Color Idioms: A Rainbow with Words

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Native speakers often use idioms in conversation, and thus being familiar with idioms would allow learners of English to understand conversations in depth.

But First, What Is An Idiom?

An idiom is a way of saying something in a more fancy way! An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its separate words but that has a separate meaning of its own. Confused ? Take the example “It’s raining cats and dogs” – this is an idiom which means it is raining very heavily, and not that cats and dogs are actually falling from the sky!

Idioms are easier to learn and remember if we put them into groups. Let us look at a few examples from one such group that we could call color idioms!


Idioms With the Color Pink


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Tickled pink

idiom
meaning

Greatly pleased

e.g.

  • Mary was tickled pink when she got the best student award!

Pink slip

idiom
meaning

A notice of dismissal from one’s job

e.g.

  • He has to look for a new job, he got a pink slip from his boss today.

In the pink

idiom
meaning

Healthy, in very good condition

e.g.

  • Susan had a minor surgery a few days ago, but is in the pink now!


Idioms With The Color Red


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Caught red-handed

idiom
meaning

Found in the very act of a crime

e.g.

  • He was caught red-handed stealing money from my purse!

Red-carpet treatment

idiom
meaning

The kind of courtesy given to persons of high position or station

e.g.

  • When the CEO visited the branch office, he was given red-carpet treatment.

See red

idiom
meaning

Become very angry

e.g.

  • Whenever I see someone mistreating animals, I see red!


Idioms With The Color White


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White collar worker

idiom
meaning

non-manual worker

e.g.

  • He looked like a white collar worker doing a regular 9-to-5 job.

As white as a sheet

idiom
meaning

Very pale as a result of fear or shock

e.g.

  • She turned as white as a sheet when she found that all the money in her bank account was stolen by some hacker!

A white elephant

idiom
meaning

A possession that is useless and often expensive to maintain

e.g.

  • My uncle gave me his old Rolls Royce, but it turned out to be a white elephant, too expensive to maintain!

Other Idioms With Color

There are many such idioms with colors like yellow, black, green, silver, etc. Search for a few so that you can discuss them with the teachers at Eigooo!

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