Special Sub-Topic: The Colour of English
|"If you keep spending your money like this you will be soon ..." what?|
in the red. You are in the red when you have no money in your bank account or when you lose money (the opposite is "in the black").
|"To give up fighting" is to do what?|
to show the white flag. This is to surrender. When you "show the white flag" you are surrendering or requesting a truce.
|If I'm "a bit green", which of these descriptions applies to me?|
Rather inexperienced. Having "a green thumb" means being good at doing the gardening, and "being a bit green" means being immature or inexperienced.
|David wanted his brother's car; he really was _________ with envy. What colour completes the idiom?|
green. This means to be envious about someone else's goods or to be really very jealous, as if you were wishing very much you had what someone else has.
|"Once in a blue moon" means what in daily speak?|
Very rarely. Have you ever seen the moon in blue?
This is a very rare event. According to popular language, a blue moon refers to the second full moon that occurs in any calendar month. It is said that there will be 41 months that have two full moons in every century.
|Which colour is the list that contains the name of someone who is not wanted?|
black. A blacklist is a list of people who are for some reason thought deserving of censure or punishment.
|The issue of nuclear weapons isn't as ____________ as it used to be. What colour phrase fills in the blank?|
black and white. If you think situations are black and white, you have a very certain opinion about what should be done, when other people may think the situation is really more complicated.
|Anne is doing very well right now: it seems she is in the _________. What colour is she in?|
pink. If you are "in the pink" you are very healthy both physically and emotionally.
|His mother is so angry at him! For what colour-related reason might she be furious?|
She caught him red-handed.. You are caught red-handed when you are discovered in the act of doing something illegal or wrong.
|What colour is the "yawn" when somebody feels like vomiting?|
Technicolour. This is one of the many colourful Australian phrases for vomiting.
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