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English Idioms: Color


colour idioms with meanings


1. Black and white
To take everything into consideration and oversimplify something. To judge everything as either one way or the other, good or bad.

  • Our boss always thinks that everything is straightforward, but he doesn’t realise that this whole situation is not as black and white as he thinks!

2. Put something down in black and white
To write or have something written down on paper for confirmation or evidence

  • I don’t understand why you don’t believe me! Look, it’s written here in black and white!

3. Black as night
Somewhere very dark, when it is hard to see anything

  • We had another power cut last night; it was as black as night in our house. We didn’t even have any candles!

4. Black and blue
Used to describe something that is badly bruised


5. Out of the blue
To appear out of nowhere without any warning, to happen quite suddenly or randomly by surprise

  • You won’t believe it but Sarah called me out of the blue yesterday, and told me she’s coming to visit! How unexpected!
  • Greg has decided to quit his job out of the blue, and go travelling for a year!

6. Blue pencil
To censor something, or limit the information that is shared

  • The reports about how soldiers were being treated abroad had been blue-pencilled by the authorities.

7. A blue-eyed boy
A critical description of a boy or young man who is always picked for special favours by someone in a position of higher authority.

  • He is such a blue-eyed boy! I don’t like that the manager always treats him as if he is special, it is not fair on the rest of us!

8. A bolt from the blue
When some unexpected bad news is received


9. Browned off
To be bored or annoyed with someone or something

  • I’m always browned off when he comes to visit. He doesn’t like doing anything, and he hardly ever talks to anyone!


10. To be colourless
Used to describe someone who lacks personality, and is really boring

  • It’s really hard to make conversation with her. She’s just really dull and colourless.

11. Off colour
When someone is not feeling their best, quite ill or uneasy

  • He’s been really off colour for the past few days, I think I might have to take him to the doctor.

12. To give/lend colour to
To help make a story or an explanation more credible and easier to believe, or accompany something

  • The broken window and missing items lent colour to her story that someone had robbed her house.
  • The music in the play helped to lend colour to the performance of the actors.

13. Sail under false colours
To pretend to be something that one is not

  • Our team leader seems to be sailing under false colours, I don’t think he really understands what he’s supposed to be doing!”

14. Local colour
Used to describe the traditional features of a place that give it its own character

  • The weekend vegetable market added much local colour to the small town.

15. A highly coloured report
Refers to a report that is exaggerated or has a biased view

  • The highly coloured burglary report had to be rewritten when they found out that the police officer who wrote it was a relative of the family.

16. See someone’s true colours
To understand someone’s actual character, often for the first time

  • I thought I knew her so well, but it was only until I asked her for the money she owed me that I saw her true colours.

17. See the colour of someone’s money
To prove that someone has enough money for something

  • The antiques dealer wouldn’t let me touch the items I’d agreed to purchase, until he saw the colour of my money.

18. Chase rainbows
When someone tries to get or achieve something that is difficult or impossible

  • My brother doesn’t think realistically. He’ll never get a decent job if he just chases rainbows all the time.


19. To be green
Used to describe someone who is immature, or inexperienced

  • He can be rather green sometimes. I don’t think he’s ready to be promoted to a higher position yet.

20. Green with envy
Used to describe someone who is extremely jealous, full of envy

  • When we were children, my older brother always used to get green with envy if my dad bought something for me and not for him.

21. Give someone the green light / get the green light
When someone receives, or is given, permission to go ahead with something

  • We have been given the green the light by the Marketing Executive to go ahead with the new advertising campaign.

22. Grass is always greener on the other side
Used to describe a place that is far away, and better than, where you are now, or another person’s situation that is very different from your own


23. A grey area
Something that is not clearly defined, and there is still debate as to whether it is ‘black or white’, neither one way or another

  • Some of the current rules surrounding bedroom tax in the UK seem to be in a grey area, as many residents disagree with its determining factors.


24. A golden opportunity
An opportunity that may never present itself again

  • Think carefully about what you’re going to do, this is a golden opportunity, and you don’t want to mess it up!

