Idioms related to color

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englishgeek

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There are many different idioms that relate to color (or colour in UK English). Let's look at a few.

in the red - this means that you owe people or banks more money than you have or earn.

That company has been in the red for years before they finally went bankrupt.

red tape - Red tape refers to government bureaucracy.

There is a lot of red tape to cut through to start a new business.

red handed
- caught in the act.

The thief was caught red handed breaking into the house.

in the black - this means that you have or earn more money that you spend. If you are talking about a company, it means the company is profitable.

black market - A black market is an illegal market, where typically illegal goods and services are sold.

Many fake products are sold on the black market.


black sheep - one person who is bad in a group, particularly when talking about families.

He is the black sheep in that family; he has never held down a job and is always borrowing money from people.

black and white - black and white means that the meaning is clear.

The school's policy is black and white on the issue.

white lie - a small lie or statement of dishonesty.

He told his mom a white lie to get out of going to school.
 

writeedge

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Thank you for sharing.
Here are few more:

Out of the blue– randomly, without warning, surprisingly
That storm came out of the blue and I didn’t have an umbrella!

Green with envy– to be very jealous, envious
Katie was green with envy when she saw you got a new car for your birthday.

Green thumb– to be skilled at gardening
My mother has a green thumb- she can make anything grow!

Once in a blue moon– very rarely
Once in a blue moon you will see that mean professor smile.
 
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writeedge

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Some of the coloured idioms and there meanings:

1. Put down in black and white
Meaning:
To write down something for confirmation

2. Black as night
Meaning:
Very dark, it is hard to see anything

3. Black sheep
Meaning: D
escribe a person who is the ‘odd one out’ of a group.

4. Blue blood
Meaning:
Used to describe someone from a noble or belongs to a wealthy family.

5. True colours
Meaning:
To understand someone’s actual character, often for the first time.
 
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Trusha

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> Silver Spoon
Meaning born of wealth.

> White Wash
To cover up something. To make something bad seen good/acceptable.
 
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