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Colour Idioms

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Idiom Meaning Example Sentence
beet red dark red (usually to describe face) My sister's face turned beet red when I caught her singing in front of a mirror.
black and blue bruised and beaten We found the poor guy black and blue near the train tracks.
black and white straight forward, very clear The rules we gave the kids were black and white. No answering the phone or the door.
black out faint I always black out at the sight of blood.
black sheep the odd or bad member of the group My oldest brother was the black sheep in our family. He dropped out of school at fifteen.
born with a silver spoon in one's mouth born into a rich family Keiko hasn't worked a day in her life. She was born with a silver spoon in her mouth.
catch red handed catch someone in the act of doing something wrong or illegal The kids were caught red handed stealing chocolate bars.
golden opportunity the perfect chance The models' conference was a golden opportunity for me to sell my beauty products.
grass is always greener on the other side you always want what you don't have I always wanted to go to university, but now I wish I had time to get a job. Grass is always greener on the other side.
grey area, gray area something without a clear rule or answer Writing personal email in the office is a grey area that needs to be discussed at the next meeting.
the green light permission The builders were given the green light to begin the tower.
green with envy very jealous I am green with envy over Julio's new wardrobe.
(have a) green thumb be skillful in the garden You can tell by her flower garden that Sheila has a green thumb.
have the blues be sad or depressed I always have the the blues during the winter time.
in the dark unaware Antoine left his wife in the dark about their honeymoon destination until they got to the airport.
in the red in debt When we were in the red we almost had to sell the house.
once in a blue moon very rarely We only go out for dinner once in a blue moon.
out of the blue unexpectedly I got a phone call from a long lost cousin out of the blue last week.
red tape official or bureaucratic tasks There is still some red tape to deal with in terms of the inheritance.
red eye an airplane flight that takes off after midnight I caught the red eye so that I would see the sunrise over the mountains.
roll out the red carpet treat someone like royalty When relatives come to town my grandmother rolls out the red carpet.
rose coloured glasses unrealistic view Paula imagines Hollywood with rose coloured glasses.
see red be very angry I saw red when that guy grabbed my sister's purse.
tickled pink very pleased and appreciative My mom was tickled pink when my father brought roses home for her.
true colours real self Suzanne doesn't show her true colours when we have guests over.
white lie an innocent lie to protect another person's feelings We told Grandma that her cake was delicious, which was actually a white lie.
with flying colours with distinction I passed my road test with flying colours.

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Colour Idioms Quiz

1 My face goes when I'm embarrassed.
2 The boxer was after round 10.
3 When you have the blues you feel .
4 I only eat meat once in a .
5 This volunteer job is my to get experience in the industry.
6 When something happens out of the blue it is .
7 I caught the red eye, means I took .
8 We were given the to book our holiday time.
9 A man who is born with a silver spoon in his mouth has always been .
10 People often show their when they've had too much to drink.

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