15 Idioms on colours - Set 01

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1. Black and white

  • Meaning: Clear and straightforward; without ambiguity.

  • Sentence Usage 1: The rules were presented in black and white, leaving no room for interpretation.

  • Sentence Usage 2: The contract was written in black and white to avoid any misunderstandings.

2. Put something down in black and white

  • Meaning: To write or document something clearly and explicitly.

  • Sentence Usage 1: I requested the terms of the agreement to be put down in black and white before proceeding.

  • Sentence Usage 2: It's essential to put the project specifications down in black and white for everyone's reference.

3. Black as night

  • Meaning: Extremely dark or without any light.

  • Sentence Usage 1: The room was black as night, and I couldn't see a thing.

  • Sentence Usage 2: The sky turned black as night during the thunderstorm.

4. Black and blue

  • Meaning: Bruised or battered, especially due to physical injuries.

  • Sentence Usage 1: After the fight, his face was black and blue.

  • Sentence Usage 2: The athlete's legs were black and blue from the intense workout.

5. Black eye

  • Meaning: A bruise or discoloration around the eye resulting from a blow.

  • Sentence Usage 1: He sported a black eye after the altercation at the bar.

  • Sentence Usage 2: She covered her black eye with sunglasses to conceal the injury.

6. Black out

  • Meaning: To lose consciousness or blackout.

  • Sentence Usage 1: The stress caused her to black out momentarily.

  • Sentence Usage 2: The athlete experienced a black out during the intense workout.

7. Black as a skillet

  • Meaning: Very black or dark.

  • Sentence Usage 1: The night was black as a skillet, with no moon or stars.

  • Sentence Usage 2: The old pot turned black as a skillet after years of use.

8. Black market

  • Meaning: An illegal or underground market where goods are bought and sold against the law.

  • Sentence Usage 1: During wartime, many goods were available only on the black market.

  • Sentence Usage 2: The black market for rare artifacts thrived despite legal consequences.

9. Blackball someone

  • Meaning: To vote against or exclude someone from a group.

  • Sentence Usage 1: The club members decided to blackball the new applicant without giving a reason.

  • Sentence Usage 2: He feared being blackballed by the team after the disagreement.

10. Blacklist someone

  • Meaning: To put someone's name on a list of people who are disapproved of or are to be punished.

  • Sentence Usage 1: The employee was blacklisted by the company for unethical behavior.

  • Sentence Usage 2: The artist was blacklisted by several galleries after the controversial exhibition.

11. Pot calling the kettle black (shortened version: pot kettle black)

  • Meaning: Accusing someone of a fault that you have yourself.

  • Sentence Usage 1: It's a case of the pot calling the kettle black when he criticized her spending habits.

  • Sentence Usage 2: Pointing out others' mistakes while neglecting your own is like the pot calling the kettle black.

12. Blackmail someone

  • Meaning: Coercing someone by threatening to reveal embarrassing or damaging information.

  • Sentence Usage 1: He attempted to blackmail her by threatening to expose her secrets.

  • Sentence Usage 2: Blackmailing public figures for money is a common tactic used by some criminals.

13. In someone’s black books

  • Meaning: To be in disfavor with someone; to be on someone's bad side.

  • Sentence Usage 1: Ever since the argument, I've been in her black books, and she ignores me.

  • Sentence Usage 2: Being caught gossiping put him in the boss's black books.

14. Black tie event/affair

  • Meaning: A formal event or party where guests are expected to wear black-tie attire.

  • Sentence Usage 1: The gala was a black-tie affair, requiring attendees to wear formal evening attire.

  • Sentence Usage 2: The invitation specified that it was a black-tie event, so guests arrived in elegant dresses and tuxedos.

15. Black sheep

  • Meaning: A person who is considered a disgrace to a family or group.

  • Sentence Usage 1: Despite being the black sheep of the family, he managed to turn his life around.

  • Sentence Usage 2: Every family has a black sheep who doesn't conform to societal expectations.

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