English Idioms That Include the Color Red 🔴

English Idioms That Include the Color Red 🔴

May 19, 2023
Many Interesting Expressions Have “Red” In Them!
There are many color-related expressions not only in English but in many other different languages.😄
How many English idioms do you know that include the color red?
After studying the following three expressions with me, I wonder how you will feel about the color red!
Let’s get started~! 😽

📼 Red Tape

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Red tape is an expression that means “a series of actions or complicated tasks that seem unnecessary but that a government/organization requires you to do to get or do something.”
The origin of this expression goes back in time, to England, when they used a red ribbon or tape to tie official documents together. Every time a new document was written, the ribbon or tape needed to be tied and then untied... How inconvenient!🤦‍♀️
I guess no matter where you live, sometimes trying to get a task completed by a government/organization can be unnecessarily complicated and inefficient!😂
I had to go through so much red tape just to get my visa.

🖌️ Paint the Town Red

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The expression Paint the town red means to “go to a lot of different bars, clubs, etc., and enjoy yourself”.
How or where this expression originated is still unknown.
Maybe someone, after a long night of drinking, painted a whole town red?🤣
Or maybe it just comes from the strong and vivid impression that comes from the color red?
How or where do you think this expression might have come from?
It’s a useful expression if you’re planning a fun night out! 🍻
We painted the town red when I was on vacation.

🚩 Red Flag

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The definition of the idiom red flag might be an easy guess.
A red flag means “a warning sign, a sign that there is a problem that should be noticed or dealt with”.
It is said that this expression comes from the military.
If a dangerous incident occurred during a shooting practice, a red flag was held up as a warning.
So when a “red flag is raised”, it means you might be in danger!
It can be used as a warning in all situations, relationships, work, etc.
You should never ignore red flags in a relationship.