Idiom of the Week: Jack Frost


Meaning: The freezing cold in wintertime.


It’s snowing – Jack Frost is back!

Watch out for Jack Frost! Put on your gloves!

Jack Frost nipping at your nose…”

The last example is from a famous Christmas song. You can listen to it and read the lyrics below:


The Christmas Song

Written by Bob Wells and Mel Torme

Performed by Nat King Cole

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos

Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe
Help to make the season bright
Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight

They know that Santa’s on his way
He’s loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh
And every mother’s child is gonna spy
To see if reindeer really know how to fly

And so I’m offering this simple phrase
To kids from one to ninety-two
Although it’s been said many times, many ways
Merry Christmas to you

      nipping = biting

     Yuletide carols = Christmas songs

     tiny tots = little children

     gonna = going to  

Pop Quiz:

When is Jack Frost the least active?

A.  The wintertime

B.  The summertime.

C.  He’s always active.

To see the correct answer, click on “Continue reading”:

The correct answer is B. We thought since it’s the holidays we’d give you an easy one!


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4 thoughts on “Idiom of the Week: Jack Frost

  1. When is Jack frost least active? Why the answer is “B”? My answer is ”A” wintertime.
    Please explain to me.Thank You!

  2. The winter wind is cold,
    Jack Frost is back !
    It freezes noses, ears, and toes.

    Winter now is here,
    Put on your coat,
    your hat and your gloves!

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