Any port in a storm
This means that in an emergency any solution will do, even one that would normally be unacceptable.
Bolt from the blue
If something happens unexpectedly and suddenly, it is a bolt from the blue.
Brighten up the day
If something brightens up your day, something happens that makes you feel positive and happy all day long.
If someone chases rainbows, they try to do something that they will never achieve.
If you are on cloud nine, you are extremely happy.
Cloud of suspicion
If a cloud of suspicion hangs over an individual, it means that they are not believed.
Cloud on the horizon
If you can see a problem ahead, you can call it a cloud on the horizon.
Cold light of day
If you see things in the cold light of day, you see them as they really are, not as you might want them to be.
Come rain or shine
If I say I’ll be at a place COME RAIN OR SHINE, I mean that I can be relied on to turn up; nothing, not even the vagaries of British weather, will deter me or stop me from being there.
If a person is in the doldrums, they are depressed. If a project or something similar is in the doldrums, it isn’t making any progress.
Down in the doldrums
If somebody’s down in the doldrums, they are depressed and lacking energy.
Every cloud has a silver lining
People sometimes say that every cloud has a silver lining to comfort somebody who’s having problems. They mean that it is always possible to get something positive out of a situation, no matter how unpleasant, difficult or even painful it might seem.
Face like thunder
If someone has a face like thunder, they are clearly very angry or upset about something.
A fairweather friend is the type who is always there when times are good but forgets about you when things get difficult or problems crop up.
If something or someone moves like greased lightning, they move very fast indeed.
Head is in the clouds
If a person has their head in the clouds, they have unrealistic, impractical ideas.
If everything has frozen in winter, then Jack Frost has visited.
If you save something, especially money, for a rainy day, you save it for some possible problem or trouble in the future.
Right as rain
If things are right as rain, then everything is going well in your life.
Sail close to the wind
If you sail close to the wind, you take risks to do something, going close to the limit of what is allowed or acceptable.
Seven sheets to the wind
If someone is seven sheets to the wind, they are very drunk.
The silly season is midsummer when Parliament is closed and nothing much is happening that is newsworthy, which reduces the press to reporting trivial and stupid stories.
Steal someone’s thunder
If someone steals your thunder, they take the credit and praise for something you did.
Stem the tide
If people try to stem the tide, they are trying to stop something unpleasant from getting worse, usually when they don’t succeed.
Swim against the tide
If you swim against the tide, you try to do something that is very difficult because there is a lot of opposition to you.
Under a cloud
If someone is suspected of having done something wrong, they are under a cloud.
Under the weather
If you are feeling a bit ill, sad or lack energy, you are under the weather.
Any port in a storm