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7 Colourful English Idioms


Color Idioms

1. Out of the blue

Meaning: Unexpectedly
  • His resignation announcement came out of the blue.

2. Paint the town red

Meaning: to enjoy yourself by going to bars, clubs, etc.
  • We decided to go out and paint the town red.

3. Have a green thumb

Meaning: to be good at making plants grow
  • Peter can make anything grow. He really has a green thumb.

4. In the red

Meaning: in debt
  • At this time of year, the company is usually in the red.

5. With flying colours

Meaning: If you pass a test with flying colours, you do it very successfully.
  • In total, 7 students passed with flying colours.

6. Blue-collar/White-collar

Meaning: A blue-collar job is work that involves using physical strength or skill with the hands.
A white-collar job is work that does not involve physical effort and usually takes place in an office or a bank.
  • Blue-collar workers often work long hours in heavy industries.
  • Too many people are training for white-collar jobs. They think the office environment is safe and pleasant.

7. Black out

Meaning: If you black out, you lose consciousness suddenly for a short time
  • I have been known to black out at the sight of blood.

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