English idioms. Part 3. 10 Colourful Idioms

English Idioms

 

Here are some English idioms connected with colors.

1. WHITE ELEPHANT

meaning: something that is useless for us and costs money to get it or to maintain.

example: This new gallery is a white elephant, nobody visits it.

2. YELLOW-BELLIED

meaning: very shy, cowardly, not brave

example: My colleague is yellow-bellied, he will never talk to his boss.

3. GREEN WITH ENVY

meaning: to be very jealous

example: She was green with envy when she saw her boyfriend with another girl.

4. OUT OF THE BLUE

meaning: unexpectedly

example: It was calm evening but then, out of the blue I heard some loud noise.

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5. PAINT THE TOWN RED

meaning: have a good time, party or go out

example: Every weekend we go out and paint the town red.

6. TALK A BLUE STREAK

meaning: to talk quickly and a lot

example: I can’t stand the girls who talk a blue streak. I have a headache after such conversations.

7. BLACK SHEEP

meaning: unpleasant or bad person of a group

example: He was a black sheep in our class, nobody liked him.

8. A GREY AREA

meaning: something that is without clear rules and people don’t know how to deal with it

example: I am good at chemistry and math, but physics is a grey area for me.

9. SEE RED

meaning: to be very angry

example: Alice saw red because she failed her important exam.

10. IN THE BLACK

meaning: to be successsful or not in debt

example: Their company is in the black, they will earn more money.

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