Color Idioms! In this lesson, you will learn a list of 10 color idioms in English. Each idiom includes meaning and example sentence to illustrate the context.
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Color Idioms in English
Learn 10 color idioms in English with meaning and example.
Black and blue
- Meaning: To be bruised either because of a beating or otherwise.
- Example: I am going to beat you black and blue.
Catch someone red-handed
- Meaning: To get caught doing something wrong, illegal or unlawful.
- Example: He was spying on the minister and the police caught him red-handed.
Green with envy
- Meaning: To feel extremely jealous.
- Example: His expensive car made me go green with envy.
- Meaning: A term used for someone looking weak or unwell.
- Example: He’d recovered from the attack but he still looked off color.
Once in a blue moon
- Meaning: To refer to something that occurs very rarely.
- Example: I meet him only once in a blue moon.
- Meaning: To be extremely angry about something
- Example: After she betrayed him, he was seeing red.
To show your true colors
- Meaning: When someone shows their true colors, they reveal the kind of person they really are.
- Example: Only in times of need do friends show you their true colors.
To pass with flying colors
- Meaning: To pass something with flying colors is to do very well.
- Example: I had thought I wouldn’t clear the exams but I passed with flying colors.
- Meaning: To whitewash something is to cover up its flaws.
- Example: The Indian government has been accused of trying to whitewash the Commonwealth games scandal.
- Meaning: A golden opportunity represents an opportunity that is very hard to come by and rather unexpected.
- Example: The deal was a golden opportunity and anyone would have been foolish to have not signed it.