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    Question cement skies

    Dear Teachers,

    is an expression "cement sky/skies" common in English (I think, it is about the colour of the sky) or is it rather a poetic one? Do you use it?

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    Default Re: cement skies

    "My hometown is nestled between emerald cow pastures, meandering roads, and tree-covered foothills. It’s most charming on bright, sunny days, but there aren’t many of those. The Finger Lakes region of New York State has one the highest ratios of cloud cover in America. The locals call it “cement sky.”
    Many of us struggle with cement sky in our daily lives, and I’m not talking about the weather. We can relate to Job, who described his existence like this: “I walk in gloom, without sunlight” (v.28)."

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    Default Re: cement skies

    I wouldn't say it's common, though- at least not in BrE.

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    Default Re: cement skies

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I wouldn't say it's common, though- at least not in BrE.
    I would go further and say that it is uncommon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I would go further and say that it is uncommon.
    I agree.

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    Thank you all for contribution!!!

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    Default Re: cement skies

    Is it the same as what we call a leaden sky - the colour of lead?

    leaden
    1 adj A leaden sky or sea is dark grey and has no movement of clouds or waves.
    (Collins Dictionary)

    Rover

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    Default Re: cement skies

    yeah, exactly – we have the same equivalent in Lithuanian for "leaden sky" – "švininis dangus" (meaning the dark grey colour and somewhat heaviness of the sky)

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