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Have You Ever Thought about How We Form the Idioms/Phrases?

In a conversation, we do not realize how much-and how- we make use of idioms and phrases. Recently, I have deciphered a speech into text. The man used so many idioms and phrases that I am surprised. Later on, I have begun to pay attention to my speech as far as I can. We really use them a lot 🙂 I also realized that our ancestors attributed some meanings to the body parts. One of their favorites is “the eye”. Yes, we have tens of phrases related to the eye at some point. I tried to find the most popular ones, but you can always add more!

 Blink of an eye:   If something happens in the blink of an eye, it happens nearly instantaneously, with hardly enough time to notice it. “The pickpocket disappeared in the blink of an eye.”

Catch somebody’s  eye: If someone catches your eye, you find them attractive. “The pretty girl near the door caught his eye.”

Clap/lay/set eyes on someone: If you clap eyes on someone or something, you look at or see them. “I’ve heard of him but I’ve never clapped eyes on him.”

More than meets the eye: When something (or someone) is more complicated, difficult or interesting that it appears, it is said that there is more than meets the eye. “He said he simply sold his shares, but I think there’s more to it than meets the eye.”

See eye to eye with someone: To see eye to eye with somebody means that you agree with them.

Turn a blind eye to something: If you turn a blind eye to something, you ignore it intentionally.

The apple of your eye: If somebody is the apple of your eye, this means that you like them  very much. “My grandson is the apple of my eye”.

The eye of the storm: A person or organization who is in the eye of the storm is deeply involved in a difficult situation which affects a lot of people. “The minister was often in the eye of the storm during the debate on the war in Iraq.”

Eagle eyes: Someone who has eagle eyes sees or notices things more easily than others. “Tony will help us find it – he’s got eagle eyes!”

Eyes in the back of one’s head: To say that someone has eyes in the back of their head means that they are very observant and notice everything happening around them. “You need eyes in the back of your head to look after young children.”

Feast one’s eyes on something: If you feast your eyes on something, you are delighted and gratified by what you see. “As he drove along the coast, he feasted his eyes on the beautiful scenery.”

Eyes like a hawk: If you’ve got eyes like a hawk, you’ve got good eyesight and notice every detail. “Of course Dad will notice the scratch on his car – he’s got eyes like a hawk!  ”

Half an eye: If you have or keep half an eye on something, you watch something without giving it your full attention. “She kept half en eye on the tv screen while she was preparing dinner.”

In one’s mind’s eye: If you can visualise something, or see an image of it in your mind, you see it in your mind’s eye. “I can see the village in my mind’s eye but I can’t remember the name.”

In the twinkling of an eye: This expression means ‘very fast’ or ‘instantaneously’. “Public opinion can change in the twinkling of an eye.”

Look someone in the eyes: If you look someone in the eye, or eyes, you look at them directly so as to convince them that you are telling the truth, even though you may be lying.

Eyes wide open: If you do something with your eyes open, you are fully aware of what you are doing. “I took on the job with my eyes wide open, so I’m not complaining.”

A sight for sore eyes: This expression refers to a person or thing you are happy to see. “Sam! You’re a sight for sore eyes!  Haven’t seen you in a long time.”

Raise eyebrows: If you raise your eyebrows at something, you show surprise or disapproval by the expression on your face. “When the boss arrived in jeans, there were a lot of raised eyebrows.”

Spit in someone’s eye: If you spit in someone’s eye, you treat that person with disrespect or contempt. “You father raised you as best he could. Don’t start spitting in his eye.”

Not bat an eyelid: To say that somebody does not bat an eyelid means that they do not seem shocked or surprised, nor are they nervous or worried. They show no emotion.

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Top 10 Common CV Mistakes

I think the interview is the vital part to get a job; however, if you do not have a proper CV, you may not have the chance to be interviewed at all 🙂 Recently, I have discovered a very funny infographic explaining the most common CV mistakes in a hilarious way! The creator of this colorful infographic is careerjourney.co.uk. They highlight very important points that all of us should pay attention as translators/interpreters because CVs are the basic images of you and your work experiences. Here is how we can avoid little mistakes that may affect our future career:

1-      Spelling Mistakes: Everybody is under the risk of making spelling mistakes- even if you use a language well.

2-      Typos: Let’s blame it on the keyboard and double check what we write!

3-      Lack of Specifics: Do not generalize what your job is- go into details as much as possible!

4-      Leaving out Important Information: You should provide every communication channel you have!

