10 Idioms Linked To The Vocabulary of Autumn

Blog_Autumn IdiomsIn my last blog post, I wrote about some of the vocabulary that we associate with the season of autumn.

Words like apples, leaves, pumpkin, nuts, squirrels, trees, orange, red, soup, casserole, golden, chestnuts, mist and plenty more.


In this post, I’d like to share with you 10 idioms that I’ve found related to some of the words above. So let’s start with the word ‘autumn’ itself.

1. Autumn years – it is often used to refer to the later years in someone’s life
“In his autumn years, Peter was able to enjoy his garden a lot more”


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2. Apple of my eye – someone who is cherished above everyone

“Even though Frank has three children, his youngest has always been the apple of his eye”.



3. Old chestnut – it refers to a story or a joke that has been told so many times that it becomes uninteresting.
Ted: “The best years of your life are when you’re a child”.
Sue: “Not that old chestnut again!”
Blog_Images_Golden Handshake4. Golden handshake – Used in Business English to refer to a large sum of money that is given to an employee (normally high level) when they leave.

“The CEO was given early retirement and a golden handshake of £800,000 when the company was restructured”.


5. Turn over a new leaf – to reform and begin again
“He has learned his lesson and has turned over a new leaf“.


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6. Take a leaf out of someone’s book – to follow someone’s example

“Alex has really done well to turn his life around. You should take a leaf out of his book”.


7. Lost in the mists of time – means that something has been forgotten because it happened a long time ago
“The true significance of these traditions have been lost in the mists of time“.


8. To drive someone nuts – to make someone go crazy
“That noise is driving me nuts. Please stop at once!”


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9. To be nuts about someone or something – to be obsessed with someone or something

“I am nuts about that girl. I’d do anything for her”.



Blog_Idiom_squirrel away money10. To squirrel something away – to hide or store something like a squirrel

“Lisa squirreled away a lot of money while she was working and now she can enjoy her retirement”.



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60 thoughts on “10 Idioms Linked To The Vocabulary of Autumn

  1. Hello Shanthi,
    My daughter and I love your posts and we look forward to reading them. Thank you.
    Warm regards

  2. I really appreciate your posts: they are absolutely interesting. Please notify me of new posts by e-mail. I don’t want to miss any of them. Thank you very much. My best regards. Maddy

    • Thank you very much, Maddy.
      To get my future posts all you need to do is to add your email address to the Subscribe to my blog box on the right hand side of the Home Page.
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  3. Hello, I really appreciate this kind of links. I just have a question. How much required/common in America these Idioms are?

  4. i really love your blog. it is very great! it’s useful for foreigner to study english. thank you so much. i hope you will have more interesting lesson for us. try best! i will support you!

  5. Dear Shanthi
    I follow your posts very regularly and find them very informative. posting these idioms is a wonderful idea and helpful too. however, where this post is concerned you might like to check the subject -verb co-ordination in the fifth example.
    But you are doing a great job. do accept the appreciation of this retired Prof / teacher of English Language and Literature

    • Thank you ever so much for the endorsement, Alka. Well spotted re the subject + verb agreement. I’ve amended it. One can never proofread enough. Thank you.

    • Hi Jenni,

      I’m so glad you like my posts. Thank you for reading them and taking time to post your comment here.
      Welcome to “the World is your oyster”.


  6. Dear Shanthi, you have transformed a gloomy season into a Golden one!
    You will soon become the apple of my eyes!
    I refrain from playing other compliments because you are already flooded with them and you must be ‘pink with pleasure’ (did I just invented a new idiom?!)
    Off I go to roast my chestnuts!
    I do love your blog.

    • Thank you, mammina mia bella.

      You may have just invented a new idiom.
      It’s a real coincidence because I plan to write about idioms with the word “pink” in them to coincide with October being Breast Cancer month.

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  8. Dear shanthi,i am a new learner and i am very happy to see that you are doing a wonderful job by helping us in a laborious way.

    • Hello Olivia from Mexico,
      Please subscribe to my blog my leaving your email address on the box on the right hand side of the Home Page.
      Thank you for reading my posts.

      • I think he tried to use the word “fruitful” linked to “Fall/Autumn”, once that season is reckoned as the fruit season….he should have written in full, something like: those idioms were really fruitful….lol….to be very clear !

  9. Hello Shanthi
    Quite an interesting initiative of yours to let people all over the world get acquainted with American idioms. Some of them are very common in everyday English, others were common someday in the past, not anymore, though. As an addition and contribution, if I may, I’d suggest your adding the synonymous expression of golden handshake, which happens to be “golden parachute”, a lot more used in the business world. Congrats for your blog. Good job!

    • These are not just American idioms as we use all of them in British English, too.
      I would say that all of them are still used today.
      Thanks for reading.

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  11. Hello Shanthy, your posts are very interesting and useful. You’re always “my” best teacher. Thanks…I’ll “take a leaf out of your book”.

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  14. Dear shanthi:
    me and my daughter love your posts, i am trying to teach her english through the posts not to mention i enjoy reading them thankyou shanthi.
    iam looking forward for more.

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