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FrenchLiteral TranslationMeaning

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un blanca whitea silence period in conversation

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carte blanchewhite cardfull authorization to do what you want

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passer une nuit blancheto spend a white nightto have a sleepless night

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blanc comme neigewhite as snowinnocent

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blanc-becwhite beakan inexperienced but pretentious person

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blanchissement d'argent  money whiteningmoney laundering

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faire chou blancto make white cabbageto fail, despite your best efforts

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blanchissagea whiteninga shutout in a sports game - e.g. a hockey goalie not allowing a goal

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avoir un blancto have a whiteto forget something (e.g. a name) you usually know

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passer un examen blancto take a white examto take a practice/mock exam

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tirer à blancto fire with whiteto "shoot blanks"

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voter blancto vote whiteto return an empty ballot

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une oie blanchea white goosea naive, silly girl

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cousu de fil blanc
sewn with white threadobviously fake

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arme blanche
white weaponweapon with a blade, such as a knife

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col blancwhite collarrelated to office/professional work

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fixer dans le blanc des yeuxto stare at the whites of the eyesto look at someone with defiance

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marquer un jour d'une pierre blanche
to mark the day with a white stoneto designate a day as one to be remembered

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blanc sur rouge, rien ne bouge, rouge sur blanc, tout fout le camp white after red, nothing "moves"; red after white, everything falls apart. if you drink white wine after red wine you won't be sick; the other way around makes you sick.

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film noir                    black film                           atmospherically suspenseful cinema

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noir comme un fourblack as an ovenvery dark black

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broyer du noir          to crush from the black         to be gloomy, pessimistic

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travailler au noir to work in the black to have an extra job unreported to authorities

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bête noireblack beasta person’s least favorite thing/a harmful thing/anathema

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œil au beurre noir black butter eyebruised eye

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être noir de mondeto be black of the worldto be swarming with people

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se mettre dans une colére noireget into a black rageto become enraged

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un petit noira small blackan espresso

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voir tout en noirto see everything in blackto be pessimistic

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l'or noir
black goldoil

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noir sur blancblack on whiteobvious

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être rouge de colèreto be red from rageto be very angry

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voir rougeto see redto be furious

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le rouquinred-haired onered wine with a lot of body

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voter rougeto vote redto vote Communist

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être dans le rougeto be in the redto owe money/ have negative financial balance

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être rouge comme un tomateto be as red as a tomatoblushing from embarassment

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être vert de jalousie
to be green with jealousyto be very jealous

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vert de peur               green from fear                   very frightened

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avoir la main verteto have the green handto be good with growing plants/gardens

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donner le feu vert to give the green lightto give approval to proceed

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C'est la fin des haricots vertsthe last of the green beansit's all over

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Chou vert et vert chou
cabbage green and green cabbagesix of one, a half-dozen of the other (it's exactly the same thing)

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donner son feu vert
to give your green fireto authorize, give permission

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les petits hommes vertsthe little green menstereotypical/humorous description of space aliens

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la fée vertethe green fairyabsinthe

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les bas vertsgreen stockingsprostitutes

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des vertes et des pas mûressome green and unripescandalous, unbelievable things

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rire jaune                to laugh yellow                    to give a forced, insincere laugh

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voir jauneto see yellowpessimism

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un jaunea yellowan Asian person OR a strike breaker

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sacré bleusacred blue!expression of emotion, like "my God!

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ne voir qu'en bleuto see nothing but blueto be in the dark, uninformed

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la grande bleue          the big blue                       the open sea

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biftec bleublue steakvery rare steak

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être fleur bleueto be a blue flowerto be naive

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fureur bleue
blue furyextreme anger

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avoir un bleu.
to have a blueto have a bruise

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un bleua bluean inexperienced person, rookie

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avoir une peur bleueto have a blue fearto be frightened to death

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être un cordon bleu.to be a blue stringto be a very good cook

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Adieu les bleus!goodbye the Blues!a shout of derision at the French national soccer team

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casque bleublue helmetNATO soldier

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col bleublue collarrelated to manual labor

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la planète bleue
the blue planetplanet Earth

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l'heure bleue the blue hourdawn and twilight

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faire quelqu'un marronto make someone brownto cheat on someone

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être marronto be brownto be cheated, fooled

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médecin marrona brown doctora bad/poorly educated/fake doctor (quack)

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avocat marrona brown lawyera crooked lawyer

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la vie en rose            life in pinkseeing life through a positive, optimistic filter

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voir des éléphants roses.
to see pink elephantsto be high, to hallucinate

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éminence grise gray eminencea powerful man controlling the situation behind the scenes

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etre gris
to be grayto be drunk

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SpanishLiteral TranslationMeaning

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pasar una noche en blancoto spend a night in whiteto have a sleepless night

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decir que lo blanco es negroto say that white is black to speak something untrue

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poner los ojos en blancoto put the eyes in whiteto roll your eyes in disbelief/disapproval

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poner la mente en blancoto put your mind in whiteto clear your mind of thoughts

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blanquear dineroto whiten moneyto launder money

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mas blanco que la lechewhiter than milkvery white

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quedarse en blancoto stay in whiteto forget something you should remember

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un armario de ropa blancaa closet of white clothesa linen closet

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votar en blancoto vote in whiteto return a blank ballot

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tirar al blancoto shoot at the whiteto shoot at the target

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estar sin blancato be without whiteto be broke

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tener carta blanca to have white cardto have full authorization/permission

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cachetada con guante blancoslap in the face with a white gloveresponding to aggression in an elegant/non-violent manner

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tener una máscara de cara blancato have a white face maskto look bad due to worry

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blanca como la nalga de una monjawhite like a nun's butt cheekpale

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un mirlo blancoa white blackbirda rare thing

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como de lo blanco a lo negrolike from white to blackcompletely different from each other

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trato de blancastrade of whiteshuman trafficking

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no distinguir lo blanco de lo negro to not distinguish white from blackto not understand right from wrong

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pasarlas negras to pass the blacksto have a tough time of it

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verse negroto see blackto be in a jam

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negro como el carbonas black as coalvery black

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poner negro a algiento put someone in blackto annoy someone

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tener las entrañas negrasto have black gutsto be a bad person

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pagar en negroto pay in blackto pay without filing tax information with the government

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Está negra la cosa It's the black thingit's a complicated situation

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Tengo la camisa negraI have a black shirt onI'm mourning the "death" of my relationship with my girlfriend

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mi negro/mi negra (S. America)my black oneterm of endearment

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nviadaestar negro de envidiato be black with envyto be very envious

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cine negroblack cinemaatmospheric, suspenseful cinema

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estar al rojo vivoto be at vivid red to be at fever pitch

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ponerse coloradoto become red-coloredto blush

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mas rojo que un pimientoredder than a red peppervery red

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en numeros rojosin red numbersnegative monetary balance

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Mas vale una vez colorado que cien amarilloIt’s worth more once red than one hundred yellowIt’s best to get angry once and strongly

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... y colorín colorado, este cuento se ha acabado.and bright red, this story has ended....and that's the end of the story (i.e. they lived happily ever after.)

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más listo que los ratones coloradosmore clever than red micevery cunning

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poner las orejas coloradas (a alguien)to turn someone's ears redto embarrass/humiliate someone

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él es rojillo
he is little redhe is a socaliist/has socialist beliefs

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la furia roja (Spain)the red furyThe Spain national soccer team

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mas raro que un perro verdestranger than a green dogstrange

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un chiste verdea green jokea "dirty" sexual joke

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poner verde a alguiento make someone greento criticize someone

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me sacas canas verdesyou’re giving me green hairsyou are annoying/angering me

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Este tema está muy verde this essay is very greenIt’s still a work in progress

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un viejo verdea green old mana lecherous, "dirty" old man

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él/ella es demasiado verdes/he is too green s/he's too inexperienced

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verde de envidiagreen from envyvery envious

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¡A buenas horas, mangas verdes!At the right time, green sleeves!too little, too late!

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la diosa verdethe green goddessmarijuana

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¡Que emoción tan amarilla! (S. America)what a yellow feeling!I'm so happy!

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un principe azula blue princePrince Charming

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El que quiere celeste, que le cuesteHe who wants sky-blue, it costs himYou have to make effort for the things you really want

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Esto pasa de castaño oscuro this goes beyond dark brownthis is beyond a joke

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marrón!brown!exclamation of exasperation

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comerse un marrónto eat a brownto be given unfair work or blame

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ponerse morado to become purple to be full (of some food) 

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un ojo moradoa purple eyea bruised eye

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la prensa rosathe pink presscelebrity gossip press

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verlo todo de color de rosato see everything as pink-coloredto see everything through a positive, optimistic filter

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pintarlo de color rosato paint it pinkto gild the lily, overdo it

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hace un grisit makes a graythere’s a cold wind

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verlo a traves de un cristal de coloresto see it through a colored glassto be optimistic

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de noche, todos los gatos son pardos.at night, all cats are dark-coloredno one will notice what you do in the dark

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soñar en peces de coloresto dream of colored fishesto have a pipe dream, "pie in the sky" wishing

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ItalianLiteral TranslationMeaning

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pesce/carne in biancofish/meat in whiteboiled fish/meat

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mangiare in bianco to eat in whiteto eat lightly

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vedere bianco per neroto see white for blackto be deceived

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andare in bianco
to go in whiteto go without sex after a date

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passare una notte in bianco
to pass a night in whiteto have a sleepless night

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avere carta biancato have white cardfull authorization to do what you want

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settimana biancawhite weeka skiing vacation

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morti bianchewhite deathspeople who die while they are working

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mosca biancawhite flya rare/unusual thing which stands out

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osso biancowhite bonehigh-born

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piu bianco non si puomore white you cannotblameless, innocent

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bianco come la nevewhite as snowinnocent, righteous

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rendere l'occasione biancoto make the occasion whiteto spoil it

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bianco come un panno lavatowhite as washed clothvery white

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pretendere bianco por neroto claim white for blackto mislead

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di punto in biancofrom a point in whitesuddenly, unexpectedly

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un coro di voci bianchea chorus of white voicesa children's chorus

