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Do you feel under the weather these days?

I think it is normal that people get ill or cold or flu at this time of year. The weather is changing all the time, though I still don't think that it is cold outside (please, I am from Slovakia, I know what winter looks like), people do not know what to wear, etc. The other day I saw a girl  wearing a winter puffy jacket and flip flops? Uhm excuse me? But never mind.

In how many different ways you can say that you are ill? 

So, because recently some of our students have been ill (Toshi, who scared us to death!) and I can't forget our lovely Spanish teacher Nuria, we decided to make a blog post about idioms, the favourite part of English grammar. And what is the best topic for idioms this month? Health idioms obviously! So now, if you are ill or you get a flu, you know how to express yourself.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure 

When applied to illnesses, this English proverb means that ❛it is better to take good care of yourself to prevent illness than it is to try to treat it, e.g. with medication, once you are sick❜. Everyone knows that, when faced with a bad virus, the chance of preventing it is probably minimal; but, looking after yourself won ’t hurt your chances of resistance.

Example: I always tell my daughter to take vitamin C regularly. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

What can keep your hands warm?

Cold hands, warm heart
As someone who almost always has cold hands, I naturally thought that this English proverb was a nice one. It means that ❛people whose hands are usually cold have kind and loving personalities❜. Since people who are ill often have cold hands too, it makes a nice addition to this idiom list.

Example: Oh, Louise, your hands are cold. You know what they say, don’t you? Cold hands, warm heart.

Johnny Depp and his pale expression 

To be as pale as a ghost / to be as white as snow

When ❛your skin or complexion is extremely white❜, you are either as pale as a ghost or as white as a ghost.

Example: Ricardo was as pale as a ghost when I asked him about the missing keys to my car. He said that he was ill, but I didn’t believe him.

To be coming down with something 

When someone ❛starts to feel unwell with a cold or flu❜, he is coming down with it. What can you do when you feel that you are coming down with a cold or flu? Try drinking a hot drink.

Example: I’m sorry. I can’t come to this month’s English Grammar Club meeting, because I fear that I am coming down with a cold.

The best place where to be when you are feeling under the weather?
Your bed, of course.

To be / feel under the weather 

When someone is under the weather, he is ❛not feeling well❜.

Example: What is wrong with Luigi today? He didn’t finish eating his spaghetti. Is he under the weather?

To nurse someone back to health 

Mothers are very good at nursing their children back to health. A person who nurses someone back to health, ❛takes care of him until he is healthy again❜. 

Example: Fritz’s mother moved in with him to nurse her beloved son back to health. Fritz’s wife, on the other hand, was not happy about the new living arrangements.

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