English idioms connected to color

Here's a list of some of the most commonly used color idioms in English. Enjoy!


1) to paint the town RED – to go out and party.

#Come and visit me in London, we’ll have a great time and paint the town red!

2) to get the BLUES – to become sad or depressed. The term "the blues" refers to the "blue devils", meaning melancholy and sadness.

#I often get the blues from cloudy autumn weather.

3) to BLACK out - to lose consciousness.

#Thomas blacked out during the party and had to lie down to rest.

4) as BLACK as the ace of spades (coal, night) - very black.

#The king's horse was as black as the ace of spades.

5) as WHITE as a ghost - very pale because of shock, fear or illness.

#She became as white as a ghost when he saw the strange man outside her window.

6) YELLOW-bellied – extremely timid, cowardly.

#The cowboy was yellow-bellied and never wanted to fight for what was right.

7) GRAY matter – intelligence, brains.

#You should use your gray matter more effectively when you make your crazy plans.

8) to give the GREEN light – to receive a signal to do something.

#When I have checked your first text, I’ll give you the green light to continue writing the rest.


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