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Learn British English: more vocabulary to describe cold weather

 

In the UK, temperatures are remaining around freezing (0oC) at the end of February. Below are a few more British English expressions to describe it.

 

Freezing

A very common adjective to describe when it is very cold:

“It’s turned freezing today!”

“We were all freezing outside.” (We all felt very cold.)

 

Biting cold

“Biting cold” is a collocation where “biting” means “very cold”:

“That arctic wind is biting cold.”

“That arctic wind has got a real bite to it.”

 

Bitterly cold

“Bitterly cold” is another collocation with the same use:

“It’s been bitterly cold in the UK since December.”

“I wouldn’t go outside if I were you, there’s a bitter chill in the air.”

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