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matrimonio in biancowhite marriageunconsumated marriage

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lupara biancawhite shotgundecribes when someone is "disappeared"

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essere neroto be blackto be in a bad mood

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pecora nerablack sheepthe outcast or disgrace in a group

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mettere nero su biancoto put black on whiteto write down

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cronaca nerablack columncrime news (or police blotter)

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lavoro neroblack workwork with unreported income

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bestia nerablack beasta person’s least favorite thing/a harmful thing

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cuore neroblack heartcruelty

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periodo neroblack periodperiod of bad times/trouble

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umorismo neroblack humorjokes about death or illness

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umor neroblack moodgrumpiness, pessimism

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fame neroblack hungerextreme hunger

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vedere tutto nero to see everything blackto be pessimistic

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fare un quadro nero della situazioneto make a black picture of the situationto portray something negatively/pessimistically

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fare nero qualcunoto make someone blackto hurt someone very badly

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conti neriblack accountsseceret/unlawful accounts

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mercato neroblack marketillegally buying & selling

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sfortuna nerablack fortunemisfortune

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crisi nerablack crisisbad crisis

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nero come la peceblack as pitchvery dark black

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essere in neroto be in blackprofitable/positive financial balance

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pensieri neriblack thoughtsgloomy thoughts

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anima nerablack soulvillain

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camicia nerablack shirtfascist

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oro neroblack goldoil/petrolium

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vino neroblack winedark maroon-colored wine

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passare col rosso
to pass with redto jump the light

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rosso d'uovored of the eggegg yolk

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vedere rossoto see red to be furious

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essere in rosso to be in redowing money/negative financial balance

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diventare rosso in visoto turn red in the facebecome embarassed

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al calor rossoto the red heatso hot that it turns red

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rosso come un peperonered like a pepperblushing

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bandiera rossared flagwarning signal, sign that something's wrong

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linea rossared linea hotline

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una toga rossared togaa magistrate accused of being left-wing biased by a conservative

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luci rosse red lightsprostitution

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stendare il tappeto rossoroll out the red carpetgive a big welcome

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una pellicola rossaa red moviean adult/erotic film

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camicie rossered shirtscommunists

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allarme rosso red alertserious warning of danger

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essere al verdeto be at the greento have no money

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diventare verdebecome greenget angry

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verde dalla rabbia
green from ragevery angry

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avere il pollice verdeto have a green thumbto be good with gardens and plants

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l'erba del vicino è sempre più verdethe neighbor's grass is always greenerother people's possessions/situations always seem better than your own

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il tavolo verdethe green tablegaming table in a casino

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un numero di telefono verdea green phone numbera toll-free number

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gli anni verdithe green yearsthe best of times

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verde etagreen ageyouth

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Far vedere i sorci verdi a qualcunomake someone see green miceto threaten someone

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un libro gialloa yellow booka thriller book

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giallo d'invidiayellow with envyvery envious

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un gialloa yellowan unsolved mystery

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nozze d'orogolden wedding50 years of marriage

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film blublue filma pornographic film

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di sangue blublue-bloodedroyal, aristocratic

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fifa blublue funka feeling of melancholy

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il principe azzurrothe blue princePrince Charming

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AzzurribluesThe name for Italian national sports teams

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azzurro / azzurrabluean athlete (male and female) on an Italian national sports team

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i violathe violet onesthe Fiorentina football club

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stampa rosapink presscelebrity/gossip magazines

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cronaca rosapink columngossip column

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foglio rosapink sheettemporary driver's licence

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letteratura rosa pink literatureromantic fiction

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vedere tutto rosato see everything pinkto see everything through a positive, optimistic filter

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vedersela grigiato see it grayto foresee a bad outcome

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eminenza grigiagray eminencea powerful man controlling the situation behind the scenes

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esistenza grigia gray existencemundane, insignificant life

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zona grigiagray zoneambiguity, unclear situation

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materia grigiagray matterthe brain

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nozze d'argentosilver marriage50 years of marriage

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RomanianLiteral TranslationMeaning

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cusut cu aţă albăsewed with white threadobviously fake

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a semna în albto sign in whiteto grant full trust

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scor albwhite scorea score of zero to zero

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versuri albewhite lyricslyrics without rhyme

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noapte albăwhite nighta sleepless night

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armă albăwhite weaponan object with a blade which can be used as a weapon

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a scoate cuiva peri albi to give someone white hairto annoy someone to exasperation

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nici albă, nici neagrăneither white nor blackundecided, ambiguous

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a deosebi albul de negruto differentiate white from blackto differentiate right from wrong

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a face albul negruto make white blackto falsify, misrepresent

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ba e albă, ba e neagrăit's now white, now blackit's contradictory, it keeps changing

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entru a economisi bani albi pentru zile negreto save white money for black daysto save for a rainy day

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bursă neagrăblack marketillegal buying and selling

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a fi negru de supărareto be black with angerto sulk, to be visibly angry

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scrie negru pe albit is written black on whiteit is clearly written, established, fixed

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n-o fi dracul atât de negruthe devil's not that blackthings are not that bad

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a fi negru în cerul guriito have a black palateto be cruel

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mizerie neagrăblack miserydire poverty

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inimă neagrăblack hearta spade (in playing cards)

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bubă-neagrăblack ulceranthrax

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a fi negru la suflet to be black in the soulto be evil

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pădure neagră black foresta deep, dark forest

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în negruin blackin mourning

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cât negru sub unghileas much as black under the fingernailonly a little bit, almost nothing

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a vedea totul în negruto see everything in blackto be pessimistic

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neagrăa face zile negreto make black days (for someone)to bother, irritate

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 pîine neagrăblack breadbrown bread

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a vedea roșu în fața ochilorto see red in front of your eyesto be overcome with rage

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felinar roşured lanternbrothel

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roşiered tomato

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firul roşuthe red threadthe recurring theme

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de roşuof redhearts in playing cards

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verdegreenplainly, openly

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burtăverdegreen-bellyan itinerant peddler

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undă verdea green wavepermission

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zână verdegreen fairyabsinthe

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a fi verde de ciudăto be green from rancor to be rancorous, spiteful

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a îndruga verzi şi uscateto mumble greens and dried-up thingsto say useless things

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a spune verde în faţăto say it green to the faceto say it bluntly

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verde de Parisgreen of Parisinsecticide from copper arsenite & acetate

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a visa (a spune) cai verzi pe pereţito dream (to say) green horses on wallsto imagine (say) inconceivable things

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adio şi un praz verdefarewell and a green onion (scallion)(expression of indifference to the addressee)

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a dor mi pe iarba verdeto sleep in green airto sleep outdoors

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a veder stele verzito see green starsto "see stars"/be dizzy (e.g. after hitting one's head) 

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a se îngălbeni de fricăto become yellow with fearto become visibly afraid

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a flutura steguleţe galbeneto stream little yellow flagsto blather

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galben ca turta de cearăas yellow as wax cakevery pale

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a râde/surâde galbento laugh/smile yellowto laugh/smile in a forced, insincere way

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sânge albastrublue bloodroyal, aristocratic

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băiat cu ochi albaştria blue-eyed boy(communist) secret service agent

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inimă-albastrăblue heartmelancholy

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barbă-albastrăblue bearda man who chnages wives frquently

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situaţia e cam albastrăthings are somewhat bluethings are slightly unpleasant/difficult

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haine albastreblue clothes townsman's clothes

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a cînta de inimă albastrăto sing of blue heartto sing a love song

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vânătăblue-purpleeggplant/aubergine

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a fi vânătto be purpleto be bruised

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a vedea lucrurile în rozto see things in pinkto see things through a positive, optimistic filter

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a se face roşu de mînicto turn pink with rageto become furious

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eminenţă cenuşiegrey eminencea powerful man controlling things behind the scenes

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de nicio culoareof no colornot at all, by no means

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culoare politicăpolitical colorpolitical/party affiliation

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a prinde culoareto gain colorto blush/to look healthy

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culoarea vântului turbatthe color of the mad windan indescribable color

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PortugueseLiteral TranslationMeaning

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deu um brancowhite happened I can't remember

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passar em brancas nuvensto pass by in white cloudsgo by unnoticed

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passar a noite em brancoto pass a night in whiteto have a sleepless night

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passar em brancoto pass in whitego through a special day with commemorating it

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mentira brancaa white liea harmless lie / a lie that spare's someone's feelings

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branquear dinheiroto whiten moneyto launder money

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ovelha negrablack sheepthe outcast, different from the group

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a coisa está preta!the thing is blackthe situation is hard to deal with

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estar no vermelhoto be in the redto be in debt

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ficar verde de ciúme/invejabecome green of jealousy/envyvery jealous/envious

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ficar verde de raivabecome green of ragebecome furious

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Me ferrei de verde e amarelo!I'm screwed in green and yellow!I'm in trouble

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sorriso amareloyellow smileforced, insincere smile

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ficar com as mãos amarelasto get your hands yellowto pass gas

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Está tudo azul Everything is blueEverything is good with me

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imprensa marromthe brown pressthe disreputable/tabloid press

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ficar roxo de raivato turn purple with rageto become enraged

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revistas cor-de-rosapink magazinescelebrity/gossip magazines

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Fiquei bege!I'm beige!I'm astonished

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amizade coloridacolored friendshipa friendship which includes sex without commitment

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É cor de burro quando fogeit's the color of a donkey on the runa color which is hard to describe

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GermanLiteral TranslationMeaning

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eine weiße Weste habento have a white vestto be innocent

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eine weiße Maus sehento see a white mouseto see something rare

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Hier steht es schwarz auf weissIt's here in black and whiteIt's in writing, it's official

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Halbgötter in Weißdemigods in whitephysicians

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Warten bis man schwarz wirdto wait until you become blackto wait a very long time

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Schwarzarbeitblack workmoonlighting/working illegally

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Schwarzfahrenblack ridingto not pay the fare for a ride

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schwarze Listeblack lista list of undesirable/suspicious people

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schwarz sehento see blackto be pessimistic

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sich schwarz ärgernto be angry blackto be very angry

