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to feel under the weather


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Choose the correct definition a, b or c.

a) to be upset by something

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b) to be very uncomfortable

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c) to feel unwell

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If someone is feeling under the weather, they are not feeling very well.

French translation

se sentir mal en point/ ne pas se sentir dans son assiette

How NOT to translate : *se sentir sous le temps

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Examples in context

’Unwell Prince Phillip misses reception

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said : "The Duke is unwell but he will be at the service [on Tuesday]." No details of the Duke’s illness were available. He is said by officials to be "a bit under the weather" but determined to attend Tuesday’s anniversary service.’

BBC News UK, 3rd June 2013

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’Croatia’s economy is under the weather, and General practitioner Dr Dragan Soldo is feeling the pressure. The government is cutting public sector pay in an attempt to get the country back on track. Meanwhile Dragan is trying to keep his patients in good health.’

World News TV, 19th April 2013

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Everyday usage

Please don’t ask me to cook today, I feel under the weather.

He cannot come today, he is feeling under the weather. He is at home resting in bed.


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