619 – Idioms With Colors

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Did you know that the budget could be in the red? Well don’t feel blue. If that happens, somebody may just give you the green light to go shopping. I often say that learning idioms makes your language sound more colorful. Well for today’s English lesson we’re going to look at seven different idioms that use colors. Let’s study together.

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  • Jack said that his budget is in the red. He probably uses too many credit cards!
  • If the company stays in the red for too long it’s going to be bankrupt.
  • It took a little time, but finally the company is in the black.
  • I’m so excited because my boss gave me the green light to take Friday off.
  • Kim gave her husband the green light to go to the bar with his friends on Saturday.
  • When the little boy’s pet goldfish died, and he asked his mom what happened, she told him a white lie that the goldfish went back to swim in the ocean.
  • When my brother cooked dinner for us for the first time, I told him a little white lie that it was very delicious.
  • I got a text message today from one of my high school friends. That was totally out of the blue because I haven’t talked to him in years.
  • Did you hear that Frank proposed to his girlfriend? That was really out of the blue! They just started dating six months ago.
  • A lot of smokers try to buy cigarettes on the black market to avoid paying the sales taxes.
  • During Prohibition in the 1920s, alcohol was commonly sold on the black market.
  • Little Tommy was blue when he found out that his pet goldfish died.
  • I’m feeling a little blue The boss told me that I have to work on Saturday morning.

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