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Colour idioms or "A silver lining"
In this story will find idioms with colours
. An idiom is a fixed expression with a certain meaning. Here are some examples:
"If you keep spending your money like this you will be soon in the red.
"Oh come one, we all tell a white lie
sometimes, don''t we?"
"When I left the house this morning the street was covered with black ice
Now read the short story and try to work out what the expressions in italics
A Silver Lining
In a rash moment I said I''d buy my wife a car for her birthday. The trouble was she had set
her heart on a particular colour white
. It had to be white at all costs. I pointed out till
I was blue in the face
almost going out of my mind, that white was a very difficult colour to keep clean.
But she was adamant and so in the end I decided to surrender to show the white flag
, as it were. We looked at dozens of white and off white cars but none seemed to be worth buying.
Now, I''m a bit green
rather inexperienced, about buying cars. I''m the perfect customer as far as the secondhand car salesman is concerned. Take the first place we went to. The manager rolled out the red carpet
gave me preferential treatment, when he saw me coming. He started by showing me the most expensive models he could find, some of which made me turn green with envy
I was quite envious of anyone who could afford to buy one. But as soon as I mentioned the sort of age for the car I had in mind, he started to give me black looks
started to frown. I can''t describe the language he used when I gave some idea of the price I was thinking of because it would be red-pencilled
censored. From the beginning I was therefore somewhat browned off
fed up. Once in a blue moon
very rarely, I thought do you come across a genuine bargain. I mean some of the dealers are thoroughly dishonest or is it that they are simply telling white lies
only half-truths? The trouble is you have to buy a car in order to find out. At one garage I actually caught one of the salesmen red-handed
in the middle of his act, just as he was gluing back a chip of paint that had fallen off. I put a black mark
against his name didn''t think much of his reputation. But what really made me see red
get angry was when I was told that I would only get an old wreck for what I was prepared to pay. Perhaps I was being a bit moderate but then I didn''t want to end up in the red
in debt to the bank. The only way to deal with these salesmen is to put on a bold face. It doesn''t matter if you have a yellow streak
are a coward. You don''t have to accept the first price and whatever you do don''t give the green light
permission to continue with the sale until you''re absolutely satisfied.
One weekend I decided to leave my car at home and go by train to a large car centre. I was feeling in the pink
very fit as we approached the man standing by the sales office. He had one of those arrogant expressions that act rather like a red rag
to me somehow provoke me. I told him straight that I knew his centre had been black listed
by motoring organizations no longer approved by them and therefore it was no good him trying to whitewash
excuse all the stories I''d heard. That wiped the arrogant expression off his face. The only trouble was that I discovered that I''d not been talking to the sales manager but a fellow customer. In my confusion I tripped over a spare tyre, rolled over and ended up in a ditch.
When I got home I was black and blue
all over covered in bruises.
By the sixth weekend of looking I was understandably feeling rather blue
somewhat depressed. I''d even considered getting a car through the black market
by some dishonest means.
But every cloud has a silver lining
things improve in the end. And that Sunday was a red letter day
a special day to remember, since we finally found a car. We were out driving in the countryside when out of the blue
totally unexpectedly, we saw a notice advertising cars for sale in a farm yard.
We saw a man in a brown study
deep in thought sitting in a small hut. He was the farmer cum salesman from whom I eventually bought the car. He quickly dispensed with all the red tape
all the formalities and very soon I had it in black and white
in writing that the car belonged to me. It''s quite a good car and it''s white or to be more accurate, it''s more what you would call two tone.
You see with the white there''s quite a bit of brown
known less colourfully as rust
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