English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
term black gold refers to the black
colour and high value of oil.
Much of his money is invested in black gold.
The black market refers to the
illegal buying and selling of goods or
Be careful of what you buy on the black market - it's not always good quality.
be in a black mood means to be
irritable, angry or even depressed.
You'd better keep away from Bill today. He's in a black mood.
|black out||If you black
out, you lose consciousness.
When Tony saw the needle, he blacked out.
|black sheep||The black sheep
is one who behaves very differently or
badly, and is considered disreputable by the
other members of the family.
Joe was the black sheep of the family, always getting into trouble.
|black tie event||This expression
refers to a formal event at which men are
required to wear a dinner jacket, or tuxedo,
and a black bow tie.
I need to know if it's going to be a casual get-together or a black tie event.
|in the black||To say that a person or organisation is in the black means that they are financially sound, have a positive balance on their account and that they owe no money.|
|beaten black and blue||If a person is
covered with bruise marks caused by being
hit, they have been beaten black and
The passenger was beaten black and blue by a gang of thugs.
|black and white||To
say that something is in black and white
means that there is written proof of it.
It's an obligation. It's in black and white in your contract.
|blue around the gills||If a person looks
blue around gills, (or green
or pale) they look unwell or sick.
You should sit down. You look a bit blue around the gills.
|blue chip company||This term refers to
a company with a solid reputation for the
quality of its products and the stability of
its growth and earnings.
It's usually safe to invest in a blue chip company.
|blue in the face||If you do something
until you are blue in the face, you
try unsuccessfully to do something for a
very long time.
I explained the situation until I was blue in the face but she wouldn't change her mind.
|feel blue||To feel blue
means to have feelings of deep sadness or
I'm going to see my grandmother. She's feeling a bit blue at the moment.
|blue-eyed boy||A blue-eyed boy
is someone's favourite.
He's the director's blue-eyed boy!
|once in a blue moon||If something occurs
once in a blue moon, it happens
Bill has very little contact with his brother. They see each other once in a blue moon.
|out of the blue||If something
happens out of the blue, it happens
I had nearly given up hope when out of the blue I was offered a job.
|(scream) blue murder||Someone who
screams blue murder shouts or complains
very loudly as if something very serious has
The crowd started screaming blue murder when the football match was interrupted.
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