5-      Visually Too Cluttered: There are hundreds of good CV examples on internet. Keep it simple and tidy!

6-      Incorrect Contact Information: This may explain why no employers call you back!

7-      Layout, Design and Content Mistake: Getting a job is a serious milestone of your life, so your CV should be more or less formal!

8-      Lies: Do not lie because if you get the job, your employer may be dissappointed with you!

9-      Irrelevant Info: Nobody is interested in your phobias or irrelevant abilities!

10-   Mentioning Why You Have Left Your Current Job: It may create some misunderstandings. Just leave it in the past!

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Brotherhood Quotations for the Brotherhood Week

 

Today is the first day of the brotherhood week in Turkey. I think the term, brotherhood, is something that most of us has already forgot. What about reminding them that “we are all different but we are all same”? I know that this post will reach to very few people; however, I want to believe in the power of social media somehow 🙂 When I check the statistics of this blog, I see that language lovers from more than 20 countries read and enjoy the same post. I guess even this is enough to see that we have no major differences… Here are some quotatations about brotherhood and unity:

You cannot contribute anything to the ideal condition of mind and heart known as Brotherhood, however much you preach, posture, or agree, unless you live it.  ~Faith Baldwin

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.  ~John Donne

The moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.  ~James Baldwin

In union there is strength.  ~Aesop

Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.  ~Alexander the Great

So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.  ~Bahá’u’lláh

I look to a time when brotherhood needs no publicity; to a time when a brotherhood award would be as ridiculous as an award for getting up each morning.  ~Daniel D. Mich

Unity to be real must stand the severest strain without breaking.  ~Mahatma Gandhi

In all things that are purely social we can be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress.  ~Booker T. Washington

Our design is so flawed, so take everything and fill the gaps with selfless love.

We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers.  ~Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love, 1963

Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there.  ~Virginia Burden, The Process of Intuition

We’re all just walking each other home.  ~Ram Dass

Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.  ~Kenyan Proverb

I have often noticed that when chickens quit quarreling over their food they often find that there is enough for all of them.  I wonder if it might not be the same with the human race.  ~Don Marquis

 

P.S. The word “brotherhood” may not sound politically correct 🙂 As a female blogger and translator, I wanted to find another term for this but I could not find anything more suitable to the context. Any comment about that is welcomed 🙂

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Digital Tools ‘to Save Languages’

Until recently, I had been thinking that internet spoils –or even destroys- the minor languages. As a Turkish native speaker, I was furious that every social media tool was in English or in other major languages. Last year, Facebook was translated into Turkish and a couple of months ago, Twitter added Turkish alternative, which were very good news because before all the translations, new phrases emerged in Turkey- half English and half Turkish! Since we have a certain conscious about languages, it is very annoying to see the degeneration of a language. When Facebook was translated into Turkish, it also began to make spell check and to underline the words that you misspelled. This was a huge favor to the new generation because they read everything on internet and some people are not conscious enough protecting and saving languages. They just ignore all the grammar or punctuation rules, they even misspell their own mother tongue! Anyway, I read an article on BBC by Jonathan Amos who proves digital tools are helping to save minor languages. Now let’s see the points that I find most interesting. You can also read the whole article by clicking the link at the bottom:  

– Of the 7,000 or so languages spoken on Earth today, about half are expected to be extinct by the century’s end.

– Globalisation is usually blamed, but some elements of the “modern world”, especially digital technology, are pushing back against the tide.

– North American tribes use social media to re-engage their young, for example.

– Tuvan, an indigenous tongue spoken by nomadic peoples in Siberia and Mongolia, even has an iPhone app to teach the pronunciation of words to new students.

– “Small languages are using social media, YouTube, text messaging and various technologies to expand their voice and expand their presence.”

– “But a positive effect of globalisation is that you can have a language that is spoken by only five or 50 people in one remote location, and now through digital technology that language can achieve a global voice and a global audience.”

– “Digital dictionaries contain more than 32,000 word entries in eight endangered languages. All the audio recordings have been made by native speakers.”

– “What we do with technology is try to connect people,” Prof Noori said. “All of it is to keep the language.”

– “The new digital tools do offer a way back from the brink for a lot of languages that seemed doomed just a few years ago.”

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Digital Dialects

There are times you have to sit in front of the computer-waiting for something like an e-mail- but you cannot find anything useful to do and you just kill your time on Facebook or Twitter, looking at 500 photos of one of your friends 🙂 It happens to me a lot, that’s why I bookmark the useful websites and blogs that I come across on internet. You wouldn’t believe when you hear how many websites there are that can teach you any language at the basic level. I discovered one and I immediately bookmarked it 🙂 I also recommend you to do so. There are some language exercises with audio feature as well, such as Turkish 🙂 You can also test yourself with plays after learning 15-20 new words. I hope you enjoy this website.

