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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #376: Colors: idioms II
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    Colors: idioms II


    IDIOM 1: 'to paint the town red'
    -> MEANING: have a great time
    -> EXAMPLE: When my cousin came to visit us we decided to go out and paint the town red.

    IDIOM 2: 'to give someone the green light'
    -> MEANING: to allow someone to do something
    -> EXAMPLE: We were finally given the green light to begin setting up the new project.

    IDIOM 3: 'in the black'
    -> MEANING: making a profit.
    -> EXAMPLE: The company has been in the black since they began to adopt many new ideas to cut costs.

    IDIOM 4: 'in the red'
    -> MEANING: Having net losses; in debt.
    -> EXAMPLE: The company has been in the red for three years now - ever since their exports to Asia decreased by 35 per cent.

    IDIOM 5: 'once in a blue moon'
    -> MEANING: very rarely
    -> EXAMPLE: We go out for Italian food once in a blue moon although we enjoy it very much.

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    1. Welcome to London! Have a rest, relax, because tonight... we're going to ! I'm going to show you the greatest discos in the town!

    2. I don't often go to the cinema. I like movies a lot, but I don't have enough time and I go there .

    3. After three years of problems, the mayor finally to build our house: we are now allowed to build it.

    4. I don't know what I'm going to do if my firm goes bankrupt. You know, it is .

    5. I'm very rich! My company sells products in Asia, in the USA... and in Europe! My firm is !

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