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snow on the roof

Silver, grey, or white hair on one's head, as due to aging. Sure, there's a bit of snow on the roof, but I still lead as adventurous a life as I ever have!
See also: on, roof, snow

roof over (one's) head

A home in which to live or rest; basic shelter. Every night, you should be grateful that you have a roof over your head and food on the table.
See also: head, over, roof

be like a cat on a hot tin roof

To be anxious and unable to sit still or relax. A: "Why is Carrie pacing?" B: "She's waiting for the doctor to call with her test results, so she's been like a cat on a hot tin roof all day."
See also: cat, hot, like, on, roof, tin

have snow on the roof

To have silver, grey, or white hair on one's head, as due to aging. Sure, I may have a bit of snow on the roof, but my life is as adventurous as ever!
See also: have, on, roof, snow

the roof caves in

The situation collapses; everything goes wrong. Typically used in the past tense. I was living paycheck to paycheck and getting by OK, but then the roof caved in. I lost my job, and then my car and my house.
See also: cave, roof

hit the roof

To become extremely angry or upset. My parents are going to hit the roof if they find out we had a party here! The boss hit the roof when he saw that we'd already blown through the budget.
See also: hit, roof

go through the roof

1. To react to something angrily. Mom will go through the roof when she finds out we disobeyed her—again.
2. To reach new heights. Once our neighborhood was featured in that popular show, house prices went through the roof.
See also: roof, through

hit the ceiling

To react angrily. Mom will hit the ceiling when she finds out we broke the vase by playing ball in the house again.
See also: ceiling, hit

keyed up

Excited, nervous, or anxious. I'm so keyed up after that concert that there's no way I'm going to be able to fall asleep. Ben gets a little keyed up before he goes on stage, but once he's out there, he's completely in control.
See also: key, up

raise the roof

To engage in loud, unrestrained, and boisterous behavior, especially at a party or while celebrating. Nearly half the town showed up to the party, and we all raised the roof for the entire night. Fans raised the roof when their team won the championship for the first time in over 60 years.
See also: raise, roof

*busy as a beaver (building a new dam)

 and *busy as a bee; *busy as a one-armed paperhanger; *busy as Grand Central Station; *busy as a cat on a hot tin roof; *busy as a fish peddler in Lent; *busy as a cranberry merchant (at Thanksgiving); *busy as popcorn on a skillet
very busy. (*Also: as ~.) My boss keeps me as busy as a one-armed paperhanger. I don't have time to talk to you. I'm as busy as a beaver. When the tourist season starts, this store is busy as Grand Central Station. Sorry I can't go to lunch with you. I'm as busy as a beaver building a new dam. Prying into other folks' business kept him busy as popcorn on a skillet.
See also: beaver, busy

go through the roof

 
1. Fig. Inf. to become very angry. She saw what had happened and went through the roof. My father went through the roof when he saw what I did to the car.
2. Fig. Inf. [for prices] to become very high. These days, prices for gasoline are going through the roof. The cost of coffee is going through the roof.
See also: roof, through

hit the ceiling

 and hit the roof
Fig. to get very angry. She really hit the ceiling when she found out what happened. My dad'll hit the roof when he finds out that I wrecked his car.
See also: ceiling, hit

*keyed up (about something)

 and *keyed up (over something)
to be excited or anxious. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) Why are you so keyed up about nothing? She is keyed up over her son's health.
See also: key, up

live under the same roof (with someone)

Fig. to share a dwelling with someone. (Implies living in a close relationships, as a husband and wife.) I don't think I can go on living under the same roof with her. She was quite happy to live under the same roof with him.
See also: live, roof, same

roof something over

to build a roof over something; to provide something with a roof. After the destructive storm they had to roof the shed over so that the cow would have some shelter. We will roof over the patio and turn the area into a porch.
See also: over, roof

busy as a beaver

Also, busy as a bee. Hardworking, very industrious, as in With all her activities, Sue is always busy as a bee, or Bob's busy as a beaver trying to finish painting before it rains. The comparison to beavers dates from the late 1700s, the variant from the late 1300s. Also see eager beaver; work like a beaver.
See also: beaver, busy

