GRAMMAR – Idioms with color

Out of the blue – randomly, without warning, surprisingly
Example: “That storm came out of the blue and I didn’t have an umbrella!”

Green with envy– to be very jealous, envious
Example: “Katie was green with envy when she saw you got a new car for your birthday.”

Gray area – something that is unclear, undefined
Example: The issue of allowing mobile phones in the classroom is a gray area right now- it could go either way.

Caught red-handed – to catch someone in the act of doing something
Example: “He was caught red-handed while stealing those candy bars.”

Green thumb – to be skilled at gardening
Example: “My mother has a green thumb- she can make anything grow!”

Black sheep – to be the outcast, the odd one out, unlike the others
Example: “Rachel is the black sheep in the family because she is an artist whereas everyone else is an economist.”

Once in a blue moon – very rarely
Example: “Once in a blue moon you will see that mean professor smile.”

Take the Red Eye – a late-night flight that arrives early in the morning
Example: “I took the red eye from California to New York last night and now I am exhausted.”

Tickled pink – to be extremely pleased
Example: “Your grandma was tickled pink that you called on her birthday!”

White lie – a small lie that is told to be polite s
Example: “I didn’t like her dress, but I told a white lie because I didn’t want to offend her.

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