Let’s learn new idioms
The following idioms are in color. While learning them you can use the image of the related color to memorize them more easily.
white lie: an innocent lie to protect another person’s feelings
Example: We told Grandma that her cake was delicious, which was actually a white lie.
white elephant: An expensive item that is costly to maintain.
black out: faint
Example: I always black out at the sight of blood.
the green light: permission
Example: The builders were given the green light to begin the tower.
to see red: to suddenly become very angry
Example: When he laughed in my face I saw red and hit him.
to catch someone red-handed: to catch someone in the act of doing something wrong (private or illegal)
Example: I caught my sister red-handed reading my diary.
in the red (informal): in debt, owing money. “in the red” can refer to a person or the person’s bank account.
Example: I don’t understand why he’s always in the red as he has a very good job.
blue collar: Working in a manual labor job
Example: He is a blue collar man.
once in a blue moon: very rarely, hardly ever
Example: When I was younger I used to go the cinema about once a month but now I go once in a blue moon.
out of the blue: unexpectedly
Example: I hadn’t heard from my old workmate in years when one day I received a letter from her out of the blue.
(The above idioms are derived from the following addresses in the references list)