go through the roof

1. Also, hit the ceiling or roof . Lose one's temper, become very angry, as in Marge went through the roof when she heard she'd been fired. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]
2. Reach new or unexpected heights, as in After the war, food prices went through the roof. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]
See also: roof, through

hit the ceiling

Also, hit the roof. Explode in anger, as in Jane hit the ceiling when she saw her grades, or Dad hit the roof when he didn't get his usual bonus. The first expression dates from the early 1900s; the second is a version of a 16th-century locution, up in the house roof or house-top, meaning "enraged."
See also: ceiling, hit

like a cat on hot bricks

Also, like a cat on a hot tin roof. Restless or skittish, unable to remain still, as in Nervous about the lecture he had to give, David was like a cat on hot bricks. The first expression replaced a still earlier one, like a cat on a hot bake-stone, which appeared in John Ray's Proverbs (1678). The second was popularized as the title of Tennessee Williams's play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955).
See also: brick, cat, hot, like, on

raise the roof

1. Be extremely noisy and boisterous, as in They'd had a lot to drink and were really raising the roof last night.
2. Complain loudly and angrily, as in When the landlord increased the rent, the tenants raised the roof about his lack of repairs and maintenance . Both usages convey the image of the roof being lifted because it cannot contain either noise or rage. [Slang; mid-1800s] Also see hit the ceiling.
See also: raise, roof

roof over one's head, a

A shelter, especially a home, as in I can barely afford to put a roof over my head, my salary is so low.
See also: over, roof

like a cat on hot bricks

or

like a cat on a hot tin roof

If you are like a cat on hot bricks or like a cat on a hot tin roof, you cannot keep still or relax because you are very nervous or impatient. Why are you shifting from one foot to the other like a cat on hot bricks? Meanwhile, Mr Richardson says he is like a cat on a hot tin roof as the anticipation builds. Note: `Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' is the title of a play by Tennessee Williams.
See also: brick, cat, hot, like, on

hit the ceiling

COMMON If someone hits the ceiling, they suddenly become very angry and shout at someone. When I told him what happened, he hit the ceiling. Compare with hit the roof.
See also: ceiling, hit

go through the roof

or

hit the roof

COMMON
1. If the level of something goes through the roof or hits the roof, it increases by a lot very rapidly. Interest rates were going through the roof. In 1990, wool prices hit the roof. Compare with go through the ceiling.
2. If someone goes through the roof or hits the roof, they suddenly become very angry, and usually show their anger by shouting at someone. When I told my mother she went through the roof. She took one look at my hair and hit the roof. Compare with go through the ceiling. Compare with hit the ceiling.
See also: roof, through

raise the roof

If a crowd of people raises the roof, it makes a very loud noise by cheering, shouting or singing. Best audience I've ever had in my life — they practically raised the roof. Note: In British English, you can also say that a crowd of people lifts the roof. The fans lifted the roof when Mulligan scored.
See also: raise, roof

a roof over your head

COMMON I you have a roof over your head, you have somewhere to live. In exchange for a roof over their heads and food, they work for me without wages for a year. I am just thankful that we have a roof over our heads.
See also: head, over, roof

like a cat on a hot tin roof (or on hot bricks)

very agitated, restless, or anxious.
See also: cat, hot, like, on, roof, tin

hit the ceiling

fly into a sudden rage.
2004 Scarlett Elizabeth Cooper Nuts & Bolts When Dr John Pulaski arrived home that night, he hit the ceiling. ‘Why are you bringing other people into our home?’ he demanded of his wife.
See also: ceiling, hit

fall off the roof

begin a menstrual period. US informal
See also: fall, off, roof

raise the roof

make or cause someone to make a lot of noise inside a building, for example through cheering.
1995 Daily Mail The fans were patient and understanding and when I finally scored against Swansea they raised the roof.
See also: raise, roof

go through (or hit) the roof

1 (of prices or figures) reach extreme or unexpected heights; become exorbitant. 2 suddenly become very angry. informal
See also: roof, through

the roof falls in

a disaster occurs; everything goes wrong.
See also: fall, roof

a roof over your head

a place in which you can stay and find shelter.
See also: head, over, roof

like a ˌcat on hot ˈbricks

(British English) (American English less frequent like a ˌcat on a hot tin ˈroof) (informal) very nervous: He’ll be like a cat on hot bricks till he gets his exam results.
See also: brick, cat, hot, like, on

