Under the weather

"Under the weather"






A: Hey, fancy a beer?


B: Sorry, I feel a bit under the weather and I got a headache.



I'm feeling under the weather, so I'm not going to work.



A: Why didn't you come to work yesterday?


B: I felt a bit under the weather, so I stayed in bed all day.


What does "under the weather" mean?

feel good

feel a little sick/ill

be outside when it rains

We say that we feel 'under the weather' when we are a little bit sick or ill.


We often use it when we have a cold, hayfever, or other minor illness. We don't use it for serious illnesses. 


It isn't actually about the weather!






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