Friday, June 12, 2015

4 (American) Idioms in GREEN.

Here is a continuation from Color Idiom Series.  If you haven't yet seen my old posts, you can check them out here!... (red, blue, silver)

4 Idioms in GREEN (my favorite color)

  • To give the green light
    • Meaning:  To allow somebody to do something, to give permission
    • Origin: Obviously this idiom is inspired from traffic lights (red-stop, yellow-wait, green-go!)
    • Ex.  My boss gave me the green light to begin recruiting new employees for our project. 
  • A green thumb
    • Meaning: Somebody who is good with plants, somebody who can make plants grow and flourish easily.
    • Origin: Algae that sticks to pots can turn a plant lover's thumb green, naturally!
    • Ex. Murjhana has a green thumb for sure...have you seen her garden?!
  • Green with envy
    • Meaning: To be extremely jealous or envious.
    • Origin: I'm not so sure what the origin is, and there is a lot of speculation, but I always associate green with money and money with greed and jealousy.
    • Ex. He was green with envy when he found out that his best friend had conquered the woman he loved.
  • "The grass is always greener on the other side."
    • Meaning: This is an idiomatic phrase or expression.  It is about our perspective. As humans, things always look better when they don't belong to us...or our own lives always look worse compared to others' lives. Things seem to always be better somewhere else.
    • Origin: This origin is unknown.
    • Ex. Whenever you are feeling ungrateful, remember that the grass is always greener on the other side...
And here are a couple more thanks to an old colleague of mine!
  • Greenback
    • Meaning: Dollars, money!
    • Origin: During the Civil War the United States government printed one-sided bills in green.  This currency was not backed up by gold or silver as was the case during this time.
    • Ex. Greenbacks are always good for the weekend!

Well, that's it for today! TGIF! (Thank God It's Friday) :)

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