26 useful idioms with red

Hello learners, we at the LMcD Academy are delighted to help you to improve your English.  Today we are going to look at Idioms using the word “red” and below you will find 26 useful idioms to help you on your way to speaking like a native English speaker.

  • As red as a beetroot (beet)

Of colour like blood.

Example: When she did her hair, Mary put some make-up and blood-red lipstick on her lips.

  • Red-blooded

Has a lot of energy and really enjoys sex.

Example: He was attracted to her, as any red-blooded male would be.

  • In the red

If your bank account is in the red, then you spend more money than you earn.

Example: Our company was in the red last year but things are getting on better now.

  • In the red Zone

In a critical or dangerous situation, often referring to a sports context where a team is close to scoring.

Example: With just a few seconds left in the game, the team was in the red zone and needed a touchdown to win.

  • Like a red flag to a bull

Something that makes you very angry and upset.

Example: Mentioning that night to him is like a red rag to a bull – he gets angry immediately.

  • Not a red cent

No money at all.

Example: I did all that work for them and they didn’t pay me a red cent.

  • Out of the red

Out of debt.

Example: Our company is finally out of the red and we are now making money.

  • Red alert

A warning of great danger.

Example: During the bomb attack, the hospitals were on red alert.

  • Red as a tomato

Extremely flushed and red in the face, as from embarrassment, anger, or physical strain.

Example: My father was as red as a tomato by the time we reached the top of the hill. I was afraid he might have a heart attack or something!

  • Red as rose

Intensely red.

Example: The morning sunrise was as red as a rose.

  • Red eye

Cheap whiskey, strong alcoholic drink.

Example: After getting drunk on red eye, he killed his wife.

  • Red handed

Caught in the act of committing something wrong

Example: The pickpocket was caught red-handed.

  • Red herring

A piece of information that is misleading and takes your attention from the relevant facts.

Example: The police inspector said that the information is a red herring and decided not to consider it seriously.

  • Red hot

Extremely popular, successful, or intense at the moment.

Example: The new smartphone model is red hot; people are lining up to get their hands on it.

  • Red in the face

To be embarrassed, ashamed, or blushing due to a situation or comment.

Example: When he realized he had mispronounced the guest’s name, he turned red in the face from embarrassment.

  • Red-letter day

A special day you will always remember

Example: The day when my son was born was a red-letter day.

  • Red-light district

The part of a city where many people offer sex for money.

Example: Mr Jenkins was found murdered in the city’s red light district last night

  • Red line

A limit which should not be crossed.

Beware not to cross the red line when driving.

  • Red mist

A feeling of great anger.

Example: Bob was so angry that he saw everything through a red mist.

  • Red tag sale

A sale event where items are marked with red tags to indicate discounted prices.

Example: I got a great deal on this jacket during the red tag sale at the department store.

  • Red tape

Complicated bureaucratic procedures that may take a long time to accomplish.

Example: Ryan missed the flight because of the red tape at the airport.

  • Roll out the red carpet

To meet and greet someone formally.

Example: When the prime minister of the neighbouring country arrived, they rolled out the red carpet for him by preparing a special programme.

  • The red-carpet treatment

Very special treatment

Example: When the Minister arrived, they gave him the red-carpet treatment.

  • To bleed red ink

To have serious financial difficulties.

Example: If the hotel continues to bleed red ink, I’m afraid some staff will be sacked.

  • To catch someone red-handed

To be caught in the criminal act.

Example: The police caught the pickpocket red-handed while he was trying the rob an old lady on the bus.

  • To paint the town red

To go out and party all night with your friends.

Example: I can’t wait for the weekend. We’re going to paint the town red.

  • To see red

To be furious.

Example: Brian saw red when he saw his electricity bill.

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