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Special Expressions with Colors (#4), by Dennis Oliver

#4: red

Besides referring to certain shades or hues that everyone
knows, colors are also used in many idiomatic expressions.

Here are a few common expressions using the color red:

expression   meaning
redhead   someone with red hair
     
red hot  

(1) something that is so hot
that it is glowing;

(2) very popular (slang).

     
red-letter day   a holiday (because holidays
are often shown in red letters
on calendars)
     
red meat   dark-colored meat such as
beef or mutton. (Meat which
is light-colored--such as veal,
pork, poultry, and fish--is
called white meat.)
     
red tape   excessive, time-consuming
use of rules, regulations,
complicated procedures,
and formalities (for example,
government procedures)
     
catch someone
red-handed
  catch someone while he / she
is committing a crime
     
give someone
the red-carpet
treatment
  give someone (especially
a very important visitor)
special treatment (see
roll
out the red carpet)
     
in the red   losing money; showing
a financial loss
     
paint the
town red
  indulge in excessive and
extravagant entertainment
during a short period of time
     
roll out the
red carpet
  make lavish arrangements
(receptions, formal greetings,
banquets, etc.) for a very
important visitor. (The
red
carpet is a long, narrow red
rug that is put down for the
visitor to walk on.)
     
see red   become uncontrollably angry

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