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    frozen to the marrow

    Hello,

    Could you tell me if the idiom 'to be frozen to the marrow' is really used in English?Or, if not, is there an idiom with a similar meaning?

    Thank you,
    heyt

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    Re: frozen to the marrow

    Quote Originally Posted by heyt View Post
    Hello,

    Could you tell me if the idiom 'to be frozen to the marrow' is really used in English?Or, if not, is there an idiom with a similar meaning?

    Thank you,
    heyt
    That is an idiom meaning "extremely cold".

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    Re: frozen to the marrow

    not a teacher

    … is there an idiom with a similar meaning?

    A very similar idiom that can mean the same as your example is, "chilled to the bone".
    From fraze-it: "I also was chilled to the bone, despite the warmth of silk underwear, a down coat, a hat, a scarf and gloves."

    This can also mean "horrified", "scared".
    "I was chilled to the bone when I read about the serial killer's exploits."

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    Re: frozen to the marrow

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    A very similar idiom that can mean the same as your example is, "chilled to the bone".
    I hear this one used regularly. I can't remember the last time I heard the marrow version- it exists, but it's not that common nowadays in BrE.

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    Re: frozen to the marrow

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I hear this one used regularly. I can't remember the last time I heard the marrow version- it exists, but it's not that common nowadays in BrE.
    I don't think "frozen to the marrow" is very common in AmE either.

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