Cold Idioms & Snow vocabulary: A snow day at home

There is actually a lot of vocabulary to do with snow! Also there are lots of idioms about the cold. Look out for them in the text and then find out what they mean in the glossary below. Also, please join in the vote: it only takes one click! If you were in the UK on Saturday, as well as feeling the cold snap, you would have seen a special event. Around 5pm it started snowing, but not just a little – a lot! Usually, snowfall happens during the night so when you wake up you see this wonderful sight of snow-covered houses and buildings. This time was different as you could see snowflakes in front of your very eyes, and it was very cool to see. In normal cases when this happens overnight everything just stops the next day, like transport, work, and football games – particularly in London. Some people break into a cold sweat at the thought of not being able to go out or being trapped inside some place after it has snowed heavily. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending how you look at it) snow doesn’t settle for long here as the weather is so changeable. However, if you’re snowed in again, here are some ideas what you can do being stuck indoors:

  • Email people

Usually when you haven’t emailed friends for a while, they start to think that you are giving them the cold shoulder. Email them back to reassure them you’re not. When people had to write letters before the internet, it was understandable that it could be a tiring thing to do regularly. However, in the cold light of day, there are no excuses not to catch up with your emails and reply to a friend, particularly when you can’t go outside!

  • Watch a scary movie

I know not everyone likes horror films but spine-chilling movies that make your blood run cold always warm up the spirit!

  • Take a bath

Although not an economically good idea, it’s a great way to relax and take you away from the outside world. If you’re stressed at being snowed in or you’re snowed under at work, a bath is a good way to take away your troubles.

  • Talk to family

Don’t leave your family out in the cold on what is happening in your life. People usually forget how quick time goes, so give them a call and update them. Parents in particular would be very happy to hear from you.

  • Book a holiday

When you can’t go outside because of the bad weather, it always cheers you up to start looking at holidays online. If there is one you have always wanted, don’t get cold feet and just book it.

  • Give up a bad habit and start cooking

Cooking is the fashionable thing to do nowadays. Don’t pour cold water on the idea if you can’t cook because you can find recipes and TV shows anywhere for ideas. It’s also a good time to stop a bad habit like smoking as you can’t go outside. People do say the best way to give up is to go cold turkey and replace it with something like this. [poll id="23"]

Cold/Snow vocabulary

A cold snap
a sudden period of extreme cold weather
Snowfall (n)
amount of snow that falls during a specific period of time
Snowflake (n)
a particle of snow
To settle (snow)
verb that snow does when it falls on the ground and stays
To snow heavily
Snow a lot
Spine-chilling (adj)
Very scary


Cold Idioms

Break into a cold sweat
to suddenly become very scared about something
To be snowed in
trapped somewhere because of too much snow
Give someone the cold shoulder
to behave in an unfriendly way to someone / ignore
In the cold light of day
to think about something clearly and often feel shame afterwards
Make your blood run cold
to make you very scared about something
Snowed under
overworked, especially busy
Leave someone out in the cold
to not involve someone in something, like a group
To get cold feet
to suddenly become too scared to do something planned
To pour cold water on something
to try and stop and idea to do something
To go cold turkey
to stop a habit all in at once, not slowly bit-by-bit


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