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Color Idioms

Color Idioms

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Color-related Idioms
 black 
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 black and blue - 1. bruised [from appearance]
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 black and white - 1. clearly distinct or different [as in "as different as black andwhite"] 2. obvious and clear, as in print [as in "there it is, in black and white"]
1
 
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 black humor 
2
 
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 black market
2
 
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 black out
2
- 1. to lose consciousness
1
 
o
 black sheep - 1. outcast, esp. of a family [as a single black sheep among afamily of white sheep]
1
 
o
 black tie - 1. formal [from appropriate dress]
1
 
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 blackball
2
 
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 blacklist
2
 
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 blackout - 1. loss of electricity
4
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 blackmail
2
- 1. to use detrimental information as leverage in controlling theactions (often extorting payment) of others
1
 
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in the black 
2
 
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the pot calling the kettle black - 1. a worse offender [citing the guilt of] a lesser offender 
4
 
 blue
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 blue - sad
3
 
o
 blue blood
2
- 1. royal, regal
1
 
o
 blue funk 
2
- 1. very depressed [as in "she was in a blue funk"]
4
o
 blue law
2
 
o
 blue Monday
2
 
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 blue movies - 1. movies with explicit sex
3
 
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 blue print
2
 
o
 blue ribbon
2
- 1. first rate [from the customary award given for first place]
1
 
o
 blue stocking
2
 
o
 blue streak 
2
 
o
 blue-collar workers - 1. laborers
3
 
o
 blue-pencil
2
 
o
once in a blue moon
2
 
o
out of the blue
2
 
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sing the blues; have the blues
2
o
true blue
2
 
 brown
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 brown out - 1. partial loss of electricity
1
 
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 brown nose - 1. slightly vulgar, refers to flattering someone in a position of  power in order to obtain favors
4
o
in a brown study - 1. seriously contemplating something
4
 
gray
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gray area - 1. a context or section, as of a law, which is easily disputable; a"murky area"
7
 
o
gray matter - 1. brain (the organ) 2. intelligence
1
 
green
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chiste verde ("green joke") - 1. In Spanish, a dirty joke
3
 
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green around the gills
2
 
 
o
green light
2
 
o
green with envy
2
 
o
having a green thumb - 1. able to make plants grow well
4
 
o
Things are starting to green up around here - 1. Spring has arrived [the color of new vegetation that comes with spring]
4
 pink 
o
in the pink 
2
 
o
 pink lady - 1. an alcoholic drink 
4
 
o
 pink-collar workers - 1. office workers, esp. women
3
 
o
 pinkies - 1. the little fingers
4
 
o
tickled pink 
2
 
 purple
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 born to the purple
2
 
o
 purple passion
2
 
o
 purple prose
2
 
red
o
in the red
2
 
o
one red cent
2
 
o
red eye
2
 
o
red flag
2
 
o
red herring - 1. a topic thrown into a discussion in order to mislead
4
 
o
red hot - 1. exciting
4
 
o
red hots - 1. small spicy candies
4
 
o
red meat - 1. beef 
4
 
o
red neck 
2
 
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red tape - 1. bureaucratic seemingly time-wasting paperwork.
6
o
red-faced - 1. embarrassed
3
 
o
red-handed - 1. in the middle of the act
1
o
red-letter day
2
 
o
roll out the red carpet
2
 
o
to see red
2
 
rose
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rose-colored glasses
2
o
rosy
2
 
white
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white as a sheet - 1. pale, frightened
4
o
white elephant
2
 
o
white flag
2
 
o
white heat
2
 
o
white lie
2
 
o
white paper 
2
 
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white tie
2
 
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white-collar workers - 1. management
3
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whitewash
2
 
yellow
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yellow - cowardly
4
 
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yellow journalism
2
 
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"Yellow Peril" - 1. the (quite exaggerated) fear of the large population of Chinaand its population growth rate.
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