Idioms are one of my favorite subjects to chat about in English. They are fun and important phrases when learning a new language. Today I want to talk about idioms that are related to color. It's important to note that most of our idioms should not be taken literally, they are all figures of speech. So when I say 'idioms related to color' it means they involve a color in the expression BUT have nothing to do with the color. Make sense? Let's take a look further into this to find out what I mean because our idioms aren't always black and white.
1. The grass is always greener on the other side when you constantly think negatively about everything.
2. Why is your leg black and blue? I fell down the stairs.
3. Why are you grounded? My parents caught me red-handed sneaking out of my bedroom window.
4. Every time it rains for days on end I get the blues.
5. John, do I have the green light to start this project? Yes, go ahead.
6. I can't believe Jack and Irene broke up out of the blue like that. I thought everything was great between them.
7. I turned white as a ghost when I turned down the wrong alley and saw five strange men walking towards me.
8. My parents are going to see red when they see what I have done to their house! I'm in so much trouble.
9. I'm not a fan of drinking, and therefore I only drink once in a blue moon.
10. I saw Ted's true colors when I overheard him talking about me behind my back. I thought we were friends.
Let's see if you passed this color idioms test with flying colors! I will help you out by placing the definition below. Match the number of the sentence with the letter of the definition in the comment box below. Let's see how you do.
A. To become sad or depressed.
B. Without warning, a surprise.
C. To become very angry.
D. To give someone permission to proceed with something.
E. A persons true personality, opinion, attitude...
G. To catch someone right in the middle of doing something wrong
H. To become pale due to fear or shock
I. Clear and simple.
J. A place or situation that's better than the present one.
K. Easily or excellently done.
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