English Idiom – Under the weather

Meaning – To be feeling unwell. If you are under the weather you are feeling poorly or generally run-down (feeling bad because you are so tired). You may also be suffering from a hangover (feeling bad from the effects of drinking too much alcohol).

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When could you use this idiom?

  • You are not feeling very well.
  • Last night you drank too much – today you are feeling poorly.
  • You have been working too much and are feeling run-down.


  • “I’m not going to be able to hang out with you this weekend. I’m feeling a little under the weather at the moment and need a rest.”

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What is an idiom?

An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally.  An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.