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etwas schwarz malento paint something blackto have a pessimistic outlook

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Ins Schwarze treffento hit the blackto hit something very precisely

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Schwarz wie die Nacht
black as nightvery dark black

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jemandem den schwarzen Peter zuschieben
to pass the black Peter to someoneto pass an unpleasant responsibility onto to someone else

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ein schwarzes Schafa black sheepthe outcast or disgrace in a group

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ein Schwarzkittelein Schwarzkittela black smocka wild boar

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eine schwarze Seele habento have a black soulto be evil

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Rot sehento see redto be furious

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"Das ist ein rotes Tuch für ihn!"that's a red cloth to him!that topic bothers/agitates him

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auf der roten Liste stehento stand on the red listto be endangered

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Heute rot, Morgen tottoday red, tomorrow deadhere today, gone tomorrow

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Lieber tot als rotbetter dead than red(anti-communist slogan)

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jemanden die rote Karte zeigento show someone the red cardto throw someone out /expel

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in den roten Zahlen liegenin red numbersowing money/negative financial balance

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der rote Fadenthe red threadthe theme/recurring element

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ins rote Meer stechento set sail into the red sea (vulgar)to have sex with a menstruating woman

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Sich grün und blau ärgernbecome green and blue from angerto be really mad

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jemanden grün und blau schlagento beat someone green and blueto beat someone up violently

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Ach du grüne Neune!Oh, you green nine!Oh my God! (for surprise/fear/wonder)

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die grüne Feethe green fairyabsinth

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einen grünen Daumen a green thumbgood with growing plants

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noch grün hinter den Ohren seinto still be green behind the earsto be inexperienced

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grüne Welle a green waveto only hit green traffic lights while driving

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grünes Licht habento have the green lightto have permission to proceed

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das Gleiche in grünthe same in greenthe same thing with a different appearance

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Er ist mir nicht ganz grün.
He's not green to meHe seems strange, is unfamiliar to me

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Er wird nie auf einen grünen Zweig kommen

He'll never get onto a green twig
He'll never get anywhere

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ins Grüne fahrento ride into the greento take a ride into the countryside

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Grün vor Stolzgreen with pridevery proud

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Grün vor Neidgreen with envyvery envious

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Gelb vor Neidyellow with envyenvious

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das Gelbe vom Eithe yellow of the egga good thing

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jemanden die gelbe Karte zeigento show someone the yellow cardto give a warning of expulsion

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Blau sein / Er ist blauto be blue / he is bluedrunk or stoned

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Blau machento make blueto not go to work/school (truancy)

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ein blaues Wunder erlebento experience a blue wonderto get a real shock/nasty surprise

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Blauäugig seinto be blue-eyednaïve, gullible

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das Blaue vom Himmel herunterlügento lie the blue out of the skyto really lie a lot

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ein blaues Auge habento have a blue eyeto have a bruised eye

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einen blauen Fleck habento have a blue bruiseto have a bruise

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jemandem das Blaue vom Himmel versprechento promise the blue out of the skyto make big promises

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Mit einem blauen Auge davonkommengetting off with a blue eyeto only get a slap on the wrist for something

.

blaublütig seinto be blue-bloodedto be royal/aristocratic

.

blaue Bohnen blue beansbullets

.

der blauen Stundethe blue hourthe time before dusk

.

auf blauen Dunst hinin a blue hazewithout exact knowledge (i.e. in a future undertaking)

.

jemanden blauen Dunst vormachento show someone blue hazeto mislead/deceive someone

.

ins Blaue fahren
to drive into the blueto drive without having a specific destination

.

ins Blaue hineinto fall into the blueto make a complete guess

.

eine braune Gesinnung habento have a brown dispositionto have an extreme right-wing political point of view

.

etwas durch die rosa Brille sehento see something through pinkto see something through a positive, optimistic filter

.

ein graues Mäuschen
a grey mousesomeone unattractive, uninteresting

.

eine graue Eminenz
a grey eminencea powerful man controlling the situation behind the scenes

.

einen Silberblick habento have a silver gazeto be squint-eyed

.

Nachts sind alle Katzen grauat night all cats are grayIt makes no difference (under certain circumstances).

.

die goldene Mittethe golden meanthe desirable middle (between extremes of excess and deficiency)

.

sich eine goldene Nase verdienenearn yourself a golden noseto make a fortune

.

bekannt wie ein kunterbunter Hundknown like a colorful dogwell-known

.

DutchLiteral TranslationMeaning

.

een wit voetje halento get a white footto make a good impression (via flattery)

.

wit rond de neus wordengetting white around the nosegetting scared

.

wit om de neus zienlooking white around the noselooking nauseous

.

zie ik zo wit?do I look that white?do you think I'm crazy?

.

geld witwassento whitewash moneyto launder money

.

witte rook zien.to see white smokethe decision is made

.

de prins op het witte paardthe prince on the white horsethe man of your dreams

.

witte werksterwhite worker (female)household help whose income is reported for taxes

.

blank staanstand whitebe floooded

.

zwart werkento work blackto work without reporting it to authorities

.

zwartmakento make someone blackto defame someone

.

zwartkijkento watch blackto watch TV without paying for it

.

op zwart zaad zittento sit on black seedto be broke

.

zwartrijdenblack ridingriding on transport without paying

.

het zag er zwart van de mensenit looked black with peopleit looked crowded/packed with people

.

Iets zwart op wit zettento put something down black on whiteto put something in writing

.

liegen dat je zwart zietlying until you look blacklying so much that there's no truth left in your story

.

zwarte sneeuw zien.to see black snowto live in poverty

.

het zwarte schaap van de familiethe black sheep of the familythe outcast/disgrace of the family

.

Zwartepietento black peterto decide who gets the blame

.

de Zwarte Piet zijnto be black peterto be the one who gets blamed

.

geen rode cent hebben to not have a red centto be broke

.

rood staan to stand redto owe money/have a negative balance

.

de rode draadthe red threadthe element of continuity in a story

.

Rosse Buurtred light districtarea where prostitutes work

.

rood aanlopen van schaamtestaining red with shameblushing with shame

.

een rooie rakkera red rascala communist

.

over de rooie gaanto go over the redto lose your cool

.

zich groen en geel ergerento be irritated green and yellowto be very irritated

.

groen van jaloezie ziento see green from jealousyto be very jealous

.

groene vingers hebbento have green fingersto be good with gardens/plants

.

zo groen als gras zijnas green as grassnaive, oblivious OR never been kissed

.

groen achter de oren.green behind the earsyoung and inexperienced

.

het gras aan de overkant is altijd groenerthe grass is always greener on the other sideother people's possessions/situations always seem better than your own

.

dat was in zijn groene jaren
that was in his green yearsthat was when he was younger

.

geel van nijd wordento turn yellow with envyto become very envious

.

een gele rakkera yellow rascala glass of beer

.

blauw zijnto be blueto be drunk

.

een blauwtje lopento walk a blueto be turned down/rejected when asking for a date

.

een blauwe maandaga blue Mondaya short period of time

.

zich blauw betalento pay yourself blueto pay a lot of money

.

blauw bloed hebben to have blue blood to be royal/aristocratic

.

blaubekkento get a blue mouthto feel extremely cold

.

Iemand bont en blauw slaanto beat someone bright and blueto bruise someone by beating them

.

een blauwtje lopena blue spota bruise

.

een blauw oog a blue eyea bruised eye

.

Iets blauw-blauw latento leave something blue-blueto leave something as it is

.

zich blauw ergeren
to be annoyed blue
to be very annoyed

.

een bruin cafea brown cafea old-fashioned wood panelled cafe/pub

.

ze bruin bakkenbake them brownto brag or exaggerate

.

een bruin levena brown lifea good life

.

bruine sympathieën
brown sympathiesfascist sympathies

.

een donkerbruin vermoeden
a dark brown suspiciona sneaking suspicion

.

paars van de kou zienpurple from the coldextremely cold

.

paars aanlopen van woede
to turn purple with rageto become very angry

.

op een roze wolkje zittento sit on a little pink cloudto be (annoyingly) happy in love

.

De toekomst ziet er rooskleurig uitthe future looks pinkthe future looks good, hopeful

.

Door een roze bril kijkento look through pink glassesto see things through a positive, optimistic filter

.

grijze haren ergens van krijgento get gray hairs from somethingto be worried/stressed out

.

zijn grijze cellen gebruikento use your gray cellsto use your brain

.

de grijze massa laten werken!let the gray mass workuse your brain to think!

.

een liedje grijs draaienturning a song grayoverplaying a song

.

 een grijze muisa gray mousesomone who does not stand out at all

.

grijs rijdento ride grayto ride without paying full fare

.

het is al te grijsthis is far too graythis is taking it too far

.

de grijze oudheidthe gray antiquitya very long time ago

.

de grauwe massathe gray massesthe faceless, everyday people

.

het te bont makenmake it too colorfulcarry things too far

.

bekendstaan als de bonte hondto be known as a the colorful dog
to have a reputation as a troublemaker

.

een bonte avonda colorful eveningan evening with a variety of entertainment

.

SwedishLiteral TranslationMeaning

.

han jobbar vitthe works whitehe works "above board", paying taxes

.

vit veckawhite weeka week without any alchohol

.

en vit lögna white liea lie to protect someone's feelings

.

han jobbar svarthe works blackhe works without paying income tax

.

svartsjukblack diseasejealousy

.

röda värdenred valuesclose to the limit

.

inte ett rött örenot a red penny completely broke

.

röd trådred threadthe unifying theme in a larger context

.

se röttsee redbe furious

.

röd dagred daya holiday

.

det är gröntit is greenit's safe to proceed, the coast is clear

.

komma på grön kvistget on a green branchto improve your finances

.

ha gröna fingrarhave green fingersbe good with plants/gardens ("a green thumb")

.

slå någon gul och blåhit someone yellow and blueto bruise someone

.

I det blåin the bluefar from reality

.

ljuga sig blåto lie yourself blueto lie very much

.

Att skita i det blå skåpetto defecate in the blue cabinetto go too far, make a fool of yourself

.

blåögdblue-eyednaive

.