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Do You Want to Rearrange Your Words?

Until recently, I hadn’t know what anagram is. I stumbled upon a website which rearranges the letters of any word that you write. This is amazing because this website shows more options than one can think just looking at the letters. I like it a lot and I want to share it with you. Maybe you also enjoy seeing how many options one may have!

What is an Anagram?

noun: A word or phrase formed by rearranging the letters of another word or phrase.

verb: To rearrange letters in such a way. To anagrammatize.

How does it work?

You just type the word you want:

Then you click on “Get anagrams” to see how many words you can have by rearranging the positions of the letters:

The only thing I do not like is that you can sometimes have words without any meaning (at least in English). I guess the computer gives all the possible rearrangements regardless of their meanings.

Anyway, it is a good and an interesting service especially for us, the language lovers. You can give it a try- after all it is free 🙂

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Color Idioms and Phrases in English

 

Thanks to Stumbleupon, I discovered another great website which includes all the idioms and phrases related to different colors. This piece of information is created by Alan S. Kennedy and he listed all the idioms and phrases, language by language and color by color. You can find tens of languages on the web site but I paste here only the English ones because it is our common point. Since it is a project, I kind of tend to trust it more compared to bilingual online dictionaries 🙂 Maybe I am wrong, I do not know. You can also consult this website when you have a doubt while translating a phrase including colors. I am sure, you will find many idioms/phrases that surprise you. I learned many interesting stuff from this website. I hope you also like it and contribute with your comments. 

white noise

static noise

white as a sheet

scared, sick, surprised

white as a ghost

scared

white-collar

related to “desk jobs”

a white flag

surrender

to whitewash something

to mask the negative parts

white wine

wine from green or yellow grapes

a white Christmas

snow on Christmas day

a white wedding

a traditional western-style wedding where the bride wears a white gown

a white person

a person of Caucasian race

white-hot

extremely hot OR popular

a white paper

an authoritative report on a issue

a white elephant

a useless knick-knack OR an expensive, useless thing

white as the driven snow

innocent (often used sarcastically about corruption)

white with rage

extremely enraged

to bleed someone white

to take everything someone has, esp. money

showing the white feather

acting cowardly

a white-knuckle ride

a dangerous, nerve-wracking, scary ride

that’s mighty white of you (old-fashioned)

that’s good of you

lily-white

unmistakably Caucasian OR blameless, goodly

white horses (surfing)

patches of white foam made by breaking waves

white trash (American)

(offensive) uneducated, socio-economically disadvantaged Caucasian people

whiter than white (British)

righteous, innocent

a white pointer (Australian)

a topless female sunbather

to blackmail someone

to threaten to reveal secrets unless payment is made

black magic / the black arts

magic used for malevolent purposes

the pot calling the kettle black

someone criticizing someone else for a quality they themselves possess

the black market

illegal/underground sales and purchases

little black book

book of contacts, esp. past or potential dates

a black sheep

the outcast or disgrace in a group

black tie

formal clothing e.g. a tuxedo

black humor

jokes about death or illness

a black day

a day when something bad happens

to be in black and white

to be written down officially

to be black and white (a situation)

to be clear

in the black

profitable

a black mood

a bad, grumpy mood

a black eye

a bruised eye

to blacklist someone

to prevent someone from being hired

to blackball someone

to shut someone out from group participation

black and blue

bruised

a black look

an angry/disapproving facial expression

as black as night

very dark black

pitch black

very dark black

a black person

a person of African heritage

black ops

extralegal covert activity, done in the dark (military/politics)

black-hearted

cruel, evil, mean

a black mark

an indication of wrongdoing

to blacken someon’es name

to suggest/indicate a person’s wrongdoing

the Black Death

The Bubonic Plague

Black Friday (U.S.)

