heaven and earth
world expressions - on top of the world
weather idiom (earth/world) - salt of the earth
world expressions - watch the world go by

Do you often feel like you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders?

Do companies charge the earth for petrol in your country?

What activity does you the world of good?

Do you consider yourself down to earth?

When was the last time you felt on top of the world and why?

Do you enjoy sitting and watching the world go by?


phrases with ray

A ray is to do with the sun. It’s when the beams of light from the sun shine through an opening in the clouds.

phrases with ray
phrases with ray - catch some rays meaning
phrases with ray - ray of hope idiom meaning
phrases with ray - ray of sunshine quotes

Do you know anyone who is a ray of sunshine?

Do you enjoy going to the beach and catching some rays?

Do you see the COVID vaccine as a ray of hope?

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