Sabtu, 11 Desember 2010

[Idiom] Say It with Colours - Part 2

More English idioms related with colours.


Pink pound
(UK) In the UK, the pink pound is an idiom for the economic power of gay people.

Pink slip
If someone receives a pink slip, they receive a letter telling them they have lost their job.

Pink elephants
This term refers to hallucinations or strange imaginary things seen by people as a result of heavy drinking or the use of narcotics.

In the pink
of health
If you are in the pink of health, you are in excellent physical condition or extremely healthy.

Tickled pink
To say that someone is tickled pink means that they are extremely amused or pleased.


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


Red carpet
If you give someone the red-carpet treatment, you give them a special  welcome to show that you think they are important. You can roll out the red carpet, too.

Red herring
If something is a distraction from the real issues, it is a red herring.

Red letter day
A red letter day is a one of good luck,
when something special happens to you.

Red light district
The red light district is the area of a town or city where there is  prostitution, sex shops, etc.

Red mist
If someone sees red or the red mist, they lose their temper and self-control completely.

Red rag to a bull
If something is a red rag to a bull, it is something that will inevitably make somebody angry or cross.

Red tape
This is a negative term for the official paperwork and bureaucracy that we have to deal with.

Reds under
the bed
An ironic allusion to the obsession some people have that there are reds  (communists) everywhere plotting violent revolution. 

To see red
A person who sees red becomes very angry or annoyed.

To be in the red
If a person or organization is in the red, they owe money or have a negative account.

Paint the town red
If you paint the town red, you go out and enjoy a lively evening in bars, night-clubs, etc.

Like a red flag
to a bull
To say that a statement or action is like a red flag to a bull means that it is sure to make someone very angry or upset.

Catch someone red-handed
If a person is caught red-handed, they are caught while they are doing something wrong or illegal.


Silver bullet
A silver bullet is a complete solution to a large problem, a solution that seems magical.

Silver screen
The silver screen is the cinema.

Silver surfer
A silver surfer is an elderly person who uses the internet.

Silver lining
A silver lining refers to the good or pleasant side-effects of an unpleasant situation.
Every cloud has a silver lining is a proverb which means that there is a positive or hopeful side to every unpleasant situation.

Silver spoon
To say that someone was born with a silver spoon in their mouth means that their family is very rich and privileged.


White as a sheet
A bad shock can make somebody go as white as a sheet.

White as snow
If something or someone is as white as snow, they are perfect or completely uncorrupted and honest.

White elephant
A white elephant is an expensive burden; something that costs far too much money to run, like the Millennium Dome in the UK.

White feather
If someone shows a white feather, they are cowards.

White lie
If you tell a white lie, you lie in order not to hurt someone's feelings.

If something is white-bread, it is very ordinary, safe and boring.

White as a ghost
A person who is as white as ghost looks very pale and frightened.


Yellow press
The yellow press is a term for the popular and sensationalist newspapers.

Yellow streak
If someone has a yellow streak, they are cowardly about something.

A yellow-bellied person is a coward.

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