The day after American Thanksgiving when many stores have sales

the black dog (Irish)

a bad mood

beyond the black stump (Australian)

the back of nowhere, far from anything

in the red

unproftable OR negative financial balance, owing money

a redhead

a person with orange-colored hair

red light district

area with prostitutes

to see red

to be furious

red with rage

furious

to turn/go red

become embarassed

a red herring

a false clue

to paint the town red

to dine, dance, experience fun in a town or city

a red flag

a signal that something is wrong

roll out the red carpet

give a big welcome

red tape

unnecessary/excessive bureaucracy

not one red cent

no money at all

a red letter day

a special day

a scarlet woman

a sinful woman

scarlet fever

an infection with group A streptococcus bacteria.

red-hot

very hot OR very popular

red card

(soccer) to give someone their final warning

red alert

a serious warning of danger

a red-blooded male

a virile, manly male person

like a red rag/flag to a bull

provoking/aggravating anger

red (adjective)

communist

bleed red ink (British)

debt

red in tooth and claw (British)

the wild, violent aspect of the natural world

redshirting (U.S.)

delaying an athlete’s participation in sports order to lengthen his/her period of eligibility

a red state (U.S.)

a state whose residents are politically more Republican

a redneck (U.S.)

an uneducated, rural white American

a red-bone (U.S.)

a light-skinned black woman

the red eye (U.S.)

the overnight flight between west and east coast

green with envy

very envious

the green-eyed monster

jealousy

to give the green light

to give approval to proceed

to be green (in a position)

to be inexperienced, a rookie

to be green (policy)

to be environmentally aware

the green room

room in a theater or studio where guests/performers wait to go on

to turn green

to be naseous

green around the gills

sick-looking

a greenbelt

an area of nature around a city

greens

vegetables

a green

a golf course

a greengrocer

a person/store that sells vegetables & fruit

the grass is always greener on the other side

other people’s possessions/situations always seem better than your own

to greenwash something

to deceptively make practices/policies seem more environmentally friendly

little green men

stereotypical/humorous description of space aliens

as sure as God made little green apples

very certain

colorless green ideas sleep furiously

(Linguistics) Noam Chomsky’s oft-quoted example of a sentence with good grammar but no meaning

to have green fingers (British)

to be good with plants/gardens

to have a green thumb (U.S.)

to be good with plants/gardens

a greenie (Australian)

an environmentally aware person

a green card (U.S.)

legal residency staus

a greenhorn (U.S.)

an inexperienced or young person

greenbacks (U.S.)

dollars

yellow

cowardly

a yellow streak

cowardice

yellow-bellied

cowardly

yellow journalism

disreputable, sensationalistic journalism

a yellow card

(soccer) to give someone a first warning

the yellow peril

(offensive, archaic) the fear that Asian people will outnumber/displace Caucasian people

a yellow dog Democrat (U.S.)

a voter who always votes Democrat in every election

out of the blue

suddenly, unexpectedly

a bolt from the blue

a sudden/unexpected thing

to be blue

to be sad

a blue funk

a feeling of melancholy

the blues

sadness OR a 3 chord style of music

once in a blue moon

infrequently

blue-collar

related to manual labor or the working class

a blue blood

an aristocratic person

to talk a blue streak

to talk a lot

to turn blue

to have difficulty breathing

blue with cold

feeling very cold

until you’re blue in the face

having lost your patience

blue chip stock

stock of an established/finanically sound company

working blue

performing using foul language

a blue movie

a pornographic film

a blueprint (for something)

a design, a guide

true blue

faithful

blue on blue

in military: friendly fire

into the wide/wild blue yonder

to an unknown/faraway place

blue balls (lewd)

male sexual frustration due to unfulfilled sexual urges

to turn the air blue

to swear a lot

between the devil and the deep blue sea

a dilemma

the boys in blue

the police

the thin blue line

the police

a blue state (U.S.)

a state whose residents are politically more Democrat

a blue (British)

a Tory

to scream blue muder (British)

to express yourself angrily

a blue-eyed boy (British)

a male who can do no wrong, who is favored by authority

having a blue (Australian)

having a fight

make a blue (Australian)

make a mistake

a brown-noser

a sycophant

in a brown study

being contemplative; daydreaming

browned off (British)

annoyed

purple prose

flowery, romantic writing

born in the purple

born into a high ranking/aristocratic family

the Purple Heart (U.S.)

a U.S. military honor badge

a purple patch (British)

a period of exceptionally high achievement

agent orange

a defoliant used in herbicidal warfare

Orangemen (Irish)