25. A golden handshake
A large sum of money that is paid to a retiring manager or director, or to a redundant worker

  • The company Chairman received a huge golden handshake when he retired.

26. Golden boy
The term given to a young man idolised for a great skill, usually in sport.

  • By many of his fans, Wayne Rooney is seen as the golden boy of his football team.


27. Tickled pink
To be very pleased, thrilled or delighted about something

  • Anna was tickled pink that her fiancé had made such an effort for her birthday.

28. See pink elephants
When someone sees things that are not really there, because they are in their imagination

  • Anyone who hears his story thinks he sees pink elephants. It’s just such a far-fetched story, and very hard to believe.

29. To be out of the red
To be out of debt

  • Our company is finally out of the red now. We’ve managed to pay back our loan, and now we’re making profit!

30. A red flag
A signal that something is not working properly or correctly

  • The fallen trees along the road raised a red flag for the safety inspectors.

31. Born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth
Meaning born into a rich family

  • I don’t think Kelly has ever had a job. She was born with a silver spoon in her mouth.

32. To be given something on a silver plate/platter
When something is offered to someone whole-heartedly (in a metaphorical sense)

  • I offered my heart to him on a silver platter, and he turned it down.

33. Raise a white flag
This indicates that one has accepted defeat and surrenders to the other party

  • There was such a heated debate going on in the conference room, they wouldn’t back down! I just raised my white flag in the end.

34. Whitewash something
To cover up or gloss over faults or wrongdoings

  • The government was accused of trying to whitewash the scandal over charity pay-outs.


35. Yellow-bellied
Someone who is seen as a coward or extremely timid

  • There is no point in asking him what to do. He is a yellow-bellied coward, and won’t stand up for what is right!

36. A yellow streak
Someone who has cowardice in their character

  • He has always had a big yellow streak running down his back, don’t expect him to change now!


Color Idioms practice

Colors – Colours English Vocabulary

What is the difference betwen Color and Colour?

Both words mean the same thing and its spelling depends on the country where the word is written.

The word Color is used in United States.

The word Colour is used in the rest of the English-speaking countries (England, Australia, NZ etc.)

The names of the more common colours in English appear in the chart below:

Colors in English, Colours in English

What is the difference betwen Gray and Grey?

The same as with the difference between color and colour, it depends on the country.

The word Gray is used in United States.

The word Grey is used in the rest of the English-speaking countries (England, Australia, NZ etc.)

Word order with colours

There are three ways that you can use a colour in a sentence to describe something:

1. To Be + Colour. e.g. My car is blue.

2. Colour + Noun. e.g. The blue car is mine.

3. Colour is the Noun. e.g. Blue is the colour of my car.

Did you know that, because colours give us more information about a person or a thing, they are adjectives in English?


Light – Dark – Bright

You can also talk in shades (or intensity) of colour in English by using such expressions as:

Light is the opposite of Dark.

Bright: a strong colour that is easy to see.

  • Helen has dark green eyes.
  • His light grey hair made him look very distinguished.
  • Her bright pink lipstick doesn’t look good.

The words Light, Dark and Bright are placed before the colour.

Colours + ISH

If you are not exactly sure how to describe a colour, we normally use the suffix -ish.

e.g. Greenish (= approximately green but not exactly green)

  • The sunset is a beautiful pinkish-purplish colour today.
  • His shirt is lightish blue in colour.

Typical Things of each Colour

The following is a list of things typically associated with each colour:

Red: Strawberry, Rose, Fire engine, Blood, Heart

Orange: Pumpkin, Carrot, Basketball

Yellow: Cheese, Sun, Butter, Lemon

Green: Grass, Lettuce, Frog, Leaf, Lizard

Blue: Sky, Ocean, Blueberry, Whale

Black: Bat, Night, Tire (tyre), Fly

White: Paper, Sugar, Milk, Snow, Sheep

Pink: Pig, Tongue, Cotton candy (Candy floss)

Brown: Wood, Cigar, Earth, Acorn, Horse

Grey / Gray: Rock, Lead, Dust, Mouse, Elephant

Purple: Bruise, Grapes

How many more things can you add to each color?

