15 Red Idioms
Hello English learners. Welcome to a new lesson. We will look at 15 red idioms or idioms and phrases that use the colour red.
Here is the list:
- As red as a beetroot
- Red herring
- Red-letter day
- Like a red flag to a bull
- To bleed red ink
- To catch someone red-handed
- Red tape
- To paint the town red
- Red line
- Red mist
- Roll out the red carpet
- Red alert
- In the red
- To see red
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As red as a beet (beetroot)
Meaning: to go red in the face, especially if you feel embarrassed.
- Mark went as red as a beet when he realized everyone was watching him.
Meaning: of colour like blood.
- When she did her hair, Mary put some make-up and blood-red lipstick on her lips.
Meaning: a piece of information that is misleading and takes your attention from the relevant facts.
- The police inspector said that the information is a red herring and decided not to consider it seriously.
Meaning: a special day you will always remember.
- The day when my son was born was a red-letter day.
Like a red flag to a bull
Meaning: something that makes you very angry and upset.
- Mentioning that night to him is like a red rag to a bull – he gets angry immediately.
To bleed red ink
Meaning: to have serious financial difficulties.
- If the hotel continues to bleed red ink, I’m afraid some staff will be sacked.
To catch someone red-handed
Meaning: to be caught in the criminal act.
- The police caught the pickpocket red-handed while he was trying the rob an old lady on the bus.
Meaning: complicated bureaucratic procedures that may take a long time to accomplish.
- Ryan missed the flight because of the red tape at the airport.
To paint the town red
Meaning: to go out and party all night with your friends.
- I can’t wait for the weekend. We’re going to paint the town red.
Meaning: a limit which should not be crossed.
- Beware not to cross the red line when driving.
Meaning: a feeling of great anger.
- Bob was so angry that he saw everything through a red mist.
Roll out the red carpet
Meaning: to meet and greet someone formally.
- When the prime minister of the neighbouring country arrived, they rolled out the red carpet for him by preparing a special programme.
Meaning: a warning of great danger.
- During the bomb attack, the hospitals were on red alert.
In the red
Meaning: if your bank account is in the red, then you spend more money than you earn.
- Our company was in the red last year but things are getting on better now.
To see red
Meaning: to be furious.
- Brian saw red when he saw his electricity bill.
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