Weather On The Go Ep 7: Thunder and Lightning idioms

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Welcome to Weather On The Go. Today we’re looking at thunder and lightning idioms. Lightning are the great flashes of light
that sometimes streak across the sky and thunder are the loud rumbles you can
hear when a storm is near. In fact, some parts of Australia
experience thunderstorms quite regularly. So it’s no surprise that thunder and lightning idioms have become a part of our daily speech. An idiom is
an expression that has a very different meanings compared to the words that form it. So you’ll notice that even though these idioms have the words ‘thunder’ and
‘lightning’ in them, they’re often used to talk about everyday events rather than
actual weather conditions. For example, ‘to steal one’s thunder’ doesn’t involve stealing thunder that belongs to someone. This idiom is used when a person does
what another person was planning to do before they do it. You might hear people say someone has ‘a face like thunder’. This idiom is not
saying someone’s face looks like thunder. In fact, we don’t even know what thunder
looks like because we can only hear it. To have ‘a face like thunder’ means to
look extremely angry. This idiom probably draws inspiration from thunder itself which is often loud, scary and angry sounding. ‘To be as fast as lightning’ means to be extremely fast. You may also hear people
say ‘lightning fast’. ‘Lightning never strikes twice’ is used when you want to tell someone that it’s very unlikely something bad or unusual will happen two times in a row. Now that you’ve learned a few thunder and lightning idioms, think
about any others you’ve come across. Do you know how to use them? Let us know. The next episode is on snow idioms. Stay tuned!

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