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Colour Idioms
Marga Garrido
Esther Planells
Eva Paramio
Olga Sanchez
What’s an idiom?
An expression whose meaning is not predictable
from the usual meanings of its constituent elements
or from the general grammatical rules of a language.
Thesaurus.com
Why do we use idioms?
• As a short way of expressing a more complicated
idea.
• To make English a more colourful language because
they bring a clear mental picture to mind.
The grass is always greener on the
other side (of the fence)
Similar colour idioms
“Hills are (look) green (blue) far
away“
"Distant pastures always look
greener"
Meaning
People always think they would be happier in a different situation.
Usually implies that the other situation is not any better.
Origin
This is observed in the countryside
when a cow or a horse is trying to get
at that juicy green grass just on the
other side of the fence.
Tickled pink
Similar colour idioms
“Walking on air“
Meaning
Used when you are really excited about something.
Origin
When some people are really excited
they literally change colour, and their
skin becomes quite pink just like
when they blush.
Golden opportunity
Meaning
An excellent opportunity that is not likely to be repeated.
Brown nose
Meaning
A brown noser is a person who acts favourably to his or her peers to gain stasis or
fancy that will eventually be used to their advantage.
Origin
This term originated in the army in
the late 1930s.
To see through rose-coloured glasses
Meaning
To take an optimistic view of something.
Out of the blue
Meaning
Something that happens suddenly and you are not expecting it
Origin
Blue refers to the clear blue sky.
Normally a thunderstorm does not
happen when the sky is clear
blue. When it happens, that surprises
us since it is unexpected.
Similar colour idioms
“Out of a clear blue sky“
The green-eyed monster
Similar colour idioms
“Green with envy"
Meaning
Be jealous.
Origin
This expression was coined by
Shakespeare in Othello, where Iago
says:
“O! Beware, my lord, of jealousy; it is
the green-eyed monster which doth
mock the meat it feeds on.”
To paint in dark colours
Meaning
To describe something in an unflattering way.
Origin
Everybody understands the symbolic
negative meaning of shadows in
contrast with light.
Similar colour idioms
“In a bad light"
To see red
Meaning
If someone sees red, they suddenly become very angry or annoyed.
Origin
It derives from the sport of
bull-fighting and the toreador's
use of a red cape to deceive
the bull.
To chase rainbows
Meaning
To try to achieve something that is not
possible or practical.
Origin
Science has always maintained that
finding the end of a rainbow is impossible
because it’s an optical illusion which
requires a certain amount of distance
from the viewer to be seen.
Flying colours
Meaning
To pass successfully an exam,
for instance.
Origin
It derives from when ships would
return home with their "colours"
(another word for flags) flying to
show they had been victorious.
To feel blue
Meaning
If you feel blue, you are feeling unwell; associated with depression or unhappiness.
Origin
This expression comes from an old
tradition among old deepwater sailing
ships. If the ship lost the captain or
any of the officers during its voyage, it
would fly blue flags and have a blue
band painted when returning to
home port.
Similar colour idioms
“Down in the dumps“
“Down in the mouth”
“Face like a wet week-end”
Resources used for the presentation
• Family host enquiry.
• Questionnaire on Campus.
• www.usingenglish.com/
• www.thefreedictionary.com/
• www.myenglishteacher.eu/blog/colour-idioms-list-and-their-meanings/
• www.eslprintables.com/
• www.idiomconnection.com/color.html
• http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/
• Look For The Silver Lining - Chet Baker Sings

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Colour idioms

  • 1. Colour Idioms Marga Garrido Esther Planells Eva Paramio Olga Sanchez
  • 2. What’s an idiom? An expression whose meaning is not predictable from the usual meanings of its constituent elements or from the general grammatical rules of a language. Thesaurus.com Why do we use idioms? • As a short way of expressing a more complicated idea. • To make English a more colourful language because they bring a clear mental picture to mind.
  • 3. The grass is always greener on the other side (of the fence) Similar colour idioms “Hills are (look) green (blue) far away“ "Distant pastures always look greener" Meaning People always think they would be happier in a different situation. Usually implies that the other situation is not any better. Origin This is observed in the countryside when a cow or a horse is trying to get at that juicy green grass just on the other side of the fence.
  • 4. Tickled pink Similar colour idioms “Walking on air“ Meaning Used when you are really excited about something. Origin When some people are really excited they literally change colour, and their skin becomes quite pink just like when they blush.
  • 5. Golden opportunity Meaning An excellent opportunity that is not likely to be repeated.
  • 6. Brown nose Meaning A brown noser is a person who acts favourably to his or her peers to gain stasis or fancy that will eventually be used to their advantage. Origin This term originated in the army in the late 1930s.
  • 7. To see through rose-coloured glasses Meaning To take an optimistic view of something.
  • 8. Out of the blue Meaning Something that happens suddenly and you are not expecting it Origin Blue refers to the clear blue sky. Normally a thunderstorm does not happen when the sky is clear blue. When it happens, that surprises us since it is unexpected. Similar colour idioms “Out of a clear blue sky“
  • 9. The green-eyed monster Similar colour idioms “Green with envy" Meaning Be jealous. Origin This expression was coined by Shakespeare in Othello, where Iago says: “O! Beware, my lord, of jealousy; it is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.”
  • 10. To paint in dark colours Meaning To describe something in an unflattering way. Origin Everybody understands the symbolic negative meaning of shadows in contrast with light. Similar colour idioms “In a bad light"
  • 11. To see red Meaning If someone sees red, they suddenly become very angry or annoyed. Origin It derives from the sport of bull-fighting and the toreador's use of a red cape to deceive the bull.
  • 12. To chase rainbows Meaning To try to achieve something that is not possible or practical. Origin Science has always maintained that finding the end of a rainbow is impossible because it’s an optical illusion which requires a certain amount of distance from the viewer to be seen.
  • 13. Flying colours Meaning To pass successfully an exam, for instance. Origin It derives from when ships would return home with their "colours" (another word for flags) flying to show they had been victorious.
  • 14. To feel blue Meaning If you feel blue, you are feeling unwell; associated with depression or unhappiness. Origin This expression comes from an old tradition among old deepwater sailing ships. If the ship lost the captain or any of the officers during its voyage, it would fly blue flags and have a blue band painted when returning to home port. Similar colour idioms “Down in the dumps“ “Down in the mouth” “Face like a wet week-end”
  • 15. Resources used for the presentation • Family host enquiry. • Questionnaire on Campus. • www.usingenglish.com/ • www.thefreedictionary.com/ • www.myenglishteacher.eu/blog/colour-idioms-list-and-their-meanings/ • www.eslprintables.com/ • www.idiomconnection.com/color.html • http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/ • Look For The Silver Lining - Chet Baker Sings