Colours Idioms (Page 2)
- Reds under the bed
An ironic allusion to the obsession some people have that there are reds (communists) everywhere plotting violent revolution.
- Roll out the red carpet
If you roll out the red carpet, you treat someone in a special way, especially when welcoming them.
- Rose-colored glasses
If people see things through rose-colored (coloured) glasses, they see them in a more positive light than they really are.
- Rose-tinted glasses
If people see things through rose-tinted glasses, they see them in a more positive light than they really are.
- Sail under false colours
Someone who sails under false colours (colors) is hypocritical or pretends to be something they aren't in order to deceive people.
- Scarlet woman
This idiom is used as a pejorative term for a sexually promiscuous woman, especially an adulteress.
- Scream blue murder
If someone shouts very loudly in anger, or fear, they scream blue murder.
- See red
If someone sees red, they become very angry about something.
- Show your true colors
To show your true colors is to reveal yourself as you really are.
- Straight red
If someone is given a straight red, they are expelled from something immediately and without warning- it comes from the red card shown to football players when they are expelled from a game.
- Talk a blue streak
If someone talks a blue streak, they speak quickly and at length.
('Talk up a blue streak' is also used.)
- Thin blue line
The thin blue line is a term for the police, suggesting that they stand between an ordered society and potential chaos. (Police uniforms are blue.)
- Tickled pink
If you are very pleased about something, you are tickled pink.
- Till you're blue in the face
If you do something till you're blue in the face, you do it repeatedly without achieving the desired result until you're incredibly frustrated.
- True blue
A person who is true blue is loyal and dependable, someone who can be relied on in all circumstances.
- True blue
Someone who is true blue is extremely loyal.
- True colours
If someone shows their true colours, they show themselves as they really are.
('True colors' is the American spelling.)
- Under false colours
If someone does something under false colours/colors, they pretend to be something they are not in order to deceive people so that they can succeed.
- Walk the green mile
Someone or something that is walking the green mile is heading towards the inevitable.
- White as a ghost
When someone is very shocked at something that they see or that has happened, they may appear white as a ghost.
- White as a sheet
A bad shock can make somebody go as white as a sheet.
- White feather
If someone shows a white feather, they are cowards.
- White lie
If you tell a white lie, you lie in order not to hurt someone's feelings.
- With flying colours (colors)
If you pass something with flying colours (colors), you pass easily, with a very high mark or grade.
- Yellow press
The yellow press is a term for the popular and sensationalist newspapers.
- Yellow streak
If someone has a yellow streak, they are cowardly about something.
A yellow-bellied person is a coward.
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