– To bury one’s head in the sand
Are you getting some hot weather where you live?
When the weather gets warm, many people head to the beach to relax on the sand or take a dip in the water to cool off.
To celebrate sunny summer days, we’ll take you through some English idioms that are inspired by the beach!
1. To bury one’s head in the sand
→ To ignore a problem by pretending you don’t know it’s happening
Don’t bury your head in the sand. We need to do something to stop climate change now!
→ To try an activity or new experience to see if you like it
I don’t know if hip hop class is for me, but I’ll dip my toe in the water.
→ To set a limit to what you are willing to do
I don’t mind driving you to your friend’s house, but lending you my car is where I draw a line in the sand.
→ Someone who’s out of place in their surroundings, away from their usual environment
When I first started my job at the web design firm, I felt like a fish out of water.
→ Suspicious; not to be trusted
I just met our new neighbours. I don’t know what it is, but there’s something fishy about them.
→ Life is great
I’ve got a beautiful family, a big house, a job I love—life’s a beach!
→ To cause problems, usually by disturbing a situation
I don’t really like how our manager is dealing with the new client, but I’ll keep quiet because I don’t want to make waves.
→ A big change or a complete transformation
Since the liberal government was elected, there’s been a sea change across the country.
To be involved with dangerous people
I really don’t trust my son’s new friends. I think he’s swimming with sharks.
→ There are other romantic partners available
I know you’re sad about breaking up with your boyfriend, but you’ll be okay. There are other fish in the sea!
→ The situation is changing or has changed
Our local football team was the worst in the league. But the tide turned and they started winning every game.
→ To provide support (often financial) to help someone through a difficult period
My mom gave us some money to buy some groceries—that should tide us over until our next payday.
→ You can do whatever you want; you have endless opportunities
You don’t have to decide on a career yet! Go travelling; have some fun—the world is your oyster!
引用：13 Beach-Inspired English Expressions You’ll Love / Andrea Byaruhanga