Summer Idioms in English

It’s the middle of July, and in many places, that means summer! 

Since we’ve got warm weather on our minds, we thought we should discuss some useful summer-inspired idioms to make your vocabulary shine like the sun!

13 English summer idioms

1. To beat the heat

→ To find ways to stay cool in hot weather 

My favourite way to beat the heat is to sit beside my air conditioner and have cold drinks. 

2. Come rain or shine

→ No matter what happens

Come rain or shine, I will finish this project by the end of the week!

3. Dog days of summer

→ Very hot summer days

During the dog days of summer, I like to go to the swimming pool as much as I can. 

4. Everything under the sun

→ Everything that exists

How can I stop these insects from eating my garden? I’ve tried everything under the sun and nothing works!

5. Full of hot air

→ Telling lies; speaking nonsense

The owner of the company said we’d all get big raises, but I think she’s full of hot air.

6. In hot water

→ In trouble

You’re two hours late for work! You’re going to be in hot water if the boss finds out!

7. Like a cat on a hot tin roof

→ Extremely nervous or worried

Is something wrong? You’ve been like a cat on a hot tin roof all day!

8. Like watching grass grow

→ Extremely boring

I’d much rather ride my bike than read a book. To me, reading is like watching grass grow.

9. Ray of sunshine

→ A person that causes others to feel happy

I’m excited to see my grandson! He always cheers me up—he’s such a ray of sunshine.

10. Scorcher

→ A very hot day

Make sure to wear sunscreen and a hat today! It’s going to be a scorcher!

11. To soak up some sun

→ To lie or sit in the sun

We both have the day off of work, and we’re planning to soak up some sun at the beach! 

12. Social butterfly

→ Someone who is very outgoing and likes socializing

My best friend is such a social butterfly: She always wants to go to parties and meet new people. 

13. Summer fling

→ A casual romance that only lasts for the summer

I hear you met someone new! Is it serious, or just a summer fling?

Grow your English vocabulary with idioms

If you’ve been trying everything under the sun to expand your vocabulary, learning idioms like these ones can help! They’re an amusing and descriptive way to talk about a variety of situations. 

When you’re ready for the next step, consider Gabby Academy. Our expert, native-speaking coaches will work with you to help you communicate confidently in English!

Andrea is a Gabby Academy coach and education technolgy writer based in Vancouver, Canada.