black and white
- thinking of everything or judging everything as either good or badHe tries to see everything in black and white although he knows this is impossible.
- darken by putting out or dimming electric lightsDuring the war people in the cities were forced to black out their windows so that the enemy aircraft could not see them.
- prevent or silence information or communicationThe government decided to black out all of the information related to the political prisoner.
- lose consciousnessSuddenly the man blacked out during the parade and had to be helped to a quiet place.
black sheep (of the family)
- a person who is a disgrace to a family or groupThe man is the black sheep in his family and is the only member who has not made a success of his life.
blue in the face
- very angry or upset, excited and very emotionalHe argued with her until he was blue in the face.
brown bag it
- take a lunch to workI have had to brown bag it every day this week as the company cafeteria is closed for repair work.
catch (someone) red-handed
- catch someone in the middle of doing something wrongThe woman was caught red-handed at the store trying to steal some cosmetics.
give someone the green light
- give permission to go ahead with a projectWe were finally given the green light to begin setting up the new project.
grass is always greener on the other side
- a place that is far away or different seems better than where we are nowHe realized that the grass is always greener on the other side when he saw that his new job wasn`t perfect and had its own problems too.
- inexperienced, immatureHe is rather green and doesn`t have enough experience to drive the large piece of machinery yet.
- an area of fields and trees around a townThe city has a policy of increasing the green belt around the city.
- a talent for gardening, ability to make things growShe has a green thumb and is able to grow one of the best gardens in our neighborhood.
green with envy
- very jealous, full of envyI was green with envy when I heard that she would be going to London for a week while I had to stay and work.
horse of a different color
- something totally separate and differentI know that he would like to discuss that issue now but it is a horse of a different color and we should discuss it at another time.
in the black
- successful or profitableThe company has been in the black since they began to adopt many new ideas to cut costs.
in the red
- lose money, unprofitableThe company has been in the red for three years now - ever since their exports to Asia decreased by 35 per cent.
look at (see) the world through rose-colored glasses
- see only the good things about something, be too optimisticHe always looks at the world through rose-colored glasses and is never able to understand that some people are dishonest.
- in bad taste, rude, dirtyHe told an off-color joke at the party that made his wife very angry.
once in a blue moon
- rarelyWe go out for Italian food once in a blue moon although we enjoy it very much.
out of the blue
- without any warning, by surpriseI don`t understand what is the matter. Right out of the blue he decided to quit his job and go and live in Europe.
paint the town red
- go out and party and have a good timeWhen my cousin came to visit us we decided to go out and paint the town red.
- termination notice from a jobI received my pink slip last week and am now looking for a new job.
pot calling the kettle black
- the person who is criticizing someone else is as guilty as the person he accusesShe was criticizing me for not looking for a new job but that is like the pot calling the kettle black. She isn`t looking for a new job either.
- an unimportant matter that draws attention away from the main subjectSuddenly talking about the strike was a red herring and didn't do anything to deal with today's problems.
- a day that is memorable because of some important eventIt was a red-letter day when she finally received her graduation diploma.
- excessive formalities in official businessMany businesses have been complaining about the amount of red tape that they must deal with in order to get anything done with the government.
roll out the red carpet
- greet a person with great respect, give a big welcomeWhen the King of Jordon visited Washington, they rolled out the red carpet and gave him a great welcome.
- become very angryHe really saw red last night when I told him that I wouldn`t be coming to work today.
show one`s true colors
- show what one is really likeI know that she doesn`t like me but she was showing her true colors when she began yelling at me on the telephone.
- be very pleased, thrill, delightShe was tickled pink that you made the effort to go and visit her when you were in town.
- a useless possessionThe new stereo that he bought is a white elephant and he doesn`t need it at all.
white as a ghost
- very pale because of fear, shock, illness etc.My sister became white as a ghost when she saw the man at the window.
- a harmless lie (told to be polite or to do something not seriously wrong)I told my boss a white lie and said that I was sick yesterday when actually I wasn`t.
- the selling at a reduced price of towels or sheets etc.We went to the white sale at the department store in order to buy some new sheets before my parents come to visit.
with flying colors
- with great or total successShe passed her course with flying colors and now wants to go out and celebrate.
- extremely timid, cowardlyHe is a yellow-bellied coward and never is willing to fight for what is right.
- cowardice in one`s characterHe has a yellow streak running down his back and is not a good person to expect to support you when things become difficult. .gif">