winter


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buy straw hats in winter

Especially of stocks, to buy when both demand and cost are low so that one may then sell when demand and price are high. A phrase attributed to Russell Sage, a 19th-century American investor and financier. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I made a fortune buying shares in the startup company before smartphone technology became ubiquitous—I bought straw hats in winter, and now they're worth a fortune!
See also: buy, hat, straw, winter

summer and winter

To monitor one's behavior or abilities for a sufficiently long period of time. Oh yes, I will summer and winter him during this probationary period, to determine if we should hire him full-time.
See also: and, summer, winter

winter rat

A beat-up car that one does not mind driving in harsh winter weather. Primarily heard in US. A: "You don't take your Corvette out in the snow, do you?" B: "Of course not, that's what my winter rat is for!"
See also: rat, winter

dead of winter

The middle of winter, which is usually especially cold. I find myself dreaming of tropical islands every year in the dead of winter.
See also: dead, of, winter

in the dead of winter

In or during the middle of winter, especially at its coldest, darkest period. I find myself dreaming of tropical islands every year in the dead of winter.
See also: dead, of, winter

winter over (some place)

to spend the winter at some place. The bears all winter over in their dens. All the animals are getting ready either to migrate or to winter over. My parents winter over in Florida.
See also: over, winter

dead of

The period of greatest intensity of something, such as darkness or cold. For example, I love looking at seed catalogs in the dead of winter, when it's below zero outside. The earliest recorded use of dead of night, for "darkest time of night," was in Edward Hall's Chronicle of 1548: "In the dead of the night ... he broke up his camp and fled." Dead of winter, for the coldest part of winter, dates from the early 1600s.
See also: dead, of

the dead of winter

the coldest part of winter.
The sense of dead here and in the previous idiom developed in the 16th century from dead time of —, meaning the period most characterized by lack of signs of life or activity.
See also: dead, of, winter

winter on

v.
1. To feed on something during winter: The deer winter on tree bark.
2. To feed some animal something during the winter: We wintered the cows on cornstalks.
See also: on, winter

winter over

v.
To spend, endure, or survive a winter: The scientist wintered over at the South Pole. My plant has wintered over successfully for three years.
See also: over, winter
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All of the English regions observed significant increases in the excess winter mortality index between winter periods 2015 to 2016 and 2016 to 2017, whereas excess winter mortality for Wales remained stable.
NRS statistics show that mortality can fluctuate markedly from winter to winter: occasionally one year will have an unusually large figure, like winter 2014/15.
The 30-year average winter temperature for Wales between 1971 and 2000 was 4.
Bastardi forecasts that the 2007-08 winter may be as warm as those of 1998-99 and 2001-02; both were warmer than average.
Winter himself credits Nelson for stopping a career slide that began in the '90s.
It does well in the Washington, DC, area, and it is possible some parts of coastal Alaska might be not much worse in the winter.
In colder months, vehicles travel over a winter road plowed over frozen muskeg and lakes.
Throughout the winter, nurture yourself by taking time Out to go for a walk, read an inspiring story or book, listen to the music you love, and call a good friend who understands and cares about you.
Gill, Tomas Gunnarsson, also of East Anglia, and their colleagues invited dozens of bird-watchers to e-mail winter sightings of godwits and to note the colors of bands they wore.
The 2005 winter sports clinic will be a life-changing event for every severely disabled veteran who attends.
All customer respondents were required to complete the Winter TopTen Program survey and validate their entry by running the SQL Validation Script against their production system.
When winter rolls around, tourists flock to Florida's warm coastal waters.
COME ON AND take a free ride," Edgar Winter urged us all in 1972.
The court claimed the defendants, Johnny and Susan Winter and Ole Pa Enterprises, Inc.
This winter has been brutal," says Riling, owner of Marathon Motors Sports.