Expresiones con colores (II)

¡Hola a todos!

Some time ago, I published some Spanish idioms related to colors (you can read it here in case you didn’t!), and I’m here today with the second part of these idioms!


Estar al rojo vivo

In Spanish, we say “to be in live red color” when something is at its peak, in the most interesting part. It could be similar to the English “to be on fire”.

No puedo dejar de mirar, el asunto está al rojo vivo.


Ser un rojo

I don’t know if this is used out of Spain, but Spanish people talk about “being a red” when we talk about Republicans during the Civil War.

En la Guerra Civil, todo era sobre rojos y fascistas.


Tener sangre azul

Those “having blue blood” were people belonging to nobility, wealthy people in ancient times. Once a teacher told me we use this expression because they didn’t have any kind of sunbath, and their skin were so clear that you could see the veins, and instead of red blood it looked like blue blood.

Antiguamente, si no eras de sangre azul, tenías que trabajar muy duro.


Poner verde a alguien

We “turn somebody into green” when we badmouth him/her.

No dejaba de poner verde a su hermano: decía que era un maleducado, estúpido…


Chiste verde

A “green joke” is, simply, a dirty joke. The most usual ones in Spain are about old people.

Me contó un chiste verde sobre un viejo y una chica joven.


A buenas horas mangas verdes

We say “good time, green sleeves” when something happens too late and is not useful anymore. This one has an historical origin, as the members of the Santa Hermandad (15th Century) were usually late when they were called to solve a problem. And yes, they used to wear clothes with green sleeves.

Sí, a buenas horas, mangas verdes. Has llegado cuando todo ha terminado.


Prensa rosa

The “pink press” is about gossips: fights, divorces, weddings…

La prensa rosa no deja en paz a Antonio Banderas.


Novela rosa

The “pink novel” is, obviously, a romantic novel.

Esta novela rosa lo tiene todo: romance, ruptura, drama, infidelidades…


Dinero negro

The “black money” is the same than in English: that money that has been got in a dirty or illegal way.

Tenía una cuenta en Suiza con millones en dinero negro.


Ponerse negro

We “turn into black” when we are tired, when we can’t bear anymore with something or somebody. Usually, it also includes some rage.

No te aguanto más, me estás poniendo negro.


Novela negra

The “black novel” is a thriller, a novel about detectives or police solving crimes.

Me encanta la novela negra, siempre resuelven los crímenes.


Pasar la noche en blanco

When we “stay the night in white”, means that we didn’t sleep at all during the night.

Estoy muy cansada, he pasado la noche en blanco.


Estar sin blanca

If you “are without a white”, you’re broke, you have no money at all.

No puedo ir de vacaciones este año, estoy sin blanca.


Do you want to know other Spanish idioms related to something specific? Let me know and I’ll prepare it for you!


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