Saturday, 16 February 2019

Colour Idioms in English

Credits: ESL Teachers
1. Red tape: official or bureaucratic tasks.
2. Green with envy: to be very jealous, envious.
3. Gray area: something that is unclear, undefined.
4. Black and blue: describe something that is badly bruised.
5. Golden opportunity: the perfect chance.
6. Have the blues: be sad or depressed.
7. Black sheep: a person who is a disgrace to a family or group.
8. Out of the blue: randomly, without warning, surprisingly.
9. White lie: a small lie that is told to be polite or avoid hurting someone’s feelings.
10. Yellow-bellied: a coward.
11. Caught red-handed: to catch someone in the act of doing something.
12. To be yellow: to be cowardly.
13. To see red: to be very angry.
14. Green thumb: to be skilled at gardening.
15. Once in a blue moon: very rarely.
16. Take the red eye: a late night flight that arrives early in the morning.
17. Tickled pink: to be extremely pleased.
18. Pink slip: a notice of dismissal from employment.
19. White elephan: an expensive item that is costly to maintain.
20. Silver screen: the film industry.
21. Blue collar: working in a manual labour job.
22. Black as night: somewhere very dark, when it is hard to see anything.
23. Black eye: a bruise near one’s eye.
24. Black out: faint.
25. Beet red: dark red.
26. Black and white: straight forward, very clear.
27. The green light: permission.
28. In the red: in debt.
29. Roll out the red carpet: treat someone like royalty.