Protestant fraternal organization

in the pink of health

very healthy

tickled pink

very pleased

a pinko

a communist

to see the world through rose-colored glasses

to see the world through an optimistic filter

rosy

positive, optimistic,

to get a pink slip

to be fired

the pink pound (British)

consumer spending by gay people

grey area

unclear

grey matter

the brain

to give someone grey hairs

to try someone’s patience

gray market

sale of products via nonstandard distribution channels or at an unofficial price

grey nomads (Australian)

retirees who travel around the country

the silver screen

the movies

a golden boy

a well-regarded, successful man

a golden handshake

monetary incentive to join a company

a golden parachute

money given to an executive leaving a company

golden ears

great listening ability to discern quality or commerciality

a golden shower (lewd)

urinating on a sexual partner

a golden mean

the desirable middle (between extremes of excess and deficiency)

off-color

inappropriate, crude

to show your true colors

to reveal your true self or feelings

a colorless person

a boring person

colorful (e.g. tale, history, life)

event-filled and interesting

colorful language

vivid or expletive-filled language

to pass with flying colors

to do very well

local color

having typical characteristics of the local area

color commentary

facts & comments about athletes during a broadcast

a horse of a different color

a completely different thing/idea

a country’s colors

the colors of a national flag

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white noise

static noise

white as a sheet

scared, sick, surprised

white as a ghost

scared

white-collar

related to “desk jobs”

a white flag

surrender

to whitewash something

to mask the negative parts

white wine

wine from green or yellow grapes

a white Christmas

snow on Christmas day

a white wedding

a traditional western-style wedding where the bride wears a white gown

a white person

a person of Caucasian race

white-hot

extremely hot OR popular

a white paper

an authoritative report on a issue

a white elephant

a useless knick-knack OR an expensive, useless thing

white as the driven snow

innocent (often used sarcastically about corruption)

white with rage

extremely enraged

to bleed someone white

to take everything someone has, esp. money

showing the white feather

acting cowardly

a white-knuckle ride

a dangerous, nerve-wracking, scary ride

that’s mighty white of you (old-fashioned)

that’s good of you

lily-white

unmistakably Caucasian OR blameless, goodly

white horses (surfing)

patches of white foam made by breaking waves

white trash (American)

(offensive) uneducated, socio-economically disadvantaged Caucasian people

whiter than white (British)

righteous, innocent

a white pointer (Australian)

a topless female sunbather

to blackmail someone

to threaten to reveal secrets unless payment is made

black magic / the black arts

magic used for malevolent purposes

the pot calling the kettle black

someone criticizing someone else for a quality they themselves possess

the black market

illegal/underground sales and purchases

little black book

book of contacts, esp. past or potential dates

a black sheep

the outcast or disgrace in a group

black tie

formal clothing e.g. a tuxedo

black humor

jokes about death or illness

a black day

a day when something bad happens

to be in black and white

to be written down officially

to be black and white (a situation)

to be clear

in the black

profitable

a black mood

a bad, grumpy mood

a black eye

a bruised eye

to blacklist someone

to prevent someone from being hired

to blackball someone

to shut someone out from group participation

black and blue

bruised

a black look

an angry/disapproving facial expression

as black as night

very dark black

pitch black

very dark black

a black person

a person of African heritage

black ops

extralegal covert activity, done in the dark (military/politics)

black-hearted

cruel, evil, mean

a black mark

an indication of wrongdoing

to blacken someon’es name

to suggest/indicate a person’s wrongdoing

the Black Death

The Bubonic Plague

Black Friday (U.S.)

The day after American Thanksgiving when many stores have sales

the black dog (Irish)

a bad mood

beyond the black stump (Australian)

the back of nowhere, far from anything

in the red

unproftable OR negative financial balance, owing money

a redhead

a person with orange-colored hair

red light district

area with prostitutes

to see red

to be furious

red with rage

furious

to turn/go red

become embarassed

a red herring

a false clue

to paint the town red

to dine, dance, experience fun in a town or city

a red flag

a signal that something is wrong

roll out the red carpet

give a big welcome

red tape

unnecessary/excessive bureaucracy

not one red cent

no money at all

a red letter day

a special day

a scarlet woman

a sinful woman

scarlet fever

an infection with group A streptococcus bacteria.

red-hot

very hot OR very popular

red card

(soccer) to give someone their final warning

red alert

a serious warning of danger

a red-blooded male

a virile, manly male person

like a red rag/flag to a bull

provoking/aggravating anger

red (adjective)

communist

bleed red ink (British)

debt

red in tooth and claw (British)

the wild, violent aspect of the natural world

redshirting (U.S.)

delaying an athlete’s participation in sports order to lengthen his/her period of eligibility

a red state (U.S.)

a state whose residents are politically more Republican

a redneck (U.S.)

an uneducated, rural white American

a red-bone (U.S.)

