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Idioms using colours

Postby koki » Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:15 pm

Hello every body!
This is my frist topic i post here, and i hope if you like it and get benifit.


Blue
feeling blue = feeling unhappy: "What's the matter with you? Feeling blue?"
out of the blue = completely unexpected: "I sent off my application to the company, but heard nothing. Then completely out of the blue they sent me a letter."

Red
see red = become extremely angry: "When people are cruel to animals, it really makes me see red."
a red letter day = a day of great importance: "It's a red letter day tomorrow in the company. It's our fiftieth birthday!"
paint the town red = celebrate: "They went out last night and really painted the town red - they didn't come home until 5 a.m."
in the red = overdrawn: "It's the end of the month and we're in the red again. We have to control our spending better."
like a red rag to a bull = likely to make someone angry: "Don't talk to him about politics - it's like a red rag to a bull."
red tape = bureaucratic paperwork: "You have to cut through a lot of red tape to get proposals accepted in this company."
red carpet treatment = treat someone with great respect: "When we visit our offices in Asia, we get the red carpet treatment."

Green
get the green light = get approval to start something: "We've finally got the green light to start research on the new product." :mrgreen:
green fingers = be a good gardener: "Everything grows in her garden. She definitely has green fingers."
green-belt area = an area of protected land surrounding a town or city: "The green-belt area around London is disappearing fast."
green politics = environmental politics: "He's in green politics and often campaigns to fight pollution."

Black
black market = illegal trade: "You can change dollars for a much higher rate on the black market."
black economy = a part of the economy unregulated by the authorities: "He doesn't pay any taxes and thinks that the black economy will make him rich." (He's working on the black.)
give someone a black look = look at someone as if you are angry: "Why is he giving me such a black look?" :evil:
on the black list = be on a list of "undesirables": "We won't be invited to their party this year - we're on their black list."
blacklisted = be banned: "Many actors and writers were blacklisted in Hollywood in the 1950's because they were considered "un-American."
in black and white = be extremely clear: "This contract is in black and white: we aren't allowed to keep any pets in this house."
black spot = a dangerous spot: "his roundabout is a black spot for traffic accidents."
black and blue = be badly bruised: "When she fell off her bicycle, she was black and blue for days."

White
white Christmas = when it snows at Christmas: "There hasn't been a white Christmas here since 1983."
whitewash = cover up the truth: "I don't believe his story. I think it's all a whitewash."

Grey
a grey area = something which is not definite: "I think genetic engineering is a bit of a grey area."
grey matter = your brain: "Doing crossword puzzles tests your grey matter :idea:

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Re: Idioms using colours

Postby DanielEdwards » Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:20 am

These are really great idioms. I heard many of them before but you try to submit all at a place. Thanks for posting.
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Re: Idioms using colours

Postby koki » Tue Jan 06, 2009 8:01 pm

pretty wrote:it is very beneficial topic

thank u so much


hi pretty, thanks for taking some of your time reading and passing by my thread {-:

i hope u get benifit as much as u can ;-)

now it's time to enjoy and colour your speech using idioms of colour hhh :mrgreen:
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Re: Idioms using colours

Postby koki » Tue Jan 06, 2009 8:10 pm

DanielEdwards wrote:These are really great idioms. I heard many of them before but you try to submit all at a place. Thanks for posting.
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hi Dani,

Great and bravoo that u know most of those idioms. ;-)
that's a little i have to submit :oops:
thanks for taking time reading and passing by my new thread

Have a nice speech using colors! hhh :mrgreen:
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Re: Idioms using colours

Postby koki » Sun Jan 11, 2009 8:30 pm

Shokry wrote:Wow! It's really interesting!
Thanx 4 such a post..
Regards,
Shokry


thanks for reading my post and your passing by
Have a nice day colouring your speech hh

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Re: Idioms using colours

Postby keenlearner » Mon Jan 26, 2009 7:55 am

Thak you my dear!

It is fruitful!!!! I like them very much
God bless you
:lol:

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Re: Idioms using colours

Postby koki » Sat Jan 31, 2009 9:40 am

keenlearner wrote:Thak you my dear!

It is fruitful!!!! I like them very much
God bless you
:loool

hey,
I got honour for your passing by & pleasure that u like it :-P
God less u too
Have an awesome day with colorful speech ;-)

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Re: Idioms using colours

Postby koki » Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:05 am

britishfever wrote:amazing work boy, but just 1 thing u missed .. IN THE BLACK -- the opposite of IN THE RED - meaning owing nothing, not financially indebted to anyone.... thanks


hey sweetie, by the way i'm not a boy but a sweet girl loool
anyhow thanks sweetie for your addition, realy i get benifit and pleasure
and certaily i'm willing of any other aditions or comments

Thanks again for keeping in touch
Have a colourful day ;-)
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Re: Idioms using colours

Postby koki » Thu Apr 02, 2009 12:19 am

Denise wrote:nice post! thanks for your sharing on these idioms, i found it really useful! :)


hey Denci, nice passing!
thanks dear for keeping in touch.
i'm delighted that u like it:)


gracyu wrote:These are really great idioms. I appreciate you for this kind of unique help. You obviously have a very good understanding of English idioms, as many of these are quite difficult yet you have their definitions and usage absolutely perfect. Well done


Hey gracyu, I appreciate you too for your nice reply and compliments...
that's too much... i'm only a little & a humble student seeking for the ultimate of the language...
Indeed you blush me :oops:
thanks again for your nice comment
Have a colorful day! :mrgreen:
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