Hello, this is Simon.
Even though I have never been a big fan of winter, the winter weather in Japan is generally nice. Unlike New Zealand, which is wet and rainy, it is usually sunny and the air is as dry as a bone. I thought this would be a good thing, but in recent years I have been developing deep cracks in my hands from the dry air. They really hurt. That’s my main complaint for the moment.
So far, February this year has been quite pleasant. The days have been relatively mild. So, I have enjoyed being outside. Whenever I have the chance, I’ve been taking the kids to a local park. When we go I usually buy my daughter a drink from the vending machine to have at the park.
I took them just the other day. But, this time, my wife told me not to buy a drink, as it is a bad habit for kids to get a treat like that every time they go out. I assured her I wouldn’t, but when we got to the park, my daughter begged me repeatedly. In the end, I relented. We all had a good time at the park, and came home in high spirits. My wife was quick to find the empty bottle from the vending machine though. She held it up, and my daughter quickly said “Papa said it was OK.” “Really?” answered my wife. It seemed I had just been hung out to dry by my own daughter. Yep, she had left me high and dry.
Nothing more was said, but I knew I had lost a few brownie points. My wife doesn’t get angry over every little thing. She often likes to keep her powder dry and save it for those special occasions. I don’t think I got off scot-free, but at least I didn’t end up in the dog house this time…
“as dry as a bone”
”hung out to dry”
“left me high and dry”
“keep her powder dry”
“got off scot-free”
“in the dog house”
To be “in the dog house” means to be in trouble with you wife or partner
(e.g. He spent 1 week in the doghouse for coming home drunk.)
Even though this dry air causes cracks in my hands, I still prefer it to a wet winter. Above are some idioms that came to mind, which are related to the word “dry”. I hope there is something new in here for you.
See you next month!
Hello! My name is Simon.
I am from New Zealand, and have been living and teaching English in Japan since 1999.
My hobbies include movies, playing the guitar, gardening and hiking.