46. To be green
Used to describe someone who is immature, or inexperienced
He can be rather green sometimes. I don’t think he’s ready to be promoted to a higher position yet.
47. Green with envy
Used to describe someone who is extremely jealous, full of envy
When we were children, my older brother always used to get green with envy if my dad bought something for me and not for him.
48. Give someone the green light / get the green light
When someone receives, or is given, permission to go ahead with something
We have been given the green the light by the Marketing Executive to go ahead with the new advertising campaign.
49. Grass is always greener on the other side
Used to describe a place that is far away, and better than, where you are now, or another person’s situation that is very different from your own
He realized that the grass is always greener on the other side when he saw that his new job wasn’t perfect, and had its own problems too.
50. Green belt
An area of fields and trees around a town
Our city has a policy of increasing the green belt around it.
51. Green thumb/green finger
Used to describe someone with a talent for gardening
This garden used to look so beautiful when my mum lived here. She definitely had a green thumb. I wish I did too!
52. A grey area
Something that is not clearly defined, and there is still debate as to whether it is ‘black or white’, neither one way or another
Some of the current rules surrounding bedroom tax in the UK seem to be in a grey area, as many residents disagree with its determining factors.
53. A golden opportunity
An opportunity that may never present itself again
Think carefully about what you’re going to do, this is a golden opportunity, and you don’t want to mess it up!
54. A golden handshake
A large sum of money that is paid to a retiring manager or director, or to a redundant worker
The company Chairman received a huge golden handshake when he retired.
55. Golden boy
The term given to a young man idolized for a great skill, usually in sport.
By many of his fans, Wayne Rooney is seen as the golden boy of his football team.
56. Tickled pink
To be very pleased, thrilled or delighted about something
Anna was tickled pink that her fiancéhad made such an effort for her birthday.
57. See pink elephants
When someone sees things that are not really there, because they are in their imagination
Anyone who hears his story thinks he sees pink elephants. It’s just such a far-fetched story, and very hard to believe.
58. Pink Slip
A termination notice received from a job
They gave me my pink slip last week, so I’ve got to find a new job now.
59. in the pink of something
Meaning in very good health
My grandmother looked ever so well when I saw her, she was in the pink of condition.