Five Color Idioms Part 3: Green

Today we’re “going green” in the third installment of the color idiom series!

Green is considered one of the basic colors and is one that is associated with jealousy, nature, good luck, and growth in Western/American culture according to this beautiful graphic.

Check out the following five green idioms! Also be sure take a look at more color idioms from previous weeks’ blog posts. See white and black.

(1) (to be) green with envy

Meaning: very envious
Sample Sentence: I was green with envy when I heard that my cousin would be going to London for a week.

(2) to give the green light

Meaning: to give approval to proceed
Sample Sentence: The company finally has the green light to start the project.

(3) (to have a) green thumb

Meaning: to be good with plants/gardens
Sample Sentence: I should ask the green thumb next door what he recommends for my droopy daffodils

(4) the grass is always greener on the other side

Meaning: a place or situation that is far away or different seems better than one’s present situation
Sample Sentence: I sometimes think I’d be happier living in Spain. Oh well, the grass is always greener on the other side!

(5) green around the gills

Meaning: sickly
Sample Sentence: My friend looked green around the gills after the long bus ride.

Militza Petranovic
Militza is a Pedagogy and Research intern at Voxy. She is currently finishing up her master’s degree in Applied Linguistics at Columbia University’s Teachers College and received her bachelor’s degree in Theoretical Linguistics from the University of California – Santa Cruz in 2012. Militza is interested in researching all aspects of how web technology can help facilitate learning, particularly language learning.

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