hit the ˈroof/ˈceiling

(informal) suddenly become very angry: Every time I mention Patricia, Sam hits the roof.
See also: ceiling, hit, roof

go through the ˈroof

(informal)
1 become very angry: He went through the roof when I told him I’d lost the money.
2 (of prices, numbers) rise or increase very high very quickly: Prices have gone through the roof since the oil crisis began.
See also: roof, through

lift/raise the ˈroof

(also bring the ˈroof down) (informal) (of a large group of people) make a very loud noise, for example by shouting or singing: The audience raised the roof when the band played their favourite song.The crowd brought the roof down when the home team scored. I had never ever heard such cheering.
See also: lift, raise, roof

a ˈroof over your head

(informal) a place to live; a house: Everyone needs a roof over their heads but thousands remain homeless.
See also: head, over, roof

under one/the same ˈroof

(informal) in the same house, etc: There were three generations of the family living under one roof.
See also: one, roof, same

under your ˈroof

in your home: I don’t want that woman under my roof ever again!
See also: roof

have snow on the roof

phr. to have white or much gray hair. Come on, judge, you’ve had hair on the roof for years!
See also: have, on, roof, snow

hit the ceiling

and hit the roof
tv. to get very angry. She really hit the ceiling when she found out what happened.
See also: ceiling, hit

hit the roof

verb
See also: hit, roof

keyed (up)

1. mod. nervous; anxious. Sally was a little keyed up before the meet.
2. and keyed up to the roof mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. He was a mite keyed, but still technically sober. Tipsy, hell! I’d say keyed up to the roof!
See also: key, up

keyed up to the roof

verb
See also: key, roof, up

go through the roof

Slang
1. To grow, intensify, or rise to an enormous, often unexpected degree: Operating costs went through the roof last year.
2. To become extremely angry: When I told her about breaking the window, she went through the roof.
See also: roof, through

raise the roof

Slang
1. To be extremely noisy and boisterous: They raised the roof at the party.
2. To complain loudly and bitterly: Angry tenants finally raised the roof about their noisy neighbors.
See also: raise, roof

cat on a hot tin roof

A Southernism that meant someone who was on edge or nervous. The phrase survives as the title of Tennessee Williams's 1955 Pulitzer Prize–winning drama.
See also: cat, hot, on, roof, tin
References in classic literature ?
H'm," said Strickland; and his voice rolled and rumbled in the roof.
Edgar, left thus alone on the centre of the turret roof, found himself altogether his own master in a way which tended to increase his madness.
The roof beside them had a great hole smashed through it, and pieces of glass were lying scattered in every direction.
The Scarecrow arrived with a coil of clothes-lines and ropes which he had taken from the courtyard, and in his trip up the stairs he had become so entangled in the loose ends of the ropes that both he and his burden tumbled in a heap upon the roof and might have rolled off if Tip had not rescued him.
No sooner had the man touched the roof than the ape-man was upon his chest, one brawny hand sought and found the sword wrist and the other the throat of the yellow-tunicked guardsman.
It was then that Gahan the Jed appeared upon the roof.
He tried to reach across the distance between the roof and the palisade, and in the attempt lost his balance and nearly precipitated himself to the ground below.
It was the sketch she had written the day she fell through the roof of the Cobb duckhouse on the Tory Road.
You see, I am carrying you off in the most bare-faced fashion," she began, motioning him to a seat by her side, "but really you are such an elusive person, and only this morning, in the midst of that awful thunder of bombs, when we stood on the roof and looked at London breaking out into flames, I couldn't help thinking--remembering, I mean--how short a time it is since you and I were face to face with the other horror and you saved my life.
The Wieroo motioned him to one of the doors which he threw open, permitting Bradley to pass out onto another roof on a level lower than that upon which they had landed earlier in the morning.
A KID standing on the roof of a house, out of harm's way, saw a Wolf passing by and immediately began to taunt and revile him.
I knew a girl in Marysville who could walk the ridgepole of a roof.
The roof ran up to an apex, and was evidently the inner shell of the true roof of the house.
The roof was the soundest part, though a good deal warped and made brittle by the sun.
The hut's walls rose without difficulty, and everything went smoothly until the problem of the roof confronted me.