Examples of each color in English

Color practice

Demonstrative Pronouns

Demonstrative Pronouns

A demonstrative pronoun represents a thing or things:

  • near in distance or time (this, these)
  • far in distance or time (that, those)
near • far ⇒
singular ☺ this that
plural ☺☺☺ these those

Here are some examples with demonstrative pronouns, followed by an illustration:

  • This tastes good.
  • Have you seen this?
  • These are bad times.
  • Do you like these?
  • That is beautiful.
  • Look at that!
  • Those were the days!
  • Can you see those?
  • This is heavier than that.
  • These are bigger than those.

this that these those

Do not confuse demonstrative pronouns with demonstrative adjectives. They are identical, but a demonstrative pronoun stands alone, while a demonstrative adjective qualifies a noun.

  • That smells. (demonstrative pronoun)
  • That book is good. (demonstrative adjective + noun)

Normally we use demonstrative pronouns for things only. But we can use them for people when the person is identified. Look at these examples:

  • This is Josef speaking. Is that Mary?
  • That sounds like John.


Now , you can practice:

La place des adjectifs


  • L’adjectif est normalement placé derrière le nom qu’il complète.
    Exemple :
    le tableau noir
  • Les adjectifs courts (et souvent employés) sont généralement placés devant le nom qu’ils complètent(beau, bon, bref, grand, gros, faux, haut, jeune, joli, mauvais, meilleur, nouveau, petit, vieux).
    Exemple :
    la jolie fleur
  • Certains adjectifs peuvent être placés avant ou après le nom ; leur sens change en fonction de leur position (voir tableau).
    Exemple :
    un homme grand
    un grand homme

Napoléon n’était pas un homme grand, mais un grand homme.


Place des adjectifs

Place de l’adjectif

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Place des adjectifs excercice


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Adjectifs Possessifs


L’adjectif possessif apporte des informations de genre, de nombre, et de personne (information concernant le possesseur).
Exemples :
Ma veste / Mon manteau.
-Mes chemises
Votre travail mérite tous nos compliments.

L’adjectif possessif : « Ma » est accordé en genre et en nombre avec le mot « veste », comme c’est le même cas pour les autres adjectifs possessifs (Mon, mes, votre, nos…etc.).

L’adjectif possessif s’établit ainsi en relation entre ce qui est possédé et :
Celui (ou ceux) qui parle (nt): mon chien, notre chien.
Celui (ceux) à qui l’on parle: ton chien, votre chien.
Celui (ceux) dont on parle: son chien, leur chien.


Remarque : La distinction de genre ne peut se faire que si possesseur et possédé sont au singulier.

Utilisation de l’adjectif possessif :
Devant un mot féminin commençant par une voyelle ou par un h muet, on utilise mon, ton, son au féminin.
Sa belle histoire ==> Son histoire.

L’adjectif possessif indique très souvent un lieu social (parenté, rapport professionnel, utilisation, etc.).

Exemples :
Mon père – Mes voisins – ma secrétaire.
Les ouvriers occupent leur usine.
J’ai perdu mon chemin.

L’adjectif peut s’utiliser également, dans certains cas, à la première personne, lorsque l’on s’adresse à un supérieur.

Exemple :
Mon général.

Cet usage du possessif comme marque de respect persiste à l’intérieur de mots comme : Monsieur, Madame, Mademoiselle, Monseigneur, etc.

Dans le cas où la possession (l’appartenance) est évidente, comme pour les parties du corps, l’usage veut que l’on n’utilise pas l’adjectif possessif si la personne est déjà clairement exprimée.
J’ai mal au ventre ==> J’ai mal à mon ventre (ne se dira pas).




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L’adjectif possessif ex 

Excercises d’application adjectifs possessifs

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