In like a lion, out like a lamb.

A proverb used to describe the weather in March in the northern hemisphere, where it tends to be very harsh and unpleasant in the beginning but milder and more palatable at the end. A shortening of the full phrase,

March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.

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Does the expression work in reverse? Who do we check that with?

Because it looks like we are going into March like a lamb. Cloudy with light snow showers developing late day. So seasonable, but hard to describe that as a lion.

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Francesco de Tommaso,  Unsplash
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How about this for March 1st?

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Bill Fairs, Unsplash
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That’s more like it. Cute lamb too.

The long-term forecast does call for more winter-like weather for a couple of weeks after Spring begins, which it does on March 20th. Meaning we could well be going from the end of March into April Fool’s Day like a lion. And I’m not lying.

Accu Weather predicted a late arrival of spring weather.

Nothing we can do about in like a lion or a lamb.

Maybe we can work on another idiom.

Like this one.

Teach a man to fish.

A proverb teaching someone how to do something is more helpful to them in the long run than just doing it for them. The full proverb is

give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

That’s some good advice.

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