September’s just around the corner, but no need to stress! It might get a bit rainy and windy, but you know what’s cool about fall? There’s actually a bunch of stuff to enjoy. This season is all about the harvest vibes, picking apples, wandering through corn mazes, those colorful leaves everywhere, plus we’ve got Thanksgiving and Halloween to look forward to. So, for today, let’s dive into 10 awesome English sayings that totally scream fall.
(one’s) Golden years — the later years of a person’s life when they are past middle age and approaching old age
Fall is kind of associated with fading, like the sunset of life. People often use this phrase to mean the period after retiring and stopping all work activity.
It was only when she reached her golden years that she learned to live life to the fullest.
Indian summer — a brief period of warm and sunny weather in September
No one’s really sure where the term came from, but some people think it might have been named as such because it was first observed in regions inhabited by Native Americans in the Mississippi River valley.
I know it’s September, but don’t get out your winter clothes just yet — this area often has an Indian summer.
Indian summer — a pleasant or successful time near the end of someone’s life, work, or another period
A star of the 1960s, she’s enjoying an Indian summer with her second highly acclaimed film this year.
Turn over a new leaf — start fresh or make a new beginning
Back in the 16th century, book pages were called leaves. So, flipping a new leaf meant you were starting on a blank page. It’s like when you decide to seriously change things up or start a new chapter.
My New Year’s resolution is to turn over a new leaf and begin to study English every day.
Take a leaf out of someone’s book — do something in the way someone else would do it; to behave or act like someone else
This idiom hints at tearing a page out of a book.
Anna took a leaf out of her mother’s book and began to keep track of how much money she was spending on food.
Feel under the weather — not feeling well, sick
Back in the day, sailors used to say this when they were sick at sea. They’d be sent below deck to get better – literally “under the weather.”
I’m sorry I can’t come to work today, I’m a bit under the weather.
For a rainy day — for a time when it might be needed unexpectedly
Fall’s trademark? Rain, rain, and more rain. When it’s always chilly, damp, and gloomy, who’s up for hustling? And people tend to catch a cold, so you gotta stash some cash away for when things get tight. That’s what this saying’s all about.
He never saved for a rainy day – now, when he really needs the money – he’s having a lot of difficulties.
When it rains, it pours (американская версия) — when something unpleasant happens, often other bad things follow, making the situation worse
Some people think this saying started from Jonathan Arbuthnot, the physician of Queen Anne, and Jonathan Swift, a satirist and writer. In 1726, a book and an article titled “It Cannot Rain But It Pours” were published.
British version: It never rains but it pours
In the morning I overslept, then I missed my bus and failed the test. When it rains, it pours.
The apple of somebody’s eye — someone very dear and cherished
This idiom goes back to the ninth century when people didn’t have good eye care, and good eyesight was really valuable. Soon, the pupil of the eye became a metaphor for something precious.
His youngest daughter was the apple of his eye.
Get wind of something — hear a piece of information that someone else was trying to keep secret
I don’t want my colleagues to get wind of the fact that I’m leaving.
Have a bad hair day — everything seems to go wrong
This idiom means a day when you feel like you don’t look good, especially because of your hair, and also refers to an unlucky day when things just aren’t going right. The expression comes from the idea that if you’re struggling with your hair in the morning, the rest of the day might be a struggle too.
Yesterday, my mom was having a bad hair day, so I decided to reveal my test results later.
These are just a few sayings from the many connected with the fall season. If we missed one of your favorites, let us know in the comments!