Farbror Blå Uncle Bluethe police

.

sväva på rosa molnfloat on pink cloudsbe in love

.

Gråsossegrey social democrat conservative member of the Socialist party lacking ideals

.

Börja få gråa hårstarting to get grey hairwaiting too long for something

.

beigt beigeless than optimal/desirable

.

DanishLiteral TranslationMeaning

.

hvid som et lagenwhite as a sheetvery pale

.

en hvid løgna white liea lie to protect someone's feelings

.

det hvide lærredwhite linenfilms

.

gøre sort til hvidtmake black to whiteto bend the truth in a sneaky way

.

hvid pleta white spotan area that has not yet been mapped

.

prinsen på den hvide hestthe prince on the white horsePrince Charming

.

skyde en hvid pil eftershoot a white arrow aftergive up a hope or a dream

.

sort på hvidtblack on whitein writing

.

sortseerblack viewersomeone who gets TV/radio reception without paying government fees AND ALSO a pessimist

.

sorte pengeblack moneymoney earned without paying income tax

.

sort arbejdeblack workwork with unreported income

.

han arbejder sorthe works blackhe works without paying income tax

.

en lille sorta little blackblack coffeee (with schnapps and sugar)

.

sort af menneskerblack from peoplecrowded

.

sort fårblack sheepthe outcast of a group

.

sort humorblack humorjokes about illness or death

.

sort snakblack talkincoherent, meaningless talk

.

han ser rødthe sees redhe is furious

.

på den grønne grenon the green branchdoing well, fortunate

.

at være grøn af misundelseto be green from envyto be very envious

.

Græsset er altid grønnere hos naboenyour neighbor's grass is always greenerother people's possessions/situations always seem better than your own

.

skide grønne griseto defecate green pigsto be very nervous/frightened

.

skide en grøn storkto defecate a green storkto be very nervous/frightened

.

grønne fingregreen fingersskill with plants/gardening

.

håbet er lysegrønthope is light greenstay hopeful even when it looks bleak

.

et barn på gule pladera child with yellow licence platesa step-child

.

at være blåøjetto be blue-eyedto be naive

.

blå bogblue booka social register OR a school yearbook

.

blå mandagblue Mondayan unauthorized day off from work

.

blå mandagblue Mondaycelebratory day after church confirmation

.

blåt blod i årerneblue blood in your veinsaristocratic, royal

.

blåstempleto stamp with blue inkto designate as acceptable or high-quality

.

svæve på en lyserød skyfloat on a pink cloudto be in love

.

fyret på gråt papirfired on grey paperfired immediately for cause

.

en grå musa gray mousean unattractive, uninteresting person 

.

NorwegianLiteral TranslationMeaning

.

å stirre døden i hvitøyetto stare death in the white of the eyeto face your fear, achieve the seemingly impossible

.

hvitevare
white productbig electrical applicance

.

å svartmaleto paint blackto portray a situation negatively

.

svart arbeidblack workwork without paying income tax

.

svarte ta degthe black take yougo to Hell

.

svarteper
a black Peran unclean person

.

en rød tråda red threada consistent theme throughout

.

rødmeto redden to blush

.

rød som en tomatred as a tomatoblushing with embarrassment

.

rosenrødtrose redpicture perfect

.

rødøydred-eyedcrying and upset

.

rødglødendeglowing in redextremely passionate (about something)

.

rødtoppred topa redhead

.

rød regjering
red governmentThe Social Democrat Party

.

grønnskollinga greenheada completely inexperienced person

.

grønne lungergreen lungsa park in an urban area

.

grønne fingregreen fingersskill with plants/gardening

.

grønnsak
green thingvegetable

.

vaske munnen med grønnsåpe
to wash your mouth with green soapto watch your language (after you've cursed)

.

grønn regjering
green governmentThe Green Party (politics)

.

slå noen gul og blåto beat someone yellow and bluebeat someone up badly

.

ut av det blåout of the blueunexpectedly

.

bare blåbæronly blueberriessomething easy to do

.

blåmandagblue Mondayanticlimactic day after a good weekend

.

blåøydblue-eyednaive

.

blåfrossen
blue frozenblue-skinned from the cold

.

blått blodblue bloodroyal or noble

.

blåveis / blått øye
blue eyea bruised eye

.

blå regjering
blue governmentthe Conservative Party

.

blålysblue lightspolice cars

.

brunvare
brown producta small electrical appliance

.

gråsone
clearneither good nor bad; unclear

.

Kommunegrå
municipality graydull, depressing

.

gråværsdaggray weather dayovercast or rainy

.

gullkorngolden grainan especially clever word/pun/idea

.

FinnishLiteral TranslationMeaning

.

valkoinen valhewhite lieharmless/beneficial lie

.

mustamaalatato black-paintto defame someone

.

mustasukkainenblack-sockedjealous

.

muuttua mustaksito turn blackto become angry

.

mustapörssiblack marketillegal buying and selling

.

punastuato turn redto be embarassed

.

punainen lankathe red threadthe main idea

.

olla kateudesta vihreä.to be green of jealousyto be very jealous

.

viherpeukalogreen thumbskilled with gardens and plants

.

keltanokkayellow-beakeda beginner, a rookie

.

sinisilmäinenblue-eyednaive

.

EstonianLiteral TranslationMeaning

.

ronk ei saa pesta valgea raven cannot be washed whitewe can't hide/change something's true nature

.

riided on mustadclothes are blackclothes are dirty

.

must lammasblack sheepthe outcast or different one in a group

.

Puust ja punaseks ette tegemato make something out of wood and paint it red to make something really clear

.

Literal TranslationMeaning

.

fehérnépwhite peoplewomen

.

ritka, mint a fehér hollórare as a white ravenvery rare

.

fekete piacblack marketillegal buying and selling

.

fekete bárányblack sheepscapegoat

.

feketemunkása black workera worker who does not report income

.

zöldfülűgreen-earednaive, immature

.

zöld utat kapget a green lightget permission/aproval for something

.

sárga az irigységtőlyellow of envyvery envious

.

Leissza magát a sárga földighe drinks himself to the yellow gourdhe's very drunk

.

lila álmokpurple dreams unrealistic ideas

.

rózsaszín felhőkpink cloudsunrealistic ideas

.

ArmenianLIteral Translation Meaning

.

Սպիտակwhitesilver coins

.

Ճանճաճերմակfly-whiteflea-bitten

.

Սպիտակուց, ճերմակուցlittle whiteegg white

.

Ապիտակազգեստ Քոյրsister in whitenun dedicated to the Virgin Mary

.

Ճերմակեղէնwhite stufflinens

.

Ճերմակամարմինwhite-fleshedclear complexioned

.

Սպիտակամօրուքwhite beardan elderly man

.

Սպիտակութիւնwhitenesscandor, splendor

.

Ճերմակ երկաթwhite irontin-plated iron

.

Սպիտակագիրwhite writingchalk on a blackboard

.

Մազը սպիտակում է։the hair whitens we get older

.

Սեւblacksad, gloomy

.

Սեւագիրblack writingwritten in ink

.

Սեւագործblack workershoe shiner

.

Սեւազգածdressed in black in mourning

.

Սեւաչեայblack-eyedhaving dark brown eyes

.

Սեւամաղձblack bilemelancholy

.

Սեւամորթblack-skinneddark-complexioned

.

Սեւամօրուքblackbearda young man

.

Սեւերեսblack-facedashamed

.

Սեւյօնքblack eyebrowbushy eyebrows

.

Կարմրագիրred writinga rubric

.

Կարմրիլto turn redto blush

.

Կարմիր ձուred eggegg decorated for Easter

.

Արիւնագունոտblood-coloredrelated by blood

.

Արեւը ծայրակարմիր էր։the sun was red at the edgesthe sun was rising

.

Կարմրաձուկred fishgoldfish

.

Աշխետաձիa red horsean unruly animal

.

Կարմրայտred-cheekedhealthy

.

կանաչեղէնgreen thingsvegetables

.

Դեղնուցlittle yellowegg yolk

.

Դեղնութիւնyellownessjaundice

.

Երեսը դեղնում է։his face turns yellowhe looks ill

.

Կապուտակիլto turn blueto lack oxygen

.

Կապոյտ դաշտblue fieldthe ocean/sea

.

Կապուտակ կամարblue archthe sky

.

Բոսորած երես ունի։he has a purplish facehe looks unhealthy

.

Ծիրանագոյնapricot-coloredroyal purple robes

.

Երեսը բոցագոյն է։his/her face his flame-coloredhe/she is angry

.

Մոխրագոյնash-grayunhealthy

.

Նա շէկ է։she is tawny-coloredshe has blond hair

.

Գունակում է։he/she is coloredhe/she is an enlightened person

.

Գունատcolorlesspale, wan

.

Նա տժգունում է։he/she discolorshe/she is pale and sick-looking

.

Որակաւոր է։it is well-coloredit's a high quality item

.

Նա այլագոյն է։he/she is a different colorhe/she is weird or unusual

.

PolishLiteral TranslationMeaning

.

biały kruka white ravensomething rare

.

w biały dzień in a white dayin broad daylight

.

do białego dniauntil white dayuntil daybreak

.

doprowadzić kogoś do białej gorączki to lead someone into a white feverto make someone angry

.

bieliznawhite things linens, underwear

.

białe szaleństwowhite madnessskiing

.

biały wierszwhite versea piece of "free verse" unrestricted by poetic rules

.

broń białawhite weaponsweapons with blades

.

białe małżeństwowhite marriagean unconsumated marriage

.

czarny na bialymin black and whitewritten down, official

.

czarny chlebblack breaddark brown bread

.

czarnyblacksoot

.

czarny rynekblack marketthings sold illegally

.

czarna rozpaczblack despaira state of great despair

.

czarna magiablack magicmagic used for malevolent purposes

.

czarna ospablack poxsmallpox

.

odkładać na czarna godzinęput away for a black hoursave for later/for "a rainy day"

.

czarna listablacklista list of people to be excluded/not hired

.

pracować na czarnowork in blackwork without paying tax

.

czarny coś widzieć to be black about somethingto be pessimistic

.

czarny charakterblack charactera villain

.

czarny jak smolablack as tarvery dark black

.

mala czarnasmall blackan espresso OR a little black dress

.

czarno coś widzieć  to see something in black to be pessimistic

.

czarno księżnikblack moon personwizard

.

czarna owcaback sheep the outcast in a group

.

mieć czarno przed oczamito have it black in your eyesto be so shocked that you feel that you might pass out

.

czerwonyredhectic

.

czerwony jak burak red as a beetrootblushing

.

on/ona jest czerwonyhe/she is redhe/she is communist, supports the Commmunists

.

działać jak czerwona płachta na byka to act like red cloth to a bullto aggravate/annoy

.

zielonygreeninexperienced, clueless

.

nie mieć zielonego pojęcia not have a green ideato have no knowledge at all about something

.

zielenić sięto turn greento look sick

.

zapalić zielone światło to turn on the green lightto allow

.

