Sabtu, 11 Desember 2010

[Idiom] Say It with Colours - Part 1

What's your favourite colour? Red, black, blue, or pink? Besides using your favourite colour as the main consideration in buying something, you can use your favourite colour to express your feeling or thought about something. Please check these English idioms related with colours:


Black and white
When it is very clear who or what is right and wrong,
then the situation is black and white.

Black as Newgate's knocker
(UK) If things are as black as Newgate's knocker, they are very bad. Newgate was an infamous prison in England, so its door knocker meant trouble.

Black hole
If there is a black hole in financial accounts, money has disappeared.

Black sheep
Someone who is the black sheep doesn't fit into a group or family because their behaviour or character is not good enough.

If you vote against allowing someone to be a member of an organization or group, you are blackballing him or her.

Black mood
To be in a black mood means to be irritable, angry or even depressed.

In the black
To say that a person or organization is in the black means that they are financially sound, have a positive balance on their account and that they owe no money.

Black market
The black market refers to the illegal buying and selling of goods or currencies.

Black gold
Black gold refers to the black colour and high value of oil.

Black tie event
This expression refers to a formal event at which men are required to wear a dinner jacket, or tuxedo, and a black bow tie.


Blue blood
Someone with blue blood is royalty.

Blue-eyed boy
Someone's blue-eyed boy is their favourite person.

Blue in the face
If you do something until you're blue in the face,
you try unsuccessfully to do something for a very long time.

Out of the blue
If something happens out of the blue, it happens unexpectedly.


Brown nose
When someone tries to make themselves popular with somebody, usually in a position of authority, especially by flattering them, they are brown nosing.

Brownie points
If you try to earn Brownie points with someone, you do things you know  will please them.

Brown as a berry
To say that someone is brown as a berry means that they are very tanned.

Browned off
To be browned off means to be bored, fed up or disheartened.


Golden handshake
A golden handshake is a payment made to someone to get them to leave their job.
A golden handshake is a generous sum of money given to a person when they leave a company or retire (sometimes given to encourage early retirement).

Golden rule
The golden rule is the most essential or fundamental rule associated with something.

Golden touch
Someone with a golden touch can make money from or be successful at anything they do.

Golden opportunity
A golden opportunity is a favourable time or excellent occasion which should not be missed.


Green around
the gills
If someone looks green around the gills, they look ill.

Green fingers
(UK) Someone with green fingers has a talent for gardening.

Green light
If you are given the green light, you are given approval to do something.

Green thumb
(USA) Someone with a talent for gardening has a green thumb.

Green with envy
If you are green with envy, you are very jealous.

Green-eyed monster
The green-eyed monster is an allegorical phrase for somebody's strong jealousy

A greenhorn or someone who is described simply as green lacks the relevant experience and knowledge for their job or task


Grey area
A grey/gray area is one where there is no clear right or wrong

Grey Cardinal
Someone who is a Grey Cardinal exerts power behind the scenes, without drawing attention to himself or herself.

Grey matter
Grey/gray matter is the human brain.

Grey pound
(UK) In the UK, the grey pound is an idiom for the economic power of elderly people.

Grey suits
The men in grey suits are people who have a lot of power in business or politics, but aren't well-known or charismatic.

Grey existence
To have a grey existence is to lead a dull, monotonous life.


Sorry, I couldn’t find idioms related with ‘orange’.

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killfash mengatakan...

actually i want to learn english like u.,,. :)

Heni Puspita mengatakan...

We can learn English from our favourite songs ^^ You like music, right? :)

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