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Idioms that use colours/colors... A Simple Quiz

Idioms and expressions that use the names of colours


<o:p> </o:p>Warning:
Idioms are formed using figurative language. The words and their meanings in an idiom are not to be taken literally.
I suggest you learn the meanings of idioms but be very careful using them.
If used incorrectly you could embarrass yourself and possibly offend or at least confuse the listener or reader.
Idioms should be used only by advanced English learners.


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1  Read the sentence<o:p></o:p>

2  Guess what the colour is<o:p></o:p>

3  Point at and select the missing word in the blank area. <o:p></o:p>

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1.  He is too  green  to do the job.<o:p></o:p>

2.  There's a lot of  red  tape when applying for a loan.


3.  My great idea came out of the  blue.


4.  I had to tell a  white  lie to my girlfriend.


5.  The situation is not as  black  and  white  as you may think.


6.  His future with this company looks  black.


7.  My supervisor gave me the  green  light to go ahead with my plan.


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<o:p> </o:p>If you know that you know all the idioms and answers, perhaps it would be best if you withheld your response in order to give other learners a chance to respond.


I will post the explanations and Part 2 in 24 hours.


Apr 30, 2018 2:26 PM
Comments · 13

Richard, I've never heard "black" used in the context of something such as number six. I was actually curious to hear what others had to say about it.

I've heard other negative descriptions, though: His future with this company looks grim (bleak, rough, or even godawful, among others).

On the positive side, I've heard many descriptions:

His future with this company looks bright (glowing, favorable, promising, positive, etc).

May 1, 2018


I think I know...

He complained until he was ... nauve, or azure, or beryl, or cerulean, or cobalt, or indigo, or navy, or royal, or sapphire, or teal, or turquoise, or ultramarine ... in the face, 

but I could be wrong :) 

May 1, 2018
I was thinking something else for 6.  Something flower related. 
April 30, 2018
Thanks Richard.
May 2, 2018

Hi Richard,

First of all, I do care about your discussions and try to get benefit of them.

Secondly, I read this impessive excercise and want to try complete the sentences.

Thirdly, I didn't read the other comments because I want to test myself.

1.  ^_^


3. Blue

4.white and white


May 1, 2018
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