Colour Idioms Essay

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Black [pic][pic]black and white MEANING: think of everything or judge everything as either good or bad EXAMPLE: ” He tries to see everything in black and white although he knows this is impossible.” black out MEANING: 1. to darken by putting out or dimming electric lights 2. to lose consciousness EXAMPLE: 1. During the war people in the cities were forced to black out their windows so that the enemy aircraft could not see them. 2. Suddenly the man blacked out during the parade and had to be helped to a quiet place. black sheep (of the family) MEANING: a person who is a disgrace or embarrassment to a family or group EXAMPLE: The man is the black sheep in his family and is the only member who has not had a successful career and life. in the black MEANING: successful or profitable EXAMPLE: The company has been in the black since they began to adopt many new ideas to cut costs. Blue to appear/happen out of the blue MEANING: 1. to arrive unexpectedly, usually after a long absence. 2. to happen very suddenly and unexpectedly EXAMPLE: 1. “My brother suddenly appeared out of the blue yesterday. We hadn’t seen him for years.” 2. “I was driving home when out of the blue a deer jumped out in front of my car. I braked just in time to avoid it. We were both very lucky not to be hurt.” to blue pencil something MEANING: to censor something. EXAMPLE: ”Reports on the mistreatment of the political prisoners were blue pencilled by the authorities” a blue-eyed boy MEANING: critical description of a boy/young man who has been singled out for special favours by someone in authority. EXAMPLE: ”John is a real blue-eyed boy. The team manager always gives him special treatment. It isn’t fair to the rest of us.” a bolt from the blue MEANING: some unexpected bad news. EXAMPLE: “It came like a bolt from the blue that they are getting divorced.”

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