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Color Idioms

6 years ago
Like any language learner, you’re probably wishing you could sound more like a native speaker.
Textbook English vocabulary will paint your language in black and white.
Learn to express yourself with a whole rainbow of rich English vocabulary!
You’ll sound more natural than ever before.
Right now, you might feel like something is missing from your English. You’d love to go and study or work abroad, speaking fluent English every day, but there is something stopping you. You’re concerned that you don’t sound natural enough to fit in, make friends and learn about your new country.
Well, you’re not alone. There are many English language learners who feel exactly the same as you, and there are many native English speakers who are learning a second language who can also understand how you feel.

“To wave a white flag”
Meaning:  To show that you’ve lost (a game, challenge or war) and you give up. Interesting fact: waving a white flag dates back to war time. When one army was losing and they were afraid of losing more men, they waved a white piece of material in the air to show they wanted to stop fighting.
Usage: While I was arguing with my mom about the party I waved a white flag. There was no point in arguing. She wasn’t going to change her mind.

“Black and blue”
Meaning: Very beaten up and bruised. Bruised is when you have dark blue/black marks on your body from hitting an object hard or being hit by another person.
Usage: After John lost the wrestling match he was black and blue. The other guy was very strong.

“Out of the blue”
Meaning: Something happens unexpectedly (by surprise or without warning).
Usage: Mary just showed up at the house out of the blue yesterday. We thought she was still in Europe.

“To paint the town red”
Meaning: To go out and have a good time partying.
Usage: Our exams are finished. Now it’s time to go out, celebrate and paint the town red.

“The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence”
Meaning: The idea that things are always better in another place. Everything is better than a person’s current situation.
Usage: Many people still see America as the land of dreams. But what they don’t realize is that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

I hope these helped you! If you want to practice more idioms or using these in conversation, sign up for a trial lesson. Good luck!