wordy wednesday: under the weather

Today’s idiom: under the weather

Meaning: not feeling well

Origin: Originally “under the weather bow,” this phrase is nautical in its origins.  The “weather bow” is the side of the ship on which all the bad weather is blowing.  If a sailor was not feeling well, he would be sent below deck where the rocking of the boat wasn’t so extreme and provided shelter from the weather.  

Source: english language & usage.

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