Color Idioms: A Rainbow with Words

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Native speakers often use idioms in conversation, so knowing English idioms with their meanings would give English learners an extra tool to express themselves. 

What Is An Idiom?

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

English idioms are easier to learn and remember if we put them into groups. Let us look at a few examples of idioms about rainbows and colors. 

Rainbow Idioms

Chasing rainbows

The meaning of the idiom “Chasing rainbows” is pursuing unrealistic goals.

An example of how “Chasing rainbows” is used:

  • Ken was chasing rainbows by trying to become an actor. 

Pot of gold at the end of the rainbow

The meaning of the idiom “Pot of gold at the end of the rainbow” is something that is desired but hard to get.

An example of how “Pot of gold at the end of the rainbow” is used:

  • Finding an affordable house in my city is like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. 

Life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows

The meaning of the idiom “Life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows” is that life has struggles and isn’t always easy.

An example of how “Life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows” is used:

  • Desmond was unemployed for a year and understood that life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. 

Idioms With the Color Pink

Tickled pink

The meaning of the idiom “Tickled pink” is to be greatly pleased.

An example of how “Tickled pink” is used:

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

Pink slip

The meaning of the idiom “Pink slip” is a notice of dismissal from one’s job.

An example of how “Pink slip” is used:

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

In the pink

The meaning of the idiom “In the pink” is healthy and in very good condition.

An example of how “In the pink” is used:

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

Idioms With The Color Red

Caught red-handed

The meaning of the idiom “Caught red-handed” is being found in the very act of a crime.

An example of how “Caught red-handed” is used:

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

See red

The meaning of the idiom “See red” is to become very angry. Whenever I see someone mistreating animals, I see red!

An example of how “See red” is used:

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

Red-carpet treatment

The meaning of the idiom “Red-carpet treatment” is the courtesy given to people of high position or station.

An example of “Red-carpet treatment” is used:

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

Idioms With The Color White

White-collar worker

The meaning of the idiom “White-collar worker” is a person who doesn’t perform manual labor and usually works in an office.

An example of how “White-collar worker” is used:

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

A white elephant

The meaning of the idiom “A white elephant” is a possession that is useless and often expensive to maintain.

An example of how “A white elephant” is used:

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

As white as a sheet

The meaning of the idiom “As white as a sheet” is looking very pale as a result of fear or shock.

An example of how “As white as a sheet” is used:

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

Other Idioms With Color

With flying colors

The meaning of the idiom “With flying colors” is to do something very well or successfully.

An example of how “With flying colors” is used:

  • Kevin passed the entrance exam with flying colors. 

Yellow streak

The meaning of the idiom “Yellow streak” is the habit of getting frightened and behaving like a coward.

An example of how “Yellow streak” is used:

  • Having a yellow streak might keep you safe, but you miss out on a lot of experiences. 

Feeling blue

The meaning of the idiom “Feeling blue” is to feel sad or unhappy.

An example of how “Feeling blue” is used:

  • Suki was feeling blue and decided to miss the party. 

Related Posts on Color Idioms

People see red when they are annoyed or irritated. Learn more about this idiom here – What is the idiom “see red’?

What do you imagine when you hear the words “red flag”? Do you think of a country’s flag or could the phrase have a sinister meaning? Uncover the mystery here – What is an idiom – “Red Flag”?

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