Zielone ŚwiątkiGreen FestivalPentecost

.

posłać na zieloną trawkęto send onto green grassto fire from work

.

być zielonym z zazdrościto be green from envyto be very envious

.

zielona szkołagreen schoola field trip class excursion

.

zielona nocgreen nightthe last, prank-filled night of "green school" (see above)

.

żółtodzióbyellow beakan inexperienced person, a rookie

.

mieć żółte papiery to have yellow papersto be insane

.

myśleć o niebieskich migdałach to think about blue almondsto daydream

.

 niebieski ptakblue birdan adventurer, a freeloader

.

błękitna krewlight blue blood aristocracy/royalty

.

nosić różowe okularywear pink glassesto be positive, optimistic

.

brązowy medalbrown medalbronze medal

.

szarygraybland OR gloomy

.

szara strefagray zonetwilight zone

.

na szarym końcuat the gray endat the tail end (of something)

.

szary cztowiekgray personthe man on the street/"average Joe"

.

szara myszkagray mousean unattractive/unassuming woman

.

szara eminencjagray eminencea powerful man controlling the situation behind the scenes

.

CzechLiteral TranslationMeaning

.

bílé límečkywhite collarswhite collar workers

.

černé na bílémblack on whiteit's an undeniable fact

.

dát čemu zelenouto give the green lightto give approval to proceed

.

červená se až za ušimahe/she is red even behind the earshe/she is very ashamed

.

dát někomu modré z nebe.
to give someone the blue from the skyto give someone everything they could want

.

Je to to samé v bledě
modrém
to be the same in light blueto be essentially the same thing

.

nafialovelý plodpurplish fruitbruised, rotting fruit

.

SlovakLiteral TranslationMeaning

.

na čiernoon the blackillegally, i.e. riding a bus without a bus ticket

.

červenať sato turn redembarrasment

.

nevidím to ružovoI don't see it rosyI'm not optimistic about it

.

si zlatýyou're goldenyou're sweet, endearing

.

RussianLiteral TranslationMeaning

.

белый билет white ticketexemption from military service

.

на белом светеin the white worldin the whole world

.

средь бела дня in white dayin broad daylight

.

белая горячкаwhite feverthe shakes

.

белая воронаwhite crowa person who stands out from the crowd

.

белый и пушистыйwhite and fluffyinnocuous, blameless (used sarcastically)

.

белая сажаwhite sootan awful mess

.

до белых мухuntil the white fliesuntil the snow falls

.

показать белое пероto show the white featherto show cowardice (from cockfighting)

.

белый слонwhite elephanta useless gift or knick-knack

.

Довести до белого каленияto bring to a white heatto drive someone to frenzy; make someone lose their self-control

.

между ними пробежала черная кошкаa black cat ran between themthey are at an impasse

.

принимать черное за белоеto take black for whiteto be easily fooled

.

он синякhe is a black-and-blue markhe’s a drunk

.

чёрныйblack (adj.)excessive, out of control

.

чёрная завистьblack envyextreme envy

.

отложить на чёрный день put aside for a black dayput aside for a rainy day

.

чёрный ходblack doorback door entrance

.

с чёрного хода through the back doorbypassing the usual procedure to deal with something

.

чёрная бабочкаblack butterflya dummy company

.

Чёрного ко́беля не отмо́ешь до́бела. you can't wash a black dog all the way to whitenessa person can never really change who he/she fundamentally is

.

красная крышаred roofa place illegally protected by police

.

красная строкаred line (of writing)new paragraph

.

красненькаяreddening one10 ruble note

.

краснетьto reddento blush

.

красный день календаряred day on the calendara holiday or important day

.

красна девица red girlbeautiful girl (archaic/poetic)

.

красная нить
red threadbasic idea throughout the text

.

Покраснеть как ракto turn as red as a crawfishto blush deeply

.

зелёный greeninexperienced

.

Молодо-зеленоyoung green young/immature and inexperienced

.

тоска зелёнаяgreen boredomutter boredom, melancholy

.

зеленый змий green serpentstrong alcohol

.

позеленеть от завистиto become green with jealousyto be very jealous

.

давать зеленую улицуto give the green lightto give permission to proceed with something

.

Жёлтый домyellow housea mental hospital

.

пошла по желтому билетуshe went through a yellow ticketdescribes the downfall of a virtuous woman (literary)

.

синийa bluea convict

.

он синийhe is (dark) bluehe is very drunk

.

синий чулокa bluestockinga woman fully engaged in science

.

голубая кровь(light) blue bloodnoble, of high birth

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он голубойhe is light bluehe is gay

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голубая мечтаlight blue desirethe thing you crave the most

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голубой воришкаa light blue thiefa thief who is tormented with remorse after a theft (literary)

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мне фиолетовоit's violet for me"I don't care"

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смотреть на мир сквозь розовые очкиto see the world through pink glassesto see the world through a positive, optimistic filter

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видеть в розовом светеto see in pinkbe optimistic

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серая мышьa gray mousea plain-looking woman

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cерый кардиналgrey eminencea powerful man controlling the situation behind the scenes

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they're under the one color they're birds of a feather/ have something in common

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UkrainianLiteral TranslationMeaning

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Помаранчева революціяOrange Revolution2004-2005 political protests in Ukraine

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BulgarianLiteral TranslationMeaning

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да ти причернее пред очитеto see black in front of your eyesto become really angry

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черно-тотоblack lotteryillegal gambling

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черно-тотоblack marketselling something illegally/underground

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да бъдеш черногледto see black in front of your eyesto be pessimistic

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На червено съмI am on redI am broke

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Този е още зеленhe is still greenhe is inexperienced

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позеленях от ядto turn green in angerto become very angry

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имаш жълто около устатаyou are yellow around the mouthyou're still an amatuer

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KazakhLiteral TranslationMeaning

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Қарға баласын аппағым дер, кірпі баласын жұмсағым дер.To the crow his child appears white; to the hedgehog his child appears soft. Parents have a skewed/overly positive view of their own children

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aқ ниет white intentionsa good, friendly attitude towards someone

.

ананың ақ сүті white milk of mothera son's duty to his mother

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ақ саусақa white fingerlazy

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ақ арманa white desirethe thing you crave the most

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Serbo-CroatianLiteral TranslationMeaning

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ne vidi bijelu mačkucannot see a white catvery tired

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bijela kugawhite plaguelow birthrate

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bijeli svijetwhite worldwhole wide world

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beli danwhite daybroad daylight

.

beli lukwhite oniongarlic

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bijela vranawhite crowa person who is different from the crowd

.

bijeli miševiwhite miceimagined/hallucinated things

.

bijeli kruh white breadsalaries of politicians after they leave office

.

crni daniblack dayshard times

.

crna ovcablack sheepthe outcast or disgrace in a group

.

crna zemljablack soilburying ground

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Crna rukaBlack Hand(historical) Serbian secret military organization

.

Čija majka crnu vunu prede?whose mother spins black wool?who is in grave danger?

.

Voda sve opere do crna obrazawater can wash everything but a black cheekif you lose your honor it's lost forever

.

zelembaćthe green onea novice/inexperieced person

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pozelenio od muketurned green by distressangry

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dati zleno svijetloto give the green lightto give permission to proceed

.

ima ih kao žutih mravathey're numerous like yellow antsthere are many of them

.

žut ko krpayellow as clothnauseous

.

plava kosablue hairblond hair

.

poplavio od bolagot blue by painin a lot of pain

.

plavcithe blue onespolice officers

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ružičaste naočalepink glassesa positive, optimistic filter through which life is seen

.

siva ekonomijagrey economywork which is only partly legal

.

gledati kao tele u šarena vrata.to stare like a calf at a colorful doorto stare at something with surprise/wonder

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GreekLiteral TranslationMeaning

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άσπροπροσωπο to be whiteto be a credit to (something/someone)

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άσπρο πάτο!white bottom!bottoms up!

.

θα δω μια άσπρη μέραI will see a white daymy wish will be fulfilled

.

λευκός γάμοςwhite marriagemarriage of people not in love

.

Άσπρος σκύλος, μαύρος σκύλος, όλοι οι σκύλοι μια γενιάwhite dog, black dog - all dogs are the same raceno matter what we look like, we all have the same roots

.

μαύρος
blackmiserable

.

μαύρσιμα
a "blackening"a suntan

.

μαυρίζω κάποιον (στο ξύλο)to blacken someoneto hit someone hard

.

έχει μαύρα μεσάνυχταhe/she has black midnighthe/she is completely unaware of something

.

τα εχει βάψει μαύραhe/she has painted them blackhe/she's in a bad mood

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έριξε μαύρη πέτρα πίσω τουhe threw a black stone behindhe left with the intention to never return

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μαύρα μάτια κάναμε να σε δούμεour eyes turned black to see youwe missed you for a long time

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τα βλέπω όλα μαύραI see everything blackI am overly-pessimistic

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κόκκινιζώto make redto blush

.

κόκκινο πανί στον ταύροred sheet in front of the bulla provocation

.

Κόκκινα φανάριαred lightsbrothel

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πράσινα άλογαgreen horses!an exclamation indicating disbelief; nonsense

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πρασίνισε απ'το κακό τουhe turned green from angerhe got very angry

.

