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Colour Idioms
Date 16/11/2008 02:16  Author detail  Hits 1247  Language Global
Colour Idioms

Colour idioms

black and white

thinking of everything or judging everything in a simple way and seeing it as either good or bad


The situation isn't as black and white as it seems; it's much more complicated.



black out

to darken by putting out the electric lights or covering over the windows


Londoners had to black out their windows during the war so that the enemy aircraft could not see the city.



black out

to lose consciousness


He blacked out after standing up for three hours in the parade. First aid staff attended to him.



blue in the face

to be very angry or upset; to be excited and very emotional


She argued with her husband until she was blue in the face but he wouldn't see her point of view.




to be inexperienced and/or immature


He's a bit green - he still believes that someone is going to come and help him out of his situation. He doesn't realise he has to do it himself.



the grass is always greener (on the other side)

when a place that is far away or different seems better than the place where we are now


He must be crazy to leave the company; he's got a great job and a great salary. He really should stay where he is but he can't see it - the grass is always greener on the other side.



green with envy

to be very jealous and full of envy


I was green with envy when I heard that she was going on holiday to Spain for a week while I had to stay and work.



in the red

to have debts


The company has been in the red for two years now. We now owe over $500,000 to our suppliers and the bank.



red tape

excessive bureaucracy


Many businesses complain about the amount of red tape that they must deal with in former Eastern-bloc countries.



out of the blue

when something happens without a warning, by surprise


His decision to leave the company came completely out of the blue. No one expected it at all.

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