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|(as/like) a bolt from the blue
His sudden death came as a
bolt from the blue.
|a horse of another (or a different) color
I know that he would like to
discuss that issue now but it is a horse of a different color and we should
discuss it at another time.
|a red herring
Talking about the union's
last strike is a red herring and doesn't do anything to deal with the
problems that we are facing today.
|a red-letter day
It was a red-letter day when
she finally received her graduation diploma.
|a white elephant
The new stereo that he
bought is a white elephant and he doesn't need it at all.
|a white lie
I told my boss a white lie
and said that I was sick yesterday when actually I wasn't.
|black and blue
My whole body was black and blue after I
|(in) black and white
He tries to see everything in black and
white although he knows this is impossible.
|(until one is) blue in the face
He argued with her until he was blue in the
|brown bag it
|帶便當 (午餐) 上班。注意：brown 在此當動詞用。
I have had to brown bag it
every day this week as the company cafeteria is closed for repair work.
|catch/nab (someone) red-handed
The woman was caught
red-handed at the store trying to steal some cosmetics.
|cry/scream/shout blue murder
They started to scream blue
murder when I told them they would have to work an extra half an hour on
|disappear (or go off, vanish, etc.) into the blue
When the girl saw her mother
all her sadness disappeared into the blue. (這女孩一見到她媽媽，她的悲傷便煙消雲散了)
The bank robber ran so fast that he went off into the blue. (銀行搶匪跑得很快，一下子就消失得無影無蹤)
|give a false color to; put a false color on
Don't give a false color to
what she said, she didn't mean it. (別曲解她的話，她沒有那個意思)
Only John and Mary have unbiased view on Ted's behavior while others put a false color on it. (只有約翰和瑪麗對泰德的行為沒有偏見，而其他人都會加以歪曲)
|give someone the green light
We were finally given the
green light to begin setting up the new project.
|go/look as white as a sheet
The news must've been bad.
She went as white as a sheet when she read the telegram.
|green with envy
I was green with envy when I
heard that she would be going to London for a week while I had to stay and
|like a red rag to a bull
Any complaint about the
president is like a red rag to a bull.
|look at (or see) the world (or things) through rose-colored glasses/spectacles
He always looks at the world
through rose-colored glasses and is never able to understand that some
people are dishonest.
|once in a blue moon
We go out for Chinese food
once in a blue moon although we enjoy it very much.
|out of the blue
I don't understand what is
the matter. Right out of the blue Megan decided to quit her job and go and
live in Japan. (我不明白是怎麼回事。梅根突然辭職並前往日本定居)
|paint the town red
When my cousin came to visit
us we decided to go out and paint the town red.
I received my pink slip last
week and am now looking for a new job.
Many businesses have been
complaining about the amount of red tape that they must deal with in order
to get anything done with the government.
|roll out the red carpet
When the King of Jordon
visited Washington, they rolled out the red carpet and gave him a great
He really saw red last night
when I told him that I wouldn't be coming to work today.
|see the red light
When he learned how many
fatal diseases were related to tobacco, he saw the red light and stopped
|show one's true colors
I know that she doesn't like
me but she was showing her true colors when she began yelling at me on the
|show the white feather
He showed the white feather
every time they attacked the enemy. (每次他們攻擊敵人時，他都會露出膽怯的神情)
Don't show the white feather! You have to fight for pay raise. (別示弱! 你要為加薪奮鬥)
|swear black is white
He wants that job very much,
and he'll swear black is white to get it.
|the grass is greener on the other side (of the hill/fence)
He realized that the grass
is always greener on the other side when he saw that his new job wasn't
perfect and had its own problems too.
|the pot calling the kettle black
She was criticizing me for
not looking for a new job but that is like the pot calling the kettle black.
She isn't looking for a new job either.
She was tickled pink that
you made the effort to go and visit her when you were in town.
|white as a ghost
My sister became white as a
ghost when she saw the man at the window.
We went to the white sale at
the department store in order to buy some new sheets before my parents come
|with flying colors
She passed her course with
flying colors and now wants to go out and celebrate.
|He has a yellow streak running down his back and is not a good person to expect to support you when things become difficult.