I can’t recall when and how I have this collection of idioms, but I believe you guys will want to know them 😉
- black humor : funny way of looking at or treating something that is serious or sad
- black market : illegal trading of goods that are not allowed to be bought and sold
- black sheep : outcast, especially of a family [as a single black sheep among a family of white sheep]
- blacklist : a list of people, countries, etc. who are considered by a particular authority or group to be unacceptable and who should be avoided and not trusted.
- blackout : loss of electricity
- blackmail : when you obtain money from people or force them to do something by threatening to make known a secret of theirs or to harm them.
- blue law : a law that limits activities which are considered to be immoral for religious reasons, such as shopping or working on Sundays.
- blue Monday : day we must return to work but we don’t want to
- blue print : an early plan or design which explains how something might by achieved
- blue-collar workers : laborers
- brown out : partial loss of electricity
- gray area : a situation which is not clear or where the rules are not known
- gray matter : 1. brain (the organ) 2. intelligence
- green light : approval
- green card : document giving a foreigner permission to live and work in the United States
- green salad : a salad which consists of lettuce and other raw green vegetables
- pink slip : a document given to a person telling them that they do not have a job any more
- red flag : a flag used as a sign of danger
- red herring : a topic thrown into a discussion in order to mislead
- red-eye : a flight taken at night
- red meat : meat from mammals, especially beef and lamb
- red neck : insulting term for a working class white southerner
- red tape : official rules and processes that seem unnecessary and delay results
- white elephant : something that has cost a lot of money but has no useful purpose
- white flag : a flag that is waved to show the acceptance of defeat or a lack of intention to attack
- white lie : harmless lie, or lie told to protect somebody’s feelings
- white paper : a government report on a particular subject giving information and details of future planned laws
- white-collar workers : management
- yellow journalism : emotional sensational journalism
- yellow card : in football, a small yellow card which is shown to a player by the referee as a warning that the player has not obeyed a rule.
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