#IOTW: Idioms related to colors

Hi, fellas! How are you feeling today? I hope you’re not feeling blue because I’m going to give you some idioms related to colors!

  1. Blue blood. Meaning: anyone who claims to have royal heritage, aristocratic status or luxury privileges.
    • Example:
      • “Mary’s family is really poor, but she has blue blood in her veins.”
  2. Out of the blue. Meaning: an unusual or surprising occurrence.
    • Example:
      • “He wanted to punch me in the face out of the blue.
  3. A gray area. Meaning: a situation/concept that is unclear; open to interpretation.
    • Example:
      • “There’s a large gray area between what is legal and what is not.”
  4. Grass is always greener on the other side. Meaning: a place/situation appears better but is often no better than current conditions.
    • Example:
      • “I thought it would be great to go to medicine school, but the grass is always greener on the other side.”
  5. Pink slip. Meaning: this common metaphor is used when a worker is fired.
    • Example:
      • “After arriving late for the 7th time, my boss was finally given the pink slip.”
  6. Wave a white flag. Meaning: an official military sign to surrender/negotiate a truce, but it’s also used in conversation.
    • Example:
      • “I think it’s time to wave the white flag and declare bankruptcy.”
  7. Red herring. Meaning: a deceiving clue or distraction that is intended to be misleading.
    • Example:
      • “The detectives were following a red herring, but they’re finally on the right track now.”
  8. Green thumb. Meaning: those who are lucky enough to grow lush plants without trying.
    • Example:
      • “My father has a green thumb, all tomatoes and strawberries in the garden always ripe perfectly.”
  9. Gray matter. Meaning: a group of important cells that are found in the cerebral cortex.
    • Example:
      • “The brain has not yet revealed its mysterious mechanism of gray matter.
  10. As black as the ace of spades. Meaning: completely dark or black.
    • Example:
      • “I don’t want to go down to the cellar. It’s as black as the ace of spades down there.”

Compiled and written by @Patipatigulipat at @EnglishTips4U on June 23, 2013.



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