a light-skinned black woman

the red eye (U.S.)

the overnight flight between west and east coast

green with envy

very envious

the green-eyed monster

jealousy

to give the green light

to give approval to proceed

to be green (in a position)

to be inexperienced, a rookie

to be green (policy)

to be environmentally aware

the green room

room in a theater or studio where guests/performers wait to go on

to turn green

to be naseous

green around the gills

sick-looking

a greenbelt

an area of nature around a city

greens

vegetables

a green

a golf course

a greengrocer

a person/store that sells vegetables & fruit

the grass is always greener on the other side

other people’s possessions/situations always seem better than your own

to greenwash something

to deceptively make practices/policies seem more environmentally friendly

little green men

stereotypical/humorous description of space aliens

as sure as God made little green apples

very certain

colorless green ideas sleep furiously

(Linguistics) Noam Chomsky’s oft-quoted example of a sentence with good grammar but no meaning

to have green fingers (British)

to be good with plants/gardens

to have a green thumb (U.S.)

to be good with plants/gardens

a greenie (Australian)

an environmentally aware person

a green card (U.S.)

legal residency staus

a greenhorn (U.S.)

an inexperienced or young person

greenbacks (U.S.)

dollars

yellow

cowardly

a yellow streak

cowardice

yellow-bellied

cowardly

yellow journalism

disreputable, sensationalistic journalism

a yellow card

(soccer) to give someone a first warning

the yellow peril

(offensive, archaic) the fear that Asian people will outnumber/displace Caucasian people

a yellow dog Democrat (U.S.)

a voter who always votes Democrat in every election

out of the blue

suddenly, unexpectedly

a bolt from the blue

a sudden/unexpected thing

to be blue

to be sad

a blue funk

a feeling of melancholy

the blues

sadness OR a 3 chord style of music

once in a blue moon

infrequently

blue-collar

related to manual labor or the working class

a blue blood

an aristocratic person

to talk a blue streak

to talk a lot

to turn blue

to have difficulty breathing

blue with cold

feeling very cold

until you’re blue in the face

having lost your patience

blue chip stock

stock of an established/finanically sound company

working blue

performing using foul language

a blue movie

a pornographic film

a blueprint (for something)

a design, a guide

true blue

faithful

blue on blue

in military: friendly fire

into the wide/wild blue yonder

to an unknown/faraway place

blue balls (lewd)

male sexual frustration due to unfulfilled sexual urges

to turn the air blue

to swear a lot

between the devil and the deep blue sea

a dilemma

the boys in blue

the police

the thin blue line

the police

a blue state (U.S.)

a state whose residents are politically more Democrat

a blue (British)

a Tory

to scream blue muder (British)

to express yourself angrily

a blue-eyed boy (British)

a male who can do no wrong, who is favored by authority

having a blue (Australian)

having a fight

make a blue (Australian)

make a mistake

a brown-noser

a sycophant

in a brown study

being contemplative; daydreaming

browned off (British)

annoyed

purple prose

flowery, romantic writing

born in the purple

born into a high ranking/aristocratic family

the Purple Heart (U.S.)

a U.S. military honor badge

a purple patch (British)

a period of exceptionally high achievement

agent orange

a defoliant used in herbicidal warfare

Orangemen (Irish)

Protestant fraternal organization

in the pink of health

very healthy

tickled pink

very pleased

a pinko

a communist

to see the world through rose-colored glasses

to see the world through an optimistic filter

rosy

positive, optimistic,

to get a pink slip

to be fired

the pink pound (British)

consumer spending by gay people

grey area

unclear

grey matter

the brain

to give someone grey hairs

to try someone’s patience

gray market

sale of products via nonstandard distribution channels or at an unofficial price

grey nomads (Australian)

retirees who travel around the country

the silver screen

the movies

a golden boy

a well-regarded, successful man

a golden handshake

monetary incentive to join a company

a golden parachute

money given to an executive leaving a company

golden ears

great listening ability to discern quality or commerciality

a golden shower (lewd)

urinating on a sexual partner

a golden mean

the desirable middle (between extremes of excess and deficiency)

off-color

inappropriate, crude

to show your true colors

to reveal your true self or feelings

a colorless person

a boring person

colorful (e.g. tale, history, life)

event-filled and interesting

colorful language

vivid or expletive-filled language

to pass with flying colors

to do very well

local color

having typical characteristics of the local area

color commentary

facts & comments about athletes during a broadcast

a horse of a different color

a completely different thing/idea

a country’s colors

the colors of a national flag

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