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Don't get your knickers in a twist
Don't become very upset about something, usually something that is not important
Don't get shirty with me
don't get angry with me
just speak off the cuff
just speak without preparing a speech
We do everything on a shoestring
We do everything with a very small amount of money
I'll collar him
I'll stop him in order to talk to him
he's talking through his hat
he doesn't know what he's talking about
at a drop of a hat
now, without planning
keep it under your hat
tell nobody
pull something out of the hat now
do something miraculous
put your thinking cap on
to start thinking in a serious manner
roll up your sleeves
to prepare for hard work
pull your socks up
to make an effort to improve your work or behaviour because it is not good enough
white lie
An often trivial, diplomatic or well-intentioned untruth
white elephant
a possession unwanted by the owner but difficult to dispose of
black look
an expression on your face that is full of anger and hate
black spot
a place on a road where accidents frequently occur
paint a black picture
to describe a situation or person as extremely bad
black eye
A bruised discoloration of the flesh surrounding the eye, often resulting from a blow
in the black
a bank account contains some money, and a person or business have money in the bank and are not in debt.
black and blue
Discolored from coagulation of blood below the surface of the skin.
out of the blue
At a completely unexpected time
once in a blue moon
very rarely
go as red as a beetroot
to become very red in the face, usually because you are embarrassed
paint the town red
to go out and enjoy yourself in the evening, often drinking a lot of alcohol and dancing
red tape
The collection or sequence of forms and procedures required to gain bureaucratic approval for something, especially when oppressively complex and time-consuming.
see red
To be extremely angry
scream blue murder
to shout or to complain very loudly
be caught red-handed
be caught in the act of committing something wrong.
Blue-eyed
favorite
bolt from the blue
a sudden, shocking surprise or turn of events