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English Idiom: feel a bit under the weather

Feel a bit under the weather

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feel a bit under the weather” idiom meaning”

I am going to talk about a useful idiom in English which is related to human health. The phrase which is used in an informal way to say that some one is feeling bad, illness, or not well. So the phrase which is used in such a way is to feel a bit under weather, so notice the following conversational example:

Joe: You look so tired today, what’s wrong with you.
Sue: I think I feel a bit under weather.
Joe: Why?
Sue: I think it was related to my shower because I didn’t dry my hair after it.

So you can see that Sue thinks she is not feeling well because she didn’t dry her hair after taking a shower and she used the phrase “feel a bit under weather” to express her mood.

Idiom #243

to feel a bit under the weather: 

Meaning: Feeling slightly ill.

The phrase “under the weather” means ill; sick; unwell and if some one feels under the weather it means he / she feels illness
to know more about this idiom let check the definition of this idioms in some great dictionaries:

Cambridge:

informal- If someone is or feels under the weather, they feel ill.

Oxford:

feeling slightly unwell or depressed

These meaning can be understood for this idiom based on explanations of most dictionaries:

  • feeling sick
  • to be ill or feel ill
  • drunk or intoxicated
  • having hangover

The maritime sources seems to be the origin of this informal idiom. In that time, when a sailor was not feeling well, he would be sent below deck to be replaced with someone else, so that he could be away from the weather.

Note:

As you can see above, the phrase to feel a bit under the weather has a slang meaning too. So by this way it means :

a. Intoxicated; drunk.
b. Suffering from a hangover.

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feel a bit under the weather” idiom meaning”

Let’s take a look at some examples about this idiom to understand it better:

She is feeling a bit under the weather – I think She is getting a cold because she slept in a cold room last night.

My sister doesn’t go to work today, as she was feeling a bit under the weather in the morning.

He had to study all the night for his exam last night and he couldn’t sleep well, that’s why he is feeling a bit under the weather today.

I was feeling a bit under the weather for a couple of days before the results come out, because I was suffering from stress.

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