Color Idioms in E nglish Black black and blue: bruised and beaten EXAMPLE: We found the poor guy black and blue near the train tracks. black out: 1. to darken by putting out or dimming electric lights 2. to lose consciousness EXAMPLE: 1. During the war people in the cities were forced to
black out their windows so that the enemy aircraft could not see them. 2. Suddenly the man blacked out during the parade and had to be helped to a quiet place Black black sheep (of the family): a person who is a disgrace or e mbarrassment to a family or group EXAMPLE: The man is the black sheep in his family and is
the only member who has not had a successful career and life. in the black: successful or profitable EXAMPLE: The company has been in the black since they began to adopt many new ideas to cut costs. Color to give/lend colour to: to make (an account, story, explanation, e
tc.) more credible or more believable. EXAMPLE: The broken window on the ground floor lent colour to her story that her house had been burgled" to see someone in his true colour: to understand someone's true character, often for the first time. EXAMPLE: As soon as he made a fuss about returning her money, I saw him in his true colours. with flying colours : with great success, with distinction. EXAMPLE: We were all expecting him to fail, but he passed with
flying colours. Blue a blue-eyed boy: critical description of a boy/young man w ho has been singled out for special favours by someone in authority. EXAMPLE: John is a real blue-eyed boy. The team manager alwa ys gives him special treatment. It isnt fair to the rest of us.
look / feel blue: to look / feel depressed or discontented. EXAMPLE: Things are looking blue for Tom these days. His wife has left him. Blue once in a blue moon: to occur extremely rarely or only once in a lif e-time. EXAMPLE: My brother only rings home once in a blue moon. I wis h he would ring our parents more often.
out of the blue: unexpectedly I got a phone call from a long lost cousin out of the blue last week. Green grass is always greener on the other side: you always want what you don't have I always wanted to go to university, but now I wish I had time to get a job. Grass is always greener on the other side. to be green: inexperienced, immature
EXAMPLE: He is rather green and doesnt have enough experienc e to drive the large piece of machinery yet. green with envy: full of envy, very jealous EXAMPLE:I was green with envy when I heard that she would be going to London for a month while I had to stay and work. Green get the green light: receive permission to go ahead with a projec t
EXAMPLE: We got the green light to go ahead with the new adve rtising campaign. green thumb: a talent for gardening, ability to make things grow EXAMPLE: She has a green thumb and is able to grow one of the best gardens in our neighborhood. Red Red tape: official or bureaucratic tasks There is still some red tape to deal with in terms of the inheritance.
to be in the red: to have an overdraft, to be in debt. EXAMPLE:I am overdrawn again. I hate being in the red. to catch someone red-handed: to catch someone in the act of com mitting a crime, usually a theft. EXAMPLE: The manager caught the new employee red-handed taki ng money out of the box. Red to see red: to react with uncontrollable rage against someone or
something. EXAMPLE: John saw red when he saw his girlfriend laughing with another guy. roll out the red carpet: greet a person with great respect, give a big welcome EXAMPLE: When Nelson Mandela visited Washington, they rolle d out the red carpet and gave him a great welcome. White
white elephant: a useless possession EXAMPLE: The new stereo that he bought is a white elephant an d he doesnt need it at all. white as a ghost: very pale because of fear, shock, illness etc. EXAMPLE: My sister became white as a ghost when she saw the man at the window. a white lie: a harmless lie (told to be polite or to do something n ot seriously wrong) EXAMPLE:I told my boss a white lie and said that I was sick yeste rday when actually I wasnt.
Silver born with a silver spoon in one's mouth born into a rich family Keiko hasn't worked a day in her life. She was b orn with a silver spoon in her mouth. Pink tickled pink: very pleased and appreciative
My mom was tickled pink when my father br ought roses home for her. Golden golden opportunity: the perfect chance The models' conference was a golden opportuni ty for me to sell my beauty products.
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