κιτρίνισε από το φόβο τουhe turned yellow with fearhe was terrified

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κιτρίνισε σαν το φλουρίhe/she turned yellow like a gold coinshe/he got frightened

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γαλαζοαίματος/ γαλαζοαίματηblue-bloodedroyal, aristocratic

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τα βλέπω όλα ρόδινα everthing looks rosyI am positive, optimistic

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ροζ τηλέφωνοpink telephonehotline

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TurkishLiteral TranslationMeaning

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Ak akçe kara gün içindirwhite coin is for a black dayhard-earned money saved for when it is needed

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saçına ak düşmekto have white in one's hairto get old

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kara haberblack newsbad news

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kara günblack daya day when something bad happens

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gözükarablack-eyedrash, excessively brave, berserk

.

kara parablack moneyillegally earned money

.

kara cahilblack ignorantone who knows nothing

.

kara sevdablack love infatuation

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bahtı karablack destinysomeone who is very unlucky

.

kkara gün dostublack day friend true friend

.

akara kara düşünmekthink black blackto brood

.

karalar baglamakto wear blackto be in deep sorrow or mourning

.

kırımızı fenerred lanternbrothel

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Mavi boncuk dağıtmakto disperse blue beadsto show affection to several people making each believe that they're the only one

.

yeşillenmekto turn greento get fresh/to molest

.

yeşil ışık yakmakto turn on the green lightto give permission for something to proceed

.

sararıp solmakgetting yellow and witheredlooking sad or unwell

.

pembe yalana pink liea white lie, a "good" lie

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dünyaya pembe gözlüklerle bakmaklooking at the world through pink-colored glassesto see everything through a positive, optimistic filter

.

Farsi (Persian)

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سفيدwhiteblank

.

سیاهblackunfortunate

.

سیاه مست black drunkcompletely drunk

.

سياه  چشم black-eyedunkind

.

سرفه سياهblack coughwhooping cough (pertussis)

.

سياه زخمblack injuryanthrax

.

شاهرگred veinartery

.

(sorkh karde)  red cookedroasted, browned, fried

.

سبزgreengrowing

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(sabze)greenishbrunet; dark-complexioned

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ش سبز   green sellingproduce store

.

زردyellowyolk

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آلو رده        yellow plumapricot

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ArabicLiteral TranslationMeaning

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بيض يومكmake your day whitehave a good day

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بيضت و جوهنا it whitened our facesit did us credit

.

يوم أسود a black daya day when something bad happens

.

أعطه العين الحمراءto show the red eyeto be strict or angry with someone

.

أكل الأخضر و اليابسhe ate the green and the dryhe totally wiped out something

.

الخضراء the green onethe sky

.

وجهه قلب أصفر من الحقدhis face turns yellow with envyenvious

.

قلب أخضرا و أصفرا he turned yellow and greenhe was moved/shocked/scared

.

فرصة ذهبيةa golden opportunityan opportunity not to be wasted

.

أشكال و ألوانshapes and colorsmany kinds, a variey

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HebrewLiteral TranslationMeaning

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אל תלבין את פני חברך
don't whiten your friend's facedon't humiliate another in public

.

לילה לבןwhite nighta sleepless night

.

שקר לבןwhite lielie to avoid hurting someone's feelings

.

יצא עשן לבןwhite smoke billoweda decision was made

.

הלבנת כסףmoney whiteningmoney laundering

.

עובדי צווארון לבןwhite collar workersworkers with "desk jobs"

.

רואה שחורותsees blackpessimist

.

עבודה שחורהblack workunpleasant work which no one wants to do

.

שוק שחור
black marketillegal buying and selling

.

הומור שחורblack humorjokes about death or illness

.

דגל שחורblack flagdanger, clearly illegal

.

בגדים שחוריםblack clothesmourning

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לעבוד בשחורto work in blackto work without reporting earnings

.

תמרור אדוםred road signa warning sign

.

ירוקa greenan inexperienced person

.

אין לי מושג ירוק
I don't have a green notionI have no idea

.

לקבל/לתת אור ירוקreceive/give the green lightreceive/give permission

.

הדשא של השכן תמיד ירוק יותרthe neighbors' is always greenerother people's possessions/situations always seem better than your own

.

צהובyellowclose-minded, spineless person

.

צהובים זה לזהyellow to each otherhating each other

.

עיתונות צהובהyellow journalismdisreputable, sensationalistic journalism

.

ראש כחול
a blue heada mind obsessed with sex

.

דם כחולblue bloodan aristocrat

.

טלית שכולה תכלתa light blue prayer shawlinnocent & pure (used sarcastically)

.

רואה את העולם מבעד למשקפיים ורודיםseeing the world through pink glassesseeing the world through a positive, optimistic filter

.

תפוח זהב golden appleorange

.

Mandarin ChineseLiteral TranslationMeaning

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白话white languaagevernacular

.

白色污染 white pollutionpollution from plastic bags

.

翻白眼
rolling white eyesrolling your eyes in disapproval

.

小白脸
little white facea handsome gold-digger

.

白駒過隙a white colt passing over a crevicelife is short, time flies

.

白雲蒼狗white clouds change into gray dogshuman affairs are unpredictable

.

白眼狼a white-eyed wolfan ungrateful user

.

白面书生a white-faced scholaran inexperienced youth

.

黑白無常to make no difference between black and whiteto do something indiscriminately

.

白手起家 to start a family with white handsto start something (e.g. a business) from scratch

.

打白条to issue a white noteto issue an "I.O.U."

.

白头偕老to be together until heads turn whiteto live to old age in a happy marriage

.

黑白分明in black and white clearlyshowing very clearly

.


黑白颠倒
to reverse black to whiteconfuse right and wrong

.

黑嘴臉black mouth and black faceswearing angrily

.

黑心
black heartbad intention

.

背黑鍋to carry a black pot on your backto be a scapegoat

.

起早摸黑to get up early and touch blackto work from dawn until dusk

.

黑榜black postera list of names of people who have done something wrong, are the lowest scorers, or have lost

.

天下乌鸦一般黑all ravens are as black as each otherall politicians are corrupt

.

他大红大紫了
he is big red and big purplehe is famous and popular

.

仇人相见,分外眼红
red eyes meeting an enemyfeeling anger

.

开门红  open door redhave a good start in business

.

红火 red firebusiness is good

.

红糖red sugarbrown sugar

.

红茶 red teablack tea

.

红颜薄命red face dies early beauties don't usually live long

.

红人a red person a person who is popular with his superiors or the public

.

红男绿女red men and green womenfashionably dressed men and women

.

灯红酒绿red lanterns and green winefeasting and revelry

.

小红帽 the little red capa person who volunteers to help people move in stations and airports

.

 红榜red postera list of names of people who have done something well, are the highest scorers, or have won

.

不分青红皂白cannot tell the difference among green, red and whiteindiscriminate

.

戴綠帽 he has a green hathis wife is cheating on him

.

一陣青,一陣白once green and once palechange in facial expression (to surprise or anger)

.


山青水绿
green mountain and watergreen mountain and clear water

.

青梅竹马green plum and bamboo horsechildhood sweethearts

.

青云直上 climb directly to green cloud rapid career advancement

.

名垂青史leave a name in green historyto go down in history honorably

.

色情电影,书刊
yellow movie, bookan erotic movie, book

.

黄脸婆yellow-faced womana tired-out, past-her-prime housewife

.

黄色生成阴阳 yellow generates yin and yangthe color yellow is the most beautiful one and is at the center of everything

.

黄袍加身to put on a yellow robeto be made emperor

.

人老珠黄a person is getting old and a pearl becomes yellowan old person is of little
worth, like a yellow pearl 

.

面黄肌瘦the face is yellow and the muscle is thinthe person looks unhealthy

.

一枕黄粱 sleeping on the yellow sourghumnot going anywhere

.

青雲直上to rise sharply like blue cloudsa meteoric rise

.

姹紫嫣红,  万紫千红mixing purple and red together; ten thousand red and ten thousand purplecolorful

.

JapaneseLiteral TranslationMeaning

.

白星white starvictory

.

白々しい嘘white liea barefaced lie

.

白い目で見るto look with white eyesto show disdain

.

彼は白だ/黒だHe is white / He is blackhe is innocent/he is guilty

.

黒星black stara loss

.

黒幕black curtainsomeone in control in the background

.

黒山 の人だかりblack mountain crowda crowd of onlookers

.

腹黒いblack-belliedwicked or deceitful

.

目を白黒させるto make eyes black and whiteto roll one's eyes

.

黒字black charactersin the black (profit)

.

真っ赤な嘘red lieobvious/brazen lie

.

赤字
red charactersin the red (monetary loss)

.

赤道red roadthe equator

.

赤子red childa baby

.

赤の他人red strangera complete stranger

.

赤信号がともるa red light comes onsomething becomes precarious

.

紅一点one red dotthe only woman in a group of men

.

赤面するa red faceashamed of oneself

.

赤裸々red naked nakedfrank about your feelings

.

朱に交われば赤くなるwhen mixed with vermilion, it turns red.one bad person ("rotten apple") spoils the whole group

.

青春blue springyouth

.

青年blue ageyoung people

.

青痣blue bruisebruised skin

.

青白いblue and whitepale

.

尻が青いHe has a blue butthe is inexperienced, new

.

青色吐息sighing with blue breathsuffering

.

青筋を立てるto show blue veinsto be very angry

.

くちばしの黄色いyellow beakinexperienced

.

黄色い声yellow voicehigh, shrill voice

.

目の色を変えるto change one's eye colora serious expression

.

色目仕掛けa trick of colora pretense of love

.

難色を示すto show a difficult colorto express disapproval

.

血相(顔色)変えるto turn colorto turn red with anger

.

旗色をうかがうto observe the color of the bannerto sit on the fence, not choose a side

.

KoreanLiteral TranslationMeaning

.

얼굴이 창백하다
you have a white faceyou are pale

.

백미(白眉)the person with white eyebrows is the bestthe best person, the best thing/highlight

.

흑심
a black heartan ulterior motive

.

내막a black curtaina concealed circumstance

.

