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Color Your Language: Color Idioms for English Success (Part 1/4)

Are you ready to add a splash of color to your English expressions?

In this 4-part blog series, we'll explore 20 fascinating color idioms that will undoubtedly impress your friends, teachers and examiners.

Idioms are not only delightful to use, but they also demonstrate your fluency and mastery of the English language.

So, let's dive into this vibrant world of idiomatic expressions!

準備好為你的英文表達增添色彩了嗎?我們將探索 20 個有關顏色成語,無疑會留下深刻印象。成語可以展示了你對英語的流利程度和掌握能力。


Green with envy (adj. phrase)

Definition: Extremely jealous or envious. 羨慕嫉妒恨

Example: She was green with envy when she saw her colleague receive the promotion. Usage: This idiom is used to describe intense envy or jealousy towards someone.

Note: The color green is often associated with jealousy or envy.

Related: green-eyed monster

Red-letter day (n. phrase)

Definition: A special or memorable day. An important or significant day that is worth remembering. 大喜之日/重要的日子

Example: Graduation day was a red-letter day in her life.

記憶方法: The phrase originated from the practice of marking important dates in red on calendars.

Black sheep (n. phrase)

Definition: A person who is considered a disgrace or outcast within a group or family. 害群之馬

Example: Among the talented musicians in the family, he was the black sheep who pursued a career in painting.

Note: The idiom comes from the idea that black sheep were less valuable in the eyes of shepherds.

Blue in the face (adj. phrase)

Definition: Exhausted or extremely tired. 筋疲力盡 This idiom describes being so tired or exhausted from an activity or argument. The phrase suggests exertion to the point of facial coloration.

Example: She argued with him until she was blue in the face.

White lie (n. phrase)

Definition: A harmless or small lie, usually told to avoid hurting someone's feelings. 善意的謊言

Example: He told a white lie to spare her feelings.

記憶方法: The color white is often associated with purity or innocence, implying that the lie is not malicious 惡意的.


Fill in the blanks with the appropriate idiom:

  1. Her success made him _______________.

  2. They celebrated their anniversary as a _______________.

  3. Despite his achievements, he was always considered the _______________.

  4. After running for miles, he was _______________.

  5. She didn't want to hurt his feelings, so she told a _______________.

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Answer Key:

  1. Green with envy

  2. Red-letter day

  3. Black sheep

  4. Blue in the face

  5. White lie


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