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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


COLOURS, page 4

Idioms
from:   'silver bullet'   to:  'yellow-bellied'


  • silver bullet
    • This term refers to an extremely effective or magical solution to a difficult problem.
      "There is no silver bullet that will put an end to unemployment."

  • silver lining
    • A silver lining refers to the good or pleasant side-effects of an unpleasant situation.
      "Every cloud has a silver lining' means that there is a positive or hopeful side to every unpleasant situation."

  • (born with) silver spoon in your mouth
    • To say that someone is born with a silver spoon in their mouth means that their family is very rich and privileged.
      "Alice never has to worry about money; she was born with a silver spoon in her mouth."

  • silver surfer
    • A silver surferis an elderly person who uses the internet.
      "After just a few questions my grandmother was ready to join the silver surfers."

  • silver-tongued
    • A silver-tongued person is a smooth talker who speaks so convincingly that they manage to persuade others to do what they want.
      "A silver-tongued salesman persuaded my mother to buy a new washing machine although the one she had was fine!"

  • shrinking violet
    • A person referred to as a shrinking violet is a timid or shy person.
      "The witness was a shrinking violet who had difficulty expressing herself."

  • white Christmas
    • A white Christmas is when it snows at Christmas and the ground is white.
      "We haven't had a white Christmas in twenty years."

  • white elephant
    • If you call something a white elephant, you consider it useless although it may have cost a lot of money.
      "The new cultural centre is a real white elephant. It's so isolated that nobody goes there!"

  • white as a ghost/ a sheet
    • A person who is as white as a ghost (or a sheet) looks very pale and frightened.
      "She went as white as a ghost when she saw the gun."

  • white lie
    • If you tell a white lie, you say something which is not true in order to protect someone or to avoid hurting their feelings.
      "Some parents prefer to tell their children a white lie rather than announce bad news."

  • yellow-bellied
    • A person who is yellow-bellied is cowardly, or not at all brave.
      "The bus was full of yellow-bellied passengers who disappeared when the driver was attacked by two youths."

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