Idioms with Colors
Idioms are one of the hardest things to understand and learn in a non-native language, but they are also what help speakers sound more natural. Check out just a few of the English idioms that use colors.
Black and white: either good or bad, either one way or the other way, oversimplified.
Example: The rules are very black and white. There is no way to break them.
To catch (someone) red-handed: To catch someone in the middle of doing something wrong.
Example: The woman was caught red handed when she was stealing makeup from the store.
With flying colors: With great or total success.
Example: I passed my English course with flying colors because I studied my idioms so hard!
To give someone the green light: To give someone permission to proceed with a project.
Example: Our boss gave us the green light to start our own project.
Blue in the face: to be very angry or upset, to be excited and very emotional.
Example: I argued with my boss until I was blue in the face but he wouldn’t agree with me.