Colour Idioms: Red

This is part 1 of my new series of blog posts on colour idioms and we get started with the colour red.

Red hot

Image from Pixabay

If something is red hot, it’s extremely hot.

Be careful with the kettle – it’s just boiled and is red hot.

Go (as) red as a beetroot

Image by Christian Dorn from Pixabay

When you go red as a beetroot, you turn red in the face with embarrassment.

Alice went red as a beetroot when I caught her eavesdropping on my conversation with Melanie.

Red-letter day

Image by DarkWorkX from Pixabay

This is an informal expression used to refer to a special and happy day you’ll never forget.

Ann’s husband did his best to make their 10th wedding anniversary a red-letter day for both of them.

Paint the town red

Image by Birgit Bollinger from Pixabay

This is a metaphor meaning ‘go out and have fun in a wild way’.

It’s your birthday! Let’s paint the town red!

Red tape

Image by Annette Meyer from Pixabay

This idiom refers to official rules that seem unnecessary and make getting things done slower.

Red tape is one of the main reasons why young people don’t want to become school teachers.

Get the red-carpet treatment

This idioms means ‘be given a very special treatment as if you are a royalty or celebrity’.

They spent their last holiday in a luxury five-star hotel where they enjoyed the red-carpet treatment only celebrities usually get.

Image by Peter H from Pixabay

Roll out the red carpet for someone

This last expression means ‘to welcome someone with great hospitality or ceremony’.

I just popped over for a quick chat, no need to roll out the red carpet!

This is only a handful of red idioms existing in English, but I’d say these seven are the most commonly used ones, that’s why I picked them.

Next time we’ll be looking at green idioms.

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