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Idiom

Under the Weather: Origin and Meaning

Meaning
To feel ill/unwell.
Origin
under the weatherThis idiom has nautical (sailing) origins. Sailors and passengers aboard ships often became seasick during storms and bad weather, when the boat would rock back and forth. Anyone who felt seasick would be sent below the deck to the bottom of the ship where the rocking was less noticeable. In other words, they were sent under the deck and away from the weather, which is how the phrase ‘under the weather’ was created. It is now used when people feel unwell for any reason, not just from seasickness.
Examples
“Hi John, it’s Simon. Sorry but I can’t come to work today – I’m a bit under the weather.”

“I’ve been feeling a little under the weather today. I had to wait outside in the rain for 2 hours last night and I think I may have caught a cold.”

Carley: “Are you coming to the party tonight?”
Robyn: “I don’t think I should. I’ve been feeling under the weather all week.”
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