흑기사
a black knighta person who helps you out

.

홍일점
a red dotthe only woman in a group of men

.

새빨간 거짓말
a red liea obvious/brazen lie

.

이왕이면 다홍치마

I choose the crimson skirtI choose the best-looking one

.

단순호치
red lips and white teethideal female face

.

빨간책
a red bookpornography

.

녹의홍상(綠衣紅裳)a yellow-green jacket and a crimson skirtthe appearanece of a well-dressed woman

.

싹수가 노랗다 (=싹수없다)
A bud is yellowhopeless /have no prospect

.

청일점
a blue dot the only man in a group of women

.

청운a blue cloud dreama dream of future success

.

얼굴이 파랗게 질리다
your face turns blueyou become terrified

.

청천벽력(靑天霹靂) a thunderbolt in the deep blue skya bolt from the blue, a surprising/unexpected thing

.

청출어람Blue comes from indigo, but it is bluerthe pupil exceeds the master

.

ThaiLiteral TranslationMeaning

.

ขี้ขลาดตาขาวcowardly white eyesto be a coward

.

ใจดำto have a black heartto be mean or selfish

.

อายหน้าแดงto have a red faceto blush/be embarrased

.

ร่างกาย มีสีเขียว His body turned greenhe became angry

.

คางเหลืองyellow chinseverely beaten/injured

.

วัยทองgolden agemenopausal age for women

.

VietnameseLiteral TranslationMeaning

.

đỏ mặtred faceashamed

.

xanh mặtgreen facescared

.

tím purplebruise

.

cháy máu camto flow orange blooda nosebleed

.

nâu brownrace

.

TibetanLiteral TranslationMeaning

.

Gadrii nombor shulen jongu
Giving a green answer to a blue questionanswering a different question from the one that was aksed

.

Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia)Literal TranslationMeaning

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arang itu jika dibasuh dengan air mawar sikalipun, tiada akan putiheven if doused in rose water, charcoal will not turn whitea villain never changes his ways

.

glongan puti (golput)white groupfencesitters; people who don't take sides

.

hitam manisblack and prettya dark-skinned pretty woman

.

gulita gelappitch blackvery dark black

.

barang gelap
black goodsillegally bought/sold goods

.

imigran gelapblack immigrantillegal immigrant

.

kambing hitam black goatscapegoat

.

memerahto redden to blush

.

memeradangto become inflamed with redto become very angry

.

jago merah red roasterbig fire

.

meja hijaugreen table the law

.

mata hijau green eyedmoney-oriented

.

tangan hijau green fingera healer

.

kacang hijaugreen beansoldier (outdated)

.

kucing kuning yellow catginger cat

.

kacang kuningyellow beanpoliceman (outdated)

.

sakit kuningyellow illnessjaundice

.

kuningisasiyellow supporterssupporters of the Golkar political party

.

pantat kutilang kuningcanary with yellow butta miser

.

cetakan birublue printarchitectural design

.

biru lebamblueishbruised skin

.

membiruturn blueto lack oxygen/not be able to breathe

.

darah biru blue bloodaristocrat

.

BFblue film (from the English)pornographic film

.

karena nila setitik rusak susu sebelangabecause of one dot of indigo, the milk in the pot is spoiledone bad apple spoils the bunch

.

mengelabuito grayto deceive

.

Islam warni warnimulticolored Islamrefers to Indonesia's Muslim diversity 

.

Javanese

.

laler ijogreen flyprison guard

.

embuh si nila embuh si etomnot knowing whether it is blue dye or the indigo plantsomeone criticizing someone else for a quality they themselves possess

.

Hawaiian

.

ke'owhitehaughty

.

 'eleblackselect, preferred

.

 'ularedsacred

.

a 'ula 'Ula ka maka!red, red-eyed!I wish you bad luck!

.

 'Ula 'ula o ke ahi the red of firethe flush of drunkenness OR newly distilled liquor

.

Tagalog (Filipino)Literal TranslationMeaning

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maputi ang tainga white-earedstingy

.

pag poti ang uwakwhen the crow turns whitenever

.

puting-tabingwhite screenthe movies

.

namuti ang mata one whose eyes turned whitea person who was stood up

.

maitim ang budhiconscience is blacktraitor

.

maitim ang butobone is blackbad person

.

maitim na binabalakblack plandealy plan

.

maitim ang dugo black-bloodedan evil person

.

berde birogreen jokea sexual joke

.

pinilakang tabingsilver screencinema

.

murabeigecheap; swear word; a young and attractive girl

.

HindiLiteral TranslationMeaning

.

सफेद द्वीपwhite islandan imaginary home of the blessed

.

खून सफेद हो जाता हैthe blood turns whiteto be indifferent

.

सिर पर काले रंग का बरतनplace a black pot on the headbring disgrace on

.

काली आँखेंblack-eyedcruel

.

दाल में कुछ काला हैsomething black in the lentilssomething suspicious

.

एक काली मक्खीa black beea woman's female friend

.

काले पानी की सज़ाpunishment of black waterexile to a distant island, or severe punishment

.

लाल कोयलाred coalflushed with anger

.

हाथ पीले करना  to color a girl's hands yellowto get a girl married

.

पीले रंग काyellow-coloredbashful

.

नीले नाखूनोंto have blue nailsto be near death

.

गिरगिट की तरह रंग बदलना to change color like a chameleonto change sides without warning

.

BengaliLiteral TranslationMeaning

.

রুইwhite anttermite

.

অবদাত whitepure

.

সিতিকন্ঠ the white-throated oneShiva

.

কালকিষ্টিblackdirty

.

কাজলাas black as kohlvery black

.

পিয়াজি light purpleeffrontery, sauciness

.

TamilLiteral TranslationMeaning

.

வெள்ளை மனசுwhite heartvery pure-hearted, goodly

.

பச்சை பொய்green liecomplete lie

.

பச்சை பொரிக்கிgreen rogueutter rogue

.

TeluguLiteral TranslationMeaning

.

ఎనుక థొలు థెచ్చి ఎదాధి ఉథిఖినాను నలుపు నలుపెకాని థెలుపుకధుEven if you wash elephant's skin for a year, it will stay black and not turn whiteYou cannot change how someone fundamentally is (i.e. "a leopard cannot change its spots")

.

త్సవ/నీల మురికిnewborn baby bluethe color of a newborn baby

.

SwahiliLiteral TranslationMeaning

.

kijanaa greena youth

.

bluua bluea 20 shilling note (Kenya)

.

zambaraua purplea plum

.

Hekima haitegemei umri wala rangiknowledge is independent of age and coloranyone can learn things

.

Igbo

.

Onye nje nje ka onye isi awọ mara ihe.the traveller has more knowldge than the gray-hairedtravelling gives you more life experience than simply aging does

.

KikuyuLiteral TranslationMeaning

.

mũndũ mwerũ white personlight-skinned person

.

rĩitho rĩtune red eyeenvious

.

Tsalagi (Cherokee)

.

ᎤᏁᎦ (u-ne-ga)
whitesouth

.

ᎬᎿᎨ (gv-ni-ge)blackwest

.

ᎩᎦᎨ (gi-ga-ge)
redeast

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ᎢᏥᎢᏳᏍᏗ (i-tse-i-yu-s-di) green here in the center

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ᏓᎶᏂᎨ (da-lo-ni-ge)
yellowup above

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ᏌᎪᏂᎨ (sa-go-ne-ge)
blue north

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ᎤᏬᏗᎨ (u-wo-di-ge) browndown below

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Navajo

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ɬigaiwhitesunrise, east

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ɬizhiníblack, darknorth

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ɬítsoyellowsunset, west

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dootɬʔizhbluesouth

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IrishLiteral TranslationMeaning

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fear ag lorg capall bhána man looking for a white horsesomeone looking for something they already have

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buachall bánwhite boya gay guy

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béal bán white mouthflattery

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bheith dubh dóiteto be black-burntto be bored

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ó dhubh go dubh from black to blackfrom dawn to dusk

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bheith dubh le daoineto be black with peopleto be crowded, packed

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scamall dubhblack clouddepresssion

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galar dubhblack diseasedepresssion

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fear dubhblack manthe devil

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an dubh a chur ina gheal ar dhuine to pulll black wool over someone's eyesto trick someone

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dubhfhocal black wordan enigma

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deargbhréag red liea blatant, bald-faced lie

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dearg te red hotvery hot

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an téip dhearg red tapeunecessary/excessive bureaucracy

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dearg-ghráinred hatreddeep-seated or intense hatred

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deargiomaíocht red rivalrycut-throat competition

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gudh dearg
red ragefury

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brothall deargred swelterintense heat of day

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airdeall dearg red alertthe highest level of warning

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deargamadán red foolan utter fool

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níl pingin rua agam I don't have a red pennyI am broke

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is glas iad na cnoic í fhad uainnthe hills far away are greenthings that are not ours, not close to us, always seem better

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glasraígreensvegetables

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le buíochan na gréine with the yellowing of the sunlightlate afternoon light

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buíochan an fhómhair the yellowing of the harvestautumn

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fear gorma blue mana black man

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dathúilcolorfulgood-looking

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Scottish GaelicLiteral TranslationMeaning

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ceannach geal an uair thig an sneachda white present when the snow comesa bribe

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chan 'eil e geal da he has no white for himhe is not fond of him

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dubhblackthe pupil of the eye

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dubhfhacala black sayinga riddle or parable

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deargto reddento make an impression

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deargto reddento plough

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cha d'fhuair sinn deargadhwe did not get a reddeningwe didn't even get one (e.g. fishing)

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deargan-doirionna red staina nebula

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cha dearg mi airI cannot make it redI cannot manage it

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dearg-amadana red foola complete fool

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dearg-namhaidred enemysworn enemy

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dearg--mheirleachred thiefnotorious thief

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uaineachana green persona wan, pallid-looking person

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Is uaine feur na faiche as fàsaichegreen is the color of the least trodden fielddoing something unique or pioneering can be brilliant

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buidheachyellownessjaundice

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each gormblue horsedark-grey horse

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ciardark browndusk, gloominess

