- A white lie : A ‘little’ or ‘harmless’ lie told in order to be polite and avoid hurting someone’s feelings.
For example : I just wanted to get out of work so I told my boss a little white lie.
- White elephant : something that is of no use.
For example : My dad bought a new CD player for me, but it’s a white elephant.
- White as a ghost : someone who is very pale because of pain, fear, shock or illness.
For example : I didn’t think the movie was that scary, but my friend was as white as a ghost!
- In the black : Meaning successful or profitable.
For example : Their company has been in the black ever since the new CEO took over.
- Blackball someone : to reject someone socially.
For example : Their hospital has been blackballed ever since that scandal was all over the newspapers.
- Black sheep : to describe a person who is the ‘odd one out’ of a group.
For example : she has always been the black sheep in her family, she has a completely different personality to all of them.
- Blue blood : Used to describe someone from a noble, aristocratic or wealthy family.
For example : Many of the blue bloods in our town were invited to the royal wedding.
- Feel blue : When someone looks or feels depressed or discontented.
For example : You seem really blue. Is there something you’d like to talk about?
- Once in a blue moon : To occur extremely rarely, or only once in a lifetime.
For example : My brother is working in Africa, he hardly ever has the time to call us. My parents only hear from him once in a blue moon.
- Blood red : Used to describe the deep red colour of something.
For example : She was wearing a beautiful dress with blood red lipstick to match.
- To see red : To react with uncontrollable rage against someone or something.
For example : Adam saw red when he heard someone shouting at his mother.
- Get the green light : When someone receives, or is given, permission to go ahead with something.
For example : We have been given the green light by the Marketing Executive to go ahead with the new advertising campaign.
- Green belt : An area of fields and trees around a town.
For example : Our city has a policy of increasing the green belt around it.
- Pink Slip : A termination notice received from a job.
For example : They gave me my pink slip last week, so I’ve got to find a new job now.
- In the pink of something : Meaning in very good health.
For example : My grandmother looked ever so well when I saw her, she was in the pink of condition.
- A golden opportunity : An opportunity that may never present itself again.
For example : Think carefully about what you’re going to do, this is a golden opportunity, and you don’t want to mess it up!
- Golden boy : a young man idolised for a great skill, usually in sport.
For example : By many of his fans, Wayne Rooney is seen as the golden boy of his football team.