||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.
||I always black out at the sight of blood.
||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.
||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
||The builders were given the green light to begin the tower.
|green with envy
||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
||Antoine left his wife in the dark about their honeymoon destination until they got to the airport.
|in the red
||When we were in the red we almost had to sell the house.
|once in a blue moon
||We only go out for dinner once in a blue moon.
|out of the blue
||I got a phone call from a long lost cousin out of the blue last week.
||official or bureaucratic tasks
||There is still some red tape to deal with in terms of the inheritance.
||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
||Paula imagines Hollywood with rose coloured glasses.
||be very angry
||I saw red when that guy grabbed my sister's purse.
||very pleased and appreciative
||My mom was tickled pink when my father brought roses home for her.
||Suzanne doesn't show her true colours when we have guests over.
||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
||I passed my road test with flying colours.