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liathto turn greyto get moldy

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WelshLiteral TranslationMeaning

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ar gefn ei geffyl gwyn
on the back of his white horsefull of mischief

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ffilm cocha red filma film with sexual content

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ei orau glashis blue best as busy as he can be

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EnglishMeaning

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a white liea harmless lie/ a lie to spare someone's feelings

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white noisestatic noise

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white as a sheetscared, sick, surprised

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white as a ghostscared

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white-collarrelated to "desk jobs"

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a white flagsurrender

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to whitewash somethingto mask the negative parts

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white winewine from green or yellow grapes

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a white Christmassnow on Christmas day

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a white weddinga traditional western-style wedding where the bride wears a white gown

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a white persona person of Caucasian race

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white-hotextremely hot OR popular

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a white paperan authoritative report on a issue

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a white elephant a useless knick-knack OR an expensive, useless thing

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white as the driven snowinnocent (often used sarcastically about corruption)

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white with rageextremely enraged

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to bleed someone whiteto take everything someone has, esp. money

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showing the white featheracting cowardly

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a white-knuckle ridea dangerous, nerve-wracking, scary ride

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chasing the white dragonsmoking methamphetamine

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that's mighty white of you (old-fashioned)that's good of you

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lily-whiteunmistakably Caucasian OR blameless, goodly

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white horses (surfing)patches of white foam made by breaking waves

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white flight (U.S.)a trend whereby Caucasian families move out of urban areas

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white trash (U.S.)(offensive) uneducated, socio-economically disadvantaged Caucasian people

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whiter than white (British)righteous, innocent

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a white pointer (Australian)a topless female sunbather

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to blackmail someoneto threaten to reveal secrets unless payment is made

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to black outto lose consciousness

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a blackouta loss of electricity in an area

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the blackoutduring wartime, extinguishing or covering lights

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black magic / the black artsmagic used for malevolent purposes

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the pot calling the kettle blacksomeone criticizing someone else for a quality they themselves possess

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the black marketillegal/underground sales and purchases

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little black bookbook of contacts, esp. past or potential dates

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a black sheepthe outcast or disgrace in a group

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black goldoil / petrolium

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black tieformal clothing e.g. a tuxedo

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black humorjokes about death or illness

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a black daya day when something bad happens

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a blacklega scab; a person who breaks a strike

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to be in black and white to be written down officially

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to be black and white (a situation)to be clear

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in the blackprofitable

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a black mooda bad, grumpy mood

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a black eyea bruised eye

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to blacklist someoneto prevent someone from being hired

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to blackball someoneto shut someone out from group participation

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black and bluebruised

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a black lookan angry/disapproving facial expression

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as black as nightvery dark black

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pitch blackvery dark black

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a black persona person of African heritage

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black opsextralegal covert activity, done in the dark (military/politics)

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black-heartedcruel, evil, mean

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a black markan indication of wrongdoing

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to blacken someone's nameto suggest/indicate a person's wrongdoing

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the Black DeathThe Bubonic Plague

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a black rat (British)a traffic police officer

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Black Friday (U.S.)The day after American Thanksgiving when many stores have sales

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the black dog (Irish)a bad mood

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beyond the black stump (Australian)the back of nowhere, far from anything

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in the redunprofitable OR negative financial balance, owing money

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a redheada person with orange-colored hair

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red light districtarea with prostitutes

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to see redto be furious

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red with ragefurious

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to turn/go redbecome embarrassed

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a red herringa false clue

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to paint the town redto dine, dance, experience fun in a town or city

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a red flaga signal that something is wrong

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caught red-handedobserved when one is actually doing somerthing wrong

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roll out the red carpetgive a big welcome

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red tapeunnecessary/excessive bureaucracy

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not one red cent no money at all

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a red letter daya special day

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a scarlet womana sinful woman

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scarlet feveran infection with group A streptococcus bacteria.

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red-hotvery hot OR very popular

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red card a sanction for a soccer player

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a redskinA Native  American Indian

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red alertthe highest level of warning 

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a red-blooded malea virile, manly male person

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a redshifta shift in the lines of the spectrum of an astronomical object towards a longer wavelength

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like a red rag/flag to a bullprovoking/aggravating anger

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red (adjective)communist

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bleed red ink (British)debt

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red in tooth and claw (British) the wild, violent aspect of the natural world

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redlining (U.S.)the discriminatory practice of denying, or charging more for, services to certain people because of race, etc. 

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redshirting (U.S.)delaying an athlete's participation in sports order to lengthen his/her period of eligibility

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a red state (U.S.)a state whose residents are politically more Republican

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a redneck (U.S.)an uneducated, rural white American

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a red bone (U.S.)a Black woman with reddish hair

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the red scare (U.S.)(historical) the worry that society would be infiltrated by communists and communism

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the red eye (U.S.)the overnight flight between west and east coast

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green with envyvery envious

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the green-eyed monsterjealousy

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to give the green lightto give approval to proceed

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to be green (in a position)to be inexperienced, a rookie

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to be green (policy)to be environmentally aware

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the green roomroom in a theater or studio where guests/performers wait to go on

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a town/village greena public park in the center of a town or village 

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to turn greento be nauseous

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green around the gillssick-looking

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a greenbeltan area of nature around a city

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greensvegetables

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a greena golf course

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a greengrocera person/store that sells vegetables & fruit

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the grass is always greener on the other sideother people's possessions/situations always seem better than your own

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greener pasturesa better situation

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a greenhouse a structure with plants growing inside

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the greenhouse effectclimate change resulting from global warming

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to greenwash somethingto deceptively make practices/policies seem more environmentally friendly

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little green menstereotypical/humorous description of space aliens

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as sure as God made little green applesvery certain

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colorless green ideas sleep furiously(Linguistics) Noam Chomsky's oft-quoted example of a sentence with good grammar but no meaning

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to have green fingers (British)to be good with plants/gardens

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to have a green thumb (U.S.)to be good with plants/gardens

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a greenie (Australian)an environmentally aware person

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a green card (U.S.)legal residency status

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a greenhorn (U.S.)an inexperienced or young person

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greenbacks (U.S.)dollars

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yellowcowardly

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a yellow streakcowardice

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yellow-belliedcowardly

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yellow journalismdisreputable, sensationalistic journalism

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a yellow card(soccer) to give someone a first warning

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the yellow peril(offensive, archaic) the fear that Asian people will outnumber/displace Caucasian people

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yellow fever  an acute viral haemorrhagic disease

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a yellow boy (British) (antiquated) a gold coin

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yellow fever (Nigerian slang)traffic police

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a yellow bone (U.S.)a Black woman with fair hair

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a yellow dog Democrat (U.S.)a voter who always votes Democrat in every election

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out of the bluesuddenly, unexpectedly

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a bolt from the bluea sudden/unexpected thing

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to be blueto be sad

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a blue funka feeling of melancholy

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the bluessadness OR a 3 chord style of music

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a blue noteIn jazz and blues, a note played at a slightly lower pitch than that of the major scale.

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once in a blue mooninfrequently

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blue-collarrelated to manual labor or the working class

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a blue bloodan aristocratic person

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to talk a blue streakto talk a lot

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to turn blueto have difficulty breathing

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blue with coldfeeling very cold

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until you're blue in the facehaving lost your patience

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blue chip stockstock of an established/financially sound company

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working blueperforming using foul language

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a blue moviea pornographic film

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a blueprint (for something)a design, a guide

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true bluefaithful

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blue on bluein military: friendly fire

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into the wide/wild blue yonderto an unknown/faraway place

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blue balls (lewd)male sexual frustration due to unfulfilled sexual urges

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to turn the air blueto swear a lot

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between the devil and the deep blue seaa dilemma

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the boys in bluethe police

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the thin blue linethe police

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a blueshifta result of the Doppler effect caused by stars approaching the solar system

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a blue state (U.S.) a state whose residents are politically more Democrat

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a blue (British)a Tory

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to scream blue murder (British)to express yourself angrily

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a blue-eyed boy (British)a male who can do no wrong, who is favored by authority

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having a blue (Australian)having a fight

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make a blue (Australian)make a mistake

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a brown-nosera sycophant

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a brown outloss of power in a limited portion of the electrical grid

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in a brown studybeing contemplative; daydreaming

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brown bread (British)Cockney Rhyming slang for "dead"

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browned off (British)annoyed

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purple proseflowery, romantic writing

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born in the purpleborn into a high ranking/aristocratic family

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the Purple Heart (U.S.)a U.S. military honor badge

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a purple patch (British)a period of exceptionally high achievement

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agent orangea defoliant used in herbicidal warfare

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Orangemen (Irish)Protestant fraternal organization

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in the pink of healthvery healthy

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tickled pinkvery pleased

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a pinkoa communist

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to see the world through rose-colored glassesto see the world through an optimistic filter

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rosypositive, optimistic,

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to get a pink slipto be fired

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the pink pound (British)consumer spending by gay people

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grey areaunclear

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grey matterthe brain

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to give someone grey hairsto try someone's patience

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gray marketsale of products via nonstandard distribution channels or at an unofficial price

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the grey votethe voting demographic of retired/elderly people

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grey nomads (Australian)retirees who travel around the country

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the silver screenthe movies

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a golden boya well-regarded, successful man

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a golden handshakemonetary incentive to join a company

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a golden parachutemoney given to an executive leaving a company

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the golden hourthe time of day when natural light looks best for photography OR the first hour after an injury, critical for treatment.

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golden earsgreat listening ability to discern quality or commerciality

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a golden shower (lewd)urinating on a sexual partner

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a golden meanthe desirable middle (between extremes of excess and deficiency)

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off-colorinappropriate, crude

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to show your true colorsto reveal your true self or feelings

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a colorless persona boring person

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colorful (e.g. tale, history, life)event-filled and interesting

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colorful languagevivid or expletive-filled language

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to pass with flying colorsto do very well

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local colorhaving typical characteristics of the local area

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color commentaryfacts & comments about athletes during a broadcast

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a horse of a different colora completely different thing/idea

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a person (man, woman) of colora non-Caucasian person

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a